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Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy

SNB-Academy-logoSierra Nevada Ballet is the official school of Sierra Nevada Ballet, the professional ballet company for northern Nevada, and the home of the SNB Trainee/Apprentice Program.
The Curriculum of the academy is under the direction of Artistic Director Rosine Bena who is internationally recognized as one of only 60 master teachers in the world to be fully certified to teach all levels of the American Ballet Theatre© National Training Curriculum and acclaimed as a presenting member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. The ABT curriculum is designed to prepare young student dancers for the professional world of ballet.

SNBA offers a fully trained professional teaching staff under the direction of the Artistic Director with a full 8 level curriculum (Beginning Through Professional). Ballet and Related classes are offered for male and female students ages 3 and up.

Former dance students of Ms. Bena have gone on to work with Sierra Nevada Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Silicon Valley Ballet, the Reno Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ohio Ballet, the Jazz Tap Ensemble, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sarasota Ballet, University of Utah, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University,
Goddard University, UNR Dance Program and various professional productions and university dance programs.

Dance students with a desire to study in a professional level ballet program are invited to apply for admission to the SNB Academy.

abt_lrgThe American Ballet Theatre© National Training Curriculum is designed to properly prepare young student dancers for the professional world of ballet.

The ABT National Training Curriculum is a breakthrough program designed by specialists in the field of ballet, sports medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, orthopedics and child development.

The curriculum combines the best of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training and consists of a comprehensive set of age appropriate outcome-based guidelines for eight levels of training from primary thru level 7.

The SNB Academy offers classes in the first five levels and offers a professional level ballet class for professional company dancers and apprentices and invited students. Non-professional dancers are required to audition for this class.

Testimonials

The life lessons that my daughter is learning by studying with Ms. Rosine and being a part of Sierra Nevada Ballet will give her the strength, confidence and motivation to achieve many goals in her future.

Laurie Bertero

It has always been my dream to be a ballet dancer and I feel that Ms. Rosine is leading me in that direction. I feel like I have so many opportunities because of the training I am receiving at Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy

Samantha Zamora

I love this place!

Beginning Dancer

Dress Code & Courtesy

  • BE ON TIME- Please allow for class changes and dressing.

    BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER AND THE TEACHER-
    While it is always appropriate to ask questions of the teacher, speaking out, uninvited talking back or carrying on private conversations with fellow students is not permitted as it interferes with proper learning.

    PRACTICE AN EXCELLENT WORK ETHIC-
    Nothing works better than a positive work ethic. No matter what the student’s body type and technical or athletic ability, if the student listens to instruction, applies corrections and makes their goal to make each class better than the one before, each student will improve rapidly and be the best they can be.

    NO GUM or FOOD is permitted into the ballet studio. Only clear bottled water is permitted in the ballet studio and is encouraged in order to be properly hydrated.

  • Female

    • Hair in a neat bun with net and hair pins (no sloppy buns or pony tails)
    • Hair that is too short for a bun shall be neatly pulled back away from the face.
    • Black leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet slippers
    • Tight black dance sweatersare allowed for cooler days
    • No baggy T shirts, sweat shirts, baggy shorts, jazz pants or warmers
    Male

    • Hair- neat and out of face
    • Tight fitting black biker shorts or black tights,
    • White or black tight fitting “T” shirt
    • Black Ballet slippers
    • Tight sweater are allowed for cooler days
    • No baggy T shirts, sweat shirts, baggy shorts, jazz pants or warmers
    • Hair that is too short for a bun shall be neatly pulled back away from the face.
    • Black leotard
    • Black stirrup tights or pink tights
    • Pink ballet slippers or pink pointe shoes
    • Tight sweaters/warmers on cold days
    • A black dance skirt may be worn for Pointe class

  • Female

    • Hair that is too short for a bun shall be neatly pulled back away from the face.
    • Black leotard
    • Black stirrup tights or pink tights
    • Pink ballet slippers or pink pointe shoes
    • Tight sweaters/warmers on cold days
    • A black dance skirt may be worn for Pointe class
    Male

    • Hair- neat and out of face
    • Black tights and black ballet slippers or black footless tights with flesh toned ballet slippers
    • Tight black or white T shirt/leotard
    • Tight sweater/warmers on cold days
    NOTE: SNB Company members need not be in uniform. SNB Apprentices may wear different colored dance wear in the SNB Company Saturday class ONLY. SNB Trainees and Academy students are required to wear the SNB Academy uniform in all ballet classes