WHAT WE OFFER
Achievement Through Performance
International Dance Acclaim (IDA) is a program of fresh material that applies the principles of artistic and technical progress in the dance studio, culminating in an exciting celebration of dance.
The IDA program provides choreography and music for ballet teachers to use in their schools. Once the program is taught and rehearsed, the school holds an awards event adjudicated by an IDA judge. After their performances, dancers receive medals and certificates to the accolades of the audience.
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 improves the dancers’ skills and focuses their drive. This in turn encourages 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
THE IDA PROGRAM CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF TIERS DIVIDED INTO 4 SECTIONS:
Pre Junior, Junior: A-F
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.
Note: members receive 20% off 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