For serious students ages 16 and older. Acceptance to the Academy is by invitation or audition.
The Academy Program focuses on preparing dancers for entry into a professional career track and is structured to provide a supportive transition from completion of high school training to full-time pre-professional practice. Graduates of ARC’s Student program and other students who have reached an appropriately advanced level of training may apply for this program.
Our graduates have worked with companies such as: Mark Morris Dance Group, Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, City Ballet of San Diego, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Cirque du Soleil and ARC Dance Company.
The Academy Program runs from September to June. Attendance in our Summer School is mandatory in this program. Students take a variety of classes including Ballet, Pointe as well as Contemporary Repertoire, Job field preparation, Nutrition, Anatomy, Choreography, and Music Theory throughout the program.
Students in our Academy program (both auditioning and returning) are responsible for their own accommodation and meals throughout the program.
The Pre-professional Academy program is competitive to a selected number of students annually. Acceptance to the program is by invitation or audition. The average number of years in the Academy Program is two to three years. Each consecutive year increases class and time commitment throughout the day. Academy students are members of Arc Youth Dance Company (AYDC) and perform in over 20 performances each school year.