Greenwich Ballet Academy to hold Saturday auditions

Auditions for the Greenwich Ballet Academy are being held starting this weekend, allowing young dancers to join students like, from left in back, Phoebe Anderson, Olivia Thurman and Rebekkah Lindsey and, up front, Veronica Orgera and Elisabeth Beyer.

Auditions for the Greenwich Ballet Academy are being held starting this weekend, allowing young dancers to join students like, from left in back, Phoebe Anderson, Olivia Thurman and Rebekkah Lindsey and, up front, Veronica Orgera and Elisabeth Beyer.

The award-winning Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) is looking for students and preferential registration for the Summer Intensive program will end on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The registration is now underway for three different programs at the Port Chester, N.Y. studios at 181 Westchester Avenue. The programs are designed for children age five to 17-years-old in age-appropriate peer groups with varying degrees of dance expertise.

“The academy seeks students whose love of the arts and natural abilities in dance are gifts to nurture and cultivate,” said artistic director Yuri Vodolaga, who stressed that new students are welcome to apply. “We have a history of attracting talented dancers who, with our intense training and skill development, go on to become highly successful dance professionals.”

GBA alumni have been advanced alongside internationally recognized dance masters, and Mr. Vodolaga welcomes this latest opportunity to create exceptional dance experiences for the smallest of GBA’s new students, too.

“It’s rewarding to see their confidence and their maturity develop, along with their poise as dancers,” Mr. Vodolaga said. “That’s one of the reasons we offer Summer Intensive at such specific age levels.”

The youngest of dancers are invited to enroll in the pre-academy Princess & Princes camp, with either one- or two-week sessions that begin June 16. These classes are designed for children ages five to seven, with preferential registration for current GBA students available through Feb. 22. These sessions are $450 per week, or $850 if a student is enrolled in both weeks.

Beginning on June 30, there are also two three-week sessions planned for students ages five through 17. These students will be placed in one of three classes: Primary Dancers, Young Dancer or Intermediate Dancer. An additional two-week session in August is planned for Intermediate and Advanced dancers.

Primary Dancers may register for either the June 30 or July 21 sessions, with tuition at $1,200 or $2,000 for both three-week sessions. Young and Intermediate Dancers may register for the concurrent dates, with fees of $1,650 per session or $3,000 for both. Intermediate and Advanced dancers may register for the additional August Summer Intensive sessions at $1,100 for both weeks, beginning Aug. 11.

New student auditions will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Port Chester studios on Feb. 22 and are required for students in the Young Dancer and Intermediate Dancer classes. The young Pre-Academy and Primary dancers are not required to audition unless they’re seeking advanced placement and they will have shorter class days that run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All other classes continue until 3 p.m.

For more information about classes and an online registration form, visit Greenwichballetacademy.org or call 914-305-4377.

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