Dance Training: A minimum of 5 ballet technique classes are required weekly at the BBC studios, two of which are the mandatory Company classes. In addition, the dancer must take one additional genre from the following: Lyrical, Contemporary Jazz, or Hip Hop. For specific details on class schedules, contact the BBC Office or the Artistic Director.
Performances and Rehearsals: Dancers are required to perform in the scheduled performance series for each season (Fall - Winter - Spring, plus additional events at the discretion of the artistic staff). There are mandatory rehearsals for each performance. For specific details on rehearsal schedules, contact the BBC Office or the Artistic Director.
Summer Study: WCU Certificate Dancers are required to attend at least one session of a summer program, either with The Dance Center, Brandywine Ballet, or an approved outside school or company.
WCU Courses: The undergraduate WCU student must take two of the following 3 credit WCU dance-related courses:
DAN 150 - Athleticism and Artistry in Dance
DAN 210 - The Dancer’s Body
DAN 315 - Dance Pedagogy
DAN 344 - History of Dance
MHL 121 - Music in Culture and History
MHL 210 - Music History I
THA 103 - Acting I
THA 104 - Stagecraft
THA 116 - Costume Construction
Completion of these courses is mandatory by the end of undergraduate studies. Copies of transcripts showing passing grades in these courses must be given to BBC before the Certificate is issued.
The Company’s series-based season typically includes the following:
FALL SERIES - Our seasons begin with rotating repertoire and full-length productions featuring our resident and guest choreographers, performed at Emile K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
WINTER SERIES - The Nutcracker. Our spectacular production of The Nutcracker, performed at Emile K. Asplundh Concert Hall, has become one of Chester County’s favorite holiday events.
SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE & FUNDRAISING EVENT - A repertoire performance featuring Brandywine Ballet Theatre and Brandywine Contemporary.
SPRING SERIES - Our seasons conclude with a storybook inspired ballet to delight all audiences, also performed at Emile K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
FEES & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Total cost for the Certificate in Ballet Program includes the standard WCU tuition, as well as an additional fee of $2000 per year to the BBC for participation in the Ballet Program.
WCU offers both need and merit-based scholarships. Early application is encouraged.
BBC offers merit-based scholarships, as well as a Work Study option, specifically applicable to the Ballet Program fees.
BBC provides opportunities for Certificate dancers to attend on site workshops and Master’s Classes at no additional charge or at discounted rates.
BBC CONTACT INFORMATION:
Brandywine Ballet Office and Studios
317 Westtown Road, Suite 5
West Chester, PA 19382
firstname.lastname@example.org | 610-692-6402
To schedule an audition:
Donna L. Muzio (Artistic Director and Founder)
WCU CONTACT INFORMATION:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wayne Hall, 6th Floor, 125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
email@example.com | 610-436-3411
Admissions Visitor Center:
Science & Engineering Center & The Commons, 1st Floor
Dr. Jen Bacon (Ballet Certificate Coordinator)
JBacon@wcupa.edu | 610-436-3326
Photo: Tim Early
TO APPLY TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:
Apply and be admitted to West Chester University
Send a letter/email of interest directly to the BBC office, including your dance background pertaining to ballet and performance training.
Call/email Brandywine Ballet to arrange for an audition.