Professional Division Overview
"In addition to technique, the dancers have something more. It is a very good coordination with the expression, body, and musicality—in Russia we call it 'the feel of the pose.' Ballet Fantastique training is wonderful."
—Dina Fadayeva, Expert Master Teacher, Vaganova Method. Graduate of the Gitis Choreographic Institute, Moscow, Russia
We believe that it's worth the time and effort to teach ballet the right way. Classes in the Academy of Ballet Fantastique’s Professional Training Division (ages 7 and up; Ballet Brilliante ages 7 and up) meet from two to six times per week and boast an incredible 1:12 coach-to-student ratio (waiting lists are available when classes are full). BFan students build a distinctive artistic expression and technical proficiency. Some pursue professional careers; some become educators in the arts, pursuing college degrees in fields such as Dance Pedagogy and Arts Management; some earn scholarships to college; all become lifelong advocates and appreciators of the art form. Our goal is that our dancers LOVE to dance—and are equipped to do it with confidence and clarity, reaching their highest personal potential in this beautiful art form. Whatever your passion, you want to do it to the best of your ability. Our passion is dance.
Quality: A step above. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique's Professional Division offers student dancers an extraordinary opportunity to build technique and artistry—and has drawn summer-study students from across the U.S. Academy of Ballet Fantastique students and graduates have been invited to join nationally recognized training programs and companies. All advanced Professional Division students enjoy prestigious status as Chamber Company Apprentices, performing (and even touring) with the Company throughout the season.
Philosophy: Hard work pays off. While we are aware that ours is perhaps the most demanding training program in classical dance in this area, we have strong convictions in the recent studies that have shown that students who participate in intensive training programs perform better in their academic studies and in other areas. And ours do!
Method: The Vaganova Syllabus. Some schools don't employ a set training method. At The Academy of Ballet Fantastique, we believe that a proven, progressive syllabus gives our students the clearest technique, the most versatility, and the greatest experience of success—and you can see the difference. Over the past hundred-plus years, the Vaganova Method has trained some of the world's greatest and most well-known dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Svetlana Zakharova, Polina Semionova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and dancers in every respected ballet company in the world. Because Vaganova is more detailed, more intensive, more perfectionist-oriented, dancers who can do Vaganova can do anything (from jazz to Balanchine: you name it!). Our professional coaches teach with fidelity to the Vaganova Syllabus because in our many combined decades of teaching experience, we have seen again and again that it builds the strongest, most confident, injury-free, and artistically-expressive dancers.
“I love the fact that you take so much time to work with each individual kid. We've seen so many dance academies that just do not or cannot do that. You are always positive with each and every student. My son has been dancing with Ballet Fantastique since he was just starting elementary school, and his experience with Donna has increased his focus and confidence in performing. His experience with ballet Fantastique will carry him a long way in all his life's challenges. I highly recommend this dance company to anyone, from child to striving professional.”
—Alice, Parent of Tom (age 11)
New Students: Audition/Placement Class
- Please join us for an Audition Placement Class ($15), which is a prerequisite for registration in Ballet Fantastique's Professional Division. Out-of-state dancers may audition by DVD.
- To schedule your Audition Placement Class, please call us at 541-342-4611, or email us directly by clicking here. We can't wait to get you started! We do advise all students to contact us before coming in so that we can learn more about your background and goals and suggest the best class fit for you.
- Please bring your completed Ballet Fantastique Audition Form with you to your Placement Class (you may also complete one at the studio).
- Upon enrollment, the Placement Class fee is applied towards your annual Enrollment Application/Registration Fee–so it's free!
Photos: Monovita, Woden Photo
All Students: Registration
- New dancers who have completed the Audition Placement Class (see left) and have been placed by an Academy of Ballet Fantastique instructor click here to register
- Continuing students login here to view classes, announcements, registration status, and more!
- Information for Parents
What a dancer wears and how he/she presents himself/herself is important. As with any intensive sport, the dance uniform is a required discipline and also allows the teacher to easily see what each student is doing, as well as how the group is moving together. And as with any performing art, dancers learn presentation through daily practice. Starting at the Brilliante levels, each Academy of Ballet Fantastique class has a specific uniform that the dancers are required to wear. Students at all levels and in all classes must conform to official class attire policy in order to participate in classes and rehearsals.
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique seeks serious dancers who demonstrate great passion, along with focus and stamina. Our experienced, friendly instructors will take the time to meet with you personally to assess your personal background and goals for dance, and then to tailor the best training plan and class fit for you!
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique accepts Professional Training Division dancers year round for our School Year Program and each spring for our Summer Intensive Program. Placement is determined by audition. After your trial class, we'll take the time to personally meet with you to discuss your background and goals. We can't wait to work with you!
Please contact us today to schedule your dancer's personal interview at the Academy of Ballet Fantastique, or send a DVD audition (see below).
In recruiting dancers, we look for:
- Quality and clarity of previous ballet training
- A high level of talent—defined by physical ability, movement quality, musical sense, strong commitment, and a high level of dedication to artistry
- Physical attributes, such as structure, proportion, flexibility, body line, turn out, extension, and coordination
Auditioning in Person
Please bring your completed Ballet Fantastique Audition Form with you to your Placement Class (you may also complete the form at the studio). The fee for the Audition Placement Class is $15 and is non-refundable. (Upon enrollment, this fee will be applied towards your annual Registration Fee.) After the audition class, Artistic Director Donna Marisa Bontrager or the Ballet Fantastique instructor will take time to meet with you (and parents, if you wish) in a registration interview, learning about your experiences and goals with dance. This informal meeting provides an opportunity to talk about the best training match and a chance for you to get to know us and ask questions, and sets the basis for the strong dancer-parent-coach relationship that Academy of Ballet Fantastique is known for.
Contact us today to schedule your audition–we can't wait to meet you!
Auditioning by DVD (out-of-area applicants)
Out-of-area applicants seeking placement in Ballet Andante or higher levels of our Professional Training Program should mail the Academy of Ballet Fantastique Audition Form along with a full body photo of the dancer in 1st position en face (dancers with no prior ballet experience should contact us for further instructions, and we'll be happy to help!).
Dancers auditioning for Ballet Bravo and more Advanced levels of our Professional Training Program should mail the Academy of Ballet Fantastique Audition Form (above), the $15 DVD Audition Fee, and a 20-minute DVD that includes:
- Basic barre and center work, including adagio, pirouettes, petit allegro, and grande allegro, set to classroom music.
- A short variation, if available.
As always, please feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to helping you to reach your goals as a dancer!
Ballet Fantastique's tuition has been carefully calculated to be highly competitive with other training programs both in our city and across the country. Academy of Ballet Fantastique students receive exceptional additional value in the form of BFan's limited class sizes, which ensure that each dancer can accelerate at his/her fastest learning pace (lower student to teacher ratio = more learning time = more focused progress).
Important General Information
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique's Policies have been developed to help create an environment that is safe and nurturing while allowing optimal productivity and focus for both staff and students. Your digital signature verifying your compliance with our policies is logged when you register through our system.
IN ADDITION TO THE POLICIES ABOVE: REQUIRED ADDITIONAL READING/RESOURCES
- New Dancer Folder: For all new students—please request one from your teacher or the front office (office located at 960 Oak)
- Annual Calendar: Calendar of important dates, holidays and studio closures! Click here for the most up-to-date information
- Academy of Ballet Fantastique Handbook (and/or Company Handbook, if applicable): For all students (PDF will be emailed to you)
- Ballet Fantastique Professional Division Program Performance FAQ: For all students (PDF will be emailed to you near performance times)
- Optional: Ballet Fantastique Information for Parents
What a dancer wears and how he/she presents himself/herself is important. As with any intensive sport, the dance uniform is a required discipline and also allows the teacher to easily see what each student is doing, as well as how the group is moving together. Each class has a specific uniform that the dancers are required to wear. Students at all levels and in all classes must conform to official class attire policy in order to participate in classes and rehearsals.
FAMILY VOLUNTEER CREDIT PROGRAM
we need your help!
A nonprofit organization powered by our community, volunteers are essential to the success of Ballet Fantastique—we could not do what we do for our students and for our community without the support of volunteers who give their time to support our mission.
BFan's family volunteer credit program!
We understand that, though our tuition prices are very competitive with other professional dance training schools in our state and across the country (and are, in many cases, much lower than those at comparable training schools), families whose dancers are coming in to train several days each week will benefit from tuition assistance. Enter our Family Volunteer Credit Program for dancers in Ballet Brilliante and up! NOTE: Though we do not offer the family volunteer tuition credit to our Young Dancer Program students (who train fewer days/week), your volunteer hours help BFan, too! Please let us know if you’d like to help!
During the academy year (10 months: September–June), families who have one or more dancers enrolled at level Ballet Brilliante and higher are eligible to receive up to $24/month tuition discount on academy year tuition (September–June) for contributing a total of up to 2 volunteer hours per month; and families in our Conservatory Division (Concerto/Demi-Corps/Apprentice) are eligible for a $36/month tuition credit on academy year tuition (September–June) for contributing a total of up to 3 volunteer hours per month. Hours can be added up and applied to future months (e.g., you can work 10 hours in September to earn five months of volunteer discount credit!), but need to be "caught up" by the end of each term.
This program is opt-in only. Please contact us for the opt-in form.
how to sign up for projects
Those who do choose to participate in the discount program will receive a list of volunteer projects. Opportunities abound, and include a variety of ways to be involved, from folding brochures, to selling program ads, to cleaning the studio, to working a front desk shift. During show months there are often additional projects added to the list, so show months are a great way to stock up on hours.
how to track your hours
Volunteers will be given access to both an online form as well as a paper binder in the studio on which to track hours. Hours must be received by the 23rd of each month in order to be credited to the following month's statement.
Our goal is that this program is an easy, fun way to stay involved and a win-win for families and for our school. Thank you for being part of BFan!