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Our En Avant Youth Ballet Company offers dancers the opportunity to advance and excel in the art form of ballet.  Dancers audition for this prestigious program over the summer and participate in a Fall Ballet, Nutcracker, various community performances and have the possibility of attending and competing in various national ballet competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix. 

En Avant is not a recreational program. It is a preparatory ballet program,

which helps dancers learn the in’s and out’s of dancing with a professional ballet company.

We are proud to offer this unique program for our dancers as it is the only one of its kind in the area!

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS EN AVANT A RECREATIONAL PROGRAM?


No. En Avant is a preparatory, preprofessional program which helps dancers learn the in’s and out’s of dancing with a professional ballet company. We ask both dancers and parents to thoughtfully consider the time commitment, work ethic, and financial obligations as they evaluate their decision to audition for the En Avant Youth Ballet Company.




HOW IS PLACEMENT ON THE EN AVANT COMPANY DETERMINED?


All dancers are required to audition at MDM for the En Avant Youth Ballet Company; either in person on the scheduled day in May or by video submission. Placement on the En Avant Youth Ballet Company is based on performance quality, ability and technique as determined by the En Avant faculty. Dancers must audition each year; placement is not transferred from year to year.




WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION FOR THE EN AVANT YOUTH BALLET COMPANY?


• Dancers aged 9 through dancers aged 18 are elligible to audition for En Avant. Dancers should have a minimum of three years of serious ballet training and be committed to weekly ballet training.
• Dancers must be committed to taking classes at MDM and are not allowed to take ANY technique classes at other studios.
• Dancers must have a zero account balance in order to audition for En Avant Youth Ballet Company.




WHAT ARE THE PERFORMANCE OPTIONS FOR EN AVANT COMPANY MEMBERS?


All En Avant members will participate in the following performances/competitions: • MDM Fall Ballet (October) • NUVO-Tulsa (October) • MDM Short & Suite Nutcracker (December) There are additional performance opportunities for some En Avant members that include: • Youth America Grand Ballet Competition (Spring) • Local Dance Competitions with our Competition Company (March/April) There are also various community performance opportunities and En Avant Company members will participate in as many as are possible. En Avant members are required to participate in every performance opportunity they are offered. Competition opportunities, such as YAGP, are optional.




WHAT ARE THE WEEKLY CLASS REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPANY MEMBERS?


• Dancers ages 11 and under: 2 ballet classes & 1 contemporary class per week at MDM
• Dancers ages 12 and up: 3 ballet classes & 1 contemporary class per week at MDM
• For Dancers En Pointe: 2 ballet classes per week en pointe (1 must be a technique class and the other can be a technique class or a specialty class such as Partnering or Variations)
• All En Avant dancers must take a minimum of 1 Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) class weekly. Ongoing training in both classical and contemporary ballet styles is crucial for members of this compay.




WHEN DO COMPANY MEMBERS REHEARSE?


In general, all En Avant reherasals take place on Saturdays throughout the year.





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