Pre-professional Ballet Program:
HCCD offers a complete program for the serious ballet dancer. Our Pre-professional program has multiple levels which meet multiple days a week. Dancers work on technique, pointe, repertoire, pas de deux, and repertoire. Advancement is determined by our panel of directors.
Entry into the program: We accept dancers into our Pre-professional program throughout the year. Dancers will be assessed to determine level placement.
Beginner Ballet Program
HCCD's offers a phenomenal Russian-based ballet program. We start our ballet dancers at eight years old. This allows them to be physically and mentally prepared for their syllabus work. Our level one dancers meet two times a week. Taking class more than one time a week is very important. Just like any exercise regiment, multiple days are required for the muscles to develop the strength for safety and success. For dancers younger than eight, we recommend our "Twinkle Star" progam.
Pre-professional Ballet Program
Introducing new upper division ballet director...Mr. Evgeny Lushkin:
We are excited to announce HCCD's new Upper Level Ballet Director Mr. Evgeny Lushkin. Mr. Lushkin comes to our school with years of experience in his field. Please take a moment to read a little about him.
Meet Ballet Master - Mr. Evgeny Lushkin
Yelena Ryabinkina, Vaganova Instructor and honored artist of Russia has described Evgeny Lushkin as "an artist of heroic character, with excellent natural abilities and musicality. He excels in his masculine technique and has great acting abilities." He graduated from Perm State Academy of Ballet in Russia in 1998, and shortly thereafter, joined St. Petersburg Ballet as a principal dancer. He has also performed with Stuttgart Ballet and the Russian State Ballet in Moscow. His repertoire includes principal roles in Walpurgis Nights, Diana and Acteon, Giselle, Swan Lake, Esmeralda, Don Quixote, Corsaire and The Nutcracker.
Philadelphia Ballet Theater invited Evgeny Lushkin to perform company gala in 2001. Mr. Lushkin was delighted to come to the United States and desired to stay. He joined Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina for one season, which afforded him the opportunity to dance in Allegro Brillante, his first Balanchine ballet, and principal roles in other ballets including Carmina Burana and Four Seasons.
Wishing to see more of America, Mr. Lushkin became a freelance guest artist, performing extensively with ballet companies nationwide, including the American Ballet Theatre where he became a full time member of the company for one season. Since then, Mr. Lushkin has been a regular guest with the professional companies nationwide,performing such roles as Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker, Bluebird and Rose Adagio Suitor in Sleeping Beauty, and Escamillo the Toreador in Carmen. In addition to his performance career, Mr. Lushkin has served numerous companies as both a teacher and Assistant Artistic Director.