The Dance Channel TV Studios program provides dancers ages 6-19 with a strong technical foundation and prepares them for a career in dance. Because building these skills takes time and consistency of practice, we ask that Curriculum students commit to the entire nine-month program.
Academy auditions are open to boys and girls ages 8 and up. Upon acceptance, students are placed in the appropriate level based on performance.
The Primary Division provides the foundation of ballet technique. In Levels 1 through 2, students learn basic ballet positions and vocabulary, as well as the structure of a standard ballet class, starting at the floor barre and moving into introductory barre work. Beginning pointe is introduced in Level 3, at the discretion of the Artistic Directors, when a girl’s legs, feet and core are sufficiently strong.
Advancement is based on ability, not age. Some students spend more than two years in one level as their minds and bodies develop and adapt to working in harmony, while others progress more quickly. Once a student has mastered the ballet technique appropriate for a level and is strong enough to accomplish particular movements, she or he will be moved up at the Artistic Directors’ discretion. In this way, each student fully assimilates the necessary layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet.
The primary levels are critical in ballet, as they progressively prepare the student for the rigors of performance. For this reason, students must maintain good attendance to advance.
Levels 3-4 provide committed dancers with advanced technique. To these dancers DCTVS regularly offers opportunities to train with guest professional teachers and choreographers. Those who demonstrate proper form may also qualify to learn pas de deux and variations in addition to their regular classwork. Students in the Advanced Division earn their placement through hard work, determination and discipline. The amount of time spent in a level depends solely on the individual student’s improvement as determined by the Artistic Directors.
The Men’s Program syllabus focuses on the needs and skills specific to young male dancers. Beginning in Pre-Ballet, boys learn the fundamental exercises that allow them to develop strength, poise and discipline. DCTVS Academy Principal Arsen Serobian teaches partnering and technique. The Men’s Program, part of the general Vaganova Ballet syllabus, is tailored specifically to the male dancer.