Bossov Ballet Theatre offers MCI students* a unique opportunity to study classical ballet (Vaganova method) as part of the academic curriculum. Ballet classes are taught by Natalya Getman, a former dancer with the Moscow Ballet. The program allows students to earn full academic credit for ballet training. Students who complete the program are uniquely positioned either to matriculate to an outstanding college or join a professional ballet company.
MCI students* receive three and a half hours of class each day, Monday through Friday, and two and a half hours on Saturday plus rehearsals. The curriculum includes ballet technique, pointe, partnering, classic pointe variations, character, and acting.
In addition to ballet, students take a full college preparatory high school curriculum, grades 9 through 12. The ballet course counts for 2 credits each year and is continuous all four years. Students can matriculate as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, depending on their previous credits earned at other institutions.
Ballet and other academics are all on MCI's campus along with dormitories and dining. Classes are small. The year-round residential ballet class includes 15 select students.
Historically, Maine Central Institute's ballet students have been the school's highest achievers in terms of SAT scores and grade point average. BBT dancers have recently gone directly from their senior year in high school to the following companies and colleges:
Colleges with dance programs and ballet/dance schools:
Academic Ballet School of St. Petersburg, Russia ("Vaganova Academy")
Hart School, Hartford, Connecticut
Suny Purchase, New York
Denison University, Granville, Ohio
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
University of Utah, Utah
San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, California
Ballet Met, Columbus, Ohio
Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, Illinois
Ballet Theater of Maryland, Annapolis, Maryland
Ballet Illinois, Peoria, Illinois
Bejart Ballet, Lausanne, Switzerland
Columbia Classical Ballet, Columbia, South Carolina
Louisville Ballet, Louisville, Kentucky
Nashville Ballet, Nashville, Tennessee
*Students must audition for appropriate class placement. The morning classes are available only to those students who qualify. Attendance during BBT's Summer Intensive program, does not guarantee acceptance into the year-round program.