Elite Program Auditions 2022: Jurong East & KINEX Mall
The Elite Program at Jurong East (Saturdays) and KINEX Mall (Sundays) will be taught by Ms. Qu, with supervision and guidance from Ms. Yan and Ms. Cao. The program focuses on improving the foundational skills of a ballerina and is based on our teacher’s extensive experience as a leading performers for international ballet companies. Ms. Yan spent 10 years as a leading soloist performer for the Shanghai Ballet Company, while Ms. Qu performed for 8 years at the Norwegian National Ballet and the Vienna State Ballet.
The Elite program was developed for students who want to become well rounded and strong dancers. Just doing exam classes is not enough for those who wish to take ballet to the next level, to compete in international competitions or become professional dancers.
Elite program students will improve two core areas of a ballerina:
Ballet foundation: The foundational principles of body movement and form used in ballet. These are body alignment, turnout and toe pointing.
Body control: Strong muscles, high stamina and flexibility is required in order for a dancer to have good control over her body.
Our Elite Program has been taught since 2014 and the participants achieved extraordinary results: more than 300 gold medals in only 5 years. This includes the first ever Singaporean Best Performance Award at the Asian Grand Prix. Our students have taken top awards and qualified for prestigious competitions like Youth America Grand Prix, Prix de Lausanne and Asian Grand Prix. Graduates of YBA have gone on to renowned professional schools like Elmhurst Ballet School (UK) and summer schools like the European School of Ballet. Students for our Soloist Program are chosen from the Elite Program participants.
The auditions will be held 23 July to 14 August. The auditions are open for anyone to sign up.
The auditions will be held in two rounds:
- Online auditions (23 July-6 Aug 2022): We will evaluate candidates based on the 3 submitted pose pictures. Results will be announced 10 August.
- Physical auditions (13 August [Jurong East], 14 August [KINEX Mall]): Invited applicants will participate in our actual Elite class and will be evaluated by the teaching team. The Elite Program participants will be chosen during this last round. Results will be announced shortly after the auditions.
YBA will only accept a limited amount of participants, so submitting early is recommended. For more information or questions about YBA and our Elite and RAD classes, please check our classes page.
Email us at email@example.com or call/WhatsApp at 65145175 if you have any questions.
On submission of the audition form, YBA will contact you with the round 1 results on 10 August.
Elite Program Schedule
The Elite Program is taught on Saturdays at the Jurong East branch and Sundays at the KINEX Mall branch, both with the below class schedule. Students will be placed in the appropriate class based on ability. Note that the term fee covers 11 class sessions. If accepted to the Elite Program, students are required to do all their ballet training at YBA. All our class schedules and fees is available at our classes page.
- Pre-Junior: 2:00-3:00 pm – 410$/term
- Junior A: 3:00-4:00 pm – 410$/term
- Junior B: 4:00-5:00 pm – 410$/term
- Senior A: 5:00-6:30 pm – 450$/term
- Senior B: 6:30-8:00 pm – 450$/term
After submitting the below audition form, you must prepare 3 poses in picture format (the poses must be the same as the three pictured below) and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure each image is less than 3 MB in size. Please title the email with your child’s full name and add “Elite Audition 2022”. Please note that we will not publicly disclose these images or share with any 3rd parties. You must submit the 3 pose pictures by email to complete the audition application.
Pose 1: Press your shoulders down. Keep your lower back straight. Knees should be straight and point your toes as much as you can.
Pose 2: Make sure your shoulders are balanced and keep your head pressed down. Take note of the hands that should be straight.
Pose 3: This is a classical ballet pose, please copy it. Here we are looking for showmanship/attitude in the pose.