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IPACC
ACADEMY

OVERVIEW

Ready to elevate your dance journey to the next level? The IPACC Academy Program offers an unparalleled experience where elite dance training meets leadership development. Our Academy members engage in rigorous training with a primary focus on ballet technique and the path to pointe work, all while participating in prestigious summer intensives at renowned institutions such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Joffrey School, and more. This program requires dedication and a strong foundation in technical training, with admission based on auditions to ensure only the most committed and talented dancers join our prestigious ranks.

Through our unique ELITE Pathway, the IPACC Academy merges exceptional dance training with leadership development, guiding students on a transformative journey. Our members have exclusive opportunities to audition for outside programs and showcase their talents on a national stage. As part of the IPACC Academy, you'll not only refine your dance skills but also cultivate leadership qualities and a commitment to excellence. Join us and be part of a community that nurtures both your artistic and personal growth, preparing you to reach your fullest potential in the world of dance and beyond. Take the leap and transform your future with the IPACC Academy Program!

THE ACADEMY'S MISSION

To provide a comprehensive and rigorous dance education that fosters artistic excellence, personal growth, and leadership development in young dancers.

THE ACADEMY'S VISION

To empower dancers to become innovative and influential leaders in the arts community, inspiring positive change and making a lasting impact on the world stage.

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GROUP OFFERED

At InSpira Performing Arts, we offer specialized academies designed to nurture and develop the talents of our dancers at various stages of their journey. Each academy provides a structured environment where dancers can thrive through a blend of rigorous training, performance opportunities, and community engagement. Here’s a preview of our academy programs:

ALL ACADEMY DANCERS Must follow the Elite Pathway as their chosen journey at InSpira.

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LITTLE INSPIRATIONS ACADEMY

AGES 5-6

Discover the joy of dance and ignite a lifelong passion in our youngest dancers at Little Stars Academy. Our Specialized advanced program for our youngest dancers. Preparing them for the rigor of not only our higher academy levels but in the dancer world in general. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIRMENTS 

  • Formal Recommendations from a dance teacher and academic teacher 

  • Guided Audition: A less formal audition than our official audition, aimed at preparing young academy students for the dance world.

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ASPIRE ACADEMY

Aspire Minis (Aspire 1 *General Dancers Ages 7-10)

Aspire Juniors (Aspire 2 *General Dancers Ages 11-13)

Note: Age is used as a guide, but a dancer can be placed in an older and higher level if they successfully meet the audition results and have a suitable dance background. This decision is at the discretion of the dance studio and the ACADEMY Team.

Aspire to new heights and refine your dance skills in our Aspire Academy, Our Advanced Pre-Professional program for our intermediate advanced dancers where creativity and technical proficiency converge.

ADMISSIONS REQUIRMENTS 

Individual Interview + Individual Audition

  • Interview: A 15-30 minute personal interview to assess the applicant's goals, commitment, and fit for the Academy.

  • Audition: Presentation of a self-created 1-2 minute dance piece showcasing the applicant's creativity and technical skills.

Group Audition

  • Participation in a group audition to evaluate the applicant's ability to work and perform in a group setting.

Academic Performance

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent is required to ensure academic diligence and balance.

  • Submission of transcript is required (Official or Unofficial are accepted) 

Recommendation Letters

Two recommendation letters must be submitted with the application:

  • Academic/School Teacher: A letter from a current or former teacher attesting to the applicant's academic performance and character

  • Community Service Letter: A letter from a community service leader or organization highlighting the applicant's involvement and contributions to community service.

IAA DANCER EXPECTATIONS UPON ACCEPTANCE:

Aspire Minis (Aspire 1 *General Dancers Ages 7-10) Dancer's Expectations:

  • 2 Ballet 

  • Jazz

  • Choose TWO additional disciplines

  • Weekly Academy Class: Aspire dancers are required to participate in an academy class that meets once a week for an Hour. In this class, they will work on a specialized piece with their group and a large group number with the entire academy

Aspire Juniors (Aspire 2 *General Dancers Ages 11-13) Dancer's Expectations:

  • 2 Ballet 

  • Jazz

  • Choose TWO additional disciplines

  • Weekly Academy Class: Aspire dancers are required to participate in an academy class that meets once a week for an Hour. In this class, they will work on a specialized piece with their group and a large group number with the entire academy

Requirements for All Aspire Academy Dancers:

InSpira D.R.E.A.M. Requirements: 

FLEXmasters Course

  • Dancers must enroll in at least one FLEXmasters course (one semester required, two semesters (recommended).

Leadership Course:

  • Dancers must enroll in at least one leadership course.

Learn more about the InSpira D.R.E.A.M. program by clicking here

Year-Round Training and Performance Opportunities:

Summer Requirement

To ensure continuous improvement and readiness, Aspire dancers are required to participate in one IPACC Summer Camp, Intensive, or Summer Class of Ballet and Jazz/Tap along with an additional summer intensive. This keeps your dancer engaged and progressing through the summer, maintaining the hard work and training done during the year. It also exposes them to the broader dance world, teaching them how to adjust and adapt while staying true to IPACC roots and dance techniques.

Auditions for Intensives

Winter AuditionsAuditions for summer intensives typically start in the winter months, between November and February. During the one-on-one meetings in April, summer plans will be discussed to ensure they are registered and noted for student progression.

Performance Opportunities

Recital: The main performance opportunity for Aspire dancers is the end-of-year recital, showcasing their growth and achievements.

Competition: Aspire dancers participate in one competition that IPACC attends. While we are not a competition-focused school, exposure to this aspect of the dance world is important for their journey.

Convention: Participation in one convention to broaden their understanding and experience in dance.

Community Performances: Opportunities to perform in the community, enhancing their performance skills and community involvement.

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PREMIERE ACADEMY 

Premiere Diamonds (Premiere 1 *General Dancers Ages 14-16)

Premiere Supernovas (Premiere 2 *General Dancers Ages 16-18)

Note: Age is used as a guide, but a dancer can be placed in an older and higher level if they successfully meet the audition results and have a suitable dance background. This decision is at the discretion of the dance studio and the ACADEMY Team.

Step onto the most advanced stage at IPACC on our pre-professional track in our Premiere Academy, where artistry meets precision and where dancers not only excel in performance and technique but also in life.

ADMISSIONS REQUIRMENTS 

Individual Interview + Individual Audition

  • Interview: A 15-30 minute personal interview to assess the applicant's goals, commitment, and fit for the Academy.

  • Audition: Presentation of a self-created 1-2 minute dance piece showcasing the applicant's creativity and technical skills.

Group Audition

  • Participation in a group audition to evaluate the applicant's ability to work and perform in a group setting.

Academic Performance

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent is required to ensure academic diligence and balance.

  • Submission of transcript is required (Official or Unofficial are accepted) 

Recommendation Letters

Two recommendation letters must be submitted with the application:

  • Academic/School Teacher: A letter from a current or former teacher attesting to the applicant's academic performance and character

  • Community Service Letter: A letter from a community service leader or organization highlighting the applicant's involvement and contributions to community service.

PA DANCER EXPECTATIONS UPON ACCEPTANCE:

Premiere Diamonds (Premiere 1 *General Dancers Ages 14-16) Dancer's Expectations:

  • 2 Ballet 

  • Jazz

  • Choose THREE additional disciplines

  • Weekly Academy Class: Aspire dancers are required to participate in an academy class that meets once a week for an Hour. In this class, they will work on a specialized piece with their group and a large group number with the entire academy

Premiere Supernovas (Premiere 2 *General Dancers Ages 16-18) Dancer's Expectations:

  • 2 Ballet 

  • Jazz

  • Choose FOUR additional disciplines

  • Weekly Academy Class: Aspire dancers are required to participate in an academy class that meets once a week for an Hour. In this class, they will work on a specialized piece with their group and a large group number with the entire academy

Requirements for All Aspire Academy Dancers:

InSpira D.R.E.A.M. Requirements: 

FLEXmasters Course

  • Dancers must enroll in at least one FLEXmasters course (one each semester required).

Leadership Course: (2 semesters = year) 

  • Dancers must enroll in at least one leadership course. 

Learn more about the InSpira D.R.E.A.M. program by clicking here

Year-Round Training and Performance Opportunities:

Summer Requirement

To ensure continuous improvement and readiness, Aspire dancers are required to participate in one IPACC Summer Camp, Intensive, or Summer Class of Ballet and Jazz/Tap along with an additional summer intensive. This keeps your dancer engaged and progressing through the summer, maintaining the hard work and training done during the year. It also exposes them to the broader dance world, teaching them how to adjust and adapt while staying true to IPACC roots and dance techniques.

Auditions for Intensives

Winter AuditionsAuditions for summer intensives typically start in the winter months, between November and February. During the one-on-one meetings in April, summer plans will be discussed to ensure they are registered and noted for student progression.

Performance Opportunities

Recital: The main performance opportunity for Aspire dancers is the end-of-year recital, showcasing their growth and achievements.

Competition: Aspire dancers participate in one competition that IPACC attends. While we are not a competition-focused school, exposure to this aspect of the dance world is important for their journey.

Convention: Participation in one convention to broaden their understanding and experience in dance.

Community Performances: Opportunities to perform in the community, enhancing their performance skills and community involvement.

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