Art Ballet Academy Director and faculty make all decisions regarding the placement at ballet classes and promotion of all students to a higher level. Students are promoted on an individual basis. As we develop our curriculum some students might be at the same level for two-three years. This is normal and does not have a negative connotation. Students will be promoted to a higher level as determined by, and at the sole discretion of the Academy Director and the faculty. After one month of observing the student, this placement may be adjusted.
Trial Class - If you are new to Art Ballet Academy and need assistance in determining your child's Dance Level, please email us at ballet@ABacademy.com and we will get back to you shortly. A trial class is often required. We do offer a free trial lesson for new students who have not been previously enrolled with us. If your child attends the free trial lesson and you wish to continue you must pay for the full term, including the trial class before the start of the second class. If you attend the trial class and find that it is not for you then you will not be charged for that class. We would however welcome any feedback you may have about the trial class.
Pre-ballet – Age 3-4
Creative Movement. This program is a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduces children to music and movement through a structured progression that stresses creativity and group interaction. Children will learn basic locomotors skills, stretching, body awareness and musicality through imagery and interactive exercises as well as classroom etiquette.
Ballet 1 – Age 5-6
Basic Beginner Ballet. The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work.
Ballet 2 – Age 7-8
1st year Beginning level. As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary.
Ballet 3/4 – Age 9+
2nd year Beginning level. In Ballet Level 3/4, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work. Students begin to focus on repetition and retention.
Intermediate – Age 10+
Pointe Beginner. Progresses the student in terminology, barre, center, and pointe / pre-pointe beginner technique. Students are placed on an individual basis and will be advanced at the director’s discretion. Evaluation report will be given at the end of each semester. Intermediate Pointe. Progresses the student in terminology, barre, center, and pointe technique. Students are placed on an individual basis and will be advanced at the director’s discretion. Evaluation report will be given at the end of each semester.
Advanced Ballet - Advanced Pointe – Age 12+ (minimum 3 years of ballet & pointe required)
By Audition/Trial class only.
Advanced level students are placed on an individual basis and will be advanced at the director’s discretion. Syllabus classes focus on strength, agility, and perfection of technique, and full placement and use of head, arms, and upper body. Students at this level are required to take all scheduled classes. Evaluation report will be given at the end of each semester.
Adult/Teen Classes Age 14+
Ballet class is offered to teen/adult of all ages. No previous experience required.