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19 August 2016

Launch of brand new training programme

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Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professional Programme

Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professional Programme is for talented, aspiring and highly motivated young dancers with bold ambitions and is designed to facilitate the transition from full time training into professional company life in a focused, nurturing environment. This unique and brand new course aims to develop creative and accomplished ballet dance artists ready for the professional industry. Students will gain insight into the full spectrum of a ballet company. This full-time, intensive course offers a unique combination of training and professional opportunities, paving the way for participants to refine their technique, to develop artistic qualities and is a springboard into life as a professional dancer. This programme provides opportunities to train and perform alongside the award winning Ballet Cymru company, the exceptional chance to develop choreographic skills with performance opportunities, networking opportunities, as well as workshops in aerial techniques, light/costume design, marketing and writing grant applications to create comprehensive industry professionals. The participants will also have the opportunity to receive training for Ballet Cymru’s inclusive educational and outreach programme.

Programme overview

Ballet Cymru’s Pre Professional Programme is a highly practical course for those who are hoping to pursue a career as a professional dancer or choreographer. The programme provides a rigorous combination of training in classical ballet technique, repertoire, Contemporary, Pilates, Choroegraphy, workshops in aerial techniques, light/costume design and marketing. The Programme is a fully comprehensive training programme, designed to facilitate the transition between full-time training and becoming an industry professional.

Programme Structure

This full time, intensive Programme is designed to nurture and challenge advanced skills and understanding in classical ballet and contemporary techniques as well as the related skills and knowledge essential to becoming a professional dancer. Students work alongside the professional dancers when they are in residence and will have their own schedule when the company is on tour. The Pre-Professional Programme participants are required to complete other theoretical tasks and assignments independently in their own time.

Programme Components include:

1. Classical Ballet technique including Pointe work for Women
2. Contemporary Dance Technique
3. Improvisation and Composition
4. Pas de Deux
5. Ballet Cymru Company Repertoire
6. Professional practice including audition techniques (interview) and CV writing
7. Yoga, Pilates and Cardio
8. Special workshops including light/costume/print design, marketing, aerial techniques
9. Performance Opportunities with the company
10. Photo and video shoot
11. Choreographic Opportunities
12. Training for Ballet Cymru’s inclusive educational and outreach programme

Professional Experience

You will be training alongside the Company’s professional dancers and really get to know how a professional ballet Company operates.
You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by rehearsing and performing with the Company in selected venues in the UK.

Evaluation and assessment

Students will be continuously observed and assessed throughout the Programme. There will be an open dialogue with the Programme staff, who will provide verbal feedback in regard to student progress.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Pre-Professional Programme course components, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and reference from Ballet Cymru.

Mentoring

A dedicated mentor will support you throughout the year, helping you to settle in to the programme and be available to discuss any problems or concerns you might have. Our Company teaching staff will guide you through your training needs giving you realistic expectations and helping you with applications and auditions.

Facilities

Your training will be based at Ballet Cymru’s home in Newport, South Wales which includes state of the art studios. Performances will be in selected venues in Wales including The Riverfront, in our home city.

Sample Day when the company is on tour
Times Activity
9.30-11am Ballet Class
11.30-1pm Rehearsal of current Repertoire
1-2pm Lunch
2-4pm Contemporary/ Choreography/Pas de Deux and coaching
4-5pm Pilates/Yoga/ Cardio or Workshop

When

Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professional Programme runs from April -December 2017

Requirements
Applicants must be over 18 years of age by 1st April on their year of entry to the course. There is no upper age limit for the course. The course is suitable for vocational school leavers, postgraduate students and experienced performers (disabled or non disabled) looking to continue their professional development. Applicants must be eligible to study in the UK. Applicants must be able to commit to all weeks of the course in order to receive their Certificate.

How to apply

To apply you must submit a full CV, and a selection of recent classical ballet photos.
Send your CV and photos to Patricia Vallis patriciavallis@welshballet.co.uk
Auditions will be held in December 2016. Please ensure you are eligible to study in the UK before the commencement of the course and any visas (if necessary) have been obtained.

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Thank you for posting this in August 'Pas de Quatre'. The price is £3,125 April-December 2017 though there are bursaries available. We hope all students finishing vocational training secure contracts but if they don't, we feel it is better to be involved in a company getting daily company class with professionals and performing rather than living in London and attending open classes. It is also a great opportunity to be seen by the Artistic Director over a longer amount of time than in an audition, therefore increasing chances of getting a contract. Please get in touch if you have any other questions patriciavallis@welshballet.co.uk 

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Thanks so much for the clarification, Patricia, and welcome to the forum. :)

 

In accordance with the "Commerce" section our forum rules, as you are posting in your professional capacity would you mind adding your contact details into your profile? If you are unsure how to do so, do ask. Many thanks!

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Hello, yes if you could help me to add contact details on my profile that would be much appreciated. I had a go but wasn't quite sure. Thanks!

Of course. :)

 

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2. My Profile

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This sounds very impressive, how many students will there be in the class per year?

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Hello Tulip and anon_dancer15, it is still running in the future and we plan to have 6-10 students per year. Please email if you are interested with a CV and photos. The audition will be in the beginning of December.

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Does anybody know how long students need to wait to hear if they have gained a place on the course? A friends DD auditioned and has heard nothing and it is now over 3 weeks since the audition.

 

Thanks

DRSC

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It starts in April?

 

I'm a bit confused - I thought it was aimed at those leaving full-time training (presumably 3rd year graduates) and who would like the additional training before entering the job market. Surely they won't be finishing/graduating from their current school until the end of the summer term in July?

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it was originally supposed to run from April, however I believe they have changed it to September as there was a larger demand, with like taxi says most people finishing in July!

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it was originally supposed to run from April, however I believe they have changed it to September as there was a larger demand, with like taxi says most people finishing in July!

Very sensible :)

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