Kings Academy's Three Year Professional Dancers Diploma Course is a full-time vocational course with the focus on training the next generation of Contemporary Classical Dancers. The course is 100% practical based and is aimed at professional, students .
The students concentrate the majority of their time in the study of Classical Ballet. To supplement this training, students take further classes in Pas De Deux,Repertoire, Specialist Male Classical Classes, Variations and Drama to enable them to achieve the maturity required in Musicality, Artisrty and Dramatic Expression . Additional classes in Contemporary, Technical Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Character, Jazz Partnering, Drama and Singing are undertaken to give the student a rounded education in Dance. Students also study Anatomy and Physiology.
This enables our graduates to embrace the new and exciting Contemporary Choreography of Ballet Companies Worldwide.
We are vehement at Kings in our pursuit to train, not just the technical side of the dancer, but the Artiste in it's entirety.
Kings International Ballet Academy will never hold a student back nor push too soon, to this end we do not work in year groups but levels - with students being able to change between levels as appropriate . It also means that students are not restricted to the traditional "three year course" - some students may be industry ready in one or two years others may take a little longer. The time frame is unimportant to us at Kings, what is important is that the students leave Kings as employable young Professionals.
We are purposefully small to enable the Artistic Directors hands on experience with every student, and to enable them to take students out of class and coach them privately if necessary. This one to one learning is invaluable for the students progression.
The students study the Russian Classical Ballet System under the umbrella of the Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts.
All students take the ARBTA Vocational Examinations and RAD Vocational Examinations during their time at Kings.
As part of the Professional Dancers Course, students to participate in our Student Enrichment Programme where they gain valuable performing, competing, teaching and choreographic experience.
All students will be given performance opportunities with the Brecon Festival Ballet Company thus ensuring that they graduate with professional experience on their CV.
In addition to their vocational studies, we actively encourage our students to continue with their education. Students will be offered an academic consultation prior to commencing their course, to ascertain which A Levels or Qualifications they would like to pursue. This does not form part of the Professional Dancers Course but it is part of our Pastoral Care Policy and is something we can assist parents in organising outside of the Academy's timetable.
All graduating students receive The Kings Academy's Professional Dancers Diploma, accredited by the BDQT, but it is our intention that students will be entered for the ARBTA Certificate in Teaching , together with the IDTA Anatomy Diploma - thus ensuring that our students are set up with a new career once they have finished performing.
Additionally, the students of Kings, are prepared for and encouraged to participate in various International Ballet Competitions - which is an inspiring event for any young dancer and also wonderful exposure for them.
During their final year at Kings Academy, the focus shifts slightly to gaining employment and to aid this we will be inviting leading industry practitioners to come into the Academy and to teach master classes and coach our Level Three and Post Graduates.