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About Indiana Ballet Conservatory

The Indiana Ballet Conservatory, founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva, is a pre-professional ballet school committed to providing the best classical ballet training to its students and launching the next generation of dancers onto the world stage. IBC students continually place in top positions in national and international competitions and pursue professional careers in dance around the world.

At IBC, we offer one of the strongest pre-professional training programs in the Midwest, along with one of the most well-regarded summer programs in the country… 

  • Provide full scholarships to talented male students in a unique gentlemen’s program, with mentorship and training by male instructors. See our Class information page!

  • Engage in community outreach as a vital part of our school, presenting outreach performances at various hospitals, libraries, and festivals for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to see ballet. See our Outreach page to get more info!

  • Are committed to maintaining a vibrant presence in the Central Indiana arts community.

The Vaganova Method

The Vaganova curriculum employed by IBC provides ballet students with a structured, scientific dance methodology and encompasses a holistic, pedagogical approach that goes beyond basic technique. It takes the human anatomy into consideration and emphasizes both technical prowess and artistic creativity.

There is equal emphasis on all programs at IBC. In addition, all enrolled students will have the opportunity to participate in professional productions.

Students at IBC receive training based on the Vaganova method, a 300-year-old foundation of excellence that has produced some of finest dancers, choreographers, and teachers of all time. The curriculum for each level is designed in a specific way to help children to progress in a safe and healthy environment; students are assigned age-appropriate class hours for maximum progress within a given level’s curriculum.

IBC’s program fuses the finest classical ballet instruction with the very best of modern and contemporary training. We are committed to honoring tradition and inspiring innovation in the classroom as well as onstage. 

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