~ To grow and nurture dancers in their giftings and talents.
~ To teach proper ballet technique in the Vaganova method.
~ To preserve the classical art form of ballet and its traditions.
~ To inspire, challenge and educate dancers in body, mind and spirit.
"As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places where it did not have much soil, it sprang up quickly because the soil had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
This parable beautifully illustrates our philosophy here at Royal School of Ballet. We strive to create an environment without any birds or weeds to threaten the growth of each dancer. We aspire to cultivate rich soil in our studio so deep roots can grow into a firm foundation of proper technique that will in time produce a fruitful plant capable of producing for greater purposes and future generations. We see the value in every precious seed and find it imperative each seed grows to know their own beauty, importance and purpose.
More than tutus and tiaras
Let us be honest, we love the delicate and feminine costumes and of course the sparkling tiaras and gorgeous lines of ballet, but the real beauty is in the journey the dancer has endured to become who she is once she finally steps onto stage. Ballet is a discipline. To get the results desired is not easy. There are no short cuts or tricks. To be stretched and to grow is never painless.
However when dancers truly love what they are doing, they learn to love the process, not simply the results. As so, we are not a "recital school". There are definitely plenty of performance opportunities for any interested dancers as there are benefits to performing, but they are completely optional and will never interfere with the dancers training.
"The dance can, with the aid of music, rise to the heights of poetry.
Or, through an excess of gymnastics, it can also degenerate into buffoonery."