This program is for the student who wishes to push themself to the highest level of dancer they can become. Whether the goal is to dance professionally, be accepted to a college program or simply to see what they can achieve when giving their all to their dance education. Dancers 13 years of age and up will be eligible to audition for this program.
Allongé consists of technical training five days/week with a total of 15 hours of technique classes. For those wishing to do more, there are optional classes to increase training to six days/week and 18.5 hours of technique classes. In addition, there will be both mandatory and optional rehearsal hours. See below for more details. Dancers who are truly serious about pursuing a professional career should be taking all optional class and performance opportunities as well as discussing the addition of private lessons.
This level will be capped at 20 dancers/year.
Tracks (track programming will only run pending enrollment numbers)
Allongé dancers will have to choose whether to be on a modern- or ballet-focused track. All students will be required to take classes in both techniques but will be able to choose the form of dance that holds the greatest interest to them to focus on. Optional classes may be taken outside of the dancer's selected track. All track decisions will be discussed with the school director during semester-end meetings. Dancers will not be allowed to switch tracks mid-semester and should be aware that switching tracks regularly will be discouraged. A transition from the modern track to the ballet track will be difficult if not impossible at a certain point in training. Thus track decisions will not be taken lightly and should be well thought out and discussed as far as effects on future goals and pursuits.
All allongé dancers will be required to participate in both Nutcracker and the end-of-the-year showcase (there will be modern and ballet components in both performances). Allongé dancers will also have the opportunity to perform in the mid-March show. Both of these performances will be smaller productions featuring contemporary choreography.
Bi-Annual Parent Meetings
Parents and students will be expected to meet with the school director and/or their primary teacher twice in the school year. Once in January before the start of the new semester and once after the dance year has ended in June. Sign-up for meetings will be announced prior to meeting periods. These meetings will be a time to discuss goals, progress, and level/track placement for the coming semester. This is an extremely important time to be open, honest and candid about where everyone is at in order to minimize frustration and allow all to be working forward with the same ideals and intentions.
While traditionally ballet-based programs have strict dress code policies, at développé we feel strongly that a dancer who feels like they look their best will dance their best. Thus for ballet classes dancers are to wear leotards and tights (for dancers identifying as female) or fitted t-shirts and tights (for dancers identifying as male) that make them feel that way. Tights and shoes need to match each other to allow for a clean seamless line, but can be whatever tone the dancer feels matches their skin and or who they are as a dancer best. Hair should be neatly pulled back and secure and all clothing should be neat, tidy and well fitting to allow teachers to see how their muscles are working. For modern classes the same standards should be applied to active wear and cotton socks.
All dancers will be required to have the following items as a uniform for photoshoots and/or performances.
For dancers identifying as female:
Romantic practice tutu (ballet track only)
Classical practice tutu (ballet track only)
For dancers identifying as male:
All dancewear needs can be acquired at Dance this Way in Concord, MA.
Annual tuition for allongé - $8550, payable by semester ($4275) or monthly ($950)
Annual addition for all optional classes - $1500, payable by semester ($750)
Per class tuition for optional classes - $20 per class, due at time of class
Costume fee for Nutcracker and end-of-the-year showcase - $300
Registration Fee - $50
Optional show fee including rehearsal hours and costume fee for mid-March show - $500
To secure your dancer's place in the program, a deposit of $300 is required 3 months prior to class start date.