Ballet San Jose To Host Teacher Training in the ABT National Training Curriculum
May 30 – June 6, 2012 and August 12 – 17, 2012
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will hold National Training Curriculum Teacher Training Sessions at Ballet San Jose, to certify Ballet San Jose’s school faculty and professional dancers. Session #1 (May 30 – June 6) will be led by the curriculum’s creators, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Principal, Franco De Vita, and Director of ABT’s National Training Curriculum, Raymond Lukens. Session #2 (August 12 – 17) will be led by Susan Brooker, National Training Curriculum Development Committee Member, Artistic Board of Examiners & Instructors Member.
Enrollment in these intensive training programs is open to all dancers and dance educators. Candidates must have reached an advanced or professional level of ballet training. The tuition deposit deadline for Session #1 is April 16, 2012. The registration form for Session #1 is now available to download on ABT’s website. Information regarding registration and tuition deposit deadlines for Session #2 are to be announced.
The ABT National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. The ABT National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.
To become an ABT Certified Teacher, candidates must complete intensive training in the ABT National Training Curriculum and successfully pass comprehensive examinations. ABT Certified Teachers are permitted to teach the ABT National Training Curriculum only to the levels in which they have successfully completed the training intensive and required examination. The three levels of certification must be obtained in succession.
Ballet San Jose School
Established in 1996, Ballet San Jose School is the official school of Ballet San Jose. Starting in June 2012, Ballet SJ School will become the only certified institution on the west coast to provide the complete American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and levels.
Ballet SJ School offers year-round primary and pre-professional training for students age 5 to 18, creative movement classes for ages 3 – 4, summer intensives and performance workshops, as well as open classes for adults. Led by Dalia Rawson, Principal, the faculty of Ballet SJ School includes members of the Ballet SJ artistic staff, Ballet SJ alumni, and other prominent teachers. Class sizes are limited, and upper level classes are accompanied by live music. The artistic leadership of Ballet SJ is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to perform with the professional company at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. Ballet SJ School has also established a Trainee Program, providing the opportunity for advanced students to gain experience working with Ballet SJ’s professional company while continuing training with Ballet SJ School.