Beginning students are placed in a Grade I Classical Ballet
Class. These Classes are structured and grouped by age.
Grade I students are grouped with children 5-7 years of age.
Class time is divided into Barre Exercises, Stretches, Center
Floor Exercise and Dance Movements.
GRADE IIA & IIB
Classes are grouped by age and raining. This grade is
divided into levels as there is extensive material included.
For the serious and older student the level can mean the
introduction to Pre-Pointe. More advanced Barre Exercises
along with more advanced Center Floor Exercises with
Combination Steps and Diagonal Dance Progressions are
used. Age appropriate choreography, for demonstration
at the year end recital is taught.
GRADE IIIA & IIIB
Grade III Ballet is the start of intermediate Classical Ballet work.
Grade IIIA students learn beginning Pointe Technique and
increasing foundations including Pirouettes and Beginning Waltz.
Grade IIIB students will do more advanced Barre and Center
Floor work along with Adagio (fast movement), Pirouettes and
Combination steps, Diagonal turn combinations and beginner
Grande Elevation Technique (jumps). Many students will take
2 - 3 years to accomplish this level.
GRADE IV AND UP
Ballet students in grade IV and up are intermediate to advanced
students, usually in their teens with significant training and
experience. These students will continue with the foundations
learned in Grade III adding more complex technique and