BBA Teacher Certification Program
2022 Program Dates
At this time we share that the 2022 BBASI Programs will not take place this summer.
BBA Teacher Certification
A one-week intensive in-person program for dance educators "Methods of Teaching Classical Ballet."
Admission to the Program is by application only.
Founded more than 245 years ago, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has a rich history of training many of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars. Its curriculum, based on the Vaganova method, is respected internationally for its focus on musicality, strength, pureness of classical technique, and its emphasis on individual progress. The Academy’s alumni include some of the most accomplished dancers of the 20th century, including Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, to the stars of the current generation, including Vladimir Malakhov, Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky, Polina Semionova, Maria Kochetkova, and many others. To this day, the Academy and its graduates continue to earn the highest honors and acclaims in the international dance world.
Classes conducted by leading faculty from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy
Lectures on age-appropriate curriculum with supporting teaching materials
Interactive practical classes with faculty and students from the Academy
Exclusive video screenings from the Academy’s archives of classes, exams, and teaching methods
Individual feedback from the Academy’s pedagogues
A final assessment and, upon successful completion, an official certificate (n/a for Virtual Masterclass).
Upon Program's completion, educators will be able to apply their new in-depth knowledge and training in the BBA Curriculum to their daily work with their own students.
Certificate of Successful Completion:
Successful completion of the Program in no way establishes recognition of a participant as a Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher. Upon successful completion, a participant will be awarded a certificate and will be entitled to state ONLY that he/she has completed the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program (Level specific). If upon completion of the course, the Program determines that a participant did not demonstrate successful comprehension of the materials, no certificate will be awarded and a repeat of the course will be recommended.
Rooted in the Academy’s respected curriculum, the Teacher Certification Program provides instruction in systematic, methodic, and holistic methods for classical dance instruction. Training will include workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and independent tutorials. The Program’s theme, ‘Methods of Teaching Classical Dance,’ is designed to combine the theoretical and practical work of generations of Academy instructors. All classes are conducted in Russian with the assistance of English-speaking interpreters.
All candidates must have achieved a professional level of ballet training and must be 18 years or older. While teaching experience is not mandatory, the course curriculum requires prior familiarity with the Vaganova technique. All program levels must be completed in order (starting with Level A). Program instruction is conducted in Russian with interpretation to English. All candidates must have a working knowledge of English sufficient for comprehension and communication.
JUMPS & TURNS for Pre-professional dancers ages 10-13
A focus on physical development and specialized training during the age of 10-13 is crucial to the success of a young dancer in the field of ballet.
The "Jumps & Turns" Masterclass will give a theoretical overview and practical demonstrations of BBA's pedagogy methods for female and male dancers ages 10-13. Turns will be analyzed within the context development of pre-pointe and pointe work, and pirouettes from 5th, 2nd, and 4th position on demi-pointe and pointe, as taught in the Academy for these ages. All jumps which are officially taught as part of BBA's curriculum for these ages will be discussed/demonstrated with insights from Academy's leading teachers. This is a non-certificate program.
BBA Teacher Certification
Level A: 1st , 2nd , & 3rd year of study (junior level):
Lays a professional foundation and imparts basic skills of coordination. In addition, instruction allows students to begin working on their artistic, expressive, and musical performance in accordance with their age and personality.
Level B: 4th & 5th year of study (intermediate level):
Adds complexity to the execution of movements and combinations. Allows students to further develop their musicality, expression, and artistic personality.
Level C: 6th, 7th, & 8th year of study (advanced level):
Develops and subsequently tests the program material. Covers virtuoso techniques as well as the expansion and formation of individual students’ progress and talents. NEW: Includes Introduction to Partnering. (View sample schedule)
NOTE: Level C is TBD for 2022, If you have successfully completed levels A &B and are interested in taking level C this coming summer, please fill out this form to indicate your interest.
Each participant will be evaluated for his/her comprehension of the level-appropriate material taught in the course. Successful completion of the Program in no way establishes recognition of a participant as a Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher nor are any results guaranteed, such as future employment or any other benefit as a result of completing the Program.