Is the ordinary school education integrated in the school day?
The students do academic classes from 08.00-12.00 and then ballet classes from 13.30-18.30.
What subjects do the students study besides classical ballet?
The same as Claude Bessy organized when she came to Nanterre. Claude decided to have six levels instead of five. When the school used to be located at the Opera, she didn’t have enough space to do all classes because the school had to share the studios with the company.
The first two levels include folk dance, baroque dance, music, singing and mime–not pantomime, just mime. The levels in the middle add history of ballet and character dance.
Before they join the last level, they must pass an exam in history of ballet, anatomy and music. The last two levels have pas de deux, contemporary, repertoire and jazz.
How many weekly hours do they have in the different dance subjects?
They have a classical ballet class for 90 minutes with their principal teacher every day. Then they have a second class with folklore, pas de deux, etc…
Claude did a very clever thin–and I kept it. Each week, the students have two or three extra classical classes, one with their principal teacher, one with the teacher from their previous year and one with the teacher from the year before that.
After three years every teacher knows every student. It is very human, because we know really them. If a student and a teacher do not agree, the student can find another teacher and hear the same words but from another perspective. It creates a real connection with everybody.