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West Chester University Certificate in Ballet

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Study at West Chester University and perform professionally with Brandywine Ballet!

This unique partnership provides the opportunity to pursue a WCU undergraduate degree while receiving advanced dance training at Brandywine Ballet's state-of-the-art facilities. Brandywine Ballet presents three performance series every year on WCU's campus. The Company's extensive repertoire includes full-length productions of The Nutcracker and Dracula, as well as repertory pieces choreographed by resident choreographers Nancy Page and Tim Early. Brandywine Ballet has earned The George Balanchine Trust ® licensing to perform Balanchine pieces including Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Valse-Fantaisie.

To be admitted, students must apply and be accepted at West Chester University as well as audition for Brandywine Ballet. Audition information for the 2020-2021 season is available here. The cost of the program is $2000 for the performance season which runs September through May. Merit scholarships are available.

A minimum of 6 ballet technique classes per week are required. Two of which are the mandatory Company classes scheduled for Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.


Mandatory Rehearsals are held within the following time frames:
•    Fridays 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
•    Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Please note: This schedule represents a range of rehearsal times. Specific schedules for weekend rehearsals will be posted by Thursday of each week.


Dancers are required to perform in the Brandywine Ballet scheduled performance series for each Season (i.e. Fall Performance usually in October, The Nutcracker in December and Spring Performance usually in May).

WCU Course Requirements: Students are required to complete, in conjunction with their degree program, two WCU courses related to dance. Students may choose two of the following courses. Additional information can be found at www.wcupa.edu 
DAN 150 – Introduction to the Art of Dance – 3 Credits

DAN 210 – The Dancer’s Body – 3 Credits

DAN 315 – Dance Pedagogy – 3 Credits

DAN 344 – History of Dance - 3 Credits

MHL 121 – Music in Culture and History – 3 Credits

MHL 210 – Music History I – 3 Credits

THA 103 – Acting I – 3 Credits

THA 104 – Stagecraft – 3 Credits

THA 116 – Costume Construction – 3 Credits


Completion of these courses is mandatory by the end of their 4-year college program.  Copies of transcripts showing a passing grade in these selected courses must be given to the Brandywine Ballet office before the Certificate is issued. Failure to comply with ballet class/performance schedule and/or the WCU related course selection would jeopardize the completion of the Certificate in Ballet Program.


For more information, please contact:


Brandywine Ballet Company at 610-692-6402 or email info@brandywineballet.org.

West Chester University Admissions Office: 610-436-3414 or visit www.wcupa.edu