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PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION (ACADEMY)

The Academy Program is an intensive training program for students ages 14-19 years who are interested in professional careers in dance. The Program’s diverse curriculum of Ballet, Contemporary, Donald Byrd Technique, Introduction to Choreography, Engaging with the Choreography, 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.

For younger students (ages 13-16) who wish to prepare for the demands of the Academy Program, the Pre-Academy Program offer the opportunity to train alongside the Academy dancers but with fewer requirements. Acceptance into the Pre-Academy Program is by audition as well. Dancers are expected to participate in the Pre-Academy program for 2 years, however dancers that show exceptional growth after the first year will be considered for the Academy Program.

Students must meet the minimum age requirement by November 1st of the year they audition.

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The audition for the 2020/20 Academy Season will take place on Sunday July 26th from 1-3pm at the Spectrum studios. It will consist of a one-hour ballet class followed by repertoire. Female-identifiying dancers should wear pink convertible tights, a black leotard, and ballet shoes during the ballet class. Male-identifiying dancers should wear black tights, white shirt, and black ballet shoes during the ballet class. There is no fee but registration is required. Please contact Mary Sigward at mary@spectrumdance.org with any questions.

 

There will be new age guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year:
Pre-Academy: ages 13-16
Academy: ages 15-19
*Students must meet the minimum age requirement by November 1st, 2020.
If possible, please fill out the audition form in advance, prior to attending the audition: Audition Form

Benefits 

– High-quality, rigorous and diverse dance instruction and training. 

– Opportunities to work directly with Donald Byrd and the Company of Spectrum Dance Theater

– Invitations to attend Company rehearsals.

– Performance opportunities such as the Academy Showcase, Choreography Showcase, All-School Demonstration, Spectrum Dance Theater Gala, community presentations, and in productions with the Company of Spectrum Dance Theater.

– 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. 

Curriculum 

The Academy Program is intended to cultivate students pursuing a professional career in dance. Dancers attend 8-11 classes per week (approximately 12-17 hours/week): Minimum of 3 Ballet classes per week, Donald Byrd Contemporary I-II or III-IV, Contemporary Approach to Modern, Introduction to Choreography, and Engaging with Choreography in addition to rehearsals for upcoming performances. The Pre-Academy dancers attend 6-9 classes per week (approximately 10-14 hours/week): Minimum of 3 Ballet classes per week, Donald Byrd Contemporary I-II, and Introduction to Choreography in addition to rehearsals for upcoming performances.

 

Tuition 

Tuition for the Academy Program is $725 per session; tuition for the Pre-Academy Program is $600 per session. Gift of Dance Scholarship is available for those with financial need. Tuition for the Academy Program is $725 per session; tuition for the Pre-Academy Program is $600 per session. This covers all classes, including those not under the curriculum requirements. Gift of Dance Scholarship is available for those with financial needs. Please contact the School Principal to initiate the scholarship application process.

 

How to Apply 

Students interested in participating in either the Academy Program or the Pre-Academy Program are required to audition for acceptance into the program. The audition will consist of a 1-hour ballet class followed by repertoire.  Students should wear proper ballet attire. For female-identifying dancers: black leotard, pink convertible tights, and ballet shoes. Dancers of color have the option of wearing flesh-tone tights and shoes. For male-identifying dancers: white or black shirt, black leggings, and black ballet shoes. 

Auditions for the 2019-2020 school year have already passed. The audition for the 2020-2021 Academy season will take place on July 26th, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Spectrum Dance Theater studio. Participation in the Donald Byrd Workshop the two weeks prior to the audition is recommended but not required. In-class auditions are also available for students who can not attend the formal audition. Please contact the Academy Coordinator Mary Sigward at mary@spectrumdance.org or 206-325-4161 to make audition arrangements. Please fill out the audition form prior to attending the audition: [attach file here].

 

Apprentice Program

Apprenticeship with the Company allows individuals to experience first-hand the demands of dancing in a professional Company. Dancers will attend company class and rehearsal daily and have the opportunity to perform alongside the company. The Apprenticeship Program is a 2-year program.