THE CURRICULUM

Our mission is to inspire a love and appreciation of dance through our educational programs, enriching performances and challenging choreography while promoting both artistic and academic excellence.

Our curriculum was curated to help students of all levels develop a high caliber of knowledge, skill, and passion for the art of Ballet.

We take special consideration with regard to each child’s emotional development and physical maturity to provide a unique experience and solid technical foundation.

Our program is based on the progression of steps. The steps are accompanied by appropriate music to help facilitate learning and retention and are important elements for the development of proper technique. The lessons are structured according to age and class level.

Our classes focus on teaching the correct placement of the body, coordination of movement, use of space, proper movement dynamics, and musicality.

Students are taught to treat their education with integrity and responsibility. All of our students adhere to a firm classroom etiquette and work ethic to prepare them for a professional environment in the future.

As artistry and the love for ballet are important components of our program, we encourage our young dancers to express themselves through ballet stories, educational ballet games, and pantomime. We introduce the students to choreography from a young age in simple forms that become more intricate as they mature in their training.

We offer Character, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique, Stretch and Strength, and Acrobatic classes to help promote well-rounded and versatile dancers. For the intermediate and advanced levels, Ballet Repertoire, Pas de Deux lessons, Pointe and Composition work are added to their training.


Elementary Level (Ages 9-12) Levels I, II, III

In Elementary levels the formal ballet training is introduced. Students have to be ready to develop their creativity in a more structured and demanding class. Developing body placement and discipline is the main focus of these levels. As students progress on their training, relevé work is intensified, preparing the students for pirouettes and future pointe work. Pre-pointe exercises are introduced and additional strengthening exercises become part of the lessons.

 The lessons are built focusing on:

  • Correct posture

  • Proper use of feet

  • Coordination of arms, head, and legs

  • Flexibility

  • Turn out control

  • Ability to jump and turn

  • Balance

  • Proper weight distribution

  • Pre-pointe/pointe work

  • Basic pirouettes

  • Musicality

At the completion of Elementary level students need to have achieved the understanding of turn out, core and back muscles control and have developed the ability to focus.


Intermediate Level (Ages 12 - 15) Levels IV, V, VI

In intermediate levels pointe work, jumps and turns are intensified. Center combinations become more choreographed increasing the level of difficulty throughout the years.

The lessons are built focusing on:

  • Intensify basic pirouettes with double turns

  • Strengthen pointe work

  • Intensify adagio work

  • Introduce grand pirouette studies

  • Introduce beating to basic jumps

  • Develop speed, dynamic, and stamina on allegro

  • Grand allegro

  • Intensify adagio work with pirouettes and liking steps

  • Jumps with beats to different directions of the classroom

At the completion of Intermediate level students need to have achieved control and understanding of the material in order to be moved up to the Advanced/Pre-professional levels.


Advanced/Pre-Professional Level (Ages 15 - 18) Levels VII, VIII, IX

In Advanced levels, the intensity of classes increase with more complex combinations, reversing the steps, longer adagios done on demi pointe, and longer exercises on pointe aiming the repertoire variations. Students should be taking up to 5 hours of class daily, consisting of technique, pointe, variation and pas de deux, plus rehearsal.

 The lessons are built focusing on:

  • Clarity and quality of the movement

  • Combinations are more complex with changing of dynamics and intricacies on jumps and on pointe work 

  • Understanding each step’s characteristic

  • Develop speed on petit allegro on the simple forms as well as on jumps with beats

  • Continue working with slow adagio with movements executed on demi pointe in order to achieve strength, stability, and control

  • Artistic projection of the students through variations and combinations that focus on style

  • Master pointe work focusing on control

  • Master the execution of the steps

  • Discover students true potential

At the end of this level the students should have achieved strength, footwork control, and will need to execute them with perfection and artistry. The student will have developed an understanding of the intricacies of the Ballet Technique.


Advanced Training Program - Pre-Professional Level (by invitation only)

Our Advanced Training Program (ATP) program is offered for serious and committed students aiming to achieve a professional career in the art of dancing. Classes are kept small in order to give the students individual attention.

Students in this program are exposed to a greater amount of hours/class per week, including mandatory rehearsals; participate in coaching sessions for competitions, and serve as an ambassador for the school. Apart from the classes on this program, students are required to be enrolled in the regular level classes.

To participate in this program the students need to demonstrate a great level of commitment and dedication.

As classes run during the day, students enrolled in the ATP program need to be mature enough to balance their ballet training with the regular online academic studies. Students are expected to maintain a high level in their academics in order to participate in this program.

 For detailed information, please contact the school directly.


ASSESSMENTS

Our faculty members evaluate the students yearly in order to provide consistent feedback on their progress. The assessments give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the material, musicality, and quality of movement. During the assessment, students perform a memorized class that will demonstrate the progression of material learned throughout the season.