Professional Division - Classical Training Program

FOR DANCERS AGES 15-21 ASPIRING TO HAVE A CAREER IN PROFESSIONAL DANCE
With Internationally renowned faculty & guests

Artistic Staff

Directors

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

GEORGE BIRKADZE

Mr. Birkadze specializes in all areas of classical dance and choreography.  He is highly regarded for his coaching of both female and male advanced students, his pupils continue to seek his guidance as they join the most prestigious companies and schools around the world.  Hailing from one of the world’s greatest schools and having danced around all the world, Mr. Birkadze is undoubtedly a fountain of knowledge. His passion and dedication for dance, art, and history is nothing short of inspiring.

This program, curated by Mr. Birkadze, is designed to best prepare advanced students to successfully enter life in a professional company. The environment is designed to help artists thrive as they prepare for this big step in their careers, emphasizing strong classical technique, performance opportunities, versatility, and developing individual artistry.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

ASHLEY ELLIS

American Ballerina, Ashley Ellis stepped down as Principal Dancer of Boston Ballet in May of 2021, to take on the role of Associate Director of the Classical Training Program at TDC. She will be passing on an abundance of rich knowledge from her time dancing on stages around the world, working with some of the world’s most prominent choreographers, and working alongside internationally acclaimed dancers. Ms. Ellis holds a wealth of artistic insight and experience which will be of great value to future generations.

Joining husband and Artistic Director of the program, George Birkadze, Ms. Ellis will teach and coach dancers to prepare them as versatile artists who have an impact in the world of dance.

Faculty

CLAIR CULIN – Associate Artistic Director, TDC

MELISSA REED – Boston Ballet

JEFF AMSDEN – Joffrey Ballet

VINCENT HARDY – Complexions, Zion Dance Project

+ GUEST COACHING AND MASTER CLASSES with renowned teachers and dancers

JACQUELINE PORTER – The Dallas Conservatory Executive Artistic Director

Curriculum

This intensive program offers an abundance of stage experience and a well-rounded educational curriculum, all in an environment of support and encouragement.

  •  Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Pas de Deux
  • Stage Acting
  • Repertoire
  • Ballet History
  • Performances
  • Character
  • Contemporary
  • Conditioning
  • Choreography
  •  Makeup
  •  and More…

Facilities

State-of-the-art, 8-studio complex houses The Dallas Conservatory’s renowned world-class training and performance programs. The Dallas Conservatory Frisco is located at 6106 Frisco Square Blvd in downtown Frisco Square. The studios are available to the community for special events, gatherings, performances, and studio rentals.

On-Site Amenities

  • Physical therapy
  • Academic tutoring 
  • Healthcare 
  • Professional Photography 

Nearby Amenities

  • Frisco Fresh Market 9 min walk Outdoor market with fresh, local goods – Every SAT & SUN.
  • Municipal center 2 min walk library, post office, art exhibitions
  • Restaurants 1-4 min walk Mexican, sushi, sandwiches, pizzeria,
  • Movie theater 4 min walk Cinemark frisco square and XD featuring luxury seating
  • Just a short drive to nearby grocery stores, shopping, beauty salons, and much more.

Season 2022/23 Performances

  • Dallas Fall Arts Festival
  • The Nutcracker 
  • La Bayadere – full classical production |
    • June 4th at 1:00 p.m. + 7:30 p.m.
  • Contemporary, classical, & Neo-classical repertoire

 

CTP Dancers 2021/22

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