MIDLAND THEATRE BALLET & BELFAST THEATRE BALLET
Midland Theatre Ballet (MTB) was born from the need for a youth ballet in the Midlands and over the past 6 years we have produced 6 full length ballets and have enjoyed watching young talent grow as dancers. Belfast Theatre Ballet has evolved due to the success of MTB and wanting to celebrate the incredible talent in Northern Ireland.
MTB and BTB offers pupils age 7-18 years the opportunity to become an associate and to perform in a full length ballet, enjoying the magic of performing in a real theatre with amazing sets and costumes.
The unique part of this project is that the pupils are trained as a ballet company over a year. They are taught technique, performance skills and repertoire, enhancing their work with their own ballet teachers and building towards their performance of Beauty & the Beast in 2019.
We feel it is important that every student has their opportunity to “shine” and therefore we try to keep casts to a minimum. Those who are cast in smaller roles will be given several parts giving every child their “moment” on stage.
The course can be attended as purely an Associate programme or the Associate programme plus Performance course commencing January 2018.
1. Associate Programme
Classes are 1hr and 15 minute classes for 24 sessions. Classes will be led by our faculty of experienced vocational teachers who have worked within ballet companies and vocational schools around the world. The classes are aimed at improving technique, building a wider vocabulary of steps and helping towards audition technique. We hope this will complement their present training with their teachers and be an asset for those who wish to audition for vocational schools. This three term course can be taken on its own or alongside our youth ballet company.
Students will be split into 3 age categories;
Junior Associate (age 7-10 years)
Intermediate Associates (age 11-14 years)
Advanced Associates (age 15-18 years)
This is a rough guide as dance standard will also be taken into consideration.
2. Youth Ballet Company
This course comprises of 1hr 15 minutes of associate class followed by 1hr 15 min rehearsal culminating a full length ballet, Beauty and the Beast performing at The Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey on 7th – 9th February 2019.
This will cover 25 rehearsal sessions.
|Junior Associates||Intermediate Associates||Advanced Associates|
|9-10.15 Ballet Class||12-1.15 Ballet Class||2.45-4.00 Ballet Class|
|10.15-11.30 Rehearsal||1-15-2.30 Rehearsal||4.00-5.15 Rehearsal|
The course allows us to develop individuals confidence and performance levels and older students will study extensive pointe and pas de deux work.