Classical Ballet and the History of France
June 28th-July 12th 2015
Classical Ballet and the History of France is a two-semester course at the International Ballet Institute and in partnership with Alliance Française. One that integrates ballet training with academic coursework and culminates in two weeks of immersion in French history, ballet, culture and language.
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Beginning in January of 2015, students of the International Ballet Institute and students accepted to the Paris program, will take French conversation classes through Alliance Française, and a dance history course designed by Duke University graduate and dance historian Courtney Liu.
As they will learn in their history course, ballet as we know it was born in France. To culminate their studies, and to expand their minds and understanding of ballet technique in ways that simply could not be done at home, the dancers will travel to Paris for a two week intensive with master teachers and dancers from the Paris Opera, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.
During the course of their stay they will continue their French language and cultural studies, including trips to the Louvre, Musee Canavalet, and the Medici Fountain. They will also continue their dance history studies by seeing the Paris Opera Ballet perform, visiting the library of the Paris Opera, and visiting Versailles where the first classical ballets were performed.
There are a limited number of spaces in the housing provided by International Ballet Institute. Student housing is in a large townhouse in Paris. Students staying in the provided student housing will be chaperoned at all times during the trip by DDI faculty and appointed chaperones. Acceptance to the program is by audition only and students should specify whether they would also like to be considered for housing at the time of the audition.
Scholarship Fund for Dancers
As inheritors of an art form moving forward yet rooted firmly in the history of France, our students are simultaneously the past, present, and future of classical ballet. In this spirit, the International Ballet Institute seeks to develop each student's body and mind while instilling a deep love and respect for their role in history. Classical Ballet and the History of France achieves these and allows young students to think critically and synthesize information within the fine arts, an opportunity rarely presented to students prior to graduation from high school. Please consider lending your support so that talented dancers of all socio-economic backgrounds can take part in this rare opportunity. Click the words "Membership & Funding" below, to make this program possible for a gifted youngster.
In order to ensure quality of training, space in the program is extremely limited. Acceptance is based on merit and artistic promise alone, recommended ages are 11-21. Auditions are on a rolling basis and by appointment only beginning January 2015. To schedule an audition, to arrange for an audition video to be sent, or more information please contact: