Ballet Level A

Level A

Ballet Level A1
Beginner Ballet
(3rd-6th grade, ages 8-12)

Recommended: Attend class 2x weekly

Level A1 is for dancers new to ballet or are moving up from Pre-Ballet. Dancers begin classical ballet training in a more structured environment. Class begins with floor exercises developing the feet and leg muscles while safely gaining flexibility and building core strength. Barre work includes performing beginner basic positions and steps and learning the names and meaning of them in the French language from which they originate. There is a focus on learning correct posture and placement of arms, legs, and feet. Center work includes balance, jumps, and beginning the study of spotting turns. Dancers move across the floor where coordination and musicality are taught with natural movements and character steps while developing body awareness and moving gracefully. Class ends with port de bras and reverence.

Classes are taught to encourage a desire to learn ballet as an art form and appreciate the music that accompanies it. The syllabus is designed to both challenge the dancer as well as give them confidence as they achieve a new goal. Parents are invited to observe a class each fall and spring semester. Students may participate in various performance opportunities once they have completed a full fall or spring semester.


Ballet Level A2 - Advanced/Beginner Ballet (4th-8th grade, ages 9-13)

Recommended: Attend class 2x weekly

Level A2 is for dancers who have completed Level A1. Dancers with 1-2 years of previous ballet training can take a placement class to access their knowledge of Level A1. Class will begin at the barre where they will continue to work on basic technique while building their knowledge of ballet repertoire. 2-part and 3-part movements and jumps will be taught at the barre before introduced in the center. They will work more on correct turnout and body placement. Coordination of arm and leg movements together will be introduced. The Center work will include combining a few steps and movements to form combinations. Balance, jumps, and beginning turns will be explored within the center exercises. Floor exercises and stretching at the barre will be given with the focus on form and alignment. Moving across the floor will include combinations of 2-3 movements and practicing leaps, turns and stage direction. Counting music and using different rhythms will be added.

Classes are taught to both challenge and encourage the dancer while fostering their love of dance. The syllabus will introduce them to all the basic steps they need to continue onto Level B. The goal for Level B is for the dancer to acquire the ability to maintain straight legs when standing flat or on relevé, point their feet whenever they leave the floor, know the positions of the arms and feet, and be able to perform plié with the knees correctly placed. Dancers should also be able to recognize the French terminology of steps and be able to perform them. Dancers attending class 1x weekly may require an additional year to gain skills. Parents are invited to observe a class each fall and spring semester. Students may participate in various performance opportunities once they have completed a full fall or spring semester.