BOSTON BALLET SCHOOL COMMENCES 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR WITH EXPANDED AND NEW CLASS OFFERINGS
DIRECTOR MARGARET TRACEY RECOGNIZED WITH PRESTIGIOUS JEROME ROBBINS AWARD
BOSTON, MA – September 15, 2011– Boston Ballet School Director Margaret Tracey, recently recognized with the prestigious Jerome Robbins Award, announced today the new and expanded programming at Boston Ballet School. Boston Ballet School classes for the 2011-2012 school year began last Thursday at all studio locations: in Boston’s South End, the MetroWest town of Newton, and the North Shore community of Marblehead, with additional programs at the South Shore YMCA in Hanover.
“I’m thrilled to begin another school year and welcome new and returning students of all ages to our studios,” said Tracey. “The 2011-2012 school year brings many new and exciting ways for students, families and the general public to be involved with Boston Ballet School, as we continue to expand our dance education work.”
For the first time, Boston Ballet School will offer Hand in Hand 1 and 2, classes for babies and toddlers ages 9-23 months with a parent or caregiver. Adding to the existing Children’s Program curriculum for students age 2 years and older, Hand in Hand classes will explore and encourage creativity, movement, and fun with a focus on improving large motor skills, coordination and balance. Other notable new offerings include Teen Ballet Workout classes at Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead and Newton locations; Back to Basics drop-in, beginner ballet classes tailored for adults who are new to ballet; and Lifelong Dance, a specially designed class for students of 60 years and older at the Newton studio.
Boston Ballet School offers programs for all ages and experience levels taught by expert faculty. The School’s four core programs include the Children’s Program, Classical Ballet Program, Adult Dance Program, and the Pre-Professional Program, each with its own progressive curriculum. Classes feature live accompaniment and enrollment for all programs is on-going.
“The breadth and depth of the dance education Boston Ballet School provides, coupled with the expertise of our faculty and our connection to a world-class company, makes Boston Ballet School a unique model among dance schools,” said Tracey. “We are always looking for innovative ways for students to connect with dance and recently launched interactive online content, including program videos, which take viewers into the studio via bostonballet.org to experience the various programs that are offered”.
Boston Ballet School continues to expand engagement opportunities through the School’s Parent Association, the unique student ambassador program, LEADs, and through performance opportunities including Spring Showcases at each studio, its Pre-Professional student performance Next Generation at The Boston Opera House, and the Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.”
Tracey, who joined Boston Ballet School as Director in 2008, was recently recognized with the 2011 Jerome Robbins Award. Alongside 25 other former and current New York City Ballet principal dancers, Tracey will be honored on September 30, as an individual who was vital to the decades of Robbins’ creative life at New York City Ballet.
To register for classes visit Boston Ballet’s website or call Boston Ballet School at 617.456.6333