American Repertory Ballet Workshop FAQs
Question: What is the American Repertory Ballet Workshop (ARBW)?
Answer: ARBW is the pre-professional program at American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School. There are two levels in the program: ARBW Juniors and ARBW Seniors. ARBW Juniors comprises the youngest group of dancers aspiring to a professional career in dance, while ARBW Seniors are dancers who have achieved the two most advanced levels of training at Princeton Ballet School. ARBW Srs also includes our highly respected Trainee program which encompasses both local and international, post-secondary school dancers. Admission to the ARBW program is by audition.
Question: How often does the company rehearse?
Answer: Rehearsals take place on Saturday afternoons after technique classes, and Sundays, from late morning through early evening. The Sunday rehearsal includes a special technique class from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (during production weeks this will vary). This day includes a scheduled lunch break. There are additional mandatory rehearsals during production week.
Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Dues for the full year are $695.00. Dues for a single semester are $360.00. Only ARBW Jrs are permitted to sign up for a single semester; ARBW Srs must commit to a full year. The fee for the optional August mini-workshop (Summer Repertory Week), which precedes Cranbury Day, is $175.00. These dues cover your class and rehearsal direction. ARBW company members are automatically cast in Nutcracker and pre-paid for the school show (Sleeping Beauty is the 2017 production).
Question: How many performances are there for ARBW company members?
Answer: Currently there are four performing components to the year:
1) Summer Repertory Week/Cranbury Day
● Monday-Friday, August 29-September 2; 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Class and rehearsal
● Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8: Spacing rehearsal evenings
● Saturday, September 10, 1:00-4:30 p.m.: Performances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
2) Nutcracker: Note: due to the number of venues there is an increase in the number of opportunities to perform. There were 22 performances in the 2015-16 season.
3) American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School Gala (typically scheduled for early March).
4) Princeton Ballet School Spring School Production – Sleeping Beauty (matinee and evening performances typically scheduled for one day late May).
Question: Do I have to be in all four performances?
Answer: If you are an ARBW Sr, full year participation is the expectation. We encourage dancers participating in ARBW Jrs to perform in all four productions but we recognize that ARBW Jrs are at the ‘rite of passage’ age so if you have a bar or bat mitzvah or first communion for which you are preparing, you may enroll in the semester that does not conflict with your schedule.