“The art and practice of ballet inspires me, captivates me, and makes me feel alive. My dream with Ballet Prestige is to share the joy that ballet brings to my life with my students and pass on the knowledge I have gained – so that their lives may also be enriched by this exceptionally beautiful form of dance.” -Katherine M. Johnson, Artistic Director & Certified Professional Instructor, Ballet Prestige
Mailing Address: PO Box 201, Pittsford NY 14534
New York State Ballet dancers train at Ballet Prestige, a ballet academy established in 2012, located in Rochester, NY. Ballet Prestige provides ballet classes in a nurturing and positive atmosphere for ballet students of all ages and dance experience. Ballet Prestige’s mission is to support each dancer’s unique talent by encouraging artistic self- discovery and helping to develop improved physical well-being through the art of dance.
Ballet Prestige provides certified professional ballet instruction at affordable prices. In addition, the state-of-the art dance floor at Ballet Prestige is one of a kind in Rochester. A special non-slip surface covers a sprung subfloor made with high-density foam – offering excellent energy absorption and reducing the potential for injury to the dancers.
NEW PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM (PTP)
Official Training Program for the New York State Ballet
The Professional Training Program is for committed dancers who wish to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Successful students are highly motivated, demonstrate an ability to maintain focus and consistently attend class and rehearsals. Enrollment in the Professional Training Program is by invitation only from the Artistic Director. The AD, Katherine Johnson, in conjunction with input from her faculty, will evaluate current students for this opportunity, and auditions can be set up by appointment for new students.
The Professional Training Program features an enhanced curriculum which encompasses the following; core strength, stretch, classical ballet,
variations, pas de deux and contemporary. Dancers in this program will have the opportunity to perform with the New York State Ballet Company dancers during the 2017 – 2018 season.
While the highest standards of technical training will always be pursued in Professional Training Program, equally important is the inner development of the student. The learning environment is carefully created to foster a strong self-esteem, intrinsic motivation, being a good community member and contributing to a positive environment of growth. Those interpersonal skills are paramount to success as a professional dancer, as well as valuable life skills. Artistic Director Katherine Johnson, and her faculty, are passionate about the growth and well being of their students, believing in taking care of and building up their students rather than tearing them down. Extra care is taken to prevent injury, overuse is avoided, and any injury is assessed and cared for. Dancers are encouraged to stay well fed with nutritious foods and there is a constant reminder to keep group dynamics rooted in positivity and support of each other. In this program, perseverance, hard work, diligent attention to detail and a constant seeking of growth are the factors that lead to success.
Classes begin Tuesday September 6, 2017. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes are from 3:30-7:00 pm, Friday from 4-9 pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Students in this program are also required to attend the four week Summer Intensive at Ballet Prestige unless given special permission by Director Katherine Johnson. In 2017, the dates of the Summer Intensive are July 3rd through the 28th, Monday through Friday 9 am until 3 pm. The cost for the Summer Intensive is $800 for current students and $1,000 for new students.
Tuition for the Professional Training Program is designed to be as all inclusive as possible. There is a $20.00 registration fee for new students. Registration takes place the week of August 28, 2017.
We offer three different payment options:
• Pay in full by September 1: $4,050 (includes a 10% discount)
• Pay in two equal installments, September 1 and January 2: $2,137.50 (includes a 5% discount)
• Pay in four equal installments, September 1, January 2, March 19, May 18: $1,125.00
There are extra fees for costumes in New York State Ballet performances, YAGP/Competition rehearsals and End of Year Performance.
Teaching Qualifications & Certification:
Katherine Johnson is one of the only ballet instructors in the greater Rochester area with professional certification in the Cecchetti Method and Vaganova System of ballet technique and training. For more information about Ballet Prestige, please visit www.balletprestigerochester.com.
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