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 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 as 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 lead 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. In August of 2020, he received his Master of Education from Belmont University prior to joining RDC. Sean is incredibly excited to be taking on the role of Ballet Master with Revolution Dance Company this year and cannot wait to share his passions and expertise with everyone.
over theBallet 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 and will be leveled based on their technical skill and age. Depending on the student’s schedule and availability, more classes are encouraged as well as private lessons. Our Ballet Program offers a competitive and performance company to fit the strengths of each of our dancers. All dancers will are required to take ballet technique classes if they are enrolled in RDC Company.
RDC Ballet Company The RDC Ballet Company will train closely with our Ballet Master, Sean Daly, rehearsing variations (solos), duets/trios as well as small and large group ensemble pieces to compete in all regularly scheduled RDC competitions in addition to the renowned ballet competition, Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). Dancers will also be able to compete their lyrical or contemporary solos at YAGP if they will be competing a ballet variation. Dancers must be at least 9 years of age to compete and must perform en pointe if they are competing a classical variation over the age of 11. All group numbers will will be performed in flat shoes (not on pointe). Ballet Company dancers will rehearse weekly in a separate company class along with two technique classes per week. Dancers must attend Ballet Camp and Audition Camp prior to joining Ballet Company. Pointe work is also strongly encouraged. Ballet Company dancers are required to audition and perform in The Nutcracker as well as our spring ballet performance. Company dancers will not be required to wear a black leotard and pink tights during their company rehearsals. However, a colored leotard and some form of tights/shorts is preferred. Hair must be in a bun.
RDC Ballet Performance Track Dancers in the performance track will also work closely with our Ballet Master during weekly technique classes and will have the opportunity to audition and perform in the Nutcracker and our spring ballet performance. Classical repertoire will be carefully selected based on each dancers' strengths to perform each year. Ballet performance dancers are required to wear a black leotard and adhere to the dress code stated below.
Ballet Levels We level each student based on their age and technical ability. There are many factors that go into what level a student may need to take. For our competitive dancers, Tiny Tots will begin in Level 1, Minis-Level 2, Juniors-Level 3, Pre-Teens-Level 4 and Teens/Seniors-Level 5. Each dancer will also be evaluated and assigned a colored ballet belt ranging from purple, burgundy, pink, blue and black. Their belts will be a part of their required dress code. Purple belts are required to take pointe beginning August 2021.
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 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. Purple belts are required to take pointe.
Dress Code Dress Code for the Ballet Program is a
pink/skin-toned footed tights
pink/skin-toned ballet shoes (tights and shoes must match)
assigned colored ballet belt
hair must be in a bun
black ballet skirts are required for dress code, colored skirts are allowed/encouraged but not required *new for 2021