Gwinnett Ballet Theatre offers a unique opportunity for young dancers seeking preparation for a professional career. Three important factors in this education are training, performing, and exposure to the dance world at large.
GBT’s Pre-Professional Company gives its students intensive, comprehensive training with a primary focus on classical ballet. However, as the dance world requires variety from those seeking a professional career, serious students are also required to study contemporary, modern, jazz and hip hop.
Performing opportunities abound. Over the years, each year’s production of “The Nutcracker” will have individual students taking on more advanced roles, with each student eventually performing a wide variety of roles. The annual Spring Concert also offers extensive performing experiences through challenging emerging choreographers’ new pieces as well as such productions as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Paquita,” “The Firebird,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” An annual Spring Recital is also given at the end of the school year.
Through SERBA, young GBT dancers are given the opportunity to take classes from, and be seen by, some of the most outstanding professional company teachers and artistic directors in the country. This annual event frequently leads to scholarships and new relationships with professional dance personnel as well as dancers from other companies. Attendance at summer intensives is also highly encouraged for career-focused students, as this offers further technical development and exposure to the professional dance world and the people who lead it.