Friends University’s Ballet Department is designed to foster excellence in preparation for a professional career in the world of ballet with opportunities for additional studies in teaching, administration and therapy. Ballet classes are only part of the curriculum. Each Ballet degree plan can be uniquely designed for individual students depending on interest, ability and goals.
Our purpose is to offer a ballet education in Kansas that creates talented performing artists so they may achieve their future goals and become confident leaders in their profession. Final projects are designed to propel students into creative, successful careers. A nurturing and supportive environment, combined with professional ballet training, enables dancers to reach their full potential physically as their passion for arts education increases.
Friends University’s Ballet Department involves a number of guest artists and teachers each year. Our repertoire includes ballets by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Dominic Walsh, Shawn Stevens and many others. We are committed to introducing our dancers to current artists in the world of dance at large through our ballet classes.
In 2007 and 2008, the Friends University Ballet was the host site for the Central Region of The American College Dance Festival Association Conference. These conferences involve more than 25 university faculty and dancers representing 14 universities with college ballet programs. Chosen performers participate in the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Friends is known as a top ballet school. The Friends University Ballet Department has toured in Orleans, France, and three times in Cancun, Mexico, as well as participated in ongoing exchange programs with both sister cities.
The University service mission through cultural and community outreach and collaborative efforts within the context of the Christian faith are important components of the Friends University Ballet program. Ballet classes stress not only dance, but also a well rounded college experience for students.
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