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SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Project Ballet prioritizes dancer health and wellness. Since 2012 we have provided our students with a comprehensive on-site wellness program that supports both their physical and mental health. In 2020 we added the position of Wellness Coordinator to further expand and facilitate these programs.
Our upper level students check-in weekly with our Wellness Coordinator for individual support and guidance. The Wellness Coordinator also maintains regular on-site office hours, and is available for scheduled wellness mentoring appointments. Weekly community meetings, including a facilitated book club, provide further opportunities for mental health discussion and guided conversation.
Our students have access to on-site stations with easy access to resources such as heat packs, ice, therapy balls, foam rollers and massage sticks. Students also can work with our on-site personal trainer through weekly group classes and biweekly private lessons. This strength and flexibility coaching supports their technical improvement as well as serving as injury prevention. Further, if a dancer does become injured, we work closely with their parents and their provider to monitor progress and allow modifications to their work load. We maintain a vast network of affiliated professional providers who are ready to work with our dancers to support every aspect of their mental and physical health.
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 upper level 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 upper level 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.
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 communicates regularly with our families to suggest and organize opportunities to see regional dance performances, theater performances and museums.
Strength & Flexibility Coaching
With Michael Vernon, Chair Emeritus of the IU Jacobs School of Music
Visiting a museum exhibit on the Dance Theatre of Harlem
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