Designed for both the serious and recreational dancer, the Curriculum Ballet Program is for anyone who wishes to pursue studies in Classical Ballet.  The successive curriculum begins with Ballet I, which is usually started at age 8, and progresses to Ballet V with intermediary levels placed as needed to help the success of the child.  With partial or full completion of the Curriculum Ballet Program at American Ballet Academy you can feel confident that your child receives thorough, proper ballet instruction.  For the most talented, serious, and driven dancer the Curriculum Ballet Program is designed to give the necessary foundational training to have a successful ballet career.

Ballet I:

Age 7-11. Ballet I is the first class completely in the traditional ballet format.  The class emphasizes further mastery of ballet positions, learning fundamental steps and technique, finding proper body placement as well as continuing development of rhythm, coordination, flexibility, style, and discipline in a fun, supportive environment. The one hour class is required once per week; two classes per week are highly encouraged. During the 2017-18 school year Ballet I times include Tues 4:00 pm, Wednesday at 6:30, Thursday 5:15pm, and Saturday 10:30am. Tuition is $56 a month for 1 class a week; $92 a month for two days a week.

Ballet IIA:

Age 8-12. Ballet IIA is a bridge class between Ballet I and II. This class will help smooth the transition between levels. It should be taken in conjunction with either Ballet I or II, as advised by the instructor. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Monday at 4:15pm or Tuesday at 5pm. Monthly tuition is $92 a month for 2 classes a week; $123 a month for 3 classes a week.

Ballet II:

Age 8-13. Ballet II builds upon the movements, steps, and positions taught in Ballet I while continuing to develop strength for proper body alignment and positioning.  Further emphasis is put on coordination, strength and flexibility, while still realizing the need for enjoyment.  Ballet II requires two days a week for performance involvement, and meets for one hour at a time. During the 2017-18 school year class times are: First class: Monday at 5:15 or Thursday 4:45pm; Second class: Tuesday at 5 or Sat 9:30am. Third class may be added; please discuss with director for scheduling. Tuition is $92 for two days a week; $123 a month for three days a week.

Ballet IIIA:

Age 9-14. Ballet IIIA is a bridge class between Ballet II and III. This class will help smooth the transition between levels. It should be taken in conjunction with either Ballet II or III, as advised by the instructor. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Thursday at 4:15 or 6:15. Monthly tuition is $123 a month for 3 classes a week.

Ballet III:

Ballet III adds more complex body alignment, traveling patterns, musical rhythms, and artistic development to the class. Students continue to work toward perfected body alignment, strength, and flexibility in a fun, supportive environment. Ballet III requires three days a week; two Ballet III classes plus either IIIA or IVA. Additional classes may be added and are strongly encouraged for IVA dancers; please discuss with the instructor if you are interested! Student may begin pre-pointe/pointe work as advised by the instructor. During the 2017-18 school year class times are: Tuesday at 4 and Wednesday at 4:30 or Tuesday at 7:15pm and Wednesday at 6:45pm. Monthly tuition for three days a week is $123; $154 for four classes a week. Frequent absences without sufficient make-ups are not safe for the dancers.

Ballet IVA:

Age 11+. Ballet IVA is a bridge class between Ballet III and IV. This class will help smooth the transition between levels. It should be taken in conjunction with either Ballet III or IV, as advised by the instructor. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Thursday at 3:30 or 5:45pm. Monthly tuition is $123 a month for 3 classes a week or $154 for 4 classes a week. Frequent absences without sufficient make-ups are not safe for the dancers.

Pre-Pointe:

Age 10+. Pre-Pointe is to help strengthen and stretch feet and ankles and continue to work proper body alignment and strength to prepare for pointe. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Wednesday at 6pm (30min). Monthly tuition is $23. Requires a thera-band.

Pointe I:

Age 11+. Beginning Pointe will slowly introduce students to the highlighted goal of most ballerinas, pointe.   Much of the work will be completed at the barre, with the goal of strengthening dancers feet, legs, and body, and helping them find their center of balance. When the students are ready, they will be allowed to do simple movements in the center. Pointe I meets for 30 minutes once a week (Wednesday at 6:15). Monthly tuition is $23. Students are required to attend a minimum of 3 additional technique classes to be considered for pointe. Frequent absences without sufficient make-ups may require a student to not partake in Pointe I for the students safety.

Ballet IV/Pointe II:

Age 12+. Ballet IV continues to strive toward perfection of more complicated ballet steps and positions while expanding on movement knowledge.  Class emphasizes strength, placement, coordination, flexibility and style in a fun, supportive environment.  During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Monday at 7:30 (rehearsal night), Tuesday 6pm, Wednesday at 3:15 or 7:45 (Ballet IV/V combined), and Friday at 4:00pm (Pointe II). Students should also take one Ballet IVA or one Ballet IV/V class as directed by the instructor. 5 classes a week is recommended for timely advancement; a minimum of 4 classes is required for the safety of the dancer. Additional classes may be added, please discuss with the instructor if you are interested! Monthly tuition is $154; $184 for five classes a week. Frequent absences without sufficient make-ups are not safe for the dancers.

Ballet V/Pointe III:

Age 14+. Ballet V requires an understanding of ballet principles and technique.  It continues to strive towards perfection of movement and positions with personal style and interpretation as well as further develops strength, flexibility, and coordination. Much focus is put on more advanced, detailed pointe work. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Monday at 6:15pm, Tuesday at 6pm, Wednesday at 3:15 or 7:45pm, Thursday at 7, Friday at 5:15pm, and Saturday at 12:30pm. 6 classes a week is recommended; a minimum of 5 classes is required for the safety of the dancer. Monthly tuition is $184 for 5 days per week, $204 for 6 days a week. Frequent absences without sufficient make-ups are not safe for the dancers.

Pas de Deux:

Age 14+. In partnering, students will be asked to use the foundational technique they have learned and apply it when being supported by another dancer. They will also be asked to pay special attention to dancing with each other in a manner the compliments both dancers. Whereas there will be boys in the class, girls will sometimes be required to partner each other – this will help them better understand the role of a male dancer, and will ultimately make them a better partner. During the 2017-18 school year the class meets Thursday at 8:15 for 45 minutes. This class is for students enrolled in Ballet V taking 5 ballet technique classes a week. Tuition is $27 a month.