As the official school of the American Repertory Ballet, students have the opportunity to audition to perform with the company in its annual production of The Nutcracker in theaters throughout New Jersey. There are also frequent occasions for students to appear with the professional company in other ballets. At the end of the school year, students may participate in a school production of a classical ballet. Rehearsals are held outside the regular class, allowing students to continue learning throughout the year, and also to have a better understanding of the process of putting together a ballet production.
Each Spring, Princeton Ballet School produces a classical ballet. These performances give students in level Children’s Ballet 1 and up the opportunity to present a full-length classical ballet at a local theatre. Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Swan Lake, are amongst the past ballets performed.
Described by George Balanchine as “ballet’s great comedy,” Coppélia is a classic love story, originally choreographed and presented by Arthur Saint Léon in 1870, and set to music by Léo Delibes. The School’s adaptation includes additional re-staging and choreography by Princeton Ballet’s faculty.
If your child is enrolled in Princeton Ballet School’s Children’s Intermediate 1 through Student Ballet 4, s/he may choose to audition if s/he measures 3’8” (44 inches) or taller and is at least 6 years old by October 1. Rehearsals start around October and Performances run from late November through December in venues across the state of New Jersey.
Question: Is the School Show a mandatory recital?
No, we are not a recital school. Every spring, the school presents a full length ballet that all students in Children’s Ballet 1 and up are eligible to perform in. There is no audition. It is an optional activity. Rehearsals take place on the weekends outside of class time.