Class Descriptions & Dress Code

In an effort to streamline student level placement, ballet class levels are set-up by age. Each student is encouraged to progress individually, while continuing their development of technique, strength, and poise throughout each class. If families are not certain about which class to enroll in, please check-in with our office. Students may try one class free of charge to be assessed by the instructor and they will suggest which class may best suit the student.  Download PDF.

 

PRE-BALLET (ages 4-5) and PRE-BALLET 2 (ages 5-6)  light blue leotard 

A creative movement and pre-ballet class which focuses on listening to music, rhythm, coordination, and beginning ballet movements. For students ages 4 to 5. The teacher’s recommendation is required for 3 year old students. Pre-Ballet 2 is for students who are in their second year of pre-ballet.

BALLET 1 (ages 6-7)  light pink leotard 

Students in academic grade 1 can take this hour long ballet class which begins the discipline of barre exercise and proper classical technique.

BALLET 2 (ages 8-9) and BALLET 3 (ages 10-11)  sea foam green leotard 

For students in academic grade 2 and grade 3. Students will continue to work on the fundamentals of classical ballet and begin learning the 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   burgundy leotard

Students may remain at this level for 2 or more years to further their technical skills and strength. The class will work on turns, adagios and grand allegros. They will begin pre-pointe exercises and are expected to take two classes per week.

BALLET 5   navy blue leotard   (Teacher’s Recommendation Required)     

Students will focus on pointe work and improving technique. Barre and center work become increasingly challenging, requiring precision. Students should attend at least 3 or more classes per week. They may remain at this level for 2 or more years.

BALLET 6  black leotard  (Teacher’s Recommendation Required)

For students with advanced technical skills and experience on pointe. They should attend 4 or more classes per week, and will remain at this level for 2 or more years.

ADULT BALLET and TEEN BALLET 

Adults (ages 18-99+) and teens of all levels are welcome to the beginner and Intermediate level classes. These are ideal for individuals who have an interest in ballet, or a desire for a gentle form of exercise. Please register through the Bloomington Community Education Department for the Adult Ballet classes.

 

CLASS DRESS CODE 

For Students in Pre-Ballet through Ballet 6 classes:

  • Girls wear a leotard (with no skirt attached). The leotard needs to be the designated color for their ballet level, see above. Additionally wearing light pink tights and pink ballet slippers.
  • Boys wear a white t-shirt, black tights, and black ballet slippers.
  • Hair should be secured in a low bun, pulled back, completely away from the face & eyes.
  • Please Do NOT wear legwarmers, or extra clothing items.

For the Adult Ballet and Teen Ballet classes, students may wear clothing that allows instructors to see the lines of the body (such as leggings, a t-shirt, socks, fitness or yoga attire; leotard and tights are optional). Ballet slippers are recommended.