Our ballet program is a carefully designed curriculum that takes the student from Introductory (Ballet Standards A & B) through Intermediate and Advanced levels of instruction. Our school also offers Graded Cecchetti Ballet Method Classes as well as Contemporary Ballet classes. All ballet classes are designed to endow the human body with all of the qualities essential to dance: balance, poise, strength, and flexibility. Training in ballet is necessary to improve development in all dance forms. French terminology, alignment, control, and coordination are stressed throughout every level offered.
Cecchetti 1 through Cecchetti 5 classes offer the student a firm foundation in classical ballet technique, language and theory as well as offer opportunity for certification by the Cecchetti Council of America. The Cecchetti syllabus develops strong classical lines, solid anatomical placement, as well as beautiful jumps, leaps and beats. The Cecchetti Method of Ballet is endorsed because of its careful regard for the laws of anatomy, its teaching of movement theory and the foundation it can provide for all styles of dance. Once the Graded syllabus has been accomplished, those students wishing to be certified (with the instructor’s approval) may take the examination. Chicago area exams are held in early winter and spring. Examination is entirely optional and will incur added fees. Examination and certification is not mandatory for advancement in Cecchetti classes.
C level classes: In order to keep the integrity of our leveled curriculum we offer continuing classes (1C, 2C etc.). These classes are for students who have completed at least one year of a level but have not yet mastered the skills required to progress to the next level. The C level curriculum moves faster and works on specific areas of development in an effort to prepare the dancers for advancement. Most students will spend at least two to three years in any given level.
Ballet Standards A is a class for 6 & 7 year olds which introduces students to ballet terminology, placement, and musicality in a fun and creative environment.
Ballet Standards B is a class for 7 & 8 year olds in which students learn proper placement, posture, poise, and French terminology at the barre and in the center.
Ballet 1 is a good beginning level for the 8 year old and up. French terminology, correct body alignment and proper technique are emphasized as well as introduction to turns leaps, skips and jumps across the floor.
Ballet 2 continues to work on barre and center technique with increased speed and proper combining and execution of steps while also focusing on coordination of arms, legs, and feet, as well movement across the floor. Teacher recommendation only.
Ballet 3 strengthens existing technique with longer combinations, greater variance of tempo, an introduction to beats, and multiple turns. Most students spend at least 3 years at this level. Teacher recommendation only.
Ballet 4 is an advanced intermediate class which works to reinforce ballet technique through barre, center, adagio, petite allegro and grand allegro. Teacher recommendation only.
Ballet 4/5 is an advanced ballet class with more difficult and intricate barre, center, adagio, and allegro exercises. More challenging turns, leaps, jumps, and combinations continue to challenge the advanced dancer. Teacher recommendation only.
Ballet 5 is an advanced class which continues the increasingly rigorous study of classical ballet including barre, center, adagio, petite allegro and grand allegro. Teacher recommendation only.
PrePointe is a supplemental class for serious students who wish to pursue pointe work. Students must be concurrently registered in Ballet III and a second ballet class. Teacher recommendation only.
Pointe 1 is a supplemental class for serious students who have been approved for pointe work by their teacher and who want to take classical ballet to the next level. Students must be concurrently registered in Ballet 4 and a second ballet class. Teacher recommendation only.
Pointe 2 is a supplemental class for serious students who have been approved for pointe work by their teacher and who want to take classical ballet to the next level. Students must be concurrently registered in Ballet 5 and a second ballet class. Teacher recommendation only.
Open Level Ballet is a class for the student, ages 13-18, with little to no dance experience who is looking to begin studying balllet in a more relaxed environment. Classes offered by the semester.