Through our professional level productions, BVI offers the youth of Hampton Roads a unique opportunity to perform. Every December, BVI presents The Nutcracker with live symphony accompaniment by Symphonicity. In the spring, a classic story book ballet is presented. All ballets performed by BVI strive to give both the performers and the audience the highest level classical ballet experience possible. This means attention is given to creating beautiful choreography, professionally designed sets and lighting as well as properly trained and rehearsed dancers. Performances are at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. Both productions are of a professional caliber with nationally recognized guest artists rounding out the cast. Participation in these ballets is optional and by audition. Auditions are open to all Hampton Roads youths interested in rising to the challenge of being in a professional level production. All rehearsals are held outside of normal class times.
The annual BVI Concert Classique is for all currently enrolled dancers from Beginning Ballet and up. Preparations and rehearsals for this joyous performance begin in March of each academy year and are held the last 15 minutes of each class. The Concert Classique is generally held the second Sunday in June at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. This final performance of the season is a day to celebrate, through dance, all the hard work and dedication put forth by our students throughout the whole year.
First Pointe Players, a proud tradition of Ballet Virginia International’s pre-professional dance education, is a junior training company created and directed by Mrs. Patricia Sorrell. First Pointe is designed and structured to give young dancers insight into the hallmarks of dance etiquette, the many facets of a production, the commitment of a performing member, and most importantly, the opportunity for serious dancers to advance their art by sharing it with the community. Throughout the years, dancers have gone into nursing homes to brighten the lives of residents and held workshops for scouts to educate them in the art of ballet. These opportunities have allowed the dancers to earn community service hours to help meet academic requirements for most public and private schools. The training company is designed to include at least 16 rehearsals with 6 public performances over a five month period. The training begins in January of every academy year and continues into the first week of June. First Pointe Players sustains itself financially within the BVI organization by raising money for costumes, props, and production costs through fundraising and generous donations.
BVI is proud to be a member of South Eastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA). BVI’s Company members and trainees have the opportunity to attend the annual regional festival. At the 4-day festival, they perform and take numerous classes, seminars and lectures. Being part of a larger regional organization offers BVI’s most dedicated dancers the opportunity to gain a wider perspective. There are also opportunities for young choreographers and a national festival with Regional Dance of America (RDA) every four or five years.
For more information please call 757-446-1401