Training & Curriculum
Covenant Ballet Academy is committed to a high standard of dance training and education that is balanced with sincere concern and attention to every student’s needs. Students launched from Covenant Ballet have landed in virtually every major dance school, performing arts high school, and college dance program in New York and beyond, such as the JKO School at American Ballet Theater (ABT), Alvin Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Academy at Fort Hamilton, La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts, Juilliard College, Marymount Manhattan College, SUNY Purchase College—and more!
Any and every one of our alums will gladly testify that the training they received at Covenant formed the indispensable foundation for their success.
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COVENANT BALLET is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Students who are 8 years and older, who have had previous experience, and who are interested in enrolling, must make a placement audition appointment to determine level. Call 718-891-6199.
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EARLY STEPS PROGRAM
A fun, 10-month program for 3 to 7 year olds. Classes introduce ballet through age-appropriate and simple exercises, creative games that develop focus, coordination, stretch, musicality and strength. Levels are divided by age.
Creative Movement - 3 & 4 year olds
Primary 1 - 5 year olds
Primary 2 - 6 year olds
Primary 3 - 7 year olds
Covenant Ballet has been an ABT RISE (formerly Project Plié) partner school since 2014.
The ABT RISE initiative is American Ballet Theatre's comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. ABT RISE seeks to combine training and support of ballet students from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide network of partner professional ballet companies who are committed to diversity.
Formerly, ABT Project Plié included a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce participants to ballet and identify children for future training. Covenant Ballet was a Partner School from 2014-2017.
On occasion, CBT instructors take their students to be examined by an ABT National Training Curriculum examiner to give their students additional experience and affirmation of their technical development.
Photo below: CBT Instructor Miss Nanako with her students and their ABT examiner Mr. Franco DeVita, after their exam at the JKO School at ABT.
The Academy offers a 10-month program for children 8 years and older, as well as a Summer program that offers training in classical ballet and modern dance. Students new to the academy who have some experience in ballet need to schedule a placement audition before enrolling. All student program ballet students ages 8 and older are required to participate in end-of-year exams adjudicated by the Artistic Director and faculty in order to determine progress and advancement. Students are divided by level of experience.
Garnet 1 & 2: fundamentals of the ballet technique.
Sapphire 1 & 2: building on the fundamentals; girls beginner pointe if approved.
Amethyst 1 & 2: advanced beginner ballet; pointe for approved girls.
Emerald: Intermediate ballet; pointe & variations.
Lapis/Onyx/Diamond: advanced ballet and pointe to pre-professional.
Modern 1/2: introduction/beginner Horton and Graham based classes.
Modern 3: building on the Horton and Graham modern styles.
Contemporary 1/2: introduction/beginner Release Technique based classes.
Contemporary 3: building on the Release Technique style along with composition work.
Modern/Jazz 1/2/3: a blend of modern and jazz dance for the beginner student.