Programs

Summer Programs

July to August

Summer Intensive

Our summer intensive gives students the opportunity to be taught directly by principal dancers. The program consists of four consecutive 45-minute classes, followed by a 1-hour rehearsal every day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This rigorous training program is designed to assist students in their technique, fast-track their learning process, and challenge themselves. Intensive classes include conditioning, barre, center practice, stretch, ensemble repertoire, and solo variations. 

The summer intensive is available for students in beginner’s ballet and all ballet levels. Students have the choice to enroll in a 1-week, 2-week, or 4-week summer intensive. 

Students enrolled in the 4-week summer intensive will be evaluated for scholarship without having to attend audition or pay audition fees. Students will be evaluated throughout their summer intensives.

Students who are enrolled in the 1-week or 2-week summer intensives who wish to audition for a yearly scholarship may register to audition on August 16 and will be responsible for the associated fee.

Summer Classes

This summer program is the continuation of the toddler’s ballet program that runs throughout the school year. Students ages 2–4 continue to develop their artistic and technical skills in order to strengthen their knowledge of ballet basics for future dance training. This program runs from July 3 to August 28 and includes a 45-minute class, one time per week, for the duration of 9 weeks.

To learn more about the toddler’s ballet program, please see our yearly program descriptions below.

This summer program is the continuation of the pre-ballet program that runs throughout the school year. Students ages 5–7 continue to develop their endurance, discipline and technical skills with regards to ballet basics in order to prepare for future dance training. This program runs from July 3 to August 28 and includes a 1-hour class, one time per week, for the duration of 9 weeks.

To learn more about the pre-ballet program, please see our yearly program descriptions below.

This summer program is the continuation of the pre-professional ballet division that runs throughout the school year. This program runs from July 3 to August 28. For more information about class times, please visit our calendar.

To learn more about ballet levels, please see our yearly program descriptions below.

This summer program mirrors the training offered to beginner adults during the year. Classes are offered once a week for the duration of 9 weeks from July 3 – August 28th. For more information about class times, please see our calendar. 

To learn more about this program, please see the yearly program description below.

Yearly Programs

September to June

Preparatory Programs

The toddler’s ballet program is the preparatory study of the basics of classical ballet. Its syllabus caters to students that are developing their artistic and technical skills from a young age (3-4 years old) with the intent to strengthen core basics for entering ballet by levels. This program is structured in such a way that each student may learn, participate, and engage in training while also having fun. 

Classes consist of a compilation of exercises on the floor which aim to prompt the development of flexibility, posture, balance, coordination, proper execution of movement, muscle strength, and how to recognize musical counting. Similarly, center combinations allow students to learn arm/leg positions, basic jumps, sense of direction, and how to perform combinations in groups and pairs in different formations (circle, diagonal, and line). 

Then, the instructor shows their own short improvisation to classical music which, after watching, students may use for inspiration and imitation. Using different props, including scarves, flowers and tambourines, students get the chance to improvise and create their own short dance numbers with fragments of classical music which teaches them to grow their imagination and capacity for creativity. This creates a playful atmosphere for young students to combine learning with fun, while simultaneously working to instigate a sense of rhythm, musicality and association of ballet movements with classical music. 

At the end of the year, we offer an open class where parents have the chance to see the process of the entire class, their children’s 10-month progress, and ask the instructor any questions that they may have. An open class is always a special occasion for our students, their parents and the instructor because it is a celebration of our young students’ achievements.

The main objective of the program, at this stage of learning is to develop the student’s ability to withstand the course load of the lesson – both mentally and physically. That is, the discipline and attention needed during the lesson as the main prerequisite for learning. The beginning of the class focuses on floor exercises geared towards developing different parts of the body. First, the sculpting of the muscles and developing strength in the legs, feet, toes, arch, and turnout. Second, the development of flexibility and muscle strength in the back. Third, the development of strong muscles in the abdomen. Fourth, combining the movements of the arms through the positions in coordination with the legs, and turning of the head. As well, training musicality and a sense of rhythm by learning how to count and time movements to the music in order to develop synchronicity. 

At this stage, students use the barre to begin performing the simplest poses and movements, such as demi plie in first and second position, battement tendu in first position to the front and side, sur le cou-de-pied front and back, relevé in first, second and third position.

At the center, students learn feet positions (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) in semi-turnout, proper posture while standing in positions, hand positions (1st, 2nd, 3rd), port de bras, demi plie (in 1st, 2nd, 3rd), and relevé (in 1st, 2nd). Then, the teacher gives various combinations aimed at training straight legs, knee strength, foot turnout, pointed toes, balance, and harmonizing the movements of the hands, feet and head direction. These are followed by combinations in diagonal formations, after which students perform a series of jumps that are aimed at training the strength and straightness of the legs in the air, pointed toes, jump height, and soft landing. 

To conclude the class, students are tasked with creating their own ballet improvisations to small fragments of classical music which allows for creative development, socializing, and working with others while simultaneously creating a playful and fun lesson structure. 

At the discretion of the instructor, a limited number of students attending twice a week may be chosen in order to attend rehearsals to learn ensemble pieces for the pre-annual performance divertissement.

At the end of the year, parents are invited to an open class in order to observe the process of education and ask the teacher any questions they may have.

The Beginner’s Ballet program is the final preparatory stage before students move on to begin learning ballet by levels. This period of learning is pivotal because this is when students begin to develop their analytical skills, personal drive and artistic expression. During this transitional phase, students develop personal responsibility and a knowledge base. Students are no longer solely relying on instructor examples but begin to formulate their own creative ideas and begin contributing input using the knowledge that they have developed during their training. Students find that they are becoming inspired to be part of the instruction process and lesson plan, where under instructor supervision they can bring forth their own ideas about how to perform movements, stretches, and exercises. This change in dynamic, when students’ ideas are being supported and incorporated into the lesson plan, builds self-esteem and fosters engagement in the classroom. This stage of learning foster’s a child’s personal initiative and a conscious desire to continue to practice ballet in the future. This personal goal is crucial because it gives students the ability to overcome future obstacles in more difficult levels of training.  

The class begins with a walking exercise, which includes different ways of walking such as march, walking on half-toe, etc., geared towards developing posture, the tightness of the knees, stretching the instep, pointing toes, and arm coordination. 

Then students learn a large set of complex floor exercises aimed at developing student’s physical abilities necessary for the study of classical ballet. 

Students hold the barre with both hands when practicing demi-plie (in 1st, 2nd, 3rd), battement tendu (in 1st, 3rd), relevé on half toe (in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd), battement tendu jeté, ronds de jambe a terre, port de bras, petits battement sur le cou-de-pied, passé, relevé lents, and grand battement jeté (from 1st and 3rd). Students use a slow and gradual approach in order to learn proper body posture and placement of the legs and feet in order to prevent injuries in later years. Using diligence and careful repetition, students begin molding the lines of the legs to properly execute poses during exercises. Students gain the ability to distinguish between the correct and incorrect execution of poses and movements in themselves and their classmates, allowing them to analyze how to properly approach each exercise. This gives each student the patience and self-direction needed in order to approach more difficult training in later years. 

At the center, students learn arm positions (1st, 2nd, 3rd), port de bras, and a variety of small combinations with an emphasis on proper execution of movements, coordination, rhythm and grace. Students then perform a series of jumps that are aimed at training the jump height, strength of legs, and straightness of arch and toes in the air. Facing the barre, students being to learn temps levé (in 1st and 2nd). When student develop proper posture and foot placement, temps levé is practiced at the center.

Part of the lesson is used to study ensemble pieces for the pre-annual performance divertissement. At the discretion of the instructor, students with exceptional capabilities are chosen in September to attend additional private rehearsals throughout the year to learn solo variations for the pre-annual performance divertissement. 

At the end of the year, we hold an open class where students invite their parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to showcase the achievements that they made over the course of the year.

Pre-Professional Programs

The main objective of the first year is introducing the primary exercises for mastering the proper positioning of the legs, body, head, and hands at the barre and center, and developing elementary skills in the coordination of steps. Students learn the French vocabulary of these exercises and their associated meanings. Equally as important, the class focuses on artistic development, specifically emotional expression, musical rhythmic coordination, and imaginative thinking associated with improvisation necessary to evoke a powerful response through dance. This program aims to find and reveal students’ creative potential. 

As a warmup, students practice a set of exercises on the floor aimed at developing body flexibility, elasticity of the ligaments of the instep and foot, turnout, and strength of the muscles. 

At the beginning of the year, students learn exercises while facing and holding the barre with both hands. Later in the year, students transition to holding the barre with one hand while performing exercises with one leg in opposite directions. 

Center practice involves the repetition of barre exercises in order to develop balance and polishing poses. Similarly, jumps are learned facing the barre and then carried over to the center later in the year. 

Halfway through the year, some students are chosen to begin learning basic exercises on pointe while facing the barre. After they have gained balance and proper execution, these exercises are carried over to the center. 

Students enrolled in the first level begin performing in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

In the second level, exercises carried over from the previous year are repeated in increasing numbers in order to develop footwork, stability, strengthen leg muscles, and learn the technique at a faster speed. 

New poses in exercises are introduced at the barre and center increases the difficulty of coordinating the arms with the legs. In allegro, separate jumps learned in the previous year are introduced in simple combinations. At the center en pointe, the positions of the hands are incorporated.

Students enrolled in the second level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

During the third level, students begin learning exercises on half-toe at the center. Simple exercises are done en tournant and the study of tours (pirouettes) begins. Using the training gained in second level, students in third level work on correct execution of exercises, develop coordination, stability, strength, endurance, and perfect poses. In allegro, separate jumps learned in the previous year are introduced in a variety of combinations. En pointe, new and more complex combinations and arm coordinations are introduced. 

Students enrolled in the third level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solos must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

At the fourth level, students strengthen the stability of various turns (pirouettes), learn more difficult exercises on both half-toe and en pointe at the barre and center, and focus on the fluidity of arm and body transitions. Upon completion, students will have learned precise coordination, stamina, discipline, and be able to perform movements skillfully and rhythmically.

Students enrolled in the fourth level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

The fifth level focuses on the review of beating steps, turns in various preparatory positions, and complex exercises in adagio. Students learn to generate height in their jumps, fluidity in pose transitions, and graceful execution of movements. This level emphasizes the working on harmonious movement, clean execution, and the expressiveness of poses. Upon completion, students will have increased the speed at which they memorize combinations, developed strength and endurance, and learned smooth transition of movements. 

Students enrolled in the fifth level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program.

The sixth level centers around the quality of big jumps in different directions and complex combinations in allegretto. Students develop the bounce and springiness of their jumps and the plasticity of their feet. Exercises learned in previous years become more complicated with two tours from fifth position, temps levé, and preparations from second position at 45°. Upon completion, students become proficient in their execution of proper ballet posture, agility, musicality, and choreographic memory.

Students enrolled in the sixth level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. Students who attend audition and are chosen will participate in pas de trois and pas de quatre directly with principal dancers and will attend recurring weekly private sessions at no extra charge.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

The seventh level concentrates on perfecting technique performed in allegro, fine-tuning expression through movement, and polishing all the exercises learned in previous years in. 

Students enrolled in the seventh level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) and/or as principal dancers themselves must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. Students who attend audition and are chosen will participate in pas de trois and pas de quatre directly with company principal dancers and will attend recurring weekly private sessions at no extra charge.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

The eighth level is reserved for mastering technique, virtuosity, and craftsmanship. Students use this year to prepare for university programs and company contracts. 

Students enrolled in the eighth level will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) and/or as principal dancers themselves must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. Students who attend audition and are chosen will participate in pas de trois and pas de quatre directly with company principal dancers and will attend recurring weekly private sessions at no extra charge.

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in the Nutcracker will perform in corps de ballet and coryphées. Students who wish to perform solo variation(s) must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Students who attend audition and are chosen to participate in domestic and international competitions must enroll in recurring weekly private sessions at an additional cost to the program. 

Adult Programs

Taking up ballet training in adulthood is a difficult endeavor because the body is much less malleable than in childhood, however with our professional instructors, our robust program, and the dedication of our clients, it becomes possible to achieve the childhood dream of becoming a ballerina. This is because our program was specifically designed for non-professional to achieve results in a fairly short span of time with the Agrippina Vaganova method. With this unique methodology, we are able to maximize the potential of our clients, increase creativity and reveal hidden individual talents. By engaging every muscle group in the body, classes in this program aim to develop muscle tone, flexibility, physical endurance, coordination, and posture. Our instructors are trained to give each client the personal attention that they require in order to achieve a deep understanding of the material provided, while taking into account all the individual goals that clients have with regards to improving their overall physical condition and appearance. After only a few sessions, our clients begin to experience a positive change towards gaining self-confidence, gracefulness, and athletic ability.