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Ballet goes to college: three top programs to consider.

Most college dance programs offer ballet technique classes, and some schools even present classical rep. Few, however, offer the specialization and experience you'd receive as a company trainee. There are, of course, the conservatories like Juilliard or universities like Butler, Indiana and Utah that carry well-deserved reputations as having top-notch ballet offerings. But don't ignore these strong ballet programs that tend to fly under the radar.--JD

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Degrees offered: BA in dance performance/choreography, ballet emphasis; BA in dance performance/ choreography, contemporary emphasis; BA in dance education; dance minor

Ballet classes: Five times per week; pointe or men's classes twice per week

Non-ballet courses required: Contemporary, improvisation and composition, choreography, anatomy/nutrition, Laban Movement Analysis, dance analysis and criticism, history, dance production

Recent repertoire: Balanchine's Stars and Stripes, Mozartiana and Apollo; Lynne Taylor-Corbett's The Great Galloping Gottschalk

Recent guest artists: Chris Uchida (Twyla Tharp repetiteur), Jeffrey Gribler (Pennsylvania Ballet), Alan Hineline (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet)

Alumni: Artistic and administrative positions with companies including Georgia Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Carolina Ballet

Located: Columbia, SC

No. of dance majors: 75-80

No. of applicants per year: 150

No. of studios: 3(6 when partitions are closed)

Info: artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Degrees offered: BFA in dance (beginning fall 2014), BA in dance

Ballet classes: Five days per week; elective pointe, variations and pas de deux classes

Non-ballet courses required: Modern, jazz, tap or musical theater, dance history, choreography, music for dancers, biology for dancers, pedagogy, kinesiology, Labanotation, dance conditioning

Recent repertoire: Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie, Crerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi, full-length Giselle and Bruce Mark's La Fille mal gardee

Recent guest artists: Lisa de Ribere (School of American Ballet), Matthew Prescott (freelance dancer), Neta Pulvermacher (Neta Dance Company)

Alumni: Artistic positions with companies including Ohio Dance Theatre, Lake Erie Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet

Located: Erie, PA

No. of dance majors: 60

No. of applicants per year: 75-100

No. of studios: 3

Info: dance.mercyhurst.edu

COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Degree offered: BFA in dance, emphasis in ballet

Ballet classes: Five times per week; pointe once per week, variations once per week; men's classes and male variations once per week; basic partnering once per week, pas de deux once per week

Non-ballet courses required: Modern, dance history, choreography, character, somatic practice, jazz, eurythmics for dancers, music for dancers, costume and makeup for stage, theatrical design and production, acting, anatomy

Recent repertoire: Bournonville's La Sylphide, Act II, Balanchine's Serenade, "Kingdom of the Shades" from Petipa's La Bayadere

Recent guest artists: Victoria Morgan (Cincinnati Ballet), Edwaard Liang (BalletMet), Devon Carney (Kansas City Ballet)

Alumni: Artistic positions with companies including Le Ballet du Capitole in France, Smuin Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Sarasota Ballet

Located: Cincinnati, OH

No. of dance majors: 59

No. of applicants per year: approximately 100

No. of studios: 3

Info: ccm.uc.edu/dance
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Title Annotation:in training
Author:Dalzell, Jenny
Publication:Dance Magazine
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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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