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Milwaukee Ballet School Approved to Provide Student Visas to International Dancers
~New benefit a result of National Accreditation, gives Ballet broadened international reach~
Milwaukee, Wis. – February 15, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet School has been one of the premiere dance schools in the Midwest for over 30 years. Now, the School will be able to reach beyond its current national borders and promote its program to international students. Milwaukee Ballet School has been approved by the United States Department of Immigration to issue student visas for the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program. The Milwaukee Ballet II program nurtures and develops dancers’ technical skills and artistry required for a professional career in dance. The curriculum is based on the artistic vision of Milwaukee Ballet and gives dancers the training needed to bridge the gap between student and professional through performing opportunities with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, as well as performances created specifically for Milwaukee Ballet II. As one of the benefits of its accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), international students may now be fully accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet II program.
“The ability to grant student visas will greatly increase the international awareness of our program and allow us to recruit from a broader pool of dancer talent,” said Rolando Yanes, Milwaukee Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet II director. “We are very excited about the opportunities this approval will afford both the school and company.”
Milwaukee Ballet School earned a full five-year accreditation with NASD in 2008. This significant recognition makes the School the only accredited professional dance school in the Midwest, and one of only 13 professional studio schools accredited nationally.
About Milwaukee Ballet School
Since its founding in 1975, Milwaukee Ballet School has maintained a curriculum and faculty ranked among the best in the nation. As a proven training ground for professional dancers, Milwaukee Ballet School proudly lists many of its former alumni among the ranks of professional dance companies worldwide. It offers the finest dance training in an encouraging and professional atmosphere, and supports the growth of classical ballet by maintaining the highest standards and by nurturing the talent of every student. With three locations in the greater Milwaukee area, Milwaukee Ballet School serves approximately 1,000 students each year. Whether in pursuit of a professional career or simply deriving the joys and physical benefits of a dance class, students are offered a graduated system of study to satisfy any skill level.
About National Association of Schools of Dance
The NASD, an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education, is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aids in the education of dance students. Other accredited schools include Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. With this national recognition, Milwaukee Ballet School is recognized as an educational institution meeting the high standards of excellence set by the members of the NASD. This accreditation means the School is able to greatly expand the opportunities and benefits it provides to its students, including access to specific benefits such as academic credit for classes taken, federal financial assistance, expanded health care options for student families, and student work visas. Milwaukee Ballet and the School also have access to nationwide resources and collaboration for improving and developing education programming.