As they progress, students have many performance opportunities.
Each spring the Academy produces public performances at a local stage facility like Briarcliff High School Auditorium. Participation in any of these performances is optional – no student is required to perform – and does involve additional fees for production and costuming costs.
Our ballet concerts showcase the talents of students at the Ballet I level and above. Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to showcase their pointe work in the Academy's spring series of performances at SUNY Purchase.
Our ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop students at all levels dance in our cabaret performances as part of our spring concert series
Elementary and Pre-Ballet
Younger students studying at the Elementary Ballet levels also have the opportunity to perform for friends and family, but in a more relaxed, less intimidating venue: the spring studio performance, which makes use of our own lovely studio facilities as an intimate performance space.
Pre-Ballet students in the 3 and 4-year-old range offer a spring open class for their families to enjoy in our studio performance space; there are no participation fees at the Pre-ballet level.
Westchester Ballet Company
In addition to these performance opportunities, Academy Ballet students may by eligible to audition for Westchester Ballet Company, a separate not-for-profit organization founded by Iris Merrick in 1950. With Beth and Jean Logrea from the Academy as Artistic Directors, the company auditions dancers each September. To be accepted into the company and to be cast in its annual production of The Nutcracker, your child must attend this audition and meet the criteria outlined here. The Nutcracker offers a unique opportunity for Academy dancers to participate in a professionally staged ballet.
Student dancers must be at least 7 years old, in the second grade, and at the Ballet II level. Junior company members are chosen on the basis of ability, must be at least 8 years or older and have a minimum of two years' ballet training. Senior company members are chosen on the basis of ability, and must be at least 12 years old, at Pointe B Level, and following the required curriculum for pointe training. In addition to The Nutcracker, junior and senior company members may audition for spring concert presentations.
For further information, click here to visit the Westchester Ballet Company's web site or call 914-941-4532.