DANCER RESOURCES

At first glance, when you see the dance competition scene in America, you see a vast array of choices!  But while it’s true that many competition options exist for students in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop dance styles, ballet competitions have historically been few and far between. 

Yes, there are sometimes opportunities to compete in ballet at competitions where all dance styles are performed.  And there do exist opportunities for the most elite ballet students to compete at the pre-professional level. 

But now there is a new opportunity, one for ballet students at all levels of th...

There’s no doubt that as a ballet student, you will encounter moments of stress—especially during a competition!  The word “stress” often has a negative connotation, but a little stress can sometimes be healthy for you in the right context.  It teaches you how to calm your mind, power through tough moments, and be more resilient in the future.  

Turn the stress of competition into a benefit for yourself with these four expert tips:

1. Be a positive example for others

You’ve probably heard the expression “be the change you wish to see.”  Well, this is exactly what you want to c...

If you are training for a ballet career, you already know just how important your time is!  Your dance studies are leading you down the path to your goals, with hours upon hours of daily effort.  

It’s no surprise then that as your goals become more focused, your training becomes more extensive.  And as your training becomes more extensive, it becomes even more important to balance your time well with your academics.

As a pre-professional student, you are already building excellent self-discipline with your dancing. To keep the momentum going in your schoolwork, here are our three tips for...

A common objection to ballet competitions starts with a simple, “Why?” as in, “Why should I compete in ballet?  Why is it good for me?”

The answer, however, is not so simple—because there are so many reasons why!  Ballet competition is good for you in a multitude of ways, not the least of which is because it can be valuable performance experience if you have professional goals in mind.  Even more than that though, participating in a ballet competition can be a significant step to take for your own personal growth as a dancer. 

To understand the positives of ballet competition, keep rea...

If you are attending a ballet competition, you want to know your body can work at its peak level of performance.  In order to feel confident and show your very best work, you need to know that you’ve done everything in your power to stay strong and healthy.

So what do we mean when we say “peak performance”?  We’re talking about your optimum health, which includes your energy, resilience, recovery, and focus.  As an exceptional athlete, you want to be able to produce the results you’ve been working so hard for during those many, many hours of classes and training.

Your physical wellness is k...

From the moment you knew you wanted to become serious about ballet, you probably knew that attending summer intensive programs would be a stepping stone to your success!  

Summer intensives are well-known for preparing ballet dancers for the real world of post-secondary education or a professional career in ballet.  Prior to auditioning for programs, there are two key tasks you’ll want to do each fall:

  • Talk with your teacher about which programs he or she may recommend.  Because your teachers know you well and have been in your shoes before (and often know what’s happening “behind the scenes...

As a young ballet student, you may have dreams about becoming a professional ballet dancer one day.  If you are auditioning for summer intensives and competing in ballet competitions, you are already beginning to take the necessary steps to work toward that goal.  You may also be enrolled in a pre-professional ballet program, or are interested in one, so that you can strengthen your year-round training.

Whichever stage of training you’re currently in, there are some important things to consider with your parents and teacher if you have professional aspirations in ballet.  Young athletes wi...

Your child’s ballet education is no small investment—we understand the time, money, and personal sacrifice it can take to help your son or daughter reach for their dreams!  We know from experience there’s no shortage of early mornings, late nights, extra private lessons, custom costumes, and endless support that you devote to your child.

Because you already do so much, it is not always easy to let someone else to handle the educational process.  With all that you pour into this process of ballet training for your child, it makes sense that you would want to have a say in every aspect—and you sh...

Choosing the right variation for a ballet competition seems like it should be pretty easy—but there is quite a lot that goes into making the best choice for you.  Rather than simply choosing a variation you love to watch, you and your coach will want to work together to take into consideration several important factors, such as your technical proficiency, your age, and your personality.

Our first recommendation is that you and your coach discuss your strengths and weaknesses as a dancer.  Think about where your talents show in class, and highlight those strengths. Are you a natural at pirouette...

As a studio owner or ballet teacher, you already know the significance of providing a strong technical foundation for your students.  And you already understand how meaningful it is to offer performance opportunities where your students can put their artistry into practice.

At the US Prix de Ballet, you’ll experience a competition event that combines these two elements—education and performance—and elevates them with a bit of extra magic: our uncompromising integrity.  

From the workshop classes with our esteemed artistic staff to the real-time performance scoring, you’ll experience our commitme...

Standards of Audience Conduct are taken seriously.

All competitors and their teachers, families, and guests must adhere to professional standards as set forth below:

  • During competition, the audience will be silent at ALL times.  There are no applause permitted at the end of a performance.

  • Audience may get up from their seat between performances.  It is not acceptable to get up during a performance.

  • It is not reasonable to expect babies and young children to remain quiet during a ballet competition.  Please make alternate plans for them. 

  • Photography and Videotaping are no...

  • Parents should assume the role of cheerleader for their dancer. Your student has a ballet teacher/coach.  Allow them to do their job with critique. 

  • Your child needs your unwavering moral support. Questions and comments such as:  Did you have fun? And, I loved watching you!

  • Avoid commentary that will turn the conversation with your dancer negative.  

  • Your dancer is having an intense weekend of learning.  Please support them by having body warmers on hand, fresh water bottles, healthy fuel/food for meals and snacks, and ensuring solid nights of sleep.

  • Encourage...

All students and their teachers, families, and guests must agree to adhere to the Workshop Expectations.

  • Observation can be done through the one-way mirrors.

  • Observers must be silent at ALL times. 

  • Dancers shall wear their workshop number on the front of their leotard during the workshop.

  • Uniform: Solid color leotard, tights, ballet shoes, hair in a professional ballet bun, No jewelry or body warmers.

  • Late arrivals will not be admitted.  Please be prompt.

  • Photography and Videotaping are prohibited. 

  • US Prix de Ballet strives to be a positive and uplifting exper...

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