The "Method" is a unique system of evaluation which allows a pupil to be placed in the international ballet panorama according to 14 levels of study.

Fundamental to the programme are the annual Exams, with academic steps choreographies expressly created by Lorena Baricalla, containing all the technical difficulties for every level of study and consisting of a succession of regular stages which allow for effective progression. Each level requires the steps to be executed with a proficiency and at a speed according to established standards.

In this way, the affiliated schools can take their pupils to a much higher ballet level even when school studies limit the time the pupils can dedicate to training.

The "Method" takes pupils to a professional level or an advanced amateur level, with the learning of quality ballet contributing to each individual’s psycho-physical development.

The didactic approach is based mainly on analysis of the mechanics of the body, memory development, muscular dynamics, ability to self-manage, concentration and awareness of the body, visualization of movement, projection of energy, development of the athlete-performer, growth in individual artistic expressiveness and the ability to use the body in diverse styles of dance.

The "Method" proposes to the Affiliated Ballet Schools:

  • The training programme for pupils with improvement booster Master Classes and annual exams
  • Training and refresher Courses for Ballet teachers.

 

  • Dance schools affiliation to the "Method"

    The dance school’s affiliation to the "Method" training programme includes: Certificate of the School’s Affiliation for the current study year The registration of the School in the [...]

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    Dance schools affiliation to the "Method"


    The dance school’s affiliation to the "Method" training programme includes:

    • Certificate of the School’s Affiliation for the current study year
    • The registration of the School in the Method Official Website on the Official Register of the Affiliated Ballet Schools
    • Study Programme with teaching material for the Exams (music and original choreography) according to the levels requested
    • The School’s Enrolment in the current Annual Session of International Exams in April
    • The issue of "Methode" Certificates which validate the pupils’ study programme at the time of the International Exams of Monte Carlo.
    • One Study Bursary for the Master Classes in July. The bursary is granted to a deserving student at the time of the International Exams in April.
    • The opportunity for Teachers to attend their pupils’ booster Master Classes.
    • The opportunity to use the "Method" exams within the School and as an end-of-year assessment of all its pupils’ progress.

    For affiliation fee information: info@promoart-montecarlo.com   

  • Professional and Amateur Training for Classical Ballet Dancers

    The complete "Method" teaching programme for the Study of Ballet Dancing consists of 14 levels subdivided as Introductory Training, Preparatory, Intermediate, Superior and Professional. Dancers are [...]

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    Professional and Amateur Training for Classical Ballet Dancers


    The complete "Method" teaching programme for the Study of Ballet Dancing consists of 14 levels subdivided as Introductory Training, Preparatory, Intermediate, Superior and Professional.
    Dancers are trained from 4 years of age to 18/20 years.
    Each exam is aimed at a specific age group. As a rule, the complete programme is planned to finish when the pupil reaches 18/20 years, but it can also be carried out according to an individual pupil’s ability.
    To calculate the appropriate age in relation to each level, we advise that a pupil’s actual age is evaluated at the time of the exam session.

    Having finished the complete programme of professional studies, the dancer is a professional and may present him- or herself for auditions with dance companies.
    He or she may also choose to become a teacher by following the "Method" courses for Ballet Teachers.

    2 Introductory levels for Professional and Amateur Training:
    Initiation 1, Initiation 2 (Introductory 1, Introductory 2)

    4 Preparatory levels for Professional and Amateur Training:
    Préparatoire 1, Préparatoire 2, Préparatoire 3, Préparatoire 4 (Preparatory 1, Preparatory 2, Preparatory 3, Preparatory 4)

    2 Intermediate levels for Professional and Amateur Training:
    1° Degré, 2° Degré (1st Grade, 2nd Grade)

    2 Superi or levels for Professional and Amateur Training:
    3° Degré, 4° Degré (3rd Grade, 4th Grade)

    4 Excellence levels for Professional Training:
    Excellence 1, Excellence 2, Excellence 3, Excellence 4 (Excellence 1, Excellence 2, Excellence 3, Excellence 4)

    Complementary Superior levels for Amateur Training: 
    Complémentaire 1, Complémentaire 2 (Complementary 1, Complementary 2)

    As an alternative to the 4° Degré (4th Grade) and Excellence exams, the Complementary Superior levels allow for a technically simplified Exams while maintaining the stages of progression.

    Exams

    The "Method" International Exams take place every year in Monte Carlo in April during 2 days, with an Improvement booster Master Class and ending with a Show. The exams are part of an international event of dance, art and culture, with the participation of a prestigious judging panel and figures of renown.

    Upon passing the exam, the candidate is presented with a Certificate which is registered on the Official "Method" Site in the Official Register of Dancers in the categories: "Pupil in Professional Training with Study Record Book", "Pupil in Amateur Training", "Professional Ballet Dancer".

    This allows for the recognition of the pupil’s study achievements. The judges give the "Method" International Exam marks in French, the language of ballet.

    The Certificates will show the following marks:

    Ajourné(e) A (fail)
    Reçu(e) R (pass)

     Those who receive a "Pass" may also have a possible Mention:

    Reçu(e) avec Mention + + (pass +)
    Reçu(e) aver Mention Assez Bien AB (pass 60-70%)
     Reçu(e) avec Mention Assez Bien + AB+ (pass 60-70% +)
     Reçu(e) avec Mention Bien B (pass with merit 70-80%)
    Reçu(e) avec Mention Bien + B+ (pass with merit +)
     Reçu(e) avec Mention Très Bien  TB (pass with distinction)

     To request general Exam regulations: info@promoart-montecarlo.com

    The Scholarships

    To support young dancers, Scholarships are donated for the Summer Master Classes of the current year, at the time of the Annual Session of International Exams in Monte Carlo in April. A deserving pupil is chosen from each affiliated school.
    The Scholarships are offered by PromoArt Monte Carlo and by the companies, organisations and firms associated with the annual Session.

    The Training booster Master Classes for Pupils

    During the year the "Method" organises Training Booster Master Classes with Lorena Baricalla. Pupils are advised to participate fully so that they can achieve the best results in the complete programme at all levels.

    • From July to March: Booster Master Classes (1-2-3 days) which include Exam Preparation.
    • April: Booster Master Classes and International Exams in Monte Carlo, terminating with a Show (2 days). 
    • July: Final Master Classes for the Academic Year (4 days). Complete programme with ballet, modern dance, choreography workshop, repertoire variations, history of dance, theory of ballet, dialogues on dance.

    Professional Training – Study Record Book for Professional Training

    The Study Record Book for Professional Training can be requested from 1° Degré (1st Grade) onwards.
    This applies whether for professional training or more in-depth and booster studies.

    From the Excellence levels onwards, as these are the levels for professional study, the Record Book is obligatory for taking the exams. Alternatively, pupils may take the Complementary exams (Complementary 1, Complementary 2) which remain at an amateur level.
    The request for the Record Book depends at all levels on the enrolment of the pupil. We underline that all the pupils can submit the request for the Record Book.
    Every year the pupil must take the International Exams in Monte Carlo, validated by a Certificate according to the level passed.
    The official "Method" web site will register the Certificates of Exams passed in Monte Carlo on the Official Register of Dancers indicating "Pupil in Professional Training with Study Record Book" (instead of "Pupil in Amateur Training").
    Those who have completed the Professional training will be registered as "Professional Ballet Dancer".

    This involves the obligatory attendance throughout the year at the 4 Training Master Classes with Verification of the "Method", thus benefiting from prima ballerina Lorena Baricalla’s teaching.
    Following each stage, the pupil’s participation will be recorded in the Record Book, and an individual assessment of their performance with analysis of their work will be given. As well counsels to be practiced with their Teachers of the Affiliated Schools will be given. This in-depth work allows the pupil to progress very fast.

    For 1°, 2°, 3°, 4° Degré: Frequency 8 - 10 days per year - For the Excellences 1, 2, 3, 4: Frequency 12 days per year.

    Training Booster Master Class and verification of 1st Term
    For 1°, 2°, 3°, 4° Degré (Grades 1,2,3 and 4): 1-2 day in November/December which includes studying the exam steps.
    For Excellence 1,2,3 and 4: 3 days in November/December which includes studying the exam steps and variations.

    Training Booster Master Classes of 2nd Term
    For 1°, 2°, 3°, 4° Degré (Grades 1,2,3 and 4): 1-2 day in February/March which includes studying the exam steps.
    For Excellence 1,2,3 and 4: 3 days in February/March which includes studying the exam steps and variations.

    Training Booster Master Class and International Exams at Monte Carlo – All levels: 2 days in April

    Final Training Master Class for the Academic Year - All levels: 4 days in July. Complete programme with ballet, modern dance, choreography workshop, repertoire variations, history of dance, theory of ballet, dialogues on dance.

  • Training and Refresher Courses for Ballet Teachers

    Qualification for Teaching the Method Group courses (minimum 3 participants) from July to early September Training and refresher Courses are aimed at ballet teachers to develop and revitalise the [...]

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    Training and Refresher Courses for Ballet Teachers


    Qualification for Teaching the Method

    Group courses (minimum 3 participants) from July to early September

    Training and refresher Courses are aimed at ballet teachers to develop and revitalise the teaching process.
    A "Certificate of Qualification as a Method teacher" is granted at the end of each course, according to the level reached.
    For the transparency of the training programme, the courses must be followed in order and without omitting any of the levels.

    Basic Training Level

    Basic training course for Ballet Teachers for Qualification as "Method" Teachers – Training in the Standards of the "Method".
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation de Base à l’Enseignement de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Basic training Qualification in "Method" Teaching)
    - 2 days, total 12 hours with final exam

    Courses for affiliated teachers only:

    Level 1:
    Courses for Ballet Teachers for Qualification in Teaching the "Method" at the Introductory and Preparatory levels (Introductory 1 and 2, Preparatory 1,2,3 and 4)
    Study of the teaching programme for the Introductory and Preparatory levels and the Exam Steps.
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation à l’enseignement des Niveaux Propédeutiques et Préparatoires de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Qualification in "Method" Teaching at Introductory and Preparatory Levels)
    - 1 day, total 6 hours with final exam

    Level 2:
    Courses for Ballet Teachers for Qualification in Teaching the "Method" at the Intermediate level (Grades 1 and 2)
    Study of the teaching Programme for the Intermediate Level and Exam Steps.
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation à l’enseignement des Niveaux Intermédiaires de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Qualification in "Method" Teaching at Intermediate Level)
    - 1 day, total 6 hours with final exam

    Level 3
    Courses for Ballet Teachers for Qualification in Teaching the "Method" at the Superior level (Grades 3 and 4)
    Study of the teaching Programme for the Superior Level and Exam Steps.
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation à l’enseignement des Niveaux Supérieurs de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Qualification in "Method" Teaching at Superior Level)
    - 1 day, total 6 hours with final exam

    Courses which can be attended following an admission exam and meeting specific requisites:

    4th Level
    Courses for Ballet Teachers for Qualification in Teaching the "Method" at the Excellence level (Excellence 1 and 2)
    Study of the teaching Programme for the Excellence 1-2 Level and Exam Steps.
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation à l’enseignement des Niveaux d’Excellence 1-2 de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Qualification in "Method" Teaching at Excellence 1-2 Level)
    - 1 day, total 6 hours with final exam

    5th Level
    Courses for Ballet Teachers for Qualification in Teaching the "Method" at the Excellence level (Excellence 3 and 4)
    Study of the teaching Programme for the Excellence 3-4 Level and Exam Steps.
    Validated with: Certificat d’Habilitation à l’enseignement des Niveaux d’Excellence 3-4 de la «Méthode» (Certificate of Qualification in "Method" Teaching at Excellence 3-4 Level)
    - 1 day, total 6 hours with final exam


    COURSES FOR BALLET TEACHERS FOR THE STUDY OF EXAM STEPS

    Individual courses from July to September

    For those who have not already followed the Qualification Course for Method Teachers at the requested levels.

    Teachers who wish to present their pupils at the Exam Session must participate at courses for the study and updating of the Exam Steps at the levels requested. Affiliated teachers will have already received the choreography and the music for the requested levels and so will be able to come pre-prepared to the course.

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