About the Programs
Starting in Fall 2018, Xian Yun Academy of the Arts is partnering with Presidio Dance Theatre (PDT) to offer two distinct ballet programs:
- The Extended Dance Program (Ballet Track), providing afternoon and weekend classes for dancers aged 5 and up, including adults;
- The Ballet Conservatory, a daytime program for aspiring professional dancers. This program is offered as one of the four arts majors in Xian Yun’s Middle and High School Program. (Click here for more information on Xian Yun’s Middle/High School arts majors.)Qualified students will have the opportunity to audition for PDT’s touring company and participate in worldwide performances.
All students will study classical ballet technique, character dance, and performance; qualified students will also work en pointe. Our pedagogy is based on the Vaganova School of Saint Petersburg. Such training has produced most of the world’s exceptional dancers, including Pavlova, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Makarova. Our students have been accepted into professional dance companies, college dance programs, and summer programs with the Kirov, Royal, Bolshoi, and ABT, among other prestigious institutions.