Our Lower School provides instructions specifically tailored to the special needs of young developing students ages 3-7. Classes introduce students to skills necessary for classical ballet training which begins at age 8. Gentle discipline and encouragement are combined to nurture each child’s natural creativity. Terminology and the basics of technique are gradually introduced. The students will be taught coordination skills, balance, body awareness, muscle development, stretching and strength building. Class placement in Lower School is according to age. Lower School classes include:
3/4s - 30 minute class, one day per week.
5/6s - 45 minute class, one day per week.
7s - 60 minute class, one day per week.
Upper School consists of students ages 8-adult (Levels I-V). To help each student develop to their fullest potential as a dancer, students are placed according to their physical ability, level of commitment, attitude and technical achievement. Based on these factors, a student may be moved up or down a level during the year at the discretion of the teachers. Advancement in the Upper School is based solely on technical ability, not age or number of years in a level. Parents should encourage students to commit themselves to the discipline involved in the art of ballet. They should be encouraged to pay close attention to their teachers, apply all corrections given in a class to them or other students, and focus and concentrate on what is expected of them in class.
Upper School approximate time commitments per week, include:
LEVEL I- One 1 hour technique class per week. LEVEL II* - Two 1 hour technique classes per week.
LEVEL III* - Two 1 hour 15 min technique classes, one 1 hour conditioning class per week.
LEVEL IV* - One 2 hour technique class, One 1 hour 30 min technique class, 1 hour conditioning class, 1 hour pointe class per week.
LEVEL V* - Three 2 hour technique classes, 1 hour conditioning class, 1 hour pointe class per week.
* Must have completed requirements as determined by the teachers to move to this level.
3/4 A- Tuesday 5:00-5:30
3/4 B- Friday 3:30-4:00
5/6 A- Tuesday 4:15-5:00
Level I- Wednesday 5:30-6:30
Level II- Monday 3:45-4:45
Level III- Monday 4:45-6:00
Level IV- Monday 6:00-8:00
Level V- Monday 6:00-8:00
Adult Ballet- TBD
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