Training at the Academy of Classical Ballet offers an in-depth, carefully crafted evaluation program and course offering that ensures you get started on the right foot for your age, skill level and your personal goals. All of the training undergone at the Academy is designed not for you to simply meet your goals, but also offer a strong foundation for advancement.
Our training will give you the strong background needed in today's dance industry, regardless of what style of dance you intend to focus on the future. We offer a unique form of training based on Vagonova, Royal Academy Of Dance, and American Ballet Theatre techniques, developing a well-rounded and more versatile dancer than one method alone can deliver.
The details below offer a general outline and overview of courses available at the Academy.
Drop-in classes are more than welcome anytime (pending a placement class) and we also offer the opportunity for you to come view a class and see what we're all about. To view our schedule for all classes click here.
The Pre-Ballet Program serves as an introduction to the classroom and general body movement for young students. The program prepares students for the general concept of ballet. Students will develop the strength required for the barre, basic ballet positioning, rudimentary vocabulary, and will aid the student in developing correct placement.
This class also teaches beginning musicality and is designed to ignite a passion for dance.
Students will discover movement and expression in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. They will also learn basic classroom structure, along with developing coordination, rhythm, and physical awareness.
Graded-Professional Ballet Training
Beginning Levels: Children study basic ballet movements and vocabulary, and get an introduction to combinations and moving through space. Students build strength, endurance and a general feel for what ballet is like. Basic techniques are perfected in these levels. The beginning levels develop the body as a whole, working every muscle group equally so that one set of muscles does not overpower the others, which is crucial to avoid injury.
Pre-Intermediate Levels: Students will begin to put their newly learned vocabulary into practice, performing short sentences of choreography. Students at this point are still working hard at the barre and performing center work exercises and short dances using basic skills they have perfected at the barre. Pre-Pointe work begins, and pointe work at the barre. We begin to incorporate age-appropriate core and strength training including Pilates along with basic anatomy for injury prevention and care.
Intermediate Levels: Students will perform entire sentences of varied choreography as dictated by their instructor. Students are also performing on pointe at this level, which should now be developed and strong. More difficult variations are introduced along with classical pas de deux. Students at this level and have a high technical skill level are beginning to truly come into form as a dancer.
Advanced levels: Students are able to execute difficult combinations and choreography requiring strength and versatility. Students at this level have an extensive vocabulary in ballet and have a high technical skill level with very strong point skills. Students are able to execute the most difficult choreography with grace. Advanced students of this level are accomplished technicians and performers. All classes for this level are of professional quality allowing students to fine-tune their skills in preparation for acceptance into professional companies, colleges, or universities.
***Please note that student's are placed into graded levels, dependent upon the students technical abilities, not necessarily age. This will be determined by a placement class and evaluation. As students progress, they can expect to increase the amount of classes they attend.
Adult Ballet Program (Beginning to Advanced Levels )
Beginning Adult classes serve as an introduction to ballet in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. It is a great supplement to other dance forms such as ballroom dance, tap, jazz, hip-hop and many others.
This program is appropriate for those new to dance or interested in revisiting classical ballet, or those who danced as a youth and would like to get back into dancing. This is also perfect for people who want a great way to get in shape, as the benefits of ballet help build core muscle groups and is great for the body overall.
*No placement class required for adult classes. If you are of an Intermediate or Advanced level and would like to attend youth classes, please contact us to schedule a placement class.
Private Ballet Lessons
Private lessons are a great way for a student to supplement their regular classes and help accelerate their training. Private lessons at the Academy allow you to receive personal attention to improve specific goals including pointe work, flexibility, artistry, and technique. Private lessons can help you:
Receive personal, one-on-one attention, and focus on technique, strength, and precision of movement.
Refine and perfect routines. (Perfect for those trying out for Summer intensive programs and trying to get ahead for auditions.)
One-on-one coaching and choreography for solos, competitions, variations, and audition pieces for college, universities, and professional dance companies.
Private coaching for figure skaters, gymnasts, synchronized swimmers and other competitve athletes.