Pre Professional Program
The Academy is pleased to introduce a new Pre-Professional Ballet Program this year for the very serious ballet student & dancer who desires some extra one-on-one training to develop & excel their technique level & artistic ability. This program is being specifically designed as an addition to taking regularly scheduled Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Technique and Pointe classes offered daily at the Academy. The Academy also offers most disciplines (genres) of dance – in particular, Contemporary & Modern that serve an important and necessary compliment to the serious ballet dancer. It is our belief that all dancers, including the serious ballet student, will benefit ultimately from a well-balanced, well-rounded program that exposes other techniques but strongly emphasizes the classical ballet curriculum first and foremost. Privates & Semis will focus on Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations & Pas de Deux.
This program is offered & open to the serious ballet student at the intermediate or advanced level ages 12 and older currently training a minimum of 4 days per week including having already begun Pointe work. Students who are interested in participating in the program MUST be serious about their commitment and training to be a part of this program. The level of technique given in classes, physical demands, and mental discipline needed for this program must ALL be exemplary. The schedule of the classes will be mornings during workdays and later evenings/weekends based on studio availability. In each individual class, the teacher will push the student to the level on par with other national schools: School of American Ballet, The Rock School of Ballet, Boston Ballet School, etc.; as well as providing training for all elite ballet competitions including YAGB, UBC, ADC, and World Ballet Comp. Students interested in this program are to contact the Academy directly for scheduling. This program is based on private/semi-private classes with student & intructor according to availability on both parties and may further develop into a small class structure if demand allows. All private classes at the Academy must be scheduled through the front desk at the Academy and with Director approval.
In addition, the serious ballet student who participates in this program is eligible to audition for and perform in the Academy of Ballet’s annual Nutcracker Ballet production, so long as they are enrolled in a minimum of 3 days of technique classes at the Academy.
Intermediate/Advanced level technique classes scheduled at the Academy is as follows:
Monday Intermediate Pointe 6:00-7:15
Tuesday Intermediate Ballet 4:45-6:15
Wednesday Advanced Ballet/Pointe 6:30-9:30
Thursday Int/Adv Technique 4:45-6:15
Saturday Intermediate Ballet 11:00-12:30
Saturday Advanced Ballet 12:30-2:00
Classes are taught by the Academy director, Astrid Audet, and our other resident professional staff: Kyrie Lloyd, Rome Saladino, and Maria Jimenez. Privates will be taught by our wonderful guest teachers according to availability: German Dager, Ivy Canapa, Stavroula Kaburakis, Cindy Dale Grossman and Rome Saladino.
Please contact the Academy at 954-491-8413 for further information and interest in this program.
Ivy Canapa performed internationally with Ballet Magnificat Omega Company for six and a half years (www.balletmagnificat.com). In her formative years, she received training from the Atlanta Ballet, Greenville Ballet, and Louisville Ballet. In high school, her summers were spent with the Boston Ballet and Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ivy’s teaching career began while touring with Ballet Magnificat, where she taught Master Classes across the U.S. Her stage experience reaches across the United States as well as Europe, South America, and the Middle East. In July 2010, she moved to West Palm Beach to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University. During her college career she established a ballet curriculum at a local studio and choreographed for several events. In April 2011 she was awarded the third place prize for choreography at the National Society of Arts and Letters Southeast Chapter. In 2014, she graduated with honors with a degree in Elementary Education and opened the Harbour School of Dance. She is currently an adjunct professor of dance at PBAU while teaching at Many But ONE Christian Performing Arts, Inc., and other local studios.
Stavroula Kaburakis, born and raised in New York, USA, completed 7 years at The School of American Ballet. Teachers included Alexandra Danilova, Stanley Williams, Kay Mazzo, Dudinskaya, etc. meanwhile performing with The New York City Ballet in ballets such as The Nutcracker (7 years), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Harlequinade, Celebration, Circus Polka, etc.
Graduated from New York City’s LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (FAME). With merits, received a diploma for Dance, Drama and Choreography. Later on, won full scholarship at The New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Even so, accepted scholarship at The Adelphi University, graduated with a Cum Laude diploma Bachelor of Fine Arts and Sciences. Here performed with The Adelphi Dance Theatre. She has also studied and earned a certified diploma from The Royal Academy of Dance and received the National Advancement of the Arts in America award for modern technique. Studied and performed with Jacques D’Amboise’s (NYCB). The National Dance Institute. Performed in Lincoln Center’s Tribute to Lestor Horton and Joyce Tristler. Accepted contract as soloist for The Eglevsky Ballet. She was offered an exclusive invitation to Greece, and a principal contract (still in effect) with The Greek National Opera (under the direction of Irek Mukhamedov and Lynn Seymour). Principal roles include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardee, Snow Queen, La Sylphide, Napoli, The Moore’s Pavane, Aida, Solitaire, Eugene Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, The Four Last Songs, Cinderella, Zorba, Genzano Flower Festival, Les Sylphides, Canto General, etc.
The above productions were in collaboration with: Vladimir Vasiliev, Lynn Seymour, Alexander Grant, Irek Mukhamedov, Pierre Lacotte, Igor Zelensky, Oleg Vinogradov, Rudi Van Dantzig,Galina Samsova, Lorca Massine, Tatiana Terekhova, Evelyn Hart, Ray Barra, Alice Condodina for Jose Limon, Olga Evreinoff for Bournonville. She also performed as a soloist in the freelance production of Giselle where principal roles were danced by Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Malahov, Igor Zelensky, Yulia Mahalina, Maria Alexandrova. Performed the Genzano Flower Festival pas de deux at Athens Concert Hall’s Gala of the Stars. Dancers included Denis and Anastasia Matvienko (Mariinsky Theatre), Benjamin Pech and Eleonora Abbagnato (Paris Opera), Shoko Nakamura and Wieslaw Dudek (Berlin Ballet).
Professional teaching experience includes The School of the Greek National Opera and The Athens State School of Dance.
GERMAN DAGER‘s studies in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance were completed at Les Grands Ballet Canadiense in Montreal, York University in Toronto, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He had extensive training and coaching under the direction of Magda Auñon at The Magda Auñon School of Classical Ballet, home of the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classic, in Fort Lauderdale. FL. He also trained on full scholarship at Miami Conservatory with Thomas Armour, at the Pennsylvania School of Ballet (now The Rock School for Dance Education) and the Boston School of Ballet. German danced principal roles in Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Le Corsair, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. In 1985, at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival, he was honored with a Dance Magazine scholarship and sent to New York to train with some of the most prestigious teachers in the United States.
German danced professionally with Boston Ballet II, Ballet de Montreal under the artistic direction of Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida and was a guest dancer with Compañia Colombiana de Ballet. Mr. Dager has been teaching and coaching dancers since 1986. He has taught at Ballet Arts, International where he was the owner and Artistic Director for 15 years, at Magda Auñon School of Classical Ballet, and was the Assistant Director to The Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique Nutcracker Ballet Production in 2004-2005. Mr. Dager has taught at many ballet studios in South Florida including Ballet Elite Dance Studio, Encore Dance Theatre, Stella’s Dancers Studio, Michael’s Academy of Performing Arts and Distinction Dance and Talent. He is currently Ballet Master at Meg Segreto’s Dance Center.
Mr. Dager has been a guest teacher and judge for Dance Masters of America, and Florida Dance Masters. He is a certified classical ballet teacher by examination, an active member of Florida Dance Masters and in the U.S. he holds the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Teaching Dance. Recently Mr. Dager was featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine as Teacher in the Spotlight.
Mr. German’s coaching has placed his students always in top placements in both classical and contemporary soloist divisions at the prestigious international Youth America Grand Prix competition, The American Dance Competition and the Universal Ballet Competition. His graduating students have been accepted into the best University’s dance programs in the nation, and his students have been accepted into major ballet companies in America and received scholarships to prestigious summer intensive programs, including the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the San Francisco Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Pacific Norwest Ballet, The Houston Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, the Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Orlando Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.
Mr. Dager is an ABT ® Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Training Intensive in Pre-Primary though Level 3 of the ABT ® Training Curriculum.
Rome has had a 30+ year career in professional theatre including international ballet companies, equity musical theatre companies, major cruise ships, local production companies, and Tokyo Disney. His wealth of knowledge and experience has led him to the creation of his own production company, Saladino Productions, Inc. During his ballet career he performed with many companies including the Sacramento Ballet, Icelandic Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, receiving reviews such as, “Saladino is a standout male dancer with a unique quality that could turn into genuine stardom.” He has had the privilege of working with many amazing people; including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fernando Bujones, Jürgen Schneider, Alonzo King, Jon Engstrom, Ann Reinking, Sonja Haney (Bob Fosse’s Assistant), and Nannette Fabré, to name a few. He also starred in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Brigadoon, Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line... He joined the American Broadway Music Theatre in Tokyo Disney, where he was one of the Lead Male’s in Encore! After his experience in Tokyo, he performed as an Adagio Dancer and Singer on cruise ships touring all over the world. While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance at Florida Atlantic University, he has been the lead dancer along with his wife, Marina, for ZMC Entertainment, Inc. and Kevin Black Productions. All these experiences led to his greatest challenge, Rome self-produced, directed, and starred in Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain, a song and dance tribute to Gene Kelly. As an instructor, Rome has taught ballet, partnering, jazz dance, character dance, boy’s classes, and musical theatre at the University of Utah Dance Department, Esther Center, Sacramento Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre, Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s AileyCamp Miami. He recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Theatre and Dance.