BBA Summer Intensive CT (Ages 9-14)

BBA Summer Intensive CT (Ages 9-14)

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9454196684_cdf43f0d3e_o Summer 2015 dates:

June 22 – July 31, 2015 – 6-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in a final performance.
June 22 – July 10, 2015 – 3-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in an Open Class and short performance.
July 13 – July 31, 2015 – 3-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in a Final Performance.

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 visit the “curriculum” page 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 tiboysclassme, 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, 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 Office of Early Childhood as a fully licensed overnight camp. The Program is staffed with a Program Director, Senior staff, counselors, life guards, a medical director, nursing staff, kitchen regulated by Aramark services, and others who are necessary for providing a safe environment for minors.  The campus itself is managed and operated by Westover School’s year round professional staff.

Participants applying to BBASI CT should be focused on achieving individual progress and willing to work hard to obtain it. Having said that, the overall environment is non-competitive, and a strong emphasis is put on teamwork, support, and building friendships that last a lifetime.

All Participants will be considered for enrollment in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Participants invited will be notified after the intensive.

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

Curriculum

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 an assessment of their progress and advice for furthering their training from the Master Teachers.

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.  Please note that the schedule of the last week of each session may change in order to accommodate rehearsals for the performances.

Intermediate Level (CT)

  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Repertoire
  • Character Dance
  • Male Technique
  • Introduction to Pas de Deux*
  • Independent Stretch**

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE INTERMEDIATE SCHEDULE

Beginning Level (CT)

  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  • Repertoire
  • Character/Historical Dance
  • Male Technique
  • Organized Stretch**

*Introduction to Pas de Deux will be offered to select Participants ages 13-14 participating in the 6 week program by special invitation.

**Organized/Independent Stretch time is conducted by Program staff and not by Academy’s teachers. The intent of this activity is to ensure that each Participant is warmed-up prior to start of the formal Program classes. If a Participant has their own stretch routine which they would like to follow during this time, they will be welcome to do so in a non-disruptive manner.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE BEGINNER SCHEDULE

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 adjust Participants’ levels as they deem necessary. Attendance and participation in all ballet classes is mandatory.

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Extracurricular Activities

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.

Weekends

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.

*Program details are subject to change

Location

Housing at Westover

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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 other facilities.  Older Participants may also have class at an off-site studio a fifteen minute walk from campus. The dorms are situated on the second and thirdimage 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 typically furnished with a desk, dresser, and wardrobe for each resident. Depending on enrollment, students may also be placed in bigger quadruple rooms with similar furniture accommodations. The Program staff resides 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.

*Program details are subject to change

Auditions


2015 BBASI AUDITIONS REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015

January 10 (Saturday) - Philadelphia, PA

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 9 - 11
Terra Hall, Studio 205 | 211 S. Broad Street
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 12 - 14
Philadelphia, PA 19102 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 10 (Saturday) - Laguna Hills, CA

DMITRI KULEV CLASSICAL BALLET ACADEMY 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  9 - 11
23091 Del Lago Dr 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 12-14
Laguna Hills, CA 92656 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 15 and older 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 11 (Sunday) - Los Angeles, CA

DANCE ARTS ACADEMY 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  9 - 11
731 S La Brea Ave 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 12 - 14
Los Angeles, CA 90036 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 11 (Sunday) - New York, NY

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  9 - 11
60  Lincoln Center Plaza
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 12 - 14
New York, NY 10023 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 11 (Sunday) - Seattle, WA

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET
Francia Russell Center, Studio A | 13440 Northeast 16th Street 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 9 - 14
Bellevue WA, 98005 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 17 (Saturday) - Boston, MA

NEW ENGLAND MOVEMENT ARTS  
123 Muller Road 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 9 - 11
Burlington, MA 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 12 - 14
01803 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 18 (Sunday) - Middlebury, CT

WESTOVER SCHOOL 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  9 - 11
Studio 3 | 1237 Whittemore Rd 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM 12 - 14
Middlebury, CT 06762 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 18 (Sunday) - Winston-Salem, NC

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Building 15
1533 South Main St. 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 9 - 14
Winston-Salem, NC 27127 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 25 (Sunday) - San Francisco, CA

CITY DANCE STUDIOS
10 Chase Court 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 9 - 14
San Francisco, CA 94103 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 25 (Sunday) - Toronto, Canada

CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL
400 Jarvis Street
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 9 - 14
Toronto ON Canada M4Y 2G6
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 1 (Sunday) - Dallas, TX

IRVING ARTS CENTER - REHEARSAL HALL
Rehearsal Hall |3333 N. MacArthur Blvd 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 9-14
Irving, TX 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 15 and older 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 8 (Sunday) - Chicago, IL

JOFFREY ACADEMY OF DANCE
Studio A | 10 E Randolph Street 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 9 - 14
Chicago, IL 60601 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 8 (Sunday) - New York, NY

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 9 - 11
Irene Diamond Building, 60  Lincoln Center Plaza 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 12 - 14
New York, NY 10023 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 14 (Saturday) - Silver Spring, MD

MARYLAND YOUTH BALLET 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 9 - 11
926 Ellsworth Drive 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 12 - 14
Silver Spring, MD 20910 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 15 (Sunday) - Atlanta GA

ATLANTA BALLET
1695 Marietta Blvd. NW 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 9 - 14
Atlanta, GA 30318 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 15 (Sunday) - Pittsburgh, PA

POINT PARK UNIVERSITY CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMING ARTS
607 Lawrence Hall 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 9 - 14
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 21 (Saturday) - Orlando, FL

ORLANDO BALLET SCHOOL
2201 McRae Avenue 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 9 - 14
Orlando, FL 32803 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 21 (Saturday) - San Antonio, TX

SAINT MARY’S HALL
9401 Starcrest Drive 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 9 - 14
San Antonio, Texas, 78217 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 22 (Sunday) - Dallas, TX

IRVING ARTS CENTER - REHEARSAL HALL
Rehearsal Hall |3333 N. MacArthur Blvd 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9-14
Irving, TX 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

March 1 (Sunday) - Denver, CO

COLORADO BALLET
1278 Lincoln Street 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 9 - 14
Denver CO, 80203 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 15 and older
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

PLEASE BE GUIDED BY YOUR AGE AS OF JUNE 22, 2015 TO SELECT THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP FOR YOUR AUDITION. Online pre-registration audition fee is $35/ on-site audition fee is $40 (cash or check only). Please bring your headshot and your first arabesque photo to the audition. It is preferred that you pre-register online, however, you have an option to sign up on-site. Please arrive 30-60 min prior to the start of the audition for your age group.  

VIDEO Auditions

Click on this link for more information on how to register and submit your video audition (a .pdf file should open in a new tab).

Notification

Whether you are auditioning LIVE or sending your VIDEO audition to us, please allow for up to 2 weeks to get notified of your audition result. All VIDEO audition submissions will be confirmed with the sender upon receipt. Your audition result with be emailed to all email addresses provided in the BBASI Parent Dashboard.

Registration

Registration

Admission to the Program 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 BBASI CT as a result of your audition. For more information about audition dates, requirements and registration, please visit the Auditions page.

2015 Summer Intensive Fees:

BBASI CT TUITION/ HOUSING 3-WEEK PROGRAM 6-WEEK PROGRAM
TUITION $2,400 $4,600
Full Board Housing (A/C)* $1,550 $3,100
Full Board Housing (NO A/C)** $1,425 $2,850

*A/C rooms first offered to those staying for 6 weeks.

**Full Board includes 3 meals a day and snacks in addition to housing.

Online Tuition and Housing Registration 2015***

***This is NOT the registration site for the Auditions. For audition registration, please visit the Registration/Auditions page.

2015 Registration Payment Deadlines:

To reserve your space in the program, kindly be advised:

TUITION:

  • a 50% deposit of the tuition must be received within two weeks of the Acceptance Letter
  • the remaining 50% is due by May 1, 2015

HOUSING:  (Optional / for boarding students only)

  • a 50% deposit of the housing must be received by March 13, 2015
  • the remaining 50% is due by May 15, 2014

PAYMENT:

  • Russian American Foundation accepts payments by check and wire transfer only. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of the program’s implementation, credit cards are not accepted.
  • Checks MUST be made out to: Russian American Foundation, Inc.
  • You can find important payment information on your registration invoice.

RAF Refund Policy

Russian American Foundation has a no-refund policy on payments received.  Withdrawal from the Program due to severe injury, medical condition or illness, directly resulting in Participant’s inability to train, 30 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6 week program, may be considered for special consideration on a case by case basis.  Withdrawal from the Program because of a pre-existing injury, medical condition or illness will not be eligible for any refund. There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the Program or for voluntary withdrawal. All special consideration requests will be considered in September following the completion of the Program and with full written documentation of the request and doctor’s documentation of the severe injury, medical condition or illness and attestation that it is not a result of a previous condition.   Participation in the Program is subject to RAF Refund Policy which is displayed on Program’s website and stated on Program’s registration materials.

As many have inquired about options to protect Program costs, we would like to make you aware of program insurance options which are available and used in the industry.

A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants)

For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the A+ PLANS INSURANCE  please click here or call a toll free Customer Service number 1 888 420 5378.

ABROAD INSURANCE 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants)
For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the ABROAD INSURANCE 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants) please click here.

Please use the following codes to identify the BBASI program:
– Organization Name: Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs
– Organization ID#: bols11

NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies listed above, 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.   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:
The participant manual and the medical forms will be distributed to all in April of 2015. Individual requests to review the participant manual or medical forms in advance should be emailed directly to Assistant Director, Alana Vogel, at avogel@russianamericanfoundation.org. BBASI Programs now have online registration for all medical forms and records. Once the forms are available, all registered students will be notified via email.

*Program details are subject to change

Scholarships

The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive is a small program which offers its Participants a one of a kind, unparalleled training and cross-cultural opportunity with the Master Teachers of the Bolshoi Academy who have trained and continue to train some of the biggest stars on the world’s ballet stages. Because of our commitment to small classes and the high caliber of the program, the Russian American Foundation is able to offer only a small number of scholarship opportunities, as follows:

  1. MERIT-BASED FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALENT – RAF recognizes the enormous talent and dedication of many students interested in its Program. Due to RAF’s desire for the most impartial award process, please note that RAF awards merit-based scholarships through the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. For further information and registration please visit YAGP.org. In a rare instance, RAF does reserve its right to award merit-based scholarships to students participating in its live national auditions. Such awards are by invitation only.
  2. NEED-BASED FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALENT – RAF recognizes that, in some cases, talented students are prohibited from participating due to financial constraints. In such cases, after receiving an Acceptance Letter, RAF suggests that families contact the BBASI Program. Please be advised that any request for financial aid must be accompanied by the following:
    1. Two (2) most recent official and filed Tax Returns.  Please do not submit W-2 or 1099 forms. Please black out your SS#.
    2. If you feel it is appropriate to submit an additional narrative, please ensure that it is no longer than one page.
    3. For the BBASI CT Program, please send your paperwork to avogel@russianamericanfoundation.org. We ask that you await our response prior to registering for the Program. The response will be sent to the email address(es) on file.
  3.  TRAINING AND PERFORMING SCHOLARSHIP AT THE MOSCOW BOLSHOI BALLET ACADEMY – RAF is proud to continue its tradition of awarding full scholarships for one female and one male student from its summer program to travel to Moscow, train for 2 weeks at the Academy, and perform in a Gala Performance among some of today’s leading ballet students. The recipients are selected during the Summer Intensive by the Program’s Master Teachers and RAF Executive Staff. To be eligible, the student must successfully complete the six-week program. *1st Place Male and Female Winner will be provided with visa support, economy air travel from NYC to Moscow and back, accommodations at the Academy, and training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy; **2nd Place Male and Female Winner assumes all costs associated with the travel.
  4. NSLI FOR YOUTH RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION AND BOLSHOI WAY MOSCOW SUMMER INTENSIVE – The Russian American Foundation is proud to have been selected for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with American Councils for International Education. NSLI FOR YOUTH offers 15 merit-based full scholarships for intensive study of the Russian language and culture and ballet training from Master Teachers at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Students must meet specific criteria to be considered. For detailed information please refer to the NSLI for Youth Program page.

Russian American Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public charitable foundation with the mission to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the U.S., as well as to promote reciprocal interest in American heritage among global communities of the former Soviet Union region. RAF welcomes support to expand its ability to offer scholarships to deserving students. For general (not BBASI program related) RAF sponsorship inquiries, please e-mail: info@russianamericanfoundation.org or send your contributions to:

Russian American Foundation, Inc.
70 West 36th Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10018
ATTN: Ms. Rina Kirshner

If you have a specific program request, please specify so in the letter. An official tax donation acknowledgement letter will be sent upon receipt of your support.