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By Claudia Bauer
Dance Studio Life
March 4, 2014

City Ballet School, San Fransisco, Boys Program (City Ballet School)“Can we do another jumping competition?” Five-year-old Theo is flushed at the end of his boys’ ballet class. He wants to dance more, jump more, learn more, and keep having fun.

Any teacher would love a studio full of talented, ballet-crazy boys like Theo (not his real name). Nikolai Kabaniaev, Theo’s teacher, is looking for more like him. As the director of the new men’s program at City Ballet School in San Francisco, Kabaniaev has developed a plan to recruit them, retain them, and cultivate their enthusiasm for ballet.

Kabaniaev brings 40 years of experience to this endeavor. Trained as a child at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, he was a soloist with the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet for nearly a decade before immigrating to California in 1991 and becoming a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet. After retiring from performing, he served as co-artistic director of Diablo Ballet while choreographing for an array of Bay Area companies. But he has found his métier in teaching boys’ and men’s ballet. He came to City Ballet School after a two-year tenure as senior boys’ teacher at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.

His partner in the program is Galina Alexandrova, City Ballet School’s co-owner (with her husband, Ken Patsel). A former Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballet dancer, Alexandrova shares Kabaniaev’s sterling ballet pedigree and his unwavering belief that “if the school wants to progress professionally, it has to have a men’s program.”

Under Alexandrova’s leadership, City Ballet School has turned out pre-professional female ballet dancers since it began in 1987. To train today’s versatile dancers, current instructors, including Kristin Long, a former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer, and Anne-Sophie Rodriguez, who has danced with Boston Ballet and taught at Joffrey Ballet School, offer Vaganova-style classical training as well as contemporary classes. Graduates have gone on to respected traineeships and schools, including the Bolshoi Academy, while companies such as the Joffrey, San Francisco, and Alberta Ballets count CBS alumni in their ranks.

Boys and men have always been invited to join the school’s summer intensives, but a dedicated men’s program will round out the school. It will also allow the extensive pas de deux and partnering training that are so vital for aspiring professional ballet dancers. Alexandrova and Kabaniaev offer perspectives, insights, and tips on building a strong foundation for a boys’ ballet division.

 
Think big, start small
City Ballet School’s boys’ program launched in September 2013 with one class and four beginning students: Theo, plus 8-, 11- and 12-year-olds. But Alexandrova was willing to underwrite the program with only one student. “You must be willing to conceptualize the program, front the necessary capital, and follow through without compromise,” she says. “Be willing to start modestly, and build slowly.”

To that end, she has set promotional goals and marketing plans for the first year. Recruitment is a high priority, so she is promoting the program through advertising and special events, such as a party to introduce Kabaniaev to the school and the dance community. The boys performed in the school’s October recital (one of several annual performances), although they had trained for only two months. They partnered four girls in a piece set to Glière—a hit with the audience, a source of pride for the boys, and a publicity boost for the program.

The school has always included boys in its summer intensives, but Alexandrova’s first-year ambitions include an all-boys intensive in the summer of 2014. All along, she and Kabaniaev will focus on creating a positive community among the boys and growing a staff of highly regarded instructors, whose reputations will draw additional students to the program.

Like any business venture, a new boys’ program needs capital until it is self-supporting. Alexandrova and Kabaniaev are fundraising in the private and corporate sectors, and Kabaniaev is at work on a scholarship fund, which can mean the difference between keeping and losing promising boys who lack the resources to pay for training.

 
Define the program
Alexandrova knows exactly what she offers her students. “Our women’s program is the only one in San Francisco that exclusively offers Russian Vaganova training,” she says. It is the defining philosophy of City Ballet School, and it draws students who desire that training.

Now Kabaniaev is offering that to boys. The ultimate goal is to make the school a destination for pre-professional Vaganova-based training, and he and Alexandrova have agreed to make no compromises on the rigorousness of the training, the commitment level of the students, or the pace of each individual’s advancement. That kind of clear philosophy on training, and a defined structure for implementing it, can inspire confidence in parents, students, and potential funders.

Designed for students who want to become professional ballet dancers, the program will ultimately include two-hour technique classes five days per week, plus additional classes in variations, partnering, and contemporary dance.

For the time being, Kabaniaev’s beginning class is open to all boys who have a sincere interest. Even so, he and Alexandrova are prepared to turn away hopefuls in whom they don’t see the potential, drive, or enjoyment of ballet they are looking for.

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“As long as they want to seriously take ballet, you take every student individually,” Alexandrova says. She and Kabaniaev agree that a school can undermine itself by focusing on short-term income rather than principled training—their choice may mean less revenue in the near term, but it serves their long-term goal of developing a high-caliber program.

Enrollment will eventually be by audition, as it already is for the girls. Kabaniaev and Alexandrova also trust that as the program’s reputation grows, it will draw young dancers with compatible goals. As enrollment grows and boys advance, the school will increase the number of classes, which Kabaniaev will segregate by skill level rather than by age.

Not every school will have such specific parameters, or even desire them. Leveraging what your school already does well and clarifying your values for boys’ dance training can help you establish effective founding guidelines in every style of boys’ dance class, including contemporary, competition, and hip-hop. Market research can also help you discover ways to develop a program that will appeal to your community. Since many boys start dance classes because they have a sister in dance, surveying parents about what dance styles, class times, and music their boys are interested in is a great way to start.

 
Focus on men’s technique
If you’re starting with only one or two boys, it may be tempting to save money by placing them in a girls’ class, then add boys-only training when enrollment increases. But Kabaniaev and Alexandrova recommend having dedicated boys’ classes from the outset. “Boys have to be with other boys in the class,” Kabaniaev says. “It’s a different training.” Dedicated classes for boys also show that you take their training seriously. Boys show respect for the program by arriving on time and adhering to the dress code (at City Ballet School, a classic white leotard, black tights, and black shoes).

They also advise hiring a male instructor, preferably one who has had professional experience as a performer. Not only will he have an innate understanding of men’s technique, he can also serve as a model of strength, athleticism, and artistry for boys to aspire to.

Kabaniaev knows from experience that strength, coordination, flexibility, and turnout are the foundations for everything boys will do as ballet dancers, and he structures his classes accordingly. The boys start out facing the mirror, at standing barres. The barres are parallel to a seam in the marley and positioned about 18 inches (boys’ arm distance) past it. Standing on the seam during pliés, tendus, dégagés, and grands battements, the boys have an easy visual reminder of where their turnout belongs. To teach rhythm, Kabaniaev has them say the counts out loud. While they work, he walks from one boy to the next, gently and repeatedly adjusting their shoulders, chins, and posture, and getting them onto their standing legs.

Patience, persistence, and open-mindedness are his watchwords. “Sometimes you just let them be, even if they’re not exactly doing what they are supposed to,” he says, adding that a two-hour class allows plenty of time for goofing off between focused exercises. When they do lose interest in “the boring stuff,” like repetitive barre work, he often laughs, charmed by their personalities. “Boys will be boys,” he says with a smile. After they burn off some energy, they are ready to refocus, and are once again eager to please.

 
Let boys be boys
“At 10, girls already want to be ballerinas. Boys, they’re a different animal,” Kabaniaev says. He takes advantage of their natural bent for performing and competing to keep them engaged, enthusiastic, and barely aware that they’re learning technique.

Most boys can hardly wait to do “fun stuff” like pirouettes, so he uses those as rewards for dutifully completing their tendus. For beginners, pirouettes are an ambitious goal; though performed with verve, they are wobbly and turned-in. But, says Kabaniaev about his training at the Vaganova Academy in the 1970s, “we wouldn’t start pirouettes until we were 13 years old, and then it is too late. Coordination develops at an early age—the earlier the better. They just need to try.”

And Kabaniaev is not above a little trickery. “I told them, ‘In academics, when you want to ask a question, you raise your hand. In ballet, you raise your leg over your head.’ So now when they ask a question, they go ‘Ugh!’ and raise their leg.”

Instead of asking for eight sautés in first position, Kabaniaev might have the boys do a low-stakes competition. Lined up side by side, they see who can sauté longer than the others. “After four jumps, their muscles start getting tired,” he says. “But nobody wants to give up.”

Ever protective of his charges, Kabaniaev makes sure the boys don’t overwork. He will call a tie to bring a competition to a dignified, and safe, end—a result that the boys seem content with. The rule is that when they quit, they have to lie on the floor in the frog position while the others keep going. This double ruse gets the boys doing many more sautés, with much more gusto, than a traditional exercise, while improving their turnout with repeated frog stretches.

Pushups, sit-ups, and changements also work well for competitions. Spread them throughout class time to keep spirits up, and save one competition for the end of class, to finish on a high note before réverénce. It’s a simple and effective way to build camaraderie in the group; after all, the more emotionally invested the boys are, and the more fun they have, the stronger their commitment will be. And even though only one boy gets to taste the thrill of victory, they all learn that giving their best effort can bring meaningful rewards.

Ultimately, all of these efforts are geared toward a critical goal: creating a place where boys can enjoy themselves and fall in love with ballet.

“There is no magic,” Kabaniaev says. It takes hard work, creativity, a financial investment, and a leap of faith. “After the first class, I thought maybe the next day Theo wouldn’t be there,” he says. “But he was there. I talked to his mom and she said, ‘He said the class is too short.’ ”

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By Rory Brigstock-Barron
Islington Gazette
February 14, 2014

Boy's ballet[London, England] – Budding Billy Elliots are being sought for a flagship all-boys ballet school setting up in Finsbury. London Boys’ Ballet School, the first of its kind in the UK, is set to open next month and founder James Anthony is hoping to end the taboo surrounding lads in leotards.

Mr Anthony, 32, started one-on-one ballet lessons a year ago as he was too embarrassed to take it up as a child in Swansea. Now he wants to stop other boys being put off by creating an environment in which they don’t feel like the odd ones out.

Mr Anthony said: “I grew up in a very performing arts-orientated family, but I was still too embarrassed to take up dance when I was younger and to tell people I wanted to do it. It’s got a stigma associated with it. The problem you have with boys who do take up ballet is that they often end up being the only boy in their class and then they give it up.”

James AnthonyMr Anthony recently took over his mother’s dance school business in Swansea, which has been running for more than 35 years and has 150-plus students. He is involved in a number of other theatre and dance projects in London and south Wales and is a former teacher and sports coach.

Drafting in his sister Amelia Jane, an experienced ballet teacher who has performed and taught all over the world, he is hoping to show boys that there is nothing embarrassing about ballet. “I took up ballet when I was 31 at the Royal Dance Academy and they said it would never happen but now I’m looking at taking exams.

“I think that it’s such a great thing for young boys to take up. It’s great fun but it is also incredibly challenging. You might think it looks very graceful and easy on stage but the amount of strength and skill that goes into it is huge.”

Despite living in Brixton, Mr Anthony chose Islington as a base for the school as he said the majority of interest he had received for the project had come from north London.

The classes, suitable for boys aged four to 14, will be held at The Old Finsbury Town Hall in Rosebery Avenue.

The school opens on March 1 and the first class is free.

Go to www.boysballetlondon.com for details of how to sign up.

© 2014 Archant Community Media Ltd.

Channal 7 News
WSVN
August 16, 2013

Instructor Olivier Pardina helps student Henry Galban perfect his port de bras 2013

[Miami, Florida, USA] – It’s a form of dance we usually think only applies to girls, but there’s a place where young boys are encouraged to pursue their dream to dance. [Channel] 7′s Lynn Martinez shows us in today’s Parent to Parent.

From pliets to pirouettes, these teens are learning the art of classical ballet. This class may look a little different … because it’s all boys.

Watch the video for the entire story

For more information:

The Miami City Ballet is now registering for fall classes

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By Lisa Lopez
The Register Citizen
July 5, 2013

Male dancers at the Nutmeg Conservatory (Photo - Nutmeg Conservatory)

[Torrington, Connecticut, USA] – A charming 9-year-old boy walked into the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory for the very first time this past week. He was wide eyed and a little nervous as his parents explained to Mrs. Marjorie Dante, the Torrington School of Ballet registrar, that their young son was interested in taking ballet lessons.

After a nice chat, he and his family had the opportunity to peek in on a class. He saw the young men of Nutmeg’s Pre-Professional Summer Program leap across the studio with a strength and agility seemingly possessed only by superheroes. And that was it. He was ready to take the leap too.

This is where it all begins. It’s that spark of curiosity that is all too often hidden away, particularly when it comes to young boys, that is nurtured at The Nutmeg Ballet. Whether it’s a child of 9 at TSOB or of 14 at The Nutmeg Ballet, the methodical training places these ambitious children on the path to some very amazing places.

Take Nutmeg alumnus Martino Sauter, for instance. He came to The Nutmeg Ballet in 2010 and graduated from the Professional Two Year Program in 2012. Now a dancer at MOMIX, Sauter founded the social networking sensation “boys of ballet” in 2012 with the goal of placing the spotlight on male ballet dancers through breathtaking images shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@boysofballet), and on their website, boysofballet.net. The “boysofballet” video on YouTube has already been viewed by thousands and their sites receive hundreds of submissions a day from across the globe.

Efforts to “celebrate the power and agility of the male dancer” have already garnered the attention of dancers from Boston Ballet, The Royal Ballet, ABT, NYCB, and even a nod from David Hallberg, the famous Bolshoi Ballet and ABT principal dancer. In addition, Sauter and his colleagues are busy developing a line of male dancewear and accessories including a “boys of ballet” shirt available for purchase at The Dance Shop at The Nutmeg.

“I wish someone had told me that ballet was an option when I was growing up. That it was something boys could do and that with the right training and lots of hard work, boys can be successful. Ballet is not just for girls, it’s for everyone,” elaborated Sauter who has been invited to numerous ballet schools to enlighten and motivate young boys interested in pursuing ballet.

So, why should boys consider training in classical ballet? Ballet training develops agility, creative thinking, discipline, and a work ethic that translates into success in any field of study. And if that weren’t enough, more and more athletic training programs are turning to ballet to increase coordination, flexibility, strength, precision, control and stamina. Numerous professional athletes credit their athletic success to ballet training and considering the benefits to range of motion, speed, and balance, this isn’t surprising at all.

Many Nutmeg Ballet students were accomplished athletes who traded it all for the discipline of ballet. Ben Youngstone of Richmond, Virginia, was a talented baseball player; Thel Moore of Baltimore, Maryland, was once an accomplished track star; and Matanya Solomon of Fairmont, West Virginia, was a competitive swimmer, for example.

This fall, Torrington School of Ballet will introduce a new boys-only ballet class taught by Nutmeg’s Ballet Master, Tim Melady, targeted to boys ages 8 and up. “As in other sports, a dedicated practice of ballet builds strength, coordination and confidence. Balletic exercise tones muscles and improves physical intelligences while studying among peers will foster camaraderie and a friendly competitive spirit,” Melady said.

“There’s athleticism to ballet that is often underappreciated. It takes a lot of disciplined training to execute those superhuman jumps and breakneck turns while still making it look easy.”

And if that’s not enough to convince you that ballet is for tough guys, remember that even Batman does ballet. Christian Bale, the actor who plays the strapping superhero, studied classical ballet as a young boy. And just look where he ended up.

For information regarding the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory and Torrington School of Ballet, please visit nutmegconservatory.org or call 860-482-4413 extension 301. Registration is held every Thursday from 4-6 and Saturday 10-12 throughout the summer at Nutmeg Ballet, 58 Main Street or at the Nutmeg Dance Shop, 61 Main Street.

© Copyright 2013 Register Citizen

En Pro del Talento VeracruzanoProver is a non-profit organization that provides professional ballet training to underprivileged children in Cordoba, Veracruz México. By teaching ballet to kids from the age of six and up they can now dream of having a better life that the one they could have otherwise.

Prover was founded by the dance teacher, Martha Sahagun Morales, it is a social program launched in 2006 auditioning over 1500 boys in public schools with the goal of providing cutting-edge ballet training to a new generation of male dancers. With specialized teachers with extensive experience in the world of dance, the program offers a long-term project of life and culture to a sector of the population that normally has no access to the arts. Today the repertoire of classical and contemporary productions has been represented around the country in numerous meetings, contests and exchanges, winning major awards, scholarships and mentions both nationally and internationally.

Currently, graduates of this program are in companies and schools around the globe such as, the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Wisconsin II Ballet, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy of Monte Carlo, Houston Ballet School and Stuttgart Ballet’s John Cranko School.

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By Barbara Curtin
Photographs by Kobbie R. Blair
Statesman Journal
April 13, 2013

Annie Joslin, owner of American Ballet Academy, teaches a boys ballet class 2013

[Salem, Oregon, USA] – Ten-year-old John Miller spends Saturday mornings running, skipping and jumping with other young boys at American Ballet Academy.Years from now, he may look back on this time as boisterous fun — or as the impetus for a career as a professional dancer.

Annie Joslin, the Salem ballet school’s owner, started the free class for boys last fall in hopes of growing the male dancers that she lacks. “There’s always the desire to have more male dancers, especially in the smaller studios,” she said. “Since there are fewer boys, they usually are given better roles earlier. … The girls work really hard, but that is the reality of the dance world.”

Boys Class at American Ballet Academy 2013For instance, the academy’s yearly performances of “The Nutcracker” require girls to dance boys’ parts. Last year, Joslin imported a professional dancer, Austin Tyson of Company XIV in New York. That allowed her to include the ballet’s signature dance, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier entertain Clara in the Land of Sweets.

“Any boy can benefit from training in coordination and strength, and interaction with other kids,” Joslin said. “It’s a lot of fun.” That certainly appeared to be the case at a recent class in Joslin’s sunbathed studio.

Jumping jacks and échappés

Dressed in black leggings, T-shirts and ballet shoes, seven boys warmed up with a vigorous game of “Simon Says.”

“Simon says do 10 pushups,” called Joslin in the echoing room. The boys dropped to the floor.

“Simon says do eight jumping jacks.” Vigorous jumps and claps all around.

“Simon says do eight échappés with hands on hips.”

“Who knows the difference between jumping jacks and échappés?”

SAedyn Orduno, 8, practices during a boys ballet class at American Ballet Academy 2013ome of the boys, though just 5 to 10 years old, did indeed know the difference. (Jumping jacks are the gym-class staple. Echappés start and end in a ballet position, with the arms opening more gracefully.)

Next came a game that involved an imaginary $100 bill clamped between the legs. The boys stood straight, squeezing their inner thighs together in an approximation of ballet technique.

“Who wants to play the pirate game?” Joslin called out, her voice suggesting that this was an experience not to be missed. The pirate game, it turned out, involved keeping imaginary treasure away from a loose-fingered partner — while turning around. The boys paired up, began rotating and whipped heads around with a snap, keeping their partners in view.

“What happens if I don’t watch my partner?” Joslin asked, starting a turn. John, her accomplice, dashed to Joslin’s side, swiping the “treasure” with an impish grin.

Then, to the sounds of recorded ragtime music, the boys took turns crossing the studio at top speed. “Jump, sauté!” Joslin called, ever enthusiastic and encouraging. “Leap, grand jeté!”

Raising a dancer

Curtis Daniel, 5, of Salem, leaps through the air, during a boys ballet class at American Ballet Academy 2013Parents watched the boys through a hall window as slender girls in leotards padded by.

Laurie Miller, John’s mom, said her son has been dancing since he was 3 and the family lived in Idaho. He’d been tagging along to his big sister’s lessons until one day he chirped up, “When am I doing dance?”

“We think it’s great that Annie does a boys’ class for free,” Laurie Miller said. “It encourages boys to get involved and lets them know it’s OK to dance.”

John’s classmates haven’t ragged him for taking ballet, to his mother’s knowledge. A few family members have raised eyebrows, however. “It seems OK (to skeptical adults) when they are little, but as they get get older, people start to ask questions,” Miller said. “Predominantly, ballet is female.”

John’s early start already has won him parts as a mouse, a soldier and a party guest in the ballet academy’s annual “Nutcracker” benefit at the Historic Elsinore Theatre.

The boys were thrilled to meet backstage with the “Nutcracker” Cavalier, Austin Tyson. “It was great for them to see a big boy dancing,” Miller said.

Another parent, Dan Butler, said the class has helped his son, Curtis, better control his body. “Annie is a wonderful motivator,” Butler said. “She corrects and instructs in a way that helps them feel better.”

Schools’ offerings vary

A spot check around local ballet studios showed that Joslin’s all-boy class is rare but not unique. Premier Academy of Performing Arts offers a free class for boys 12 and older, said Clory Najera, office manager. A few boys attend mixed classes as well.

Valerie Bergman, director of dance at the YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, said she hasn’t seen enough interest to start a boys’ ballet class. However, the Y offers a boys’ hip-hop class, and the breakdance class is dominated by boys.

“That speaks to the desire to be very athletic in their dance,” Bergman said. “That’s not to say ballet can’t be very athletic, but it takes some years to feel that way.”

Discovery School of Dance offers mixed boy and girl classes plus a free class with nine boys preparing for a May show at the Historic Elsinore Theatre, said owner Lynn Sundermier. Three are her grandsons, who started dancing as young as 2 years old.

“To get a greater male presence on stage, we invite uncles, fathers and grandfathers to dress as pirates and be in a finale,” she said. “It has worked well; it has gotten families over the hump that this is not a ‘boy’ activity. When they see an uncle or grandpa up there, they realize it is not a scary thing.”

Copyright © 2013 statesmanjournal.com

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Press Release
March 12, 2013

CPYB Guest Teacher Daniel Ulbricht 2010b

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA –  Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is expanding and formalizing its men’s dance training through an enhanced curriculum and dedicated program of study. To launch this initiative, CPYB is offering an opportunity for up to eight aspiring male dancers to receive two-years of uninterrupted training through generous, tuition free scholarships.

CPYB is offering scholarships to male students ages 14 to 19. This includes two consecutive academic year tuition scholarships, 5-Week Summer Ballet Program and August Course tuition scholarships, and a monthly housing stipend for 22 months.

“We want the students in this program to know that we have made a pledge to them. Upon receiving the scholarship they can rest assured that we are mutually committed for two years,” says Nicholas Ade, School Principal of CPYB.

Applicants will submit a video that will be judged by CPYB’s artistic leadership. “We are having students audition by video, rather than on-site auditions to lessen a student’s financial burden to travel. This opens up the opportunity for any male dancer who wants to pursue his dreams to apply,” explains Ade. “We are excited to accept audition tapes from across the country, or even around the world.”

For application deadlines and requirements, visit the CPYB’s Men’s Scholarship webpage: http://cpyb.org/mens-program/male-scholarship-program/

About the Men’s Program

Mr. Ade joined CPYB as their School Principal in September of last year with a vision to enhance the Men’s Program. “In further developing the Men’s Program, we wanted to ensure that students who complete the program will come out prepared to succeed in the professional dance world,” explains Ade.

“Male dancers need specific training and mentoring to achieve professional success. CPYB is building upon the distinguished technical training and performance opportunities it already provides men with a fully developed curriculum, a proven faculty, and guidance by advisors who are experienced at helping male dancers achieve their potential. We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for male dancers,” says Ade.

The Men’s Program curriculum includes technique, partnering, men’s, and strength training classes. Students will also be educated about how to succeed in the dance world. A description of classes is attached.

This unique curriculum is just the beginning. Students will become part of a ballet school that has continually produced dancers for the top dance companies in the world. They will learn from an internationally renowned faculty, be mentored and taught about the requisites of being a male dancer by those who know, and have the opportunity to perform in a broad spectrum of repertories. The program’s environment stimulates camaraderie and healthy competition, all aimed at helping the student to fulfill his potential as a dancer.

CPYB MasterSeries White Swan pas de deux 2011bMarcia Dale Weary, Founding Artistic Director, adds “CPYB recognizes the importance of having a dedicated men’s program not only for developing male dancers but also for complementing female dancers’ training. This is a natural step in fulfilling our mission of making dance training available to all children and continuing our rich history of training tomorrow’s professional dancers.”

By Nina Amir
My Son Can Dance
January 20, 2013

Nina Amir author of Mysoncandance recently asked Mick Gunter, who own and runs the Centralia Ballet Academy, why his ballet school has been so sucessful in attracting boys.

Boys at Centralia Ballet Academy 2011Centralia Ballet Academy, was established in 2009. It now have about 80 students; over 20 of them are boys. This last October, the Academy completed its first production, a full length ballet version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It will become the Academy’s Halloween Nutcracker. In 2014, the males students from Centralia Ballet Academy will perform at the Men in Dance festival in Seattle.

Since the number of boys enrolled in Centralia Ballet Academy far exceeded many other ballet programs and the boys programming seemed stellar, I asked Mick to answer some questions for me, for other studio owners and dance teachers, and for parents. While parents and boys reading this post may think, “Hey! My studio doesn’t offer this type of programming.” Or, “Why doesn’t my son’s dance program get as many boys coming to the studio?” I hope that reading Mick’s responses will give you “ammunition”—good suggestions—to take to Goblin from Centralia Ballet Academy's The Sorcer's Apprentice 2012your studio owners or dance teachers. Additionally, reading about his program will give you an idea of what to look for in a boys’ ballet program. As for studio owners and teachers, there’s much here in Mick’s brief answers to mull over.

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