In an effort to streamline student level placement, ballet class levels are set-up by school grade level, Pre-Ballet is for ages 4 and 5. 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 the Ballet 4 Class). Afterwards, staff will suggest which class/level would best suit each student such as Ballet 4, Ballet 5, or Teen Ballet, etc.
PRE-BALLET — Ages 4 and 5 light blue leotard
Creative movement and pre-ballet. This class focuses on listening to music, rhythm, coordination, and beginning ballet movements.
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 and BALLET 3 — Grades 2 & 3 sea foam green leotard
For students who have a basic understanding of the structure of a ballet class. Students learn fundamentals of classical ballet and 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.
BALLET 4 — 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. one class per week.
BALLET 5 (Teacher’s Recommendation Required) navy blue 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. Student Must take Two classes per week.
BALLET 6 (Teacher’s Recommendation Required) 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.
ADULT BALLET (ages 16+) and TEEN BALLET
Adults and teens 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 the Bloomington Community Education Department for the Adult class.
- LEVELS PRE-BALLET THRU BALLET 6: 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 & Teen 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).