Admissions & Assessments
Musical Theater Division Candidates are interviewed and assessed by Musical Theatre Director, Ron Boucher. Students are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the assessment. Students will be guided through a series of vocal exercises to test for range, placement, pitch and rhythm. The candidates will then sing either something they have prepared or assigned to them.
In addition, applicants are asked to bring jazz and tap shoes to assess their dance skills. Classical Ballet Division Candidates are interviewed and assessed by the Director of Dance, Ms. Sandra Balestracci. Her experience and qualifications allow her to quickly evaluate the applicant's talent and skills. New students are placed at a level which will best meet their needs for further development, and if necessary, corrective instruction.
Transferring dance students are always welcome. Ms. Balestracci makes a concerted effort to preserve the student's self-esteem and provides extra attention during the transition period to ensure they feel comfortable. Placement level is at the sole discretion of the directors. While every effort is made to keep students of generally the same age together, the student's abilities and acquired skills are used to determine placement in the programs.
For a free assessment and interview with Mr. Boucher or Ms. Balestracci, call the EVSPA offices at 757-229-8535 today.
FOR SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID
EVSPA does not offer scholarships. However, there is a “Boy’s In The Arts” Program & Scholarship through the Community Alliance for the Performing Arts Fund that does offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships for boys between the ages of 12-16. EVSPA does provide parents with payment plans.
Our programs are open to all students. EVSPA is an equal opportunity school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, national origin, or sexual orientation. Students are accepted with or without previous training.
Admission to EVSPA is a simple process. This is accomplished through an interview, then a gentle assessment of the new applicant's skill levels. This procedure is to ensure proper class placement. Best of all, this is done at no charge.