The Classical Ballet Program follows a carefully designed curriculum with ten levels of study. While it is critical to follow the sequence of the curriculum, each student progresses at his or her own rate because the training is linked to physical development. Faculty members are trained in the BBS curriculum and work to develop each student's individual abilities in a nurturing and supportive learning environment.
Formal ballet training begins at the Elementary levels where the foundation of classical ballet technique is delivered. In the Intermediate levels students continue to refine their work and complete the ballet vocabulary. Pointe is introduced starting in Intermediate 1, and upon completion of Intermediate 2, students may elect to join the Flex level. The intensive Advanced levels follow a rigorous class schedule (6 days a week), which includes technique, pointe, character, modern, and repertoire classes as part of their core curriculum. Focus turns towards strength, speed, more complex combination of steps, and the development of artistry.
Upon graduating from the advanced levels, students will have a thorough knowledge of ballet vocabulary, strong technique, and have gained valuable skills including critical and creative thinking, healthy lifestyle habits, motivation, focus and self-discipline, and increased confidence and self-esteem.
The supplemental Summer Dance Workshop and Summer Master Class Series expose students to different dance concepts and styles, in a creative environment, which also allows them to refine their ballet technique and stay in shape over the summer.
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