WHAT WE OFFER

Achievement Through Performance

International Dance Acclaim (IDA) is a performance based ballet curriculum, not an exam or competition but an adjudicated performance opportunity creating a positive experience for every child.
Every student learns and performs choreographed exercises as well as a solo dance or variation.
We offer assessment or evaluation options, discreet marks or positive  feedback, making it appropriate for pre-professionals, recreational students, late starters as well as students with special needs.
The program can be customized to be performed in a theater or studio with optional teacher feedback.
This program is designed to be easily incorporated into your class plan and complements your existing dance training techniques.
We welcome all ballet teachers and directors. No accreditations are required to participate. This program is ideal for the experienced teacher as well as those starting out. We offer guidance and support through the members pages as well as direct contact with the directors and adjudicators.

Merle Sepel, Rebecca Tsivkin, and Brian Loftus have created International Dance Acclaim, a developmental program for ballet studios that applies the principle of artistic and technical progress through performance. This program is steeped in classical ballet, complements all teaching methods, and accelerates students’ training through a series of choreographed exercises and dances specifically designed to improve technique, enhance performance quality, and increase stamina in addition to providing performance opportunities. The specially arranged and composed music is unique to this program and provides further training in musicality and artistry. Being assessed by an independent, experienced IDA judge is an integral part of the structure of the program – it provides a goal for the students to work towards and an outside, international standard to prove themselves against. IDA’s exercises and dances improve dancers’ skills and focus their drive, motivating them to strive for excellence. This in turn encourages a greater work ethic and increased self-confidence. At the conclusion of the awards event, each dancer is rewarded with a gold medal and certificate – Achievement through Performance. Choreography and staging by Merle Sepel, Rebecca Tsivkin and Brian Loftus with the additional choreography of Le Foulard by Robynne Edwards and Dame Rose by Heather White Hagar

SPECIALLY COMPOSED AND ARRANGED MUSIC BY STEVEN MITCHELL AND BRIAN SEPEL

THE IDA PROGRAM CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF TIERS DIVIDED INTO 4 SECTIONS:

Pre Junior, Junior:          A-F

Intermediate:                 G-K

Advanced:                       L-P

Tier A is an introduction to live performance for a young child, accomplished in a group or solo setting, and culminating in an exciting and positive first experience. Tiers B – P offer option 1, the classical levels, and option 2, the pre-professional levels. Option 1, the classical levels are the building blocks on which teachers can provide specific instruction and teach new vocabulary. Option 2, the pre-professional levels, is where technical and artistic expectations are increased and teachers are able to offer students greater challenges. HOW TO GET STARTED

  • Become a member and purchase the program materials, this gives you access to all the choreography, music, notes and support.

Check out the Membership Subscription product in the IDA Store to see the discounts members can receive off of their program purchases

  • Incorporate the work into your curriculum.

HOW TO INCORPORATE THE PROGRAM

  • Include it in your existing class schedule. The exercises have been choreographed to easily fit into a regular class plan.
  • Add a “special” class to your schedule.
  • Offer a Summer School or Workshop designed around the program.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

  • Contact us to coordinate a convenient date for your award ceremony (must be a member to do this).
  • Submit the entry form with payment.
  • An adjudicator will come to your studio/performance venue to assess or evaluate your dancers

We found that the repetition of the work in class with the goal of performing for a judge really made the students work hard to perfect and detail their performance. The resulting sense of achievement and pride is one of our favorite aspects of the program.

Shanda Hansen

Staunton Academy of Ballet