Students from 8 to 17 years of age can enter the yearly courses of Balletto di Roma School through an audition. The limited enrolment courses are designed for a maximum of 18 students per class. Based on technical and artistic suitability criteria set by the management, the student who will pass the exam will be pointed towards the most suitable class according to his or her technical and physical skills and potential and therefore enrolled in the correct course. Each academic year goes from September to June and at the end of each year there will be a qualifying exam for the following course. The School offers to the best students the opportunity to participate, during the whole educational path, in daily classes and eventually in the artistic productions of the Balletto di Roma Company.
Approaches dance by stimulating the free creativity of children, from 5 years old.
It is the training path towards the elegance, coordination and rigor of classical ballet, from 6 to 8 years old.
Explores, from 8 years upwards, the first expressive elements of modern and contemporary dance.
Introduces, since the age of 6, the first elements of acting, music, singing and ensemble dance.
The Balletto di Roma School proposes a ballet educational path that will last eight academic years. The courses, from the first to the eighth, are nominally divided into two study phases: pre-academic, which corresponds to the period between the first and the fifth course, and upper triennium, from the sixth to the eighth course.
Pre-academic (from the first to the fifth course)
Students from 9 years of age are eligible to attend the first course. During the year the students are introduced to the basic principles of the classical technique (symmetrical placement of the body, exercises at the barre and in the centre). From the third year the daily ballet class will envisage the preparation to the pointe technique study. From the fourth year, the separation of the classes will allow the in-depth study of jumps for male students and pointe technique for female students, besides a gradual approach to the knowledge and execution of the classical repertoire and modern and contemporary dance styles.
It is moreover foreseen a Classical Three-time Weekly Course for students between 12 and 17 years of age, who, for given reasons, cannot attend the daily technique classes of the academic courses but are therefore able to follow the educational path of the School through three-time weekly intensive classes.
Upper Triennium (from the sixth to the eighth course)
The Upper Triennium, from the sixth to the eighth course, envisages daily classical technique lessons (pointe, jumps, classical and contemporary repertoire) for female and male classes. Together with the continuous study of classical and contemporary dance, the triennium will also allow the students to strengthen their knowledge and training of the classical and modern repertoire and will promote workshop experiences in the field of movement and choreography thanks to the constant interaction with the best contemporary authors of the national and international scene and with the Balletto di Roma Company itself. Thanks to such cooperation, the students will be able to challenge their preparation and discover new movement and expression dynamics through the work of the internationally famous Italian choreographers who will bring to Balletto di Roma the originality and the experimentation of new styles and contemporary languages. This intensive period will guarantee the most adequate preparation to the future professional challenges for the students aiming at a professional career with the Balletto di Roma Company or with any other national or international company.
The course corresponds to the third and fourth academic years and will allow the eligible students (between 14 and 17 years of age) to further study the classical technique thanks to tailored training. Under the care of the teachers, the Advanced programme is an autonomous educational module that is parallel to the academic courses and lead the students towards a technical and artistic improvement path in view of the professional placement.
The course, open to students from 18 to 27 years of age, proposes a programme of daily ballet classes and weekly classical repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary and Balletto di Roma’s repertoire classes. The lessons will mainly take place in the morning (for a minimum of three hours a day from Monday to Friday). The course aims to prepare the students to their future career in the dance field through a multidisciplinary programme that will guarantee the appropriate training to face future challenges and opportunities.
Besides the professional placement courses for classical dance, the school also proposes the Integrated Course, an autonomous educational module that guarantees to the students a complete and multidisciplinary study programme by alternating weekly classical, contemporary and modern lessons. Aim of the course is to develop, for young students who are more inclined to modern dance, a better knowledge and familiarity with the new choreography trends by providing the best basis to face future professional placements in the contemporary dance field.
The course, open to students from 18 to 27 years of age, proposes a programme of daily ballet classes and weekly classical repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary and Balletto di Roma’s repertoire classes. The lessons will normally take place during the day (for a minimum of three hours a day from Monday to Friday). The course aims to prepare the students to their future career in the dance field through a multidisciplinary programme that will guarantee the appropriate training to face future challenges and opportunities.
Three-year Professional Contemporary Dance Course
During the three-year educational path open to male and female students from 18 to 26 years of age, it will be developed an approach allowing the dancers to become versatile, able to actively participate in the creative process and to interact with different choreographers by facing the many different dance and performance languages. The course also promotes opportunities for a dialogue with artists and active experts in different contemporary performing arts disciplines through the exposure of the choreographic research to innovative creation and performance processes. The educational path will allow the students to deepen the study and the practice of ballet and the many styles of contemporary dance, thus offering an advanced professional level of educational and artistic proposals.
Improvisation and instant composition classes, partnering work, contact improvisation, movement research, movement analysis, dance history, dance health and contemporary repertoire all guarantee the enrichment of the competences that will make the dancers versatile, within a programme that is in line with the best European academies and is able to guarantee for each individual the development of his or her personality, discipline and artistic and intellectual dedication. A special focus on the creative process envisages the participation in a number of courses led by choreographers who will analyse, together with the students, the creation and the staging of original works. The Course is run, every year, from September to June, for a total of 800 hours of lessons (from Monday to Friday, in the morning and first afternoon).
with the support of
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome