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The Ballet Tech School

In 1977, on the number 3 train, on his way to the studio for a working day of choreographing, Eliot Feld shared a train car with a class of elementary public school children on a field trip and at that moment the idea for the Ballet Tech School was born. The idea was this: that children attending New York City elementary public schools should have the opportunity to study ballet dancing, tuition-free, dependent only upon their talent and passion for dancing.

Ballet Tech views the children of the New York City public school system as a vast and underutilized human resource. And that resource has the potential to invigorate classical ballet dancing in a uniquely diverse and American way and at the same time realize the potential of children traditionally excluded from the venerable art of the ballet.

Ballet Tech is a New York City public school, grades 4-12, offering its students a quality academic education and intensive and rigorous ballet training designed to develop professional dancers.

Auditions for entry into Ballet Tech's Beginner's program are held each fall and spring in public elementary schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. All New York City public school children in grades 2-5 are eligible to audition for Ballet Tech and no previous dance experience is necessary. Auditions are scheduled through the elementary school's principal, and are held during the school day. To conduct the auditions, Ballet Tech sends a team of instructors to each school who lead the students through a simple series of exercises designed to assess a child's athleticism, flexibility and musicality.

Students selected through this audition process
are invited to attend a five-week Beginners
Program held each fall and spring at Ballet Tech. Approximately half of these students are invited back for Level I, an additional five-week program. Students who show the most promise are invited to enroll at the Ballet Tech School full-time for the following school year.

School name:The Ballet Tech School
Address:890 Broadway.
Zip & city:10003 New York

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