Back to school for the talented young dancers at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco

Casa Mia will welcome the dancers on September 14, 2015

Next Monday, September 14, 2015, the Princess Grace Dance Academy will welcome the returning young students as well as newcomers in the architectural wonder of the Belle Epoque villa Casa Mia. Each year around forty dancers from the world over join this prestigious advanced training. During 4 years, students from 14 to 18 years old take courses in classical, contemporary and character dance, as well as courses in composition, Pilates, music and dance history. In parallel the dancers follow a normal school instruction by mail and the foreign students take language courses.

The objective of the Academy is also for the students to learn to live together, away from their country of origin and their families. “The Academy is not only a dance school, it is a school of life that will help the students integrate in a universe that is not easy. Because to dance is not a job, it is a real way of life!”, said Luca Masala, Artistic Director of Education and Pedagogy at the Academy Princess Grace.

This year, in the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Company of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the students will have the chance to participate in representations of Nutcracker Company scheduled from December 29 to January 4 at the Grimaldi Forum. This represents a wonderful opportunity for the students to perfect themselves in joining the professional world under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer-Director of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo.

On June 25 and 26, 2016, the Academy will present its Annual Gala at the Salle Garnier, accompanied by the Young International Orchestra of Monte-Carlo.

In June 2015, this gala was around the theme of Swan Lake and made the young graduates shine: Alexsandro Akapohi, who joined the Staatstheater Numberg in Germany, Simone Tribuna who now dances for le Leipziger Ballet in Germany, Iolanda Almeida, recruited by The Forsythe Company Frankfort in Germany, Kiki Saito who joined the Polish National Ballet, Natalia Kerner now dancing with the Northern Ballet of Leeds, England, and Rina Kanehara, 2015 Prix of Lausanne, who joined the English National Ballet of London, England.

A success rate that confirms once again the excellence of the training offered by everybody at the Princess Grace Academy, today under the direction of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo.

Today’s quote

“Dancers are the messengers of the gods.” Martha Graham

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