Ballet Now - Ballet Curriculum

Our ballet curriculum is based on classical ballet, which is the foundation for all other dance forms.

At Ballet Now, we teach a combination of French Classical ballet, and ABT (the American) style. Most ballet studios teach either the Vaganova Method (Russian) or the Cecchetti Method of Ballet (Italian). The ABT style was developed by George Balanchine and the French was the original form of ballet.

LEVEL ONE (Ages 3-4): A program developed for the young dancer that focuses on coordination and rhythm. Students are exposed to ballet terminology such as plié, relevé, chassé, and passé explained in terms the young dancer will remember.

LEVEL TWO (Ages 5-6): Students work primarily in first and second position. Correct body placement is emphasized at the beginning of each class. Students learn the five basic ballet positions of arms and feet. Typical exercises include: pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambe, and grande battemante.

LEVEL THREE (Ages 7-10): Barre exercises are extended to include frappé and fondu. Easy stretches at the barre are introduced. Students learn chaine and soutenu turns and begin preparation for pique turns.

LEVEL FOUR (Ages 13-15): Students learn to memorize longer combinations of dance steps. Begin pointe technique starting slowly at the barre. The amount of time spent dancing on point is increased.

* Class placement is based on amount of training and ability as much as it is based on age.

  • Teaches music appreciation.
  • Encourages grace, creative and artistic expression.
  • Promotes fitness and cardiovascular exercise.
  • Performing teaches organization and responsibility.
  • Improves posture, coordination, rhythm, and memory.
  • Develops poise and the ability to perform easily in front of others.

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