SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Project Ballet prioritizes dancer health and wellness. We have a special Injury Station in our studio that provides the students with easy access to resources such as heat packs, ice, therapy balls, foam rollers and massage sticks. We also work closely with our injured dancers to monitor progress and allow modifications to their work load.
Each month our Advanced dancers attend a class conducted by Mental Health America, specifically designed to help our dancers manage the pressures and stresses of the pre-professional ballet world. Further, our staff receives monthly training from Mental Health America to help us best support and serve our students.
Further, we are proud to provide our upper level students with regular workshops taught by a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Orthopedic Specialists. In these workshops our students learn about proper injury prevention and rehabilitation, including massage techniques based on specific injuries. These workshops are offered for a very affordable fee and scholarships are available.
Master Classes and Guest Choreographers
Project Ballet believes strongly in having our students study with master teachers and guest choreographers. We regularly bring in guest faculty to work with our Advanced students. Through these on-site master classes our students can develop their ballet technique and also be exposed to contemporary and modern dance. Further, we maintain a commitment to regularly host guest choreographers to set original works and stage major works from the classical and contemporary ballet cannon. In a typical school year our Advanced students attend upwards of twenty master classes at Project Ballet. All of these opportunities are offered at no additional cost to our dancers.
In addition to on-site programming we also regularly find opportunities for our students to study at outside master classes, workshops and intensives. In particular, we frequently provide scholarships for our dancers to participate in master classes in Indianapolis and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective.
Cultural Field Trips
A dancer cannot train in a vacuum. It is so important for our students to experience the greater world of ballet and the arts. Project Ballet regularly schedules day trips to local and regional dance performances, theater performances and museums.
Project Ballet is proud to a have received funding to cover expenses related to attending cultural activities. Students can apply for reimbursement in the form of a tuition credit by submitting their ticket stubs (or other proof of attendance) and an essay reflecting on their experience.
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation class with Jason Hazelett, PT, DPT
With Michael Vernon, Chair Emeritus of the IU Jacobs School of Music
With Ruth Andrien, director of the second company of Paul Taylor
Visiting a museum exhibit on the Dance Theatre of Harlem