While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, it is of course crucial to take and adhere to all precautionary measures. At Ballet des Amériques, we are committed to the health and safety of our dancers, artists, students, staff, patrons and surrounding communities. In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we are following recommendations of governments, the CDC and the World Health Organization, and are cancelling/postponing all in-person events and gatherings until further notice. Thank you and be well !
Students of Ballet des Amériques
and Carole Alexis have been accepted regularly
to the prestigious summer programs at
Paris Opera Ballet,
San Francisco Ballet,
Netherlands Dans Theater,
American Ballet Theatre, and Juilliard
as well as the renowned Varna International Ballet Competition. Alexis’ students have won many competitions and also held professional contracts with
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet West and the English National Ballet, among others.
All of Carole Alexis’s current and former students bear her unique signature of clean lines, exemplary alignment, and impeccable technique.
Tradition into the 21 Century
Dance is a serious undertaking, an art form that involves a person's whole being. We may think of a classical violinist who is both a soloist and a member of an orchestra, able to excel on her own as well as in perfect harmony with others. Moreover, since a dancer's body is her instrument, as it were, the activity extends into everyday life in the dancer's comportment. In short, one isn't a dancer only in the studio or on a stage. Rather, to become a dancer, a student must develop an identity that is carried into all aspects of life.
For this reason we have developed the structured program outlined below, including rules about attendance, dress and etiquette. Joining Ballet des Amériques means subscribing to its ethos of hard work, discipline, a love of the art and the appropriate conduct, as outlined in these rules.In keeping with this holistic approach, Ballet des Amériques is not geared towards training for competitions.
As a primary focus, training for competitions would be as problematic a notion as "teaching for the test" is in general education: Perhaps a specific objective will be achieved or a certain criterion met for a limited time, but the student will not acquire the general skill and competence for succeeding in life. Competitions indeed have a legitimate purpose, but the requisite training will require special arrangements at the discretion of the Director.
Proper dance training requires a long-term teacher-student relationship concerned with developing the whole person based on constant engagement, observation and correction. Ballet technique in the French tradition is ideally suited for this approach with its emphasis on repetition – required for building muscle memory – and its insistence on addressing specific problems on the spot and correcting them before moving on.
At Ballet des Amériques, we impart a passion for the art and teach non-affected movements with an emphasis on the purity of lines.The school is made up of a conservatory program and a pre-professional program of three divisions: the Pre-Ballet Division, the Junior Division and the Senior Division. These divisions in turn are divided into levels as described below.
Please note that to ensure the quality of training and attention to each student total enrollment in Ballet des Amériques will not exceed 120 students.
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Mission of the organization as a whole
Ballet des Amériques - Mission of the organization as a whole
Established in 2011 in Westchester, New York, Ballet des Amériques operates both a professional dance company and a pre-professional ballet conservatory with the dual mission of developing and attracting audiences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with world-class dance performances featuring original choreographies by awarded director Carole Alexis and of training and educating students to the level of professional dancers who are able, upon graduation, to pursue dance careers with the world’s greatest companies.
The artistic and educational concept of Ballet des Amériques is to develop the tradition of classical dance for the world of the 21st century - for a globalized world of interacting cultures - with the particular aim of developing inclusive cultural communities. To this end, Ballet des Amériques tours schools, libraries and community centers with its “Ballet is Not Pink” campaign of performances and presentations and invites the public to its annual season of performances in various theaters including the historic Music Hall in Tarrytown, where it is the resident dance company.
Ballet des Amériques is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your generous contribution will help us fulfill our mission through our performance, training and outreach programs.
Ballet des Amériques is the Resident Company of the Magnificent
Historic Tarrytown Music Hall
Ballet des Amériques is a member of the International Dance Council - Conseil International de la Danse - UNESCO
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