NEW YORK (AP) — Wednesday is the last day of School for New York City public school students, but students in the rigorous Ballet Tech dance program will be back for a four-week summer session July 10.
Ballet Tech was founded by choreographer Eliot Feld to provide tuition-free dance training along with academics.
The school is a full-service Public School for Dance in grades four through eight, with about 50 fourth-graders admitted each year out of the thousands who audition.
Many of the students travel from the Bronx or Queens to attend the school near Union Square in Manhattan.
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High school students continue studying dance at Ballet Tech while taking academic classes at the Professional Performing Arts School in midtown Manhattan, a selective public high school.
Some Ballet Tech alumni have gone on to careers in dance. Graduate Spartak Hoxha, for instance, is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet.
Ballet Tech students perform at the Kids Dance series at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood each June.