The Professional Dance Program is spread over a three year period. It produces versatile and creative dancers who have mastered an extensive range of technical skills. This course addresses the needs of dancers from ages 17 to 23 who have reached an advanced level of technique through rigorous and disciplined training.

The program’s emphasis is on classical, contemporary and modern’jazz techniques, which develop the dancer’s control, coordination, strength and endurance. Complementary disciplines such as singing, acting, acrobatics and hip-hop enrich the curriculum and allow students to further refine their artistic vision. Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and individuality through improvisation and composition workshops.

Guest teachers and choreographers complement the training program by stimulating the young dancers to develop their artistic expression and ability to adapt to new ideas. These encounters allow the dancer to come into direct contact with reality of the dance profession, while providing them with an opportunity to develop meaningful contacts with international artists.

After the first year, students will confront the challenges of the professional dance world through their work with the Jeune Ballet. They will tackle all the challenges of the stage as well as choreographers’ requirements and expectations. The Jeune Ballet provides a stepping-stone that facilitates students’ access to the professional world and opens doors for their future careers.

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THE PRE-VOCATIONAL DANCER-ARTIST PROGRAM IS AIMED AT YOUNG DANCERS WHO ALREADY HAVE A GOOD TECHNICAL LEVEL AND REGULAR TRAINING. IT TAKES PLACE OVER THREE YEARS AND AIMS TO DEVELOP/ TO TRAIN VERSATILE DANCERS.

This multidisciplinary training allows the students to develop an understanding of the movement and to apprehend the different styles and techniques which answer the varied and changing demands of the dance of today.

Approximately twenty hours per week are dedicated to the improvement of the ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques, allowing the student to develop strength, endurance, flexibility and control. Improvisation and composition workshops complete the program to allow students to go beyond and to develop interpretive work.

Weekly theoretical classes, or in the form of workshops and conferences, on dance history, nutrition, anatomy and prevention of injuries enrich the curriculum. Solo and group choreographic work will be introduced in the 2nd and 3rd year to encourage creativity.

Students receive written evaluations of their technical and artistic progress in December and April. In June, students take an exam with a jury consisting of external examiners. Successful completion of this exam determines entry into the next level. Every student will complete an interview to discuss his or her options for further training. Students and parents can request an appointment with management or a faculty member at any time during the year.

1st YEAR

The first year focuses on updating and perfecting the three fundamental techniques: classical, contemporary and modern’jazz. These disciplines are studied intensively throughout the first year. They provide a solid technical foundation that will allow students to tackle the different demands and styles of guest choreographers and teachers that they will encounter throughout the program.

Dance technique accounts for twenty hours of class time per week. The rest of the program consists of elective/complementary courses that re-enforce physical fitness and artistic development (pointe, men’s technique, Eurhythmics, theatre), and theoretical courses that cover essential information about the dancer’s health and development (anatomy, nutrition).

At the end of the first year, students perform either one of the choreographies in the school’s repertoire, or a new piece that was developed for them during a choreographic workshop.

FUNDAMENTAL TECHNIQUES COURSE

Daily/weekly classes

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Modern Dance: Graham Technique
  • Jazz Dance
  • Pilates
  • Floor Barre

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES

Complementary Courses base

  • Pointes* or Boys Classes
  • Eurhythmics
  • Acting

* Depending on the student’s level of ballet

Interpretation and creation

  • Improvisation
  • Choreography Workshops

Theoretical Courses

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition

Performance Opportunities

  • End of Year Performance

Opportunités scéniques

  • Area Jeune Ballet
  • Plusieurs représentations en Suisse et à l’étranger

2nd YEAR

The second year’s curriculum builds upon the technical and physical skills developed during the first year so that students can meet the level of technical skill required by today’s dance world.

The second year focuses on regularly scheduled workshops with guest choreographers and teachers in order to stimulate artistic expression and increase student exposure to real life professional scenarios. These workshops enable young dancers to explore new perspectives and adapt to new ideas and approaches. Students will benefit by learning how today’s choreographers work with professionals, and by developing meaningful contacts with international artists and choreographers.

The Jeune Ballet allows 2nd year students to perform in public on a regular basis, thereby allowing their stage presence and artistic identity to evolve. The curriculum can be tailored to the student’s individual aspirations through the choice of electives/complementary courses.

FUNDAMENTAL TECHNIQUES COURSE

Daily/weekly classes

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Modern Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Pilates
  • Floor Barre

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES

Neoclassical/Contemporary Major

  • Pointes
  • Partnering
  • Acting
  • Afro-Contemporary

Jazz Major

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Acrobatics
  • Hip-Hop

Creative Workshops

  • Improvisation
  • Composition

Choreography Workshops

  • Creations*
  • Repertoire

* With guests choreographers

Performance Opportunities

  • Area Jeune Ballet
  • Multiple performances in Switzerland and abroad

Theoretical Courses

  • Injury prevention
  • Dance History

3rd YEAR

The third year sees the culmination of the students’ technical, artistic and creative development. The students build a career path, refine their knowledge, and show their full physical, expressive and creative potential. This year serves as the springboard that launches the young dancers into the world of professional dance.

To achieve this end, students will have the opportunity to participate in internships with professional companies so that they can work alongside other young dancers of their level. These placements will allow students to fully experience life in a company, and observe the many facets of their future profession.

Master classes, choreographic workshops and performance opportunities via the Area Jeune Ballet will take center stage.

FUNDAMENTAL TECHNIQUES COURSE

Daily/weekly classes

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Modern’Jazz
  • Pilates
  • Floor Barre

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES

Neoclassical/Contemporary Major

  • Pointes
  • Partnering
  • Acting
  • Afro-Contemporary

Jazz Major

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Acrobatics
  • Hip-Hop

Creative Workshops

  • Improvisation
  • Choreography Workshops

Choreography Workshops

  • Creations
  • Repertoire

* With guests choreographers

Performance Opportunities

  • Area Jeune Ballet
  • Multiple performances in Switzerland and abroad
  • Greater number of performances than in the 2nd year

Career Planning

  • Company internship
  • Auditions

Preparation for auditions

  • Orientation council
  • Resume, DVD and photo presentation elaboration

OUR MISSION

PROVIDE AN EDUCATION AND A TRAINING WHICH ENABLES STUDENTS TO ACQUIRE A QUALITY AND A TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC LEVEL PERFECTLY ADAPTED TO THE EXIGENCIES OF TODAY’S CHOREOGRAPHERS AND COMPANIES.

Founded in 1997, Dance Area is a private institution whose mission is to offer an artistic education up to and including a post-graduate or professional level. Our comprehensive dance curriculum nurtures all levels of ability, from pre-primary students to vocational, contract-ready dancers. For twenty years, the school has welcomed young dancers, helping them develop their talents and realize their individual goals. We work hard to maintain a vibrant and stimulating environment that advocates diversity while encouraging artists from all backgrounds and skill levels to interact.

  • Allow the future dancer to find his artistic identity, to become autonomous and to help him to develop a creative mind. For that purpose, external interveners (international professors, choreographers, speakers) regularly come to strengthen the teaching staff.

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  • Encourage the development of individuals talents in both performance and choreography through choreographic workshops and shows.

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  • Bring the future dancer to present and defend a project and make enable communication in facing problems and finding solutions with clarity and coherence.

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  • Develop the ability of the dancer to engage a reflective and independent thinking and to apply critical and analytical skills.

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  • Favor professional integration through exchanges and internships within companies.

GUEST TEACHERS & CHOREOGRAPHERS 2014-2017

GUEST TEACHERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS COMPLEMENT THE TRAINING PROGRAM BY STIMULATING THE YOUNG DANCERS TO DEVELOP THEIR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND ABILITY TO ADAPT TO NEW IDEAS. THESE ENCOUNTERS ALLOW THE DANCER TO COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT WITH REALITY OF THE DANCE PROFESSION, WHILE PROVIDING THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP MEANINGFUL CONTACTS WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS.

Julio Arozarena Assistant directeur Béjart ballet Lausanne. Chorégraphe Christine Hassid Professeur et chorégraphe international. Directrice et Chorégraphe de la compagnie C.H.P Bruce Taylor Professeur international. Directeur et chorégraphe de la compagnie Choréonyx Karine Guizzo Ex-danseuse au NDT, professeur et chorégraphe freelance résident à Den Haag. Maria Rovira Chorégraphe et directrice de la compagnie «Transit Dansa» à Barcelone. Duncan Rownes Professeur et chorégraphe freelance (Royal Ballet School, Prix de Lausanne, Ecole du Ballet de Bâle). Marc Ribaud Chorégraphe et maître de ballet international (Netherlands Dans Theater, le Ballet Royal de Suède, les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, le Ballet National de Norvège, le Ballet National de Finlande) Armando Marten Professeur international. Chorégraphe et co-directeur de la compagnie «Entremans». Blenard Azizaj Danseur Akram Khan Company et Sasha Waltz & Guests. Chorégraphe. François et Robyn Klaus Anciens directeurs du Queensland Ballet. Professeurs invités pour le Béjart ballet Lausanne, les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, le Ballet de Zurich… Gilbert Mayer 1er danseur et professeur à l’Opéra de Paris. Maître de ballet et professeur international. Redha Chorégraphe international. Angelo Monaco Chorégraphe et professeur international.

AUDITIONS

ADMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN DURING FIRST TERM UPON PRIVATE AUDITIONS REQUESTS

LE JEUNE BALLET

LE JEUNE BALLET IS PART OF THE PRE-VOCATIONAL DANCER-ARTIST PROGRAM FROM THE 2nd YEAR SINCE IT IS A SIMULATION OF THE REALITY OF THE PROFESSION WHILE CONFRONTING THE STAGE.

THE MASTER CLASSES AND CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS

Le Jeune Ballet aims to be a bridge, a springboard between the academic and technical apprenticeship and the dance profession, so as to favor professional integration. The repertoire will be constituted of various choreographies realized by guest choreographers ranging from Neo-classical to Contemporary and Jazz. It will offer the young dancers a broad panel of styles demanded by current dance companies.

Master Classes and Choreographic Workshops given by professors and invited guest choreographers will offer the young dancers an artistic opening and put them in situations of adaptability to new approaches. This is an opportunity for the young dancers to discover new perspectives and make themselves known by international artists and choreographers. These workshops will also allow the development of a repertoire specific to Le Jeune Ballet.