Professional Training Program
This program is for dedicated dancers looking to advance to a professional career path in a company. This program is for dancers 10+ years of age. Curriculum includes: classical ballet technique, core dynamics, pointe, classical variations, pas de deux, repertory, character dance, mime, music and stretch.
Our intensive training programs are aimed at the full cultural development of the young artist, to provide each student with a dynamic range of technical skills, coupled with that elusive quality known as the artist’s “sensitivity of soul.” We are committed to developing classical dancers who are capable of expressing powerful theatrical ideas in ballet through a rich understanding of other artistic disciplines, cultures, and traditions. GKA provides year round full-time ballet training by the finest teachers in the world. Students range from 10 years of age to young adults and are selected from national and international auditions.
The training syllabus is based on traditional Russian and Danish techniques, incorporating kinesthetic and remedial practices, all guided by proven scientific methodology.
Ms. Kirkland’s training with teachers such as Stanley Williams, David Howard, Maggie Black and Pilar Garcia, as well as her training as a teacher with Nina Osipyan also informed the academy’s syllabus.
Ms. Kirkland’s personal experience in bringing the great classics to life, as well as working with some of the great choreographers of the 20th century, choreographers such as Tudor, Balanchine, Ashton, MacMillan, Robbins, etc, brings a unique sensibility to the syllabus, focusing it towards her belief in storytelling on stage.
2016-2017 School Year Begins Monday, September 19, 2016. Last Day of classes is May 20, 2017
Full Day Professional Training Program Dates
Monday, September 19th: Classes begin
Thursday, November 23rd: Thanksgiving (No classes. Please note that classes/rehearsals will take place on 11/24 and 11/25.)
Sunday, December 18th: Final Nutcracker performances
Monday, December 19th to Sunday, January 8th: Winter Break
Monday, January 9th: Classes resume
Saturday, March 25th: Last day of classes before Spring Break
Monday, March 27th to Sunday April 2nd: Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd: Classes resume
Friday, April 14th: Good Friday (No classes.)
Sunday, May 21st: Final performances
Acceptance by audition only contact