SCHOOL YEAR

Ballet Theatre of Phoenix offers multiple programs for the young dancer ages 3+: the Primary Ballet Program, Classical Ballet Program and Dance for All.

Primary Ballet Program

The Primary Ballet Program focuses on developing musicality, artistry, imagination and creativity through dance, conditioning the body to prepare it for classical ballet, and developing a fundamental understanding of classroom comportment and etiquette. Our curriculum provides developmentally appropriate content that gives students a strong foundation from which to grow when they graduate into the Classical Ballet Program.

Creative Movement

(ages 3 and older)
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In Creative Movement class, your child will learn skills to help their development and enhance their ability to grow and learn in their own special way, at their pace. Each class begins with a greeting and ends with our goodbye song. We do a gentle warm up, develop the them for the week, and play a game with a prop like scarves, ribbons, or improvisation with costumes.

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Primary Ballet 1-3

(ages 5 and older)
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In the Primary levels, students continue their preparatory development as dancer by further enhancing the skills introduced in Creative Movement. Primary students are introduced to the structure of a ballet class. In this level, goals are to stand in a poised manner, develop musicality and spatial awareness, build strength and flexibility, and, demonstrate a sense of grace and love of dance and movement. More complex musicality and spatial configurations are learned, exercise length is gradually increased to build focus and stamina, and beginning ballet vocabulary is introduced.

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Please call the office at (602) 957-3364 to schedule a level placement class for your child.

Classical Ballet Program

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Our Classical Ballet Program is a unique program that focuses on training students for a professional career in classical ballet by providing a deeper understanding of the kinesthetics of ballet, as well as their own bodies. Students learn fundamental knowledge about the body as an instrument as well as the tools to care for and hone their instrument to reach its fullest potential. There is a great focus on building artistry, musicality, and intuition - the skills that set apart the professional from the amateur. *Please note it is not uncommon for a student to spend more than 1 year in a level to ensure that all students develop a strong classical foundation.

Lower Division

Level 1-3

(ages 8 and older)
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In the Lower Division, students are introduced to the structure of a full classical ballet class. Barre work is introduced with a focus on developing a strong sense of aplomb (center) and placement, as well as developing turn out and articulation through the feet and legs. Exercises in the center are given to develop movement quality, strength, and coordination. There is a strong focus on developing vocabulary as well as an understanding of proper technique. Students explore musicality and artistry through movement and mime. Students in Levels 1-3 also study Progressing Ballet Technique/Conditioning. Students in Level 3 study Pre-Pointe.

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Upper Division

Levels 4-7 Technique and Pointe

(ages 11 and older)
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In the Upper Division, students further develop their ability to execute complex series of combinations, using the head, port de bras, and epaulement in coordination with the legs. Combinations increase in complexity and rigor as students are challenged to develop their technique, coordination, and stamina. In Pointe class, students develop proper alignment of the ankles and toes and build strength. Students are given exercises to further develop the strength and suppleness of their pointe work. Pointe work is now introduced in the center and with more speed and rigor. Students in Levels 4-7 also study Progressing Ballet Technique/Conditioning.

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Progressing Ballet Technique

(Levels 1-6)

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in dance. The PBT program will leave students with a comprehensive understanding of pure alignment, weight-placement, core control, and how to break down every movement and unfold the layers to understand what muscles assist each movement in its purest form. Quality over quantity is the ethos of Progressing Ballet Technique.

Please call the office at (602) 957-3364 to schedule a level placement class for your child.

Professional Program

The Ballet Theatre of Phoenix Professional Program is designed for the advanced dancer that possesses the determination and commitment for a serious ballet career.  Dancers that are placed in this program have the required technical ability and physical strength to meet the high standards of the curriculum. The program is designed to further develop technique, strength and artistry in a rigorous environment. Dancers are chosen for their talent and potential to pursue a career in professional ballet.  In addition to artistic guidance, they also receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Dancers in the Professional Program are expected to attend all required classes and rehearsals. Our goal is to provide well rounded training to prepare our dancers for a professional career and designate responsibility of communication to the dancer.  Dancers will have direct communication with the program administrator and the School Director. Audition videos to be sent to  Jennifer@ballettheatreofphx.org

Monday  

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm: Ballet Technique and Pointe/Variations
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Ballet Technique

Tuesday

  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm: Technique, Partnering and Variations
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Stretch and Turns

Wednesday

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm: Ballet Technique and Pointe/Variations
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm: Conditioning and Technique

Thursday

  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm: Technique and Pointe
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Contemporary

Friday

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm: Ballet Technique and Pointe/Variations

Saturday

  • 10:30pm - 12:00pm: Technique
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm: Rehearsal*

Schedule subject to change. *Rehearsal times vary

Dance for All

Contemporary

Focusing on fluid movement, our contemporary dance class fuses multiple dance genres including modern, jazz, classical ballet and hip hop to create an entirely new expression.

Contemporary Breaking

This class is an experimental blend between the classical and street realms of dance. Students will explore and dive-through all levels of space and movement methods. Technique facilitation and strengthening exercises will be an important element in class in order to fly through the advance and dynamic choreographies. Most importantly, play is the priority in this class. Playful experimentation and collaboration between students brings one closer to finding their voice in movement.

Free Placement Class

Please call the office at (602) 957-3364 to schedule a level placement class for your child.

What to Wear to the Placement Class?

Please have your child wear any close fitting clothes or leotard and tights, socks or Ballet Slippers with their hair secured and out of the face.

Girls should wear standard ballet attire (solid color leotard, light pink tights and pink leather full sole ballet slippers. If the student does not have dancewear, they may take this audition class in leggings, a tank top or t-shirt and socks. Girls are to wear their hair and bangs neatly away from their face and secured in a classical ballet bun.

Boys should wear flexible/breathable shorts (no denim), a t-shirt and black ballet slippers or socks. Boys should have their hair out of their face and secured with hairspray or gel if necessary.

Ladies should wear standard ballet attire (solid color leotard, light pink tights and pink leather full sole ballet slippers. Ladies are to wear their hair and bangs neatly away from their face and secured in a classical ballet bun. Ladies should bring their pointe shoes.

Gentlemen should wear tights and a dance belt, a t-shirt or leotard, and black ballet slippers with socks. Gentlemen should have their hair out of their face and secured with hairspray or gel if necessary.

Performances

Students at Ballet Theatre of Phoenix participate in two productions annually.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is presented annually during the holiday season in partnership with Convergence Ballet.

Nutcracker Swing

Spring Performance

Every year, the school presents a story-book ballet showcasing the students’ progress as dancers and artists throughout the School Year.

Spring Performance