The HARID Conservatory

America’s tuition-free professional training school for gifted young dancers

Academic Year

Graduation Requirements
The State of Florida requires twenty-four credits for high-school graduation. HARID students must earn 16 credits through academic courses and 8 credits through fine-arts courses. Graduates receive their high-school diploma from The HARID Conservatory.


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Fees
All students receive tuition scholarships that cover the fees for dance and related courses, selected cultural and educational field trips, and transportation relating to the above activities. Fees are charged for administration of the academic program, room and board, dance supplies, and local transportation. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Academic Curriculum
All HARID students receive their high-school academic education via a virtual-school program operated by the Conservatory on its campus.

Academic courses are provided by Florida Virtual School. FLVS is a fully accredited* provider of high-quality, standard-based online courses for high school. All courses are aligned with Florida State standards. A comprehensive curriculum is offered including language arts, math, science, social studies, world languages, and technology. Both honors and advanced placement courses are available.

Students are assigned a qualified on-line teacher, employed by FLVS, who monitors their progress, responds to email and phone calls, hosts real-time instructional sessions, posts weekly announcements and assignment feedback, and provides personalized instruction as needed.

*Florida Virtual School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

You can learn more about FLVS by visiting: www.flvs.net

Each weekday morning, students spend four hours of structured time together in HARID’s Learning Center. The students are supervised and assisted by two academic “mentors”, each of whom is a certified high-school teacher.

Dance Curriculum
During the academic year, HARID’s curriculum provides a comprehensive dance education focusing primarily on classical ballet. Four years of study are offered and courses include ballet, partnering, classical variations, men’s virtuoso technique, repertoire, character dance, modern dance, Spanish dance, jazz dance, ballet methodology, Pilates, music studies, dance history, music history, nutrition, and kinesiology.

During the first week of classes in August, each student is assessed and placed in an appropriate ballet class according to his or her age and ability. Placement in other courses is dependent upon the student’s prior dance experience and academic grade level.

Performance Opportunities
Performing on stage before an audience is an integral part of every dancer’s professional training. HARID presents two series of student performances annually (at the end of each semester) at the 800-seat Countess de Hoernle Theater in Boca Raton.

HARID dancers are known and respected for the strength and clarity of their classical technique. They are also recognized for their versatility and quickness at learning and retaining choreography. These invaluable assets are developed through the regular inclusion of neo-classical, contemporary, and modern works in the school’s repertoire.

“Dear Mr. Wright,

I wish to take a moment to thank you and your faculty and staff for everything you did to help our son this year. It was a memorable time for both him and his family. The opportunity to attend HARID is truly a blessing and we are thankful for the experiences he has had.

We know that HARID is the finest ballet school, and that the instruction you provide is the best in the country. Our son has really enjoyed getting to know each of you; he shared with us everyone’s impressive credentials and all the wonderful things about the program.

From our conversations, it is evident that you have our son’s best interest at heart and that you truly care about his future. We are grateful for the guidance, instruction, and thoughtfulness he received this year.

Sincerely,
Academic-Year Parent”


Dance Curriculum

Please note: Each student’s actual course schedule may vary depending upon individual circumstances. The curriculum is subject to change.

Junior Men & Women

1st Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Men’s Work (in addition to Ballet Technique) – 3
Partnering – 1 (women) 2 (men)
Repertoire – up to 8
Spanish Dance – 2
Fundamentals of Music – 2

2nd Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Men’s Work (in addition to Ballet Technique) – 3
Partnering – 1 (women) 2 (men)
Repertoire – up to 8
Character Dance – 1
Pilates – 1
Fundamentals of Music – 2

Intermediate Men & Women

1st Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Women’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 1
Men’s Work (in addition to Ballet Technique) – 3
Partnering – 1 (women) 2 (men)
Repertoire – up to 8
Character Dance – 1
Jazz Dance – 1
Nutrition – 2

2nd Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Women’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 1
Men’s Work (in addition to Ballet Technique) – 3
Partnering – 1 (women) 2 (men)
Repertoire – up to 8
Modern Dance – 2
Kinesiology – 2

Senior Women (up to 2 years)

1st Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Women’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 2
Partnering – 2
Repertoire – up to 8
Modern Dance – 2
Dance History – 2
Music History – 2

2nd Semester (Course – classes per week)
Ballet Technique – 5
Pointe – 3
Women’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 2
Partnering – 2
Repertoire – up to 8
Jazz Dance – 1
Dance History – 2
Introduction to Ballet Methodology – 2

Senior Men (up to 2 years)

1st Semester (Course – classes per week)
Men’s Ballet Technique – 5
Men’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 2
Partnering – 3
Repertoire – up to 8
Modern Dance – 2
Dance History – 2
Music History – 2

2nd Semester (Course – classes per week)
Men’s Ballet Technique – 5
Men’s Variations (Classical Heritage) – 2
Partnering – 3
Repertoire – up to 8
Jazz Dance – 1
Dance History – 2
Introduction to Ballet Methodology – 2

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