Brett Raphael, Director
The school’s training does not conform to a particular syllabus. Rather, the faculty draws collectively on the strengths of the major training traditions (Vaganova, Cecchetti, French School, Balanchine) to provide sound training and coaching for tomorrow’s facile, fleet, and expressive ballet dancers. Connecticut Ballet Center is also a year-round home to young people and adults (absolute beginner thru advanced levels) for whom ballet is an important recreational pursuit.
Beginning with creative movement classes thru to the professional level, we emphasize that the vocabulary of classical ballet carries with important building blocks for all dance and can bring lifelong enjoyment. We challenge all students to work hard in class while enjoying the challenge and discipline of classical ballet. We allow each student to develop at his or her pace, taking into account physical and emotional maturity and natural ability. Toward that end, the school’s Ballet 1, 2, 3 and 4 comprise two-three years of class work before moving to the next level. In addition to the ballet syllabus, we require students to take at least one or two years of Character dance. If students are pursuing a pre-professional training track, we encourage the addition of Modern dance or Lyrical and Ballet Repertory alongside ballet technique and pointe classes.