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Academy Ballet Program

Our Academy Ballet program is dedicated to educating children and teens with an engaging and innovative classroom curriculum. Classes offer enhanced ballet education by studying classical ballets and their characters, composers and choreography over 3-6 week periods.

Pointe, Tap, Contemporary and other Specialty Classes are available for students who wish to further their dance education.

 

*Virtual Zoom classes and private/semi-private lessons now available.

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Beginning Ballet

CLASS DIVISIONS FOR K-3rd GRADE

Whether your ballerina is new to our program or continuing from our Fairytale Ballet division, our beginning ballet classes are the perfect combination of technique and fun with incorporations of classical ballet stories, dances and props.  Annual performances opportunities.

Class selections below /  In-person & virtual class offerings available

 

Benefits

Enhanced gross motor skills, strength & flexibility

Mathematical enforcements through counting & rhythms

Spatial, group and musical awareness

Pre-Ballet

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Our Pre-Ballet classes gently ease out of the Fairytale Ballet Division in the Fall into the Academy Division where Ballet Stories are studied over 2-3 weeks with props and costume pieces. Students begin to focus on body placement and group awareness while continuing to learn steps in an engaging environment.

Details

Division Length: 2 years

Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital

Dress Code: Short sleeve lilac class leotard, pink tights & pink ballet shoes.  Hair in bun or ponytail.  Details upon enrollment.

Ballet I

2nd & 3rd Grade

Ballet I classes continue learning Ballet Stories in class with an emphasis on character development.  Students learn core ballet movements advancing throughout the year.

Details

Division Length: 2 years

Performance opportunities: Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes if applicable, and hair in bun.  Details upon enrollment.

Introductory Ballet

4th-5th Grade

This class is designed for new students to ballet who are entering our program. Ballet stories and characters are studied with ballet training while students progress and prepare for entry into Ballet II.

Details

Division Length: 1 year

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes if applicable, and hair in bun.

Ballet Classes

CLASS DIVISIONS FOR 4th-12th GRADE

Our progressive ballet classes create a well-rounded ballerina with the incorporation of all aspects of a ballet. Students learn core ballet movements advancing throughout the year while learning how the ballet stories, characters, and composers combine to create a Ballet.

Annual performance & AFB Repertory Theater opportunities.

Class selections below /  In-person & virtual class offerings available

 

Benefits

Core strength & flexibility

Mindfulness to body and breathing

Artistic growth & development

 

 

Ballet II

4th – 6th Grade

Ballet II is a continuation of Beginning Ballet or Ballet I.

Details

Division length: 2 years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital  / Repertory Theater details below

Level Recommendations: Two classes per week is highly recommended with Pre-Pointe as the second class.

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes if applicable, and hair in bun.  Details upon enrollment.

Ballet III

6th – 8th Grade

Ballet III is a continuation of Ballet II. Ballet stories, characters, and composers are studied with ballet movement and strength training.

Details

Division length: 2 years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital  / Repertory Theater details below

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes if applicable.  Hair in bun.  Details upon enrollment.

Level Recommendations: 2 Ballet classes (III and III/IV tech) with a Pre-Pointe/Pointe 1 class are recommended. 6-8 Semesters of Ballet III are required for advancement into Ballet IV. Therefore, students who take 2 ballet classes per week will spend 2 years in Ballet III versus students that take 1 class per week spending 3+ years.

Ballet IV

8th Grade & up

Ballet IV is a continuation of Ballet III and has additional performance opportunities.

Details

Division length: 2 years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital  / Repertory Theater details below

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes if applicable, and hair in bun.

Level Recommendations: 2 Ballet classes (IV and III/IV) with a Pre-Pointe or Pointe class are recommended. 6-8 Semesters of Ballet IV are required for advancement into Ballet V.

Ballet V

10th Grade & up

Ballet V is a continuation of Ballet IV and has additional performance opportunities

Details

Division length: 2+ years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital  / Repertory Theater details below

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and tan tap shoes if applicable.  Hair in bun.

Level Recommendations: 3 Ballet classes are highly recommended per week: 2 in Ballet V and 1 in Pointe.

Specialty Classes

Pre-Pointe

4th Grade & up

This class focuses on strengthening the feet, ankles, core and turn-out muscles. An essential class for a solid foundation, but particularly for continuing Pointe education and on to Ballet III class

*In-person & virtual class offerings available

Details

Division length: 2 or 3 years

Performance rehearsal during class time: None

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and bun.

Level Recommendations: Students who are recommended for Pointe I in the Fall are encouraged to continue Pre-Pointe during Summertime.

Pointe I

6th Grade & up

Pointe I trains the dancer to perform basic ballet techniques on pointe. This class is intended for the serious dancer who is taking 2 additional ballet classes per week which insures the student is physically prepared. Recommended for Ballet III or IV.

Details

Division length: 1-3 years

Prerequisite: Pre-Pointe or teacher approval.

Performance rehearsal during class time: June Recital

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes, and bun.

Level Recommendations: Students not physically prepared for Pointe will find it painful and frustrating. For a successful class, it is important to wait until the body is ready.

Pointe II

8th Grade & up

Pointe II is recommended for Ballet IV or V continued training.

Details

Division length: 1+ years

Prerequisite: Pointe I or teacher approval.

Performance rehearsal during class time: June Recital

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes, and bun.

Ballet Technique III – V

6th Grade & up

This is a technique only class serving as a second class for students currently enrolled in either Ballet III, IV, or V.

*In-person & virtual class offerings available

Details

Division length: 1+ years.

Dress Code: Class leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes.  Hair in bun.

Contemporary

7 years & up

Contemporary class blends the dance styles of ballet, jazz and modern to evoke emotional movement and create a fluidness with music.

*In-person & virtual class offerings available

Details

Division length: 1+ years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, tights/leggings or jazz shorts and barefoot.

Dance Medley

7 years & up

This dance class explores jazz, contemporary and tap.  Integration of occasional stylized movement depends on class interests.

*In-person & virtual class offerings available

Details

Division length: 1+ years

Annual Performance opportunities: The Nutcracker Ballet & June Recital

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, tights/leggings or jazz shorts, and jazz & tap shoes.

Repertory Theater

AFB Repertory Theater

All Academy Levels

AFB Repertory Theater is A Fairytale Ballet’s Academy student dance company. Company experience is gleaned outside of weekly class time through weekend rehearsals and Summer intensives.

*offered at the Lakeview location

AFB Repertory Theater divisions

Prima Ballerina Members: Participate in Nutcracker and June Recital Rehearsals and at least 1 Summer Intensive.

Principal Members: Participate in 2 of the above.

Corps de Ballet Members: Participate in 1 of the above.

 

Nutcracker Rehearsals

Rehearsals occur over 6 to 8 weeks on Fall weekends at the Lakeview studio. Students will learn how to use movement to tell a story, perform choreography considerably longer than June Recital choreography, and work with dancers from other levels and locations. Rehearsal blocks are usually 3-4 hours, but most dancers will only need to attend 1-2 hours. Before the first rehearsal, all students will be notified of their specific rehearsal days and times.

Prerequisite: Ballet I & up

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and bun

Nutcracker Roles: Characters: Ballet I-V,  Waltz of The Flowers: Ballet II-IV,  Waltz of The Snowflakes: Ballet III-V,  Sugar Plum Fairy Core: Ballet V

 

 

Recital Rehearsals

Rehearsals occur over 6 to 8 weeks on Spring weekends at the Lakeview studio to prepare for the June Recital. Students will prepare character roles and additional group pieces. Before the first rehearsal, all students will be notified of their specific rehearsal days and times.

Prerequisite: Ballet III & up

Dress Code: Solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and bun.

Recital Roles: Ballet III & up: Roles vary by Ballet performed/ details given during school year.