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10 Reasons to Attend the Seminar
and the Performance Awards Certification

Performance Awards
and “Steps” programs. Most wonderful programs for teachers and their dancers. (View the brochures on our website.)

Become a certified Performance Awards teacher.

Six Dances
To teach in your school. (See Summary section below.)

Our distinguished international faculty teaching our Summer School dancers.
You have the option of taking the classes.

Instruction by our faculty in teaching methodology.

With our faculty.

Your teaching — barre to grand allegro.
When was your last refresher course?)

Be Inspired
By our superb programs.

In the nearby Doral Resort Hotel.
The special rate includes breakfast.)

Glorious Food
Meals in our dining hall are included.

For fees, see the Enrollment Form.
Please call (212) 787-9500 or email for more details.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Best wishes,
Simon Kaplan, Director

Mignon Furman's Performance Awards
  • Awarding medals, and certificates at the event is so exciting for the dancers, and their parents!

  • A new program will bring new enthusiasm to your school!

  • Choice of 115 choreographic compositions!

  • Increase enrollments!

  • Loved by parents, dancers – & teachers!

  • Ready-made programs of combinations & music!

  • Dancer- & teacher-friendly!


Mignon Furman’s charming choreography makes the program
a delight to teach, a joy to dance ,a pleasure to watch.

Teachers, dancers and parents love it!

In schools across America and in 10 other countries.

Additionally, there are CDs, DVDs, and notes. You will be amazed at the results: Technique and performance improve immensely; dancers are more enthusiastic; and parents are thrilled.

Starting at age 5, the program develops over 12 Levels — a choice of 115 short compositions of increasing complexity that will inspire your dancers to perform their personal best.

The dancers dance before an audience of family and friends. Medals, and certificates are awarded to EACH dancer after the performance.

AAB Teachers’ Seminar - A Brief Summary of the Programs
(Details are on the Enrollment Form.)


THE PERFECT PIROUETTE: Prepare. The turn. The finish. En dehors. En dedans. Atitude. Pique, etc.

POINTE: Prepare. Beginner. Advanced.

“TECHNIQUE CLINIC”: Correction of faults: Sickle Feet. Heels. Turn-in. The Importance of Style.

PETIT ALLEGRO: In its many forms.

The BARRE: Prepare Your Dancers for The Center.

BETTERIE: From Changement to Cabriole.

PAS DE DEUX: Young and advanced dancers.

GRAND ALLEGRO: All of the big jumps.


Two classical variations.

Authentic Russian dance for “The Nutcracker”

Authentic Spanish dance for “The Nutcracker”

Musical Theater dance.

Dance from Mignon Furman’s “Presentation”



Detailed instruction in this wonderful program.

Receive a certificate of qualification.

Observe Summer School dancers being coached.

Observe an actual Performance Awards event.

DVDs, CDs and manuals supplement the classes.


4. “STEPS” – 7 PROGRAMS (see the section below.)



By our superb faculty teachers, teaching the Summer School dancers. (You may participate in the classes.)
Note the combinations, the corrections, and the words to inspire the dancers.

Mignon Furman's "Steps Programs"
Will Organize Your Teaching
From her many years of teaching children; students and trainee teachers at university level; and teachers at Summer School, Mignon Furman devised a system of teaching that gives you a program: age by age, class by class.

No Need to Select Music — It has been carefully chosen by Mignon.

Don’t Think “What Shall I Teach Today?”
“Steps” will organize your teaching.

First Steps
(ages 5 - 8)

Second Steps (ages 6 - 9)

Third Steps
(ages 7 - 10)

Junior Steps
(ages 8 - 12)

Between Tot and Teen
(ages 8 - 10)

Now I Am A Teen
(ages 11 - 13)

Pointe to Pointe
(Beginning & Intermediate)


Third Steps
An extract of the DVD contents. Notice the attention to detail in the training process.

Barre Exercises
1. Exercise for the feet and for Demi Pointe
2. Exercise for Demi Plies
3. Exercise for Battement Tendu
4. Exercise for Battement Tendu a la Seconde
5. Exersice for the placing of the foot at the back, a preparation for Petit Jetes
6. Exercise for Petit Jetes

Floor Work
7. Exercise for the Legs and Back
8. Exercise for Turn-Out

9. Walking on Demi Pointe
10. Exercise for Galops Sideways
11. Exercise for Petit Jetes
12. Step and Hop from Side to Side
13. Little Runs into the 4 Corners and Spring Points “Like a Bird”
14. Polka Step
15. End Story - “The Injured Bird”
16. Reverence


“Excellence in ballet is achieved by repitition: This is not boring if the ultimate goal is predominant.
—Agrippina Vaganova, “Basic Principles Of Classical Ballet” (1934)


DVDs, CDs and notes will be on sale at the Teachers’ Seminar.

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