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The Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in CT (BBASI CT) is designed to provide expert training for serious ballet students (ages 9-14) through unique instruction under Master Teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. BBASI CT is a rigorous ballet training program, conducted in Russian language with the assistance of English-speaking translators, designed to offer pre-professional ballet training through 1) class instruction, 2) performances, and 3) other activities at locations on and off campus (please review sample schedules for more details). The program is specifically designed to achieve individual progress in ballet training through a focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality. At the same time, BBASI CT offers participants an unmatched summer experience comprising of cultural immersion, extracurricular activities, introduction to Russian language studies, and exciting off-campus trips.
BBASI CT offers both a residency and a day program option (day students will have limited participation in extracurricular activities). The program is located at the prestigious Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. The beautiful 100-acre private school campus has four large dance studios, two state-of-the-art athletic facilities, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a performing arts theater. As BBASI CT has grown, the program has also acquired an additional off-site studio a fifteen minute walk from campus. It is an ideal environment for younger students who may be experiencing a Summer Intensive away for the first time. BBASI CT is certified by the State of CT Department of Health as a fully licensed overnight camp. The program is staffed with a Program Director, Senior staff, counselors, life guards, a medical director, nursing staff and others who are necessary in providing a safe environment for minors.
The participants applying to this program should be focused on achieving individual progress and willing to work hard to obtain it. Having said that, the overall environment of BBASI CT is non-competitive and a strong emphasis is made on teamwork, support, and building friendships that last a lifetime.
Curriculum and Sample Schedule
BBASI CT is open to females and males, ages 9-14. Ballet classes are conducted in groups and organized by participants’ age and skill levels, as demonstrated during the audition process. A participant’s level placement may be adjusted during the first few days at the exclusive discretion of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Master Teachers. At the conclusion of the program, all participants will receive from the Master Teachers an assessment of their progress and advice for furthering their training.
A Class Observation Day and short performance will be held at the conclusion of the first three weeks of the program. A final performance will give participants enrolled in the six-week and the second three-week sessions the opportunity to showcase the repertoire acquired during BBASI CT. While all participants will be featured, the extent of one’s participation in the performance may be based, in part, on merit, student’s participation in class throughout the program, and artistic decisions involved in the performance’s planning.
Intermediate Level (CT)
- Classical Ballet
- Character Dance
- Independent Stretch
- Introduction to Pas de Deux*
- Male Technique**
*Introduction to Pas de Deux will be offered to select students ages 13-14 participating in the 6 week program by special invitation.
Beginning Level (CT)
- Organized Stretch
- Rhythm Development
- Classical Ballet
- Historical Dance
- Male Technique**
**A separate Male Technique Class is offered to both beginning and intermediate students in the BBASI CT program.
Please note that all schedules are subject to change. Groups are determined by age and ability, and placement is not guaranteed for any participant. There is a 3 day evaluation period at the beginning of each session during which the Bolshoi Academy pedagogues may choose to move participants as they deem necessary. Attendance and participation in all ballet classes is mandatory.
In addition to ballet classes, BBASI CT has a full itinerary of extracurricular activities. For BBASI CT resident students, attendance at all extracurricular activities is mandatory. For BBASI CT non-resident students, attendance is limited (schedule permitting) for all non-ballet activities. In the past, non-ballet activities have included: Russian Language, Musical Theatre, Ballet History, Modern, Jazz, Swimming, Outdoor Fun, Arts and Crafts.
There are no ballet classes on weekends. Private classes are available for an additional cost. For BBASI CT residents only, one day of each weekend will include an off-site trip. Each 3 week session will include one trip to New York City with a visit to a ballet performance or a Broadway show, included in the cost of tuition. One other weekend will include a trip to an amusement/water park, weather permitting. Attendance on all trips is mandatory for BBASI CT residents.
Housing at Westover
All students and staff are housed at the Westover School dorms. The dorms are located on the luxurious, green private school campus which includes a performing arts complex, cafeteria, and all other facilities. The dorms are situated on the second and third floors of the main building and there are a limited number of air-conditioned rooms available (additional fees apply and first-choice will be given to 6 week residents). The double and triple rooms are spacious, with a desk, dresser, and wardrobe for each resident. Depending on enrollment, students may also be placed in bigger quadruple rooms with the same furniture accommodations. The program staff reside with the students. The Westover School facilities are managed and operated by its regular staff who oversee the school year-round. Please note that BBASI cannot ensure an allergen-free environment at Westover’s facilities.
Admission to the Summer Intensive is competitive and by audition only. You will not be able to register for the program unless you have received a notification of Acceptance to the Summer Intensive as a result of your audition. For more information about audition dates, requirements and registration, please visit the Auditions page.
2014 Summer Intensive Fees (2015 fees coming soon):
|BBASI CT TUITION/ HOUSING||3-WEEK PROGRAM||6-WEEK PROGRAM|
|Full Board Housing (A/C)*||$1,525||$3,050|
|Full Board Housing (NO A/C)**||$1,400||$2,800|
*A/C rooms first offered to those staying for 6 weeks. **Full Board includes 3 meals a day and snacks in addition to housing.
***This is NOT the registration site for the Auditions. For audition registration, please visit the Registration/Auditions page.
Registration Payment Deadlines:
TUITION: Kindly be advised that to reserve your space in the program we need to receive a 50% deposit of the tuition within two weeks of the Acceptance Letter and the remaining 50% is due by May 1, 2014.
HOUSING: If you will need housing, a 50% deposit of the housing is due by March 28, 2014 and the balance is due by May 30, 2014. Housing options and fees will be posted at a later time.
PLEASE NOTE: We are accepting payments by check or wire transfer only. You can find important payment information on your registration invoice. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of the program’s implementation, credit cards are not accepted.
RAF Refund Policy
Russian American Foundation has a no-refund policy on payments received.
Withdrawal from the program, due to severe illness or injury, directly resulting in the participant’s inability to train, 30 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6 week program may be considered for a partial refund on a case by case basis.
If a participant attends the SI with an existing injury or illness they must notify the BBASI of the condition and must have received clearance from a doctor to participate in the SI. Any withdrawal from the program because of the pre-existing illness or injury will not be eligible for any refund.
There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the program.
All refund requests will be considered in September following the completion of the Summer Intensive and with full written documentation of the refund request and doctor’s documentation of the severe illness or injury.
As many have inquired about protection options to cover Program Costs, we would like to make you aware of program insurance options designed to protect program and associated costs which are available and used in the industry.
A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants)
ABROAD INSURANCE 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants)
NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies listed below, nor does RAF/BBASI assume any responsibilities, liabilities or make any representations regarding their products and/or services. This information is offered to all BBASI families solely on an OPTIONAL basis and it is the sole responsibility of each family to obtain full information regarding the costs, terms, coverage and any/all other relevant matters.
For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants) please go to https://www.aplusplans.com/ or call a toll free Customer Service number 1 888 420 5378.
For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the ABROAD INSURANCE 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants) please go to http://www2.sevencorners.com/.
Please use the following codes to identify the BBASI program:
Organization Name: Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs
Organization ID#: bols11
Please do not contact RAF/BBASI program staff with any questions as we are not authorized to make any representations and/or give out information.
BBASI Participant Manual and Medical Release Form:
All program forms will be available in April of 2014. This year, we are switching to the online registration for all medical forms. Once the forms are available, all registered students will be notified via email.
The Annual BBASI CT Program is a partnership between the New York-based Russian American Foundation (“RAF”) and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy (“Academy”). BBASI is operated in the United States by RAF, based on the ballet curriculum designed by the Academy, and taught exclusively by its ballet Master Teachers. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the RAF has no affiliation or responsibility for other programs operated or sponsored by the Academy in Russia or other parts of the world.
* Program details are subject to change