The FSPA Dance Company, Classical Ballet Ensemble, Disney-bound CenterStage, and our junior dance ensemble Next Step are selected by audition in the fall. The dance ensembles meet on a regular schedule to prepare performance repertoire for FSPA productions, outside invitations and community performances. FSPA offers dance training of the highest caliber, with an exceptional faculty and a focus on establishing proper and healthy technique. The school’s dance ensembles build upon dancers’ technical foundation and provide students with the chance to develop their craft and enjoy different performing opportunities. These exciting experiences create a dynamic community of students who are passionate about dance!
The FSPA Dance Company, open to students in Grades 9-12 (Grade 8 by special invitation), features the school's most advanced dancers who enjoy expanded performance opportunities. The Company presents a dance concert at THE BLACK BOX in June, along with several showcase performances throughout the school year. Working with FSPA dance faculty as well as guest teachers and choreographers to present pre-professional pieces in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theater genres, dancers can delve deeper to explore new types of dance or to pursue a broader range within a particular discipline.
Travel opportunities for Company dancers include local dance conventions and FSPA’s annual New York City weekend, as well as field trips to performances and master classes. The January NYC weekend provides a full-on dance experience within the Big Apple’s vibrant dance scene. Students will have the opportunity to see a dance show and take classes at the city’s top schools, such as Broadway Dance Center, American Ballet Theatre and The Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
CenterStage, for students in Grades 9-12 (Grade 8 by special invitation), is FSPA’s Disney-bound dance ensemble, participating in the Disney Performing Arts program. FSPA’s annual spring trip to Walt Disney World is full of fun and camaraderie, with time to explore the parks, take master classes with Disney performers and choreographers, and perform two shows on Disney stages! A truly magical experience!
This class is designed to expand students' repertoire while improving technique and developing artistry. Dancers will learn challenging variations and ensemble sections from classic ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and will work on original choreography when appropriate. There will be a studio performance each trimester to showcase their efforts and put performance skills into practice. Conservatory Ensemble is offered to ballet levels II-VII.
Next Step is FSPA’s junior dance company for students in Grades 5-8. Dancers enjoy outstanding training and performing opportunities, along with a special camaraderie that comes with being part of an ensemble group.