Philosophy

Durham School for Ballet Philosophy

 

Multiple studies show that dance is an important work that provides lifelong values. Not only does dance develop physical fitness, it also teaches social skills, appreciation of the body, spatial awareness, self-discipline, concern for sound health practices, effective stress management approaches and fosters creativity.

 

 

All the staff at DSBPA are hand-picked by the director for their skill in teaching, their commitment to best practices in dance education, and their love of teaching in the performing arts. DSBPA uses instructors that are both certified and love to teach.

 

Early training is key to building the best foundation for dancers but dance training is not just about training for dance — most dance students will go onto careers in other fields, making the need for high-quality dance instruction seem extraneous.  Dance teaches students to visualize ideas creatively and collaboratively; businesses today have to innovate to survive. So we are not only training dancers, we are helping develop our future.

 

Durham School of Ballet and the Performing Arts, LLC (DSBPA) offers classes for students age two through adult who enjoys dancing, as well as for those who wish to pursue a professional career. We are proud that all the members of our faculty either currently hold or are actively studying for teaching certifications in their field of expertise.

Our instructors are currently certified by ABT National Training Curriculum, Escola National de Ballet de Cuba, Imperial School of Dancing, and New England Conservatory of Circus Arts. We encourage and support our staff in pursuing continuing education opportunities for the benefit of our students’ training.

 

Our location in Durham's Warehouse District features three, beautiful, state-of-the-art studios, sprung floors, regulation-height barres, two spacious lobbies, 3 restroom/changing rooms and kitchen facilities. We also have ample parking for our customers in our well-lit parking lot.

DSBPA constantly looks for opportunities to train students from communities traditionally underrepresented in classical ballet and aerial via national partnerships such as Project Plié and are seeking local partnerships, underrepresented groups.

 

Philosophy of Training

 

We do not consider each class at the School to be a separate entity -- rather each class is part of a larger training program. Students that are interested in enrolling in Durham School for Ballet & the Performing Arts, should be aware that they are enrolling in a program of study and will be asked to meet certain training requirements in order to be promoted. We are training elite athletes who must also be artists. In order to be physically and mentally prepared for the skills required in each discipline, students will have to cross-train in disciplines other than their primary focus and will have co-requisites in order to fill out their training. 

 

The following 5 training tenets we at DSBPA believe to be critical to high-level training:

 

DSBPA believes that everyone has a dance inside them.
DSBPA believes that dance should be enjoyable.
DSBPA believes that respect is vital in every area of life.
DSBPA believes that creating dance is as important as learning proper technique.
DSBPA believes that our littlest dancers need the best we have to offer!

 

DSBPA welcomes students of any ethnicity, skin-tone, body shape or size, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or race to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities, generally accorded or made available to all students at the School. Our administration of education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other School-administered programs are applied to all students equally.

 

DURHAM SCHOOL FOR BALLET & THE PERFORMING ARTS

Telephone: (919) 680-4363

Email: info@durhamschoolforballet.com

Address: 608 N Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

Durham School for Ballet & The Performing Arts’ aim is to provide a space for the cultivation of creativity through dance. “Dance is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Our role as Dance Educators is to help children climb their own mountains.

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