Dance Open America Outstanding School Award -
2022 & 2023
Hollywood Ballet Academy is a world-class training led by Acclaim International Principal Dancers and ballet instructors Adiarys Almeida & Taras Domitro, aimed at preparing dancers for a professional career in classical ballet with a strong foundation. Students are selected for their potential and mental readiness to begin a rigorous training program. Our Cuban Method-based curriculum allows our students to achieve significant technical skill milestones while understanding the individual artistic potential and developing greater self-awareness. Our training includes classes such as ballet technique, pointe work, variations and Pas de Deux from the traditional classical repertoire, contemporary works, progressing ballet technique, floor barre, stretching, and conditioning, leading to the development of exceptionally versatile dancers and prepared to enter the world's leading companies.
Our Ballet Programs adhere to the Cuban Method of Ballet instruction. The Cuban Method has its origins in the Russian Vaganova Method, which emphasizes dancing with the entire body. This results in harmonious movement between arms, legs, and torso. As with other ballet methods, in the Cuban Method, the torso is the foundation of all movement, so the dancer's torso is trained to be strong and well-aligned. Movements are then achieved through control of the very core, producing very clean and precise action but not rigid. However, the Cuban Method diverges from other methods. It has a romantic feel that combines high Russian extensions and jumps with intricate Italian footwork, French arm artistry, and British attention to detail.
Ballet is a classical dance that demands grace and precision and employs formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. It is a theatrical entertainment in which ballet dancing and music, often with scenery and costumes, combine to tell a story, establish an emotional atmosphere. Ballet teaching is practical. It involved the technical analysis of the different levels accordingly to the study program. It goes from simple to more complex, it is a group teaching, but it is also individual because each dancer has different characteristics.
YAGP Outstanding Teacher Award -
Pre-professional* (Ages 13-20)
Monday - Friday 11:00-2:30pm EST
Hollywood Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Program (Pre-Pro) is designed for students who wish to have further ballet training with the goal of pursuing a career as a professional dancer.
The program provides instruction employing The Cuban Method of Classical Ballet, emphasizes realistic artistic stimulation, and provides a comprehensive training program to prepare students to face the real world and succeed confidently and vigor. It is designed to pave the way for students to transition from an academic mindset to understand the professional environment and ultimately thrive in the invigorating world of dance.
Men's Pre-professional* (Ages 13-20)
Monday - Friday 11:00 - 2:30pm EST
This program is included in the Pre-Professional program. We offer separate classes designed to improve the male ballet technique, such as Men’s Class, Men’s Variations, Pas de Deux, and Conditioning. In addition, every year, we will offer 5 Boys/Male Dancers Full Scholarship by audition only. They will have the opportunity to work closely with Artistic Director and Acclaim Principal International Guest Artist Taras Domitro.
Male dancers will receive a 30% discount on the pre-professional prices.
*Pre-professional participation is by audition only. When you click on the audition button, please register and pay the audition fee. Once confirmed, we will contact you to set up a in-person or Zoom audition. If auditioning via video, please send the links and the name of the person auditioning to Hollywoodballetacademy@gmail.com.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 am EST
This is an introductory class where students will learn simple ballet movements and enjoy discovering the wonderful world of dance. They will learn the fundamentals of ballet in a disciplined but fun environment, experiencing so much joy and excitement through movement and music. Basic Ballet vocabulary and class etiquette are introduced. The class begins with conditioning, stretching, and flexibility exercises. They will also learn patterns in movement, spatial orientation and gain musical awareness. They will also have opportunities in each class to dance alone and in a group. The class must have the creativity to develop the young student’s imagination and coordination skills.
Beginners (Ages 6-7)
Saturdays 10:00-11:00 AM EST
This class is closer to a ballet technique class structure, providing a carefully paced sequence of exercises to develop physical conditioning with poise and grace. The class will begin with a floor barre that works on their strength and flexibility, learning to use specific group muscles. Body placement and alignment are discovered, and students will also learn French Ballet Vocabulary. Class etiquette is part of the classroom practice and expectation. Next, students will learn some simple exercises at the barre and practice small jumps and exercises across the floor to build strength and stamina. This class focuses on musicality. The students will get to improvise and create movements corresponding to the music.
Intermediate (Ages 8-10)
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 3:30-5:30 PM EST
Saturdays - 11:00 - 1:00PM EST
We will continue to work on stretching, conditioning, and strengthening the dancer's muscles. Ballet barre work becomes more complex as we introduce musicality, accuracy, and strength into the combinations. We continue to exercise the correct body placement and alignment, developing the sense of balance and improving the dancer's turnout. Students will begin to incorporate more use of the upper body. Ballet vocabulary continues to be reinforced, along with the execution and advancement of proper technique making all movement appear with performance clarity and quality. Some pre-pointe exercises/classes may be given towards the end of the year to strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare the students for pointe shoes, and more advanced techniques introducing the first phases of the turning technique.
Advanced (Ages 10-13)
Monday - Friday - 5:30-8:00 PM EST
Barre work becomes more complex as we continue to add more musicality, more use of the upper body (epaulement ), and the port de bras developing the dancer’s coordination of movements, accuracy, and strength into the combinations. In this class, we will start to use the releve at the barre and more pre-pointe, pointe exercises/classes to strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare the students for pointe shoes and more advanced techniques. Ballet vocabulary continues to be reinforced, adding more difficulties to the turning technique, gaining more control and correct execution of the movements, and working on studying the batteries, the good taste, and sense of movement during the entire class. Students must have at least one year of experience in pointe work.
Seniors (Ages 14-20)
Monday -Friday - 5:30-8:00 PM EST
The dancers are serious about increasing their repertoire of ballet steps and combinations, building their strength and stamina, and improving their technique in a particular way to try new styles of dance. Adding complexity to the turning technique, dominating the sense of balance, using the point of reference, gaining speed and dynamic on the allegros, the majority of the family of big jumps. Develop the complexity of the pointe work and incorporating more artistry to each combination.
The dancers must have a strong foundation. Dancers must have accomplished the correct execution of all ballet and pointe movements. In addition, dancers must have learned and executed all of the grand allegro steps in the ballet vocabulary, and dancers must be able to perform 32 fouettes right and left. As a result, dancers' movements look effortless and with a high level of artistic quality.