Vision: Since it was founded in 1998, Longmont Dance Theatre’s mission has been to build a pre-professional ballet school and youth company for Longmont and its surrounding area, while providing a venue for our community to experience live ballet performances.
In light of this mission and in recognition of the ever-changing goals and needs of the LDT community, Longmont Dance Theatre is pleased to offer a pre-collegiate intensive ballet training program for high school–aged dancers. In our inaugural year, the Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program (PBIP) began with 8 students. In our second year, PBIP enrolled 27 students, and in this, our third year (2014-2015), we have 29 students currently enrolled.
In our pre-collegiate intensive program, students have access to challenging academic coursework in the mornings while training intensively at LDTA in the afternoons. In addition to receiving top-notch instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, and related disciplines, students in the program have performance opportunities that will serve the greater Longmont community. Three productions each year include “mini” versions of main stage ballets, lecture-demonstrations, and additional repertoire.
The program’s schedule and other logistics are planned in partnership with Silver Creek High School. We strongly encourage participating students to enroll at Silver Creek High School, as this enrollment will encourage a shared experience among participants, administrative support, access to knowledgeable counselors, the opportunity to perform for and in collaboration with academic peers, and a logistically streamlined experience. Students who choose not to enroll at SCHS must organize transportation to LDTA and should plan their academic scheduling carefully.
Although students will be finishing their academic school day early, they maintain their status as full-time students by taking six credits each year. Thus, students can enroll in the four core curriculum areas (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) along with two electives (Foreign Languages, Health, Art, Music, etc.) each semester. SCHS students receive up to one PE credit for participation in the program.
Students in the Pre-Collegiate Intensive Program are expected to maintain an excellent academic record. Although students must maintain a 3.0 GPA each year to stay in the program, they are encouraged to strive for a 3.75 GPA, as this will qualify them for an Academic Letter.
Students and parents work closely with the counseling staff at SCHS to ensure that students are enrolled in advanced coursework when appropriate. Silver Creek High School offers various Honors-level courses. Advanced Placement courses are available in US History, Government, Comparative Government, Psychology, Language and Composition, Literature, Music Theory, Studio Art: Design, Studio Art: Drawing, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus-Based Physics, Calculus, Statistics, French, and Spanish.
For more information about academic requirements and recommendations for college preparation, consult the Registration Handbook on the Silver Creek High School website: http://schs.stvrain.k12.co.us/Main%20website%20pages/Academics.php
This program is expected to provide an outstanding training opportunity for Longmont-area students who achieve highly in both balletic and academic pursuits. The program will prepare students for ballet-based degree programs at the collegiate level, for the rigors of a professional ballet career, and for academic collegiate success.
For more information about our Pre-Collegiate Intensive Program, please contact us by email or call 303.772.1335.