The Jerusalem dance arts center: A professional school for classical ballet and modern dance
The Jerusalem Dance Arts Center is a registered non-profit organization ('Amuta' in Hebrew), which promotes professional dance education to talented children and youths of all ethnic backgrounds in the Jerusalem area. The Center was founded by Audrey Dellisse, a former professional dancer and a graduate of the prestigious Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. The Amuta is headed by volunteers and managed by Dr. Tal Aviran, Audrey's husband.
In The Jerusalem Dance Arts Center high-level of dance training is given in a pleasant and non-competitive atmosphere. In our curriculum, we aim at following the programs taught by the best dance schools in Israel and abroad. Each and every student in our dance school receives meticulous training in classical ballet, whether they are enrolled in the pre-ballet program (ages 3-5), beginners (6-8), intermediates (9-12), or in one of our advanced groups (ages 12-18). In their multi-year training, our students learn the foundations of classical ballet and the classical repertoire. Later on they can also study modern dance. We expect our graduates to perform classical repertoire at a semi-professional level, and we have produced, to much acclaim, full scale classical masterpieces such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardée, and others.
The Jerusalem Dance Arts center is perhaps one of the most ethnically mixed educational institutions in the Middle East. Our student body is comprised of secular and religious Jews, Palestinians, and international students from all over the worlds (we have had students from Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Russia, the US, South-Africa and more), all from the International schools in Jerusalem. All of our students study and dance together and form a cohesive community of dancers.
Due to the high level of ballet training in our studio, our best graduates are able pursue a career in dance, if they so wish. Some of our graduates were accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive "outstanding dancer" program of the IDF (enabling them to serve in the army and dance at the same time); others participated in highly regarded dance camps abroad, where they received high praise for their dance technique.
The Jerusalem Dance Arts center is not a 'Hug' of ballet: it is a school with discipline and commitment. When they first come to our studio, each and every student is given a one month trial period in which she or he can evaluate the progran and be evaluated by us. When both sides are happy with each other, we ask the parents to register their child for the entire year. In this way we ensure that students and parents are serious about their choice, and that our groups will enjoy stability and cohesion througout the year.
In our teaching philosophy, we do not believe in forcing kids to adopt ballet postures which go against their body's natural tendency. Our artistic director, Audrey Dellisse, teaches according to a technique which goes with the body's natural inclination. This technique is not harmful to the body, and will not jeopardize the child's dancing career.
The jerusalem Dance Arts Center is a place of excelence, of education, and a second home for many students. If you are serious about your child's education and her/his level of training, we suggest you give us a try.