Every month a student of the Integral Ballet School is honored for noteworthy achievements, extraordinary behavior and/or general excellence. These achievements may or may not be dance-related but show what it means to be an exemplary student of ballet. We love to see our students going above and beyond in every area of their lives.
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February 2011, Student of the Month: Sabrina Cortor
On Friday, February 11th, Sabrina attended an extremely competitive audition for entry into the School of American Ballet’s summer program. This audition was attended nation-wide by thousands of students all hoping for admission to one of the most selective ballet programs in the world.
Sabrina will also be auditioning for New York State Summer School of the Arts at the end of February. NYSSSA students are immersed in four weeks of intense ballet study each day and not only get to watch performances of the New York City Ballet each night, but work hand in hand with NYCB principal dancers throughout the intensive. For more information on NYSSA visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nysssa/
Sabrina shares on the audition process:
What was the audition like? It was more professional. It was in a big studio with a piano player. I never had a piano player for class before – always just CD’s.
The teacher was loud and would get mad if you didn’t start on the right count, which was intimidating.
How many students were there? There were about 25 people there. They have a lot of audition days so it wasn’t bad.
What was the hardest combination you remember? There was a chasser poser combination, and two tendu fronts, pas de cheval side and then I don’t remember. I got it right away and then forget it immediately.
What advice would you give to younger dancers that want to go on auditions? Don’t be really nervous. It seems scary at first but it’s not that bad. Just think of it like a normal class.