1. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Scholarship Auditions

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    Hope Academy students are encouraged to audition for scholarships to study at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will host a community audition on Saturday, August 5, for children, ages 5 to 8, who are interested in pursuing a Children’s Division scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. Registration begins at 12:15 pm with auditions following from 1 to 2:30 pm at PBT Studios in the Strip District, 2900 Liberty Ave. Latecomers will not be permitted to audition.

    Now entering its fifth year, PBT’s Community Youth Scholarship Program supports early ballet training for talented students who demonstrate financial need. The program is committed to making PBT School and the art form of ballet accessible to passionate students throughout the Pittsburgh region. Full scholarships will be awarded to young dancers who show talent and passion to attend Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre school during the 2017-2018 school year.

    The audition will consist of a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members. No previous dance experience is required and students DO NOT need to prepare any dances for the audition.  Children must be 5 to 8 years of age by Sept. 1, and must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to be considered for scholarships. Parents may be required to provide 2016 tax statements to show proof of eligibility. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their talent and dedication to pursuing dance training at PBT School.

    As PBT’s first dedicated program for Children’s Division scholarships, the annual program aims to broaden access to early ballet training for talented young students from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. The program is generously funded by an endowment fund from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Sandy and Bill Lambert, and individual donors who value and appreciate the power of dance to enrich the lives of children.

    Who is the audition for?
    Students must be 5 – 8 years of age by September 1, 2017. While no previous dance experience is necessary, students must meet the following criteria:
    Talent for training in ballet and other dance styles
    Desire, commitment, and discipline to study dance in a training academy
    Ability to get to and from classes on a regular basis

    Eligibility
    Dancers must be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Parents may be required to provide 2016 tax statements to show proof of eligibility.

    Where will the audition be held?
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    How do I register?
    Email Director of Education Christina Salgado at csalgado@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9105. An online registration form will also be available on PBT’s website: Community Youth Scholarship Program

    When will the audition take place?
    Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2017
    Audition begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. (unfortunately, latecomers will not be permitted to participate)

    What will the audition be like?
    The audition will be a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members of the Children’s and Student Divisions. Students DO NOT need to prepare any dances for the audition.

    What should my child wear to the audition?
    Ballet clothing is preferred.

    Girls: leotard, tights, and ballet slippers. Hair should be pulled up and away from the face.

    Boys: T-shirt, tights, and ballet slippers.

    If you don’t have ballet clothing, that’s OK! Please wear fitted clothing such as a t-shirt, shorts, opaque leggings and socks.

    Will parents be allowed to watch the audition?
    The audition is for students only. During the audition a special “Get to know PBT and Ballet” information session will be held for parents and family. Refreshments will be provided.

    Download a pdf of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Scholarship Audition Flyer here.

  2. Hope Academy Spring 2017 Open Classes

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    Saturday Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance classes and Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (PSCA) vocal ensembles are all “open for observation” on Saturday, May 19. Families and friends — as well as students who might be interested in joining us next fall — are invited to come and watch…and maybe get in on the action.

    These will be our final day of Saturday classes for 2016-2017 school year. Hope Academy Theater Company (upper and lower divisions & band) will continue to rehearse in the month of June for performances.

    OPEN CLASS SCHEDULE

    9:00 –10:00 am
    PBT Bridge Ballet 1 (ages 5-7)

    9:00 –10:00 am
    PSCA Vocal Ensemble 2 (ages 7 & 8)

    10:00 – 11:00 am
    PBT Bridge Ballet 2 (ages 7 & 8)

    10:00 – 11:00 am
    PSCA Vocal Ensemble 3 (ages 9 – 13)

    11:00 – 12:00 noon
    PBT Bridge Ballet 3 (ages 9-13)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COMBINED TAP – MUSICAL THEATER & HAT Co

  3. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Dance Placements

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    We recommend that students taking Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy register for the level that corresponds with their age as of Sept 1. If you feel that your child should be in a different level for some reason, or if you aren’t sure if they are ready for Creative Movement (ages 3 & 4), please attend this placement session. PBT instructor, Kerra Alexander, will assess the students and may re-assigned them to different levels, if appropriate.

    The placement session will begin at 10 am. We will measure students at 11 am to order dance clothes. Registered students may also try on donated dance shoes (ballet and tap) and leotards. If you have dance shoes or clothing to donate, please drop it off at the front desk.

    DANCE CLOTHING AND SHOES- ORDER FOR FALL TERM

    If your child has grown out of their dance clothing and shoes (ballet and tap), we will measure them and place an order for you.

    Please note the new required DRESS CODE

    You can order your dance clothing online at Discount Dance. If you don’t know your size, or if you don’t have a credit card to order online, come to the Ballet Placement session on Saturday, August 27 at 10 am.

    We can order the appropriate clothing for you and you can reimburse us with cash or check at the beginning of the term.

    Girls are required to a wear black leotard (short sleeve or tank), pink footed tights and pink leather ballet shoes.

    Boys may wear fitted black yoga pants or shorts, a white t-shirt, white socks and black leather ballet shoes.

    Here is an example of what you can order from Discount Dance.

     

    Dress Code for Ballet Dancers at Hope Academy - GirlsGIRLS

    Black Leotard – Capezio cc400C @ $15

    Pink Tights – Capezio 1816C @ $10

    Pink Leather Ballet Shoes – Capezio 2033C Cobra @ $20

    (no skirts or tutus)

    Boy Dance Clothing Dress Code

     

     

    Boy Dance Clothing Dress CodeBOYS

    White t-shirt

    Black yoga/sweatpants (fitted)

    White Socks

    Black Ballet Shoes – Capezio 2033 C Cobra @ $20

  4. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2016-2017

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    PBT PreBallet B Fall 2013This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy, including the class schedule for Saturdays, PBT teaching artists and Hope Academy staff, the calendar for 2016-2017, what to wear, our safety and respect rules; and policies and procedures.

     

    ABOUT HOPE ACADEMY’S PARTNERSHIP WITH PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE (PBT)

    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School has been offering dance classes at East Liberty Presbyterian Church since 1993 as part of PBTS’ Community Schools initiative. The Community Schools initiative began as a way to build relationships with people and communities who may not have otherwise had access to the classical art of ballet. Since then, PBTS faculty members have continued to provide the highest-quality studio experience, in order to open children to the great challenges and aesthetic achievements of the professional world of dance.

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  5. Hope Academy On-Site Registration for Spring Mini-Term

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    Hope Academy administrative assistant, Norma Meyer, will be available to take registrations and payments for the spring mini-term. Please bring your check or money order made out to ELPC (East Liberty Presbyterian Church). We will also accept cash during on-site registrations.

    This is a 5 week session from  April 7 to May 21. Make up lessons for the year will continue until mid-June.

    Private Lesson Tuition for the spring term:
    30 minute lessons –  $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute lessons – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute lessons – $160 + $10 registration fee

    Tuition for Spring Term Courses:
    Bridge Ballet for 5 to 8 year olds – by audition only – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Chorus for 7 to 9 year olds – by audition only – $40 + $10 registration fee

  6. Bridge Ballet and Bridge Chorus Auditions

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    Auditions/placements for Hope Academy’s Bridge Ballet (in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Bridge Chorus (in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts) will take place on Saturday, April 2. Latecomers will not be admitted.

    Bridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young dancers and singers who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing*) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately. The dress code does not apply to the audition – please come in whatever dance clothing you currently have.

    Bridge Ballet Audition (5 to 8 year olds)
    9 am in the Gym on the basement level

    Bridge Chorus Audition (7 to 9 year olds)
    10 am in the 3rd floor Music Room

    Please note: students who are slightly outside of the recommended age ranges may audition. Teaching artists will also invite current students who show potential and promise

    Please RSVP for the either or both auditions HERE

    Bridge courses run from April 9 – May 7 (5 sessions)
    Bridge Ballet – Saturdays from 9:15 to 10:15 am for 5 to 8 year olds
    Bridge Chorus – Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am for 7 to 9 year olds

    Tuition for each course is $40 +

    $10 registration fee. Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level for the spring term Bridge courses.

    Please make sure you are prepared to register and pay after the audition, if your child is selected.

    * Proper dance clothing, required for Bridge Ballet, includes:
    GIRLS – pink footed tights, black leotard (no skirt attached), pink leather ballet shoes.
    BOYS – black tights, pants or shorts (not baggy). Black or white leather ballet shoes. Plain white socks and t-shirt.

    Please note: students can wear whatever dance clothing they currently have for the audition. This dress code is for those accepted into the class.

    Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian Church

  7. Hope Academy On-Site Registration for Spring Mini-Term

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    Hope Academy administrative assistant, Norma Meyer, will be available to take registrations and payments for the spring mini-term. Please bring your check or money order made out to ELPC (East Liberty Presbyterian Church). We will also accept cash during on-site registrations.

    This is a 5 week session from  April 7 to May 21. Make up lessons for the year will continue until mid-June.

    Private Lesson Tuition for the spring term:
    30 minute lessons –  $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute lessons – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute lessons – $160 + $10 registration fee

    Tuition for Spring Term Courses:
    Bridge Ballet for 5 to 8 year olds – by audition only – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Chorus for 7 to 9 year olds – by audition only – $40 + $10 registration fee

  8. Hope Academy Picture Day – Winter Term 2016

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    Group photos will be taken in all Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes, during regular class time, this week. Students will receive copies of the photo next week during open classes. Please be sure to be on time and dressed in appropriate dance clothes.

  9. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2015-2016

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    PBT PreBallet B Fall 2013This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy, including the class schedule for Saturdays, PBT teaching artists and Hope Academy staff, the calendar for 2015-2016, what to wear, our safety and respect rules; and policies and procedures.

    ABOUT HOPE ACADEMY’S PARTNERSHIP WITH PBT

    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School has been offering dance classes at East Liberty Presbyterian Church since 1993 as part of PBTS’ Community Schools initiative. The Community Schools initiative began as a way to build relationships with people and communities who may not have otherwise had access to the classical art of ballet. Since then, PBTS faculty members have continued to provide the highest-quality studio experience, in order to open children to the great challenges and aesthetic achievements of the professional world of dance.

    For 2015-2016, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy will focus on the music and stories of Peter Pan and Le Corsaire (The Pirate).”  Both of these ballets will be presented by PBT this season.

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  10. PBT Dance Placement Auditions + Recycle, Donate and Swap Dance Clothes

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    Students who would like to be considered for acceptance into the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) Bridge Ballet 1 class at Hope Academy should attend this placement audition. Students who were selected to participate in the Bridge Ballet 1 class during the Spring 2015 term do not need to attend this audition (they are invited to register for the class).

    For all other PBT classes at Hope Academy, students should register for the level that corresponds to their age as of Sept 1. If you feel that your child should be in a different class for some reason, please attend this placement session.PBT instructors will assess the students and may re-assigned them to  different levels, if appropriate.

    RECYCLE, DONATE & SWAP FOR GENTLY USED DANCE CLOTHING & SHOES – 12 noon

    We will have dance clothing and shoes in a wide range of sizes available in the dance class waiting area. Please come, with your child, to try on shoes and find appropriate leotards and tights. We will be accepting cash donations (pay what you can) that will be used to purchase additional shoes and clothing.

    Additionally, if you have any dance clothes or shoes that your child has outgrown, please bring them to contribute so that another child can put them to good use.