Proven Results / Performance Opportunities
Ashland Regional Ballet (ARB ) provides an important element for our dance community.
Parents who enroll their children in dance classes may not imagine the skills, self-discipline and life training that their young ones will learn through dance. Attending and participating in live performances is an important motivating aspect of learning dance. Ashland Regional Ballet provides an important link for students to make the connection from classroom to the stage.
ARB provides a pathway to the professional world of dance
ARB company members are accepted though an annual audition process. Dancers who wish to become ARB company members are dedicated to becoming the best dancers they can be. They are exceptional students (minimum age 12 years old) who are exploring the possibility of a professional career in dance or a dance-related field.
This pre-professional track is more than some dance students would wish, but necessary for a young person who has the desire to reach for the stars. ARB is proud to offer this very important plank in the Opus II students’ educational platform.
ARB provides performance opportunities
As younger dancers progress they may benefit from participating in an increasing number of onstage performances. ARB opens the door for many students to gain performance experience as they explore their personal interests. Younger or less experienced students may be invited to audition for special productions, such as The Nutcracker, and Cabin Fever performances.
ARB provides cultural enrichment to our community
ARB provides opportunities for the families and friends of dance students to enjoy the cultural benefits of having a ballet company right here in their own backyard. Our local audiences may attend ARB performances without having to travel or pay big city prices.
ARB is here, active in our community not only through ARB productions but also through outreach performances, taking dance to those who may not otherwise have access to this beautiful and exciting art form.
Opus II Dance Studio - Official School of the Ashland Regional Ballet.
The success of ARB dancers is undeniable. ARB dancers have earned positions in professional dance companies of note, including American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Magnificat, Ballet Met, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hartford Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, Verb Ballets and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as Sesame Street Live, and Broadway shows. Others have furthered their education in the dance departments of colleges and universities, often receiving scholarships. Still others have achieved success in dance related careers involving choreography, education and administration.