Repertoire offers dancers the opportunity to develop personal artistry and performance quality beyond technique, in a class focused on interpretation and presentation of the classical canon.
Repertoire offers intermediate, advanced and adult students the opportunity to learn iconic choreography from the ballet canon. Repertoire students will study corps de ballet formations, and soloist/principal variations from ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, La Esmeralda, La Bayadère, and more.
Repertoire students acquire excellent first-hand knowledge of the styles of ballet’s leading schools and choreographers, as well as repertoire for performance, auditions and post-secondary study. Students are introduced to concepts regarding professional production, including lighting, sound, staging, props, human resources, sustainability, costuming and cultural sensitivity. Highlights include creating effective communication and storytelling, understanding historical progressions and context, exploring choreographic intent, finding artistic freedom through individual expression, developing holistic acting and performance strategies, and melding technical clarity and artistry as intrinsic aspects of dance expression. Rather than conformity to traditions, the aspiration is to introduce and secure the knowledge and experience of fundamental precepts in each piece, in tandem with enhancing each dancer’s own interpretations, and respect for the dignity of their unique and irreplaceable capacity for authentic expression.
Enrolment in Repertoire is limited to students in Ballet levels V and VI and Adult Ballet, taking a minimum of two weekly ballet technique classes, as well as former (pre)professional dancers. Students enrolled in Pointe II/II may take Repertoire en pointe with the permission of the instructor.