Professional Training 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
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is a boutique professional training school and the official Academy of the Ballet Fantastique professional chamber company, a Resident Company of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Top-notch training in an encouraging and professional atmosphere. Dance classes at the Academy of Ballet Fantastique Professional Training Division meet from two to six times per week and boast an incredible 1:12 coach-to-student ratio between students and our incredible professional coaches. BFan students build a distinctive artistic expression and technical proficiency. 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. Academy of Ballet Fantastique students enjoy the opportunity to enrich their lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts. The guiding principles of the Ballet Fantastique are to teach, challenge and inspire students to achieve their highest goals in a nurturing and positive environment.
Association with the Ballet Fantastique professional company. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique offers serious student dancers an extraordinary opportunity to build technique and artistry—and draws students from across the U.S. Academy of Ballet Fantastique students and graduates have been invited to join nationally recognized training programs and companies. Advanced Professional Training Division students are invited to audition to perform and tour with the Company throughout Ballet Fantastique's Resident Company Hult Center season, as well as participating in extensive performances across our city. Academy of Ballet Fantastique dancers receive unparalleled performance opportunities and a strong connection to the Ballet Fantastique professional company. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is also a Resident Company of the beautiful Wildish Theater, where the school performs four times annually.
Curriculum. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique's curriculum explicitly follows the top-ranked international Vaganova teaching syllabus. Most dance studios don't employ a set training method; but at The Academy of Ballet Fantastique, 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 Svetlana Zakharova and Mikhail Baryshnikov, legendary choreographer George Balanchine (founder of New York City Ballet), and dancers in every respected ballet company in the world. Because Vaganova training is more detailed, more intensive, and 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. Our Professional Training Division dancers also participate in a full range of Pointe or Men's Conditioning, Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Character Ballet courses to develop powerfully well-rounded experience.
“Our daughter has been dancing at Ballet Fantastique for 8 years and absolutely loves it. When she was 6 years old, she informed us that she was ready to move on from her current dance classes to do "real ballet." The day she met her BFan teachers and tried a few classes, she knew that this was where she wanted to dance. We knew this place was special. Each of the instructors foster a creative and challenging learning environment, which has allowed our daughter to really blossom as a young artist. Her passion for dance is fueled at BFan and we can't wait to see where she will go from here. Thank you to all the staff at Ballet Fantastique for your dedication. You guys rock!” Parents of Delancey, age 15
Academy of Ballet Fantastique student dancers rehearsing with the Company and Gerry Rempel Ensemble at City Center for Dance for the world premiere of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Hult Center (Photo: Bob Williams, 2017)
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique seeks serious dancers who demonstrate great passion, along with focus and stamina. Our experienced, friendly faculty 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 fit for your dancer!
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 having each dancer join us for an Audition & Placement Class. After this trial class, we'll take the time to personally meet with you to discuss your background and goals. We look forward to helping you to reach your goals as a dancer!
In recruiting dancers, we look for:
Quality and clarity of previous ballet training (if applicable)
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
Important General Information
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The Academy of Ballet Fantastique's professional faculty are professional teaching artists. 90% of them are active professional dancers in the Ballet Fantastique Chamber Company. All complete a comprehensive Ballet Fantastique Advanced Teacher Training course. This unique connection to Ballet Fantastique's professional company provides unparalleled performance opportunities for selected students as well as invaluable networking and employment resources for advanced students. Academy of Ballet Fantastique classes are limited to 12 students/class, offering an unparalleled student-to-teacher ratio.
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).
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.