Sean Daly Ballet Master Sean is originally from Richmond, Virginia where he began dancing at the age of thirteen at a local ballet studio. He graduated from Henrico High School, Center for the Arts as a dance major and went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Point Park University in 2016. Some of Sean’s most notable roles from his time at Point Park include “Mercutio” from Romeo and Juliet and “Albrecht” from Giselle. He was also fortunate enough to represent Point Park University and was a finalist at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2014 and 2015. Immediately following his graduation, Sean moved to Nashville to dance with the Nashville Ballet. Throughout his time with the company he was fortunate enough to perform soloist and principal roles like the “Chinese Soloist” in Nashville’s Nutcracker, “Prince Siegfried” from Swan Lake and “Winter Soloist” in Paul Vasterling’s adaptation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which were featured in the Future Artists Showcase. Sean has cultivated a love for teaching and sharing his passions for dance, especially ballet. He was the primary ballet and pointe teacher for the Bellevue Dance Center in Nashville, TN from 2016-2020 and had the opportunity to choreograph and set classical work on his students throughout his time there. Sean is incredibly excited to be taking on the role of Ballet Master for Revolution Dance Company this year and cannot wait to share his passions and expertise with everyone.
Program Overview The Revolution Dance Company (RDC) Ballet Program strives to provide excellence in ballet training while instilling confidence and an appreciation for the art of ballet. Students are divided into five levels beginning at the age of five. Classes are structured to be developmentally appropriate for every child’s age and personal growth. All students level two and above are required to take at least two ballet classes per week. Depending on the student’s schedule and availability, more classes are encouraged as well as private lessons. To accompany RDC’s competitive and recreational teams, the Ballet Program also offers a competitive and performance track. Competitive Ballet dancers will train closely with our Ballet Master, Sean Daly, in preparation for solo variations, duets/trios as well as small and large group ensemble pieces to perform in ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) and other select competitions. Students in the performance track will also work with our Ballet Master on community engagement performances and learning notable classical repertoire. All students will also have the opportunity to perform in RDC’s end of the year recital.
Leveling We level each student based on their age, competence and schedule. There are many factors that go into what level a student may need to take. Most of our ballet classes are combined for the 2020-2021 year and we will be implementing sub-levels to coincide with our ballet program. Each student will be evaluated and assigned a colored ballet belt that signifies their sub-level. They will be required to wear as a part of their dress code. Offering of Ballet Performances RDC’s Ballet Competition Team will be asked to perform in the recital as well as at each of their respective competition venues. Some may be done virtually but most will be held in person. Our Performance Team will rehearse and be invited to perform throughout the Powell and Greater Columbus area. We are working on arranging these performances and will be in touch with dates soon.
Youth American Grand Prix YAGP is an incredible organization that is focused on classical ballet performance and competition. Students may be selected to compete at Finals in New York City at the end of the year and may even win scholarships to summer intensives and could potentially receive job offers from these competitions. You must be 9 years of age or older to compete. Dancers 12 and over must perform en pointe if they plan to perform a classical ballet variation. However, it is possible to enter as a contemporary soloist only. Dancers 9-11 must perform on flat but are able to perform a ballet variation flat or a contemporary solo. Duets/Trios and Small/Large ensembles are also a possibility. Pointe Requirements, Etc. Dancers must have the approval of RDC Owner, Andi Kehoe-Trendel, and RDC Ballet Master, Sean Daly, to register for pointe classes. Dancers should be over the age of 11 to begin pointe-work and must receive written approval of a doctor to begin class. It is imperative that we ensure the safety of all of our dancers. If their bones are not done growing or have extreme weakness in the foot or ankle, pointe could damage their dance career. All students must be accompanied by Mr. Sean to purchase their first pair of pointe shoes and any time the student wishes to switch brands. It is also extremely important that each dancer stretches and strengthens their feet in preparation for pointe as well as throughout their time en pointe.
Dress Code Dress Code for the Ballet Program is a -black leotard -pink/skin toned tights -pink/skin toned ballet shoes (tights and shoes must match) -assigned colored ballet belt -hair must be in a bun -ballet skirts are optional and encouraged