Schedule Update: Saturday, Feb. 16

9:15-10:15 am: Pre-Primary & Primary Combined

(Pre-Primary dancers dismissed at their usual time of 10 am)

Due to the illness of one of our teachers this morning, Pre-Primary and Primary will be held as a combined class. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Further classes will not be held today, as our Elite A and B classes will be taking their American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum examinations. Please join us in wishing them the best!

The next make up class date is Friday, February 22:

  • 4:30-6 pm: Elite A/B

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Pre-Primary/Primary

  • 6-7:15 pm: Level 1/Junior Elite


Ballet Conservatoire XIV will present its students for Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum on February 16, 2019, in Ellicott City, MD. The Examination class will be taught by ABT Certified Teacher, Hans Nelson, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Ballet Conservatoire XIV is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels.

ABT’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, the Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. The National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

“After nearly ten years, American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and our related Summer Intensive program has seen the impact that American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum has meant to dance teachers and ballet students across the country and internationally,” says Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. “We are pleased that teachers and students are implementing the guidelines recommended by the Curriculum and working in a way that will lead them towards a long and healthy career. The Curriculum is fluid and will expand as we continue to investigate the way that dance, and sport science is developing and impacting the way we can train dancers to reach their optimum physical and artistic potential.”

American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum can be used to enhance an existing syllabus and to assist teachers in working appropriately with young dancers. Attendees of the ABT Teacher Training Intensive program have the opportunity to become certified in the Curriculum by successfully passing comprehensive examinations.

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Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to the parents who organized flowers for our dedicated teachers at our performances on Saturday! The beautiful bouquets brighten our homes as well as our spirits and remind us how fortunate we are to have such a supportive, thoughtful group of parents.

Many thanks also to our hardworking teachers, Ms. Boothe and Ms. Hawkes, for helping our little dancers through their performances with grace and humor. We are proud to have you on the faculty at BCXIV.

Back row, L-R: BCXIV Executive Director Donna Pidel, BCXIV Artistic Director Hans Nelson, Faculty Members Lauren Hawkes and Jennifer Boothe.  Front row, L-R:  BCXIV Elite dancers Sophia Vecerek, Alyssa Ma, Morgan Bao, ivy Chen.

Back row, L-R: BCXIV Executive Director Donna Pidel, BCXIV Artistic Director Hans Nelson, Faculty Members Lauren Hawkes and Jennifer Boothe.

Front row, L-R: BCXIV Elite dancers Sophia Vecerek, Alyssa Ma, Morgan Bao, ivy Chen.

Swan Lake Dress Rehearsal and Performance

The flood watch in effect for this evening is not expected to affect our dress rehearsal tonight; therefore, dress rehearsal and the Oella Mill holiday performance will both be held as scheduled.

Classes will not be held Saturday, Dec. 15.

Join us the evening of Dec. 15 for our performance of Swan Lake. For details and tickets, Click Here. Tickets will not be available at the door.

We wish all our dancers well for their upcoming performances!