Issue 8 – Student and Community Development
One of the most exciting aspects of SAB’s Summer Course is how we link our student’s artistic experience and growth with compelling student life activities. This week we share an introductory message from the School of American Ballet’s Dean of Students, Sion Harrington.
Dear Summer Course Students & Parents,
There is much that is required of students in their daily training at SAB, including dedication, commitment, and resilience. Beyond the studios, the School sets equally high standards for its young people as citizens, scholars, leaders and school representatives. The department I oversee–Student Life–exists to support students as they navigate these standards.
To ensure our students can meet our high expectations, we provide clear guidelines and a supportive professional Student Life staff. While our summer students may only be with us for five weeks, we are no less concerned with their growth and development, and parents and students alike receive a meaningful preview of the guiding principles and support that are also in place for our 10-month Winter Term.
At the Summer Course Parent Move-in Day Meeting and Academic Overview Meeting, families begin to get acquainted with our staff, our philosophies and values, our protocols, programs and resources. I want to share with you a preview of four important components of our program that you will learn more about at these meetings.
- The School is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The values inherent in these ideas inform everything we do in Student Life. For many young students, a summer intensive may be a formative experience in learning how to relate to and interact with people different from themselves. We encourage proactive conversations at home about how these ideas may show up over their 5 weeks with SAB.
- The School’s Residence Life Program provides a safe and nurturing environment where students will integrate personal development, community engagement and interpersonal growth. Citizenship in our community relies heavily on student/staff relationship building, social and educational programming, and the sharpening of skills necessary for living as part of a harmonious community.
- SAB’s Code of Conduct is a document that outlines behaviors and influences, very real in the lives of young people today, that impede a young dancer’s safety, development, and ability to train at this elite level. Within the Code, a set of consequences both small and large enable the School to reinforce its values and to correct behavior that is disruptive or harmful.
- While the School’s mission is to place dancers in professional careers, SAB remains deeply committed to our students’ academic success. Our in-house resources bolster the education our students receive at one of two NYC high schools or through on-line programs, and academic successes are openly applauded by faculty, staff and peers. Summer parents and students who might be thinking about a future with SAB will have the opportunity learn more about the academic options available to those who are invited to become part of SAB’s Winter Term.
We know that when students walk into the studios, they bring with them their whole selves. While it is impossible to remove the challenges that our young people face, we strive to provide them with guidelines and support that best enable them to soar artistically and personally.
My colleagues and I look forward to sharing more of our work with you in the future and wish you and your family well.
Dean of Students
What We’re Watching: NYCB’s Digital Spring Season!
Theaters may be closed and productions have had to cancel, but New York City Ballet’s Digital Spring Season provides ballet-lovers a variety of innovative opportunities to watch, learn and support the Company’s work – all at no cost from the comfort of home! If you haven’t tuned in for any of the Company’s streamed performances or workshops we highly recommend you check them out! Tonight you can watch Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, featuring Sara Mearns, Tyler Angle, Ashley Bouder, Gonzalo Garcia, Joaquin De Luz.
Summer Course Payments & COVID-19
The due date for Summer Course balance payments for Tuition and Room & Board fees has been extended to June 1. As we communicated to our summer families on April 24, SAB is in the process of evaluating how COVID-19 might impact our ability to offer Summer Course in its standard format. We are striving to make a decision that will offer the most enriching experience possible and are discussing many different scenarios. So that you have ample time to plan, we will notify you of our final plans for Summer Course by Friday, May 22. However, should we be prevented from holding the Summer Course in the format that you originally signed up for, you will have the opportunity to withdraw your enrollment and receive a full refund.