Q: Is previous training in dance necessary to audition for the dance program at BSA?
The department is designed to accommodate students entering both with previous training and those who have not had any training at all. There are three entry levels which accommodate all students that audition.
Q: Are students assigned levels by grade?
Students are assigned to classes by technical ability not by grade level.
Q: What performance opportunities are available?
Most of the performing is done by the upper level dancers. The freshmen and sophomore dancers have some opportunities available to them according to their skill level. They also have several performing opportunities that are solely their own.
Q: What are dancers prepared to do when they graduate?
Please look at our alumni page. You will find that our graduates go on to college to study a wide variety of majors including marketing, health services, psychology and education to name a few as well as or in addition to dance. Some of our students earn BFA’s others BA’s. They leave here prepared to make a choice between college or a career or both!
Q: Does BSA offer tap?
The program at BSA is based on ballet and modern training. There are master classes in other dance styles given by guest teachers from Broadway musicals
Q: Are there summer classes?
We sometimes have summer classes for incoming students but in general we encourage students to audition for summer classes at a variety of nationally known venues such as ABT, Boston Ballet, and American Academy of Ballet etc.
Q: May students perform outside the school?
Students may not perform outside of school sponsored or sanctioned events without written permission of the Department Head. Requests for permission to perform should be submitted as soon as the student is aware of the opportunity. Each request is examined on an individual basis taking into account the students academic standing as part of the process.
Q: What do you look for at the audition?
Basically the audition looks for the student’s suitability for our specific program. We look for strength, flexibility, articulation of joints, physical fitness and performance capabilities. The audition class is a basic movement class that allows us to check the listed criteria. The solo will allow us to see the potential performing quality of the applicant. Any type of dance may be used for the solo it does not have to be ballet or modern.