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Dance Education

Dance Education
Dance Education
Dance is an art form through which movement communicates meaning and understanding. It is a movement form that facilitates mastery of physical skills. There is evidence that dance may enhance the learning processes and healthy development. Teachers at the Columbus City Schools teach at four separate building locations: Duxberry Park Alternative Elementary School, Arts Impact Alternative School, Ft. Hayes Career Center, and Ft. Hayes Arts and Academic.
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BalletMet's Discover Dance Scholarship
What is the Discover Dance Scholarship program?

BalletMet’s Discover Dance Scholarship Program offers students in the Central Ohio area opportunities for quality dance education and training. This scholarship provides a student with fully funded year tuition in the BalletMet Dance Academy. Scholarships require an audition and must be renewed annually based upon review of criteria.

Who can participate in the preliminary audition?

No previous dance training is necessary. Any 2nd – 5th grade student who meets the following criteria may audition. Students must be 8-12 years of age by 

September 1, 2018 and should exhibit:
• High potential to be trained in ballet and other dance styles
• Desire and commitment to study dance in a disciplined environment
• Ability to get to and from classes on a regular basis
• Financial need* consideration for some scholarship opportunities

What does a school need to provide to host an audition?

We will need a large clean floor with space for movement. All current 2nd – 5th grade students interested in dance are welcome to participate upon the completion of a Student Audition Form that must be signed by a parent/guardian (BalletMet provides the forms to the school prior to the audition).
What goes on during the audition?

Dance professionals from BalletMet will screen students for potential and identify kinesthetically gifted students for training in classical ballet and other dance forms. Children selected must have feet and ankles capable of handling pointe and ballet work, thus their feet will be examined. Please communicate with your students that it is an honor to be invited to the audition and that they should demonstrate their best behavior. Your students should be on time and dressed in comfortable clothes that allow for movement.

What happens after the preliminary audition?

All participants will be notified by mail of audition results. Final Auditions will be held at the BalletMet Dance Academy on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for students who pass the preliminary screenings.

What if a student misses the preliminary audition at our school?

Students who miss BalletMet’s Preliminary Audition at your school are encouraged to attend one of the following Preliminary Community Auditions at the BalletMet Dance Academy on Saturday, April 14th or Tuesday, May 1st 2018.

Why should a student participate in the audition?

BalletMet is committed to bringing the positive influence of dance to the Columbus community. Through the BalletMet Dance Academy Scholarship program, BalletMet strives to make the art and discipline of dance available to talented and committed students.

Leigh Lijoi
Education Assistant
614-586-8629 or llijoi@balletmet.org

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