Testimonial from Pascal Molat, trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School and former San Francisco Ballet principal.
"I had the chance to teach a Master Class for Maggie and Xavier's students. I was compelled by the high level and the dedication of their students but I was not surprised. Maggie and Xavier use their beautiful professional career experiences and transmit their knowledge and passion to help every single student improve. Dance Theatre International is great place for all students who want to become professionals or for those who simply want the pleasure of dancing."
DTI students ages 10 and older who are interested in soloist casting are welcome to audition for the SJYB Nutcracker open auditions for soloists. Group parts for ages 6 and older are held during DTI classes. Group casting is determined by the directors based on the ballet class level. The San Jose Youth Ballet's "Nutcracker" is performed at the School of Arts and Culture.
Classical Ballet is an invaluable dance genre which builds sound technique, freedom of movement, artistic expression and strength. It is best known for pointe dance.
Ladies Attire: hip alignment belt; hair up away from the face in a secure bun (no ponytails); DTI required brand and color leotard colors, pink tights, and Bloch S0205 pink ballet shoes
Boys Attire: Tight fitting white t-shirt, black tights, and Bloch S0205 black ballet shoes.
Ballet Level 1: Purple
Ballet Level 2: Navy blue
Ballet Level 3: Bugundy
Ballet Level 4: Royal blue
Ballet Level 5: Black
Ballet Level 6: Red
Ballet Level 7: Lavender
Pre-Professional Course: Gray in any brand and style
Ballet students in the "A" level must attend all the required hours to be considered for pointe training. Ballet levels 1-7 include technique, barre a terre, conditioning, stretch, pre-pointe / pointe, and contemporary / jazz as appropriate per level. Nutcracker group rehearsals from September - December and Student Showcase rehearsals from January – June are also held during class.
Ballet students in the "B" level are students who are unable to take the required number of classes per week in their level. Their goals do not include pointe training, "Nutcracker" or "Student Showcase" performances. DTI welcomes students who are interested in ballet classes to cross-train.
PARENT AND BALLET STUDENT'S HELPFUL GUIDE TO GOING "ON POINTE"
Many young ballerinas dream of dancing en pointe. In most cases, a young
beginning pointe dancer age 11 to 13 must have several years of good dance
and strength training to ensure that her feet, ankles and legs are strong
enough to handle dancing on her toes.
Pointe training is a ballet dancer's rite of passage to advanced levels. The decision is one that can only be made on the basis of skill and knowledge and should not be subject to student or parent pressure. Teachers must protect their students from the risk of permanently damaging the bone and muscle structure of their bodies and feet. Such risks far outweigh the temporary disappointment a student may experience when told she is not ready or physically designed for pointe work. It is entirely possible that some students may never "be ready" to go on pointe. It is also important to know that dancing on pointe is not the main key to studying ballet. If a student has been incorrectly placed on pointe at another school, she may be taken off pointe until she is safely ready. "Taking pointe" is not undertaking the study of a new technique. The principles of classical ballet movement are the principles of pointe work as well. Once a student has excellent placement, she can approach pointe work as a series of adjustments in weight distribution, areas of stress, and timing, not a new form of dance.