The Radford University Department of Dance Ballet Youth Program (RUBY) strives to provide rigorous ballet training to aspiring dancers ages 3-18 from within the Radford University and surrounding communities. In doing so, RUBY gives its students unique performance opportunities through its direct association with the Radford University Ballet Theatre.
RUBY’s goals & objectives are to:
- introduce and familiarize aspiring dancers to the Vaganova method
of Ballet training
- instill a sense of self -confidence and self worth
- facilitate collaboration and camaraderie with the Radford University and
surrounding communities through a celebration of the arts
- provide students the opportunity to work with highly trained dance
- foster a safe and encouraging environment
- offer performance opportunities alongside dancers from the Radford
University Department of Dance and international guest artists.
The curriculum of the RU Ballet Youth Program is based on the syllabus of the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. This training is celebrated for producing dancers with the perfect combination of physical strength and grace. It has produced such luminaries in the dance world as Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gorge Balanchine, and Natalia Makarova.
Radford University ballet faculty Inessa Plekhanova directs the RUBY Program. Principal faculty, Aleksey Plekhanov, teaches the Intermediate/Advanced ballet class which will include pointe technique. These highly qualified professionals are all graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. One of the most important aspects of this youth program is its close affiliation with Radford University Department of Dance. These students have ample opportunity to perform in RU Ballet Theatre productions including The Nutcracker and An Evening of Ballet.
For information please contact the program administrator danah bella via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (540) 831-5186.