Established in 1985, the Ballet Company provides outstanding technique training and performance opportunities to its members. Dancers audition annually and are placed by level, based on ability. As a dancer progresses from Level 1 to Level 14, he or she will have the opportunity to excel in their dance abilities, perform regularly and share their love of dance with others.
Dancers in levels 1-14 of the Ballet Company attend classes each week totaling 7.5 hours of instruction. All classes focus on teaching and improving technique and stage performance quality.
Ballet Company dancers are cast in two or more roles in the annual production of The Nutcracker and are invited to audition for roles in the PreProfessional Spring Concert.
Artistic Director: Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz
Assistant Artistic Director: Kassandra Taylor-Newberry
Associate Director: Mary Lynn Taylor
The Preparatory Dance Program (PDP) is designed to allow young dancers to grow and mature in their present abilities and have the optimum opportunity to progress. Dancers are placed in PDP based on their auditions for the RDT company. Based upon a structured schedule of training classes integrated with thoughtful critique from their instructors, the curriculum includes ballet, modern, and jazz, totaling 5 hours per week. The goal is that the dancers will gain the technique and strength needed to move up in the RDT company in the future. They will have the privilege of one role in The Nutcracker as well as our Spring Production should they choose to take part in it.
The Apprentice I Company division is designed to accommodate dancers who are very serious about their training and have shown dedication and drive. They have an understanding of the technique that is expected of them, and are still working on refining the skills needed to be able to move up in the company. Their curriculum includes ballet, pre-pointe/pointe, modern, jazz, and PBT (ballet ball conditioning), totaling 6 hours per week. They will have the privilege of one role in The Nutcracker and are invited to perform in the spring show as well.
Company members are challenged with higher expectations in weekly classes. In return, they receive focused attention on techniques improvement, musicality, spatial awareness and everything they need to be a higher level performer.
The curriculum includes Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop classes, as well as optional Partnering, Variations, and other technique classes.
Ballet Company classes are indicated as either indicated Technique (T) or Performing (P) classes.
TYB = Tracey Yanckello Bayly | PB = Pumkin Byrd | JD = Jeanne Deitrich | RG = Robert Gosnell | KHS = Kyme Hersi-Sallid | HK = Hyeyoung Kim | JK = Jena Kovash | KTN = Kassandra Taylor Newberry | DR = Daet Rodriguez | RS = Roscoe Sales | MLT = Mary Lynn Taylor | TVW = Tracy Vogt Wardlaw | LW = Lance Washington | JW = Jenna Werner | NTY = Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz | CY = Claire Young
Planning ahead for next year? View/Download the 2021-22 Studio Manual for details and schedules.