The Dance Department is a rigorous and comprehensive program of study. The curriculum is designed to provide professional training that prepares students for further studies at post-secondary institutions, or careers in dance. In order to prepare our students for post-secondary education in dance and dance careers, the technical training for dance majors is focused primarily on classical ballet and modern dance. Students are placed at the level best suited to their physical, mental and technical development, rather than grouped by grade. In order to differentiate the dancers experience at BAA, we also offer study in Jazz Dance and West African Dance, as part of the core curriculum. To better provide a holistic experience for our students, we offer a variety of somatic training such as Pilates, GYROKINESIS® and Yoga.
The Department aims to foster student development, discipline, technical skills, and expression, while stretching their creativity and critical thinking. To further enrich our students experience, we provide multiple opportunities to connect with professionals in the field. Our students experience numerous master classes each year, thanks to our partnership with cultural institutions such as the Boston Conservatory, Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine, Celebrity Series of Boston, Earl Mosley Institute for the Arts, and World Music/CRASHart. BAA’s Dance Department also assists students to attend nationally competitive summer programs through study grants, allowing students to accelerate in their development as dancers.
Ricardo has been dancing professionally since graduating from BAA. He joined the Sarasota Ballet in 2007, and was promoted to Principal in 2012. His lead and featured roles include Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardeé; Symphonic Variations, Les Patineurs, Birthday Offering; Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Who Cares?; Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Graziano’s Before Night Falls, En Las Calles de Murcia; In a State of Weightlessness; and Wheeldon’s The American and There Where She Loves.
- Dance History
- Dance Styles
- Healthful Living
- Production and Technology
Technical training is based on physical, mental and technical development rather than grade level. Training includes:
- Classical Ballet
- Honors Ballet
- Other world dances (ex. Capoeira, West African, Hip hop, Gyrotonics)
Former master classes taught by:
- Vertigo Dance Company
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
- Kyle Abraham
- Raphael Xavier
- Ronald K. Brown
- Bill T. Jones
- Ballet Master of Kirov Ballet
- Catia Mota Da Cruz- Fela! on Broadway Company Member
Former guest choreographers include:
- Sean Curran
- Marlies Yearby
- Ronald K. Brown
- Pedro Ruiz
- Nathan Trice
- Members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- Boston Arts Academy Alumni
For a more details on guidelines, requirements, and curriculum, see the ‘Dance’ section of the 2017-2018 Handbook.