Berkshire Ballet Theatre
The Berkshire Ballet Theatre is our pre-professional training program for motivated dancers 12-20 years old.
Students learn through technique classes and performances in a creative and disciplined environment. Intermediate 1 and 2 students begin the classical syllabus which requires students to work carefully with much repetition in order to isolate the correct muscle groups required for turn-out, extension, and a strong jump. When a student is ready pointe training begins. Character dance, modern dance and floor barre are also introduced into training. Berkshire Ballet Theatre trainees, apprentices, and company dancers continue advanced classical ballet training including classical variations, pas de deux, repetoire.
In all dance companies students, receive a well- rounded dance education through the inclusion of acting, dance history, music, floor barre, contemporary, and jazz dance with the opportunity to take additional classes in hip-hop, aerial, tap, and musical theater classes.
Performance experience is an integral part of our student’s training. Performance opportunities are available to students in Preparatory and Pre-Professional levels. During the year, dancers have performance opportunities to perform at events including our annual Nutcracker at Raue Center for the Arts, BBT Gala, Spring Ballet, and June Dance Concert. Company dancers also perform at events throughout Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities. For booking information, please contact us at 815-477-0033.
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Many of our alumni have gone on to professional careers in ballet, contemporary , and commercial dance. BBT dancers have also been accepted into prestigious dance programs and intensives and have continued education in dance education and dance related fields.
To create a professional performance environment that the BBT and apprentices, trainees, and company dancers can use to gain experience, artistry, education, and a love of the arts.