Class Descriptions & Dress Code
In an effort to streamline student level placement, ballet class levels are set-up by school grade level: Pre-Ballet for Pre-K/K; Ballet 1 for Grade 1, Ballet 2 for Grade 2; and Ballet 3 for Grade 3 students. Each Student is encouraged to progress individually, while continuing their development of technique, strength, and poise throughout each class. Students in school grades 4 or above, may be assessed by staff at the first class they attend (such as in Ballet Basics, or a Ballet 4T Class). Afterwards, staff will suggest which class/level would best suit each student: Ballet Basics, Ballet 4T Technique, Ballet 4P Pointe, or Ballet 5.
PRE-BALLET — Pre-K/K light blue leotard
Creative movement and pre-ballet for Preschool–K children. This class focuses on listening to music, rhythm, coordination, and beginning ballet movements. Ages 3, 4, 5.
BALLET 1 — Grade 1 light pink leotard
This is the first year of an hour long ballet class. Students may have had pre-ballet. This begins the discipline of barre exercise and proper classical technique.
BALLET 2 — Grade 2 sea foam green leotard
For students who have a basic understanding of the structure of a ballet class. Students learn fundamentals of classical ballet. Optional to take two classes weekly.
BALLET 3 — Grade 3 navy blue leotard
Students begin working on positions of ecarté, efface and croisé. Exercises will strengthen turn out and balance. New skills such as pirouettes and petite allegro will be introduced. Recommended to take two classes per week.
BALLET BASICS lavender leotard
The core facets of ballet technique are articulated and examined. Students will learn and review basic steps and positions, develop skills to enhance coordination, muscle engagement, and proper execution of movements and combinations. For students (ages 10+) with a minimum of two years of previous ballet experience.
BALLET 4T Technique — Grades 4 & above burgundy leotard
Students work on turns, adagios and grand allegros. They will begin pre-pointe exercises, to further in their technical skills and strength. Students may remain at this level for a few years. Taking three classes per week is suggested.
BALLET 4P Pointe burgundy leotard
This will be a technique class, with a focus on Pointe. Specifically for those students already on pointe or technically ready and just about strong enough to start pointe training. Three to four classes weekly is strongly encouraged.
BALLET 5 black leotard
The advanced students will work on pointe both at the barre and in center. They will do increasingly difficult center work and precise classical technique. Students should take four classes per week.
Adults and teens (ages 16+) of all levels are welcome to the beginner and Intermediate level classes. Ideal for those who have an interest in ballet, a desire for a gentle form of exercise, improve flexibility, posture, and grace. Please register through Blmgtn Cmty Ed Dept.
- LEVELS PRE-BALLET THRU BALLET 5: Girls wear a designated leotard color for their ballet level (see above), pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair should be secured in a low bun, all pulled away from the face. Please no t-shirts, legwarmers, or extra items.
- Boys wear a white t-shirt, black tights, and black ballet slippers.
- In the Adult Ballet classes, students may wear clothing that allows instructors to see the lines of the body (such as leggings, a tshirt, socks; fitness or yoga attire. Ballet slippers, leotard, and tights are optional).
Our annual Spring Student Recital is held in June 2020 at the Schneider Theater. Student Participation (Pre-Ballet thru Ballet 5) is not mandatory, however, it is encouraged. Students need to commit to perform by February 2020. The costume fee usually runs between $40 – $50. Information is distributed in the spring.