A Comprehensive Training Program for Boys
Ballet is a system of movement and an aesthetic in which the body is used to produce art and excitement in performance. Much of this system and aesthetic is common to both male and female dancers. But there is much in ballet technique that is unique to the male dancer just that there is much that is unique to the female. MBA not only instructs students from a young age in the common technique, but it also trains both boys and girls in the technique and skills which are unique to their gender.
The male dancer will perform soaring leaps, multiple turns, and assist the female dancer to leave the floor and soar through high lifts and make the ballerina's movements even more effortless through supporting her in the 'pas de deux' or step for two.
To ensure that the male students have the correct training to acquire these skills, MBA offers a complete curriculum for the male dancer:
Free Beginning Boy's Class
Classes introduce boys to basic ballet vocabulary and musicality. Additionally, emphasis is placed on preparation for the jumps and turns that make up a larger proportion of the male dance repertoire.
The male students train together with the female students during the daily 'technique' class. In this class, all students perform the same exercises and work on the technique that is common to all ballet.
Men’s class is designed to fine tune the technique of male dancing, focusing on physical strength, power, and brilliance with particular emphasis on elevation, pirouettes and beats.
Pas De Deux
Literally the “step of two,” pas de deux classes are the culmination of a student’s training. Due to the potential of physical injury, only the strongest males and the most appropriately conditioned females can participate in these classes. “Pas De Deux” training begins with simple promenades, floor work and basic pirouettes. Eventually, and only when the partners have developed the necessary strength and timing, they can partake in the aerial work such as overhead lifts, throws and catches.
Weight Training teaches the boys proper technique for upper body strength training. Proper strength training prepares the male dancers to always fully support the ballerina during the 'Pas de Deux'. Supervised training ensures the students learn the exercises with proper technique to ensure safety and development of the appropriate musculature for the male dancer.