Pre-Professional Division: Ages 14-22
Donald Byrd Workshop participants; Photo by Jennifer Richard
The Academy Program
The Academy Program is an intensive training program for students ages 14-22 years who are interested in professional careers in dance. The Program’s diverse curriculum of Ballet, Contemporary, Donald Byrd Technique, Donald Byrd’s Engaging with the Choreography, strengthening classes, and World Dance, develops well-rounded dancers, provides a rich artistic experience, and delivers the highest level of dance training. The Academy Program opens up many special opportunities for learning, mastery, and artistic development for each and every student Acceptance to The Academy Program is by audition only, and is based on artistic talent, physical ability and commitment level.
• High-quality, rigorous and diverse dance instruction and training.
• Opportunities to work directly with Donald Byrd and the Company at Spectrum Dance Theater.
• Invitations to attend Company rehearsals.
• Performance opportunities such as the Academy Performance Series, Student Choreography Showcase, All-School Demonstration, Holiday Show, and community presentations.
• Opportunities to learn skills in theater production such as costuming, lighting, and live audio.
• Discounted and/or free tickets to Spectrum Dance Theater Company performances.
The Academy program is intended to cultivate students pursuing a professional career in dance. Students must attend 9-12 classes per week (approximately 14-18 hours/week) – Ballet (5x); Pointe (2x); Contemporary (3x); World Dance (1x), Donald Byrd’s Engaging with the Choreography (1x), and Strengthening Class (1x).
The cost of the Academy Program is $699 per 7-week session. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
How to Apply
Students between the ages of 14 and 22, interested in participating in The Academy Program are required to audition for acceptance into the program. The audition consists of Ballet Technique and Contemporary choreography. Students should wear ballet attire. A black leotard, pink convertible tights, and ballet shoes for women; and white or black leotard, black leggings, and black ballet shoes for men.
Pre-registration is required. To be notified of upcoming auditions, please join the Spectrum e-mail list or check back at the Spectrum website for announcements. In-class auditions are also available for students who cannot attend a formal audition. Please contact School Director, Shawn Roberts at 206-325-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make audition arrangements.
Apprenticeship with the Company allows individuals to experience first-hand the demands of dancing in a professional Company. Academy apprentices also receive opportunities to perform with the Company.