The Paris Program is a two-semester course at the International Ballet Institute NY that integrates ballet training with academic studies and culminates in two-weeks of immersion and exchange in French history, culture, language and ballet training with French dance students and teachers, in the birthplace of Louis XIV, the “Sun King” and founder of classical ballet.

In the year preceding their stay in France, students will develop an extensive knowledge of French history as it pertains to ballet, will become proficient in conversational French, and will prepare their bodies for rigorous training from master instructors of the Paris Opera Ballet and other companies throughout Europe.    

The two-week intensive is set in France because, although ballet’s early beginnings are traced back to Italian folk and court dances, the Parisian courts professionalized and codified the technique into the art form that we know today.  

In addition to living and breathing the history of the location, students will attend daily language classes with the expectation that they practice their French for the duration of the trip both within the classes and with the other French and American students.  Instructors from the Paris Opera Ballet will instruct students in the French ballet, while the Americans will teach in their own style and students will have a chance to broaden their understandings of the techniques. Students will also attend classes on French cuisine and enjoy wholesome French meals prepared by an on-site chef.