– the Ballet Academy’s previous performances

Your students were very professional, and won the hearts of the audience.
Christine Bamford, President of UNESCO Dance

The philosophy of Danceworks Ballet Academy is to nurture the whole child. We believe that performing is an essential element in a child’s education, just like maths and reading. Our students learn specific dance disciplines through the IBC© training but they also get cross-disciplinary instruction by learning repertoire to perform which provides the tools they need for any professional career whether it be in dance, science or the arts.

For children, performing gives many necessary life skill lessons. Improving creativity and artistic growth cultivates many abilities that are useful throughout life.

Some of the reasons why we believe performing is imperative to our student’s growth:

  • Focus
    The ability to learn their role and its contribution within the ensemble in perfect formation within the space and to the music.
  • Appropriate behaviour
    Learning to work in a professional manner on and off stage.
  • Practice
    Dance is difficult and it can never be perfect but it can get better. It’s a great skill to understand early in life.
  • Coordination – Developing important motor skills.
  • Concentration – Learning to develop concentration over extended periods of time.
  • Problem solving – Artistic formations are born through the solving of problems. How to execute a pirouette without falling? How do I balance on pointe shoes? Continually developing skills in reasoning.
  • Goal setting – Casting roles for a performance and allowing children to progress onto more challenging roles through hard work and merit.
  • Patience and perseverance – Learning to dance requires the study of basic technique movements and terminology through repetition.
  • Accountability – When students take on the commitment of performing they understand that their actions affect the rest of the group. They quickly understand that they cannot miss rehearsals and that they must work to the level of the group and the expectations of the Artistic Director.
  • Non-verbal communication – Experiencing different ways of moving and how movements communicate various emotions that portray their character.
  • Collaboration – Understanding the value of their contribution to the success of the performance and the group, however small the role.
    Receiving constructive feedback – Children learn from helpful critique and feedback. Evaluation is given at every step of the progress to ensure that it is a valuable experience, which contributes to a child’s success.
  • Dedication – When children practice to a high level of professionalism that culminates in a performance to an audience, they associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. Learning good work habits by being on time for rehearsals, learning the choreography and putting in effort, respecting the contributions of everyone involved and being rewarded by the audience’s applause.
  • Self-confidence – The encouragement of the Artistic Director, Teachers, cast and the excitement of a proud parent will build morale. Children who practice self-expression often become better communicators in future.
  • Recreation – Performing is fun and it gives children another group of friends who all share in the unique experience of the magic of theatre.

Positive individual artistry, musicality, technique and performing.
It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about discovery.

The films below exhibit the growth of students trained under the International Ballet Curriculum©. The DVD’s are the documentation of the first IBC school, founded by Kim White in Vevey, Switzerland in September 2003 initially with seven students. Peter Pan was filmed in 2005 with students who trained a maximum of 2 years on the IBC method. Cinderella filmed after a maximum of 4 years of IBC training. Nutcracker filmed after a maximum of 6 years of the IBC training.

These ballets with costumes and sets will be used in future DIBA productions. Our mission is to give children the opportunity to work in a professional production with professional dancers.

To learn more about the IBC© click here.