NEW DIRECTOR OF BALLET AT THE MASON GROSS EXTENSION DIVISION - MS. MAEVEDOUGAL
We are thrilled to share news that the Extension Division has been fortunate to engage Ms. MaeveDougal as the new Director of Ballet at the Extension Division’s ABT Certified School. Ms. Dougal will personally instruct all ABT classes, oversee the Mason Gross Dance EdMABT internship program, and work closely with the Extension Division to guide the development of this program.
We are thrilled to engage Ms. Dougal whose training, professional experience, artistry, close connection to ABT, and desire to be a part of a growing program make her an ideal fit for this position.
About the American Ballet Theatre Children’s Division
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Children’s Division follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in ABT’s national training curriculum. Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group. Class size is limited.
The curriculum combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Students must attend all classes listed for their level. Primary classes are open enrollment, and no prior experience is necessary.
Pre-primary classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class with live piano accompaniment. Students gain fine and gross motor dexterity through activities that encompass story-telling and -creating, as well as relating to children’s literature and number counting. Incorporating the use of fun colorful props such as scarves, floor dots, and flowers enhances these physical, cognitive, and creative skills. Pre-primary students do not participate in end-of-year exams but will receive a certificate of completion.
All classes feature live piano accompaniment and are taught by experienced ABT-certified instructors.
Primary A, B, and C classes continue to build students’ vocabulary of basic ballet steps and port de bras, while still incorporating creative movement ideas in every class. Ballet class protocol and traditions are introduced in these levels. Primary A, B, and C students participate in end-of-year exams adjudicated by a visiting member of ABT’s Board of Examiners.
Levels 1A and 1B introduce barre work and build a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality, and strength through age-appropriate progressions. Level 1A and 1B students participate in end-of-year exams adjudicated by a visiting member of ABT’s Board of Examiners.
MaeveDougal, director of ballet and ABTaffliate teacher
Class location: Nicholas Music Center, Dance Studio 111 and 112 Address: Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901