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Ballet Program

Selected Repertoire

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Selected repertoire in the ballet concentration:
  • George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Raymonda Variations and Donizetti Variations™
  • Ruth Page’s Bolero and Carmina Burana™
  • Marius Petipa’s Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Don Quixote, Swan Lake™
  • David Lichine’s Graduation Ball™
  • Michael Fokine’s Les Sylphides™
  • Lew Christensen’s Con Amore™
  • A world premiere of Cinderella™
  • Perrot and Corallia’s Giselle™

Students in the ballet program will receive a mix of professional instruction representing America and abroad, ranging from Vaganova to Balanchine. These diverse teaching styles will prepare you for the eclectic repertoire found in today’s dance companies. The program consists of eight levels of ballet training, which allows students to be placed in the appropriate level based on technical ability.

Faculty members stress simple, clean execution, balancing necessary repetition with goals and progression. Using videotapes and performance footage, they’ll visually reinforce the need for solid technique, which is followed by thoughtful discussion and analysis. The full-time faculty have worked at ballet companies around the world, and guest artists and choreographers regularly come to campus to conduct master classes and workshops.

Degrees Offered

Point Park offers a B.A. and B.F.A. in dance with a concentration in ballet. Learn more about the degree requirements and difference between the B.A. and B.F.A. programs.

Ballet Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through the core curriculum and classes in your major. Some courses in the ballet concentration include:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Body Alignment
  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Dance Composition
  • History of Dance
  • Kinesiology
  • Male Technique
  • Pas de Duex
  • Pilates
  • Pointe

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the B.A. and B.F.A. program guides to the right, and the Conservatory of Performing Arts course descriptions.

Alumni

Alumni of Point Park's ballet program have gone on to work at companies across the country. Examples include:

  • Alvin Ailey II
  • Ballet Austin
  • Dayton Ballet
  • Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
  • Gainesville Ballet
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Nevada Ballet
  • Salt Lake Ballet Conservatory
  • Texas Ballet Theatre
  • Thodos Dance Chicago

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