PDT strongly believes that ballet is a foundational dance style that all students benefit from and are encouraged to take. Students who choose ballet as a focus program should understand the commitment required for high achievement in this challenging art form. Training students in building the musculature, flexibility, vocabulary, coordination, and fluidity required to perform ballet at their highest potential is something we take tremendous pride in. PDT is proud to offer the following level based curriculum:
⦁ Ages 3-4 / pre-ballet/tap combinatory.
⦁ Ages 5-6 Level I Ballet.
⦁ Ages 7-8 Level II Ballet.
⦁ Ages 9-10 Level III Ballet. At this age, serious ballet students should consider taking multiple ballet classes per week.
⦁ Ages 9-10 Level III Pre-Pointe. This 1/2 hour class provides strength, stability, and flexibility training to prepare young dancers for successful future pointe work.
⦁ Ages 11-13 Level IV Ballet. At this age, serious ballet students should consider taking multiple ballet classes per week.
⦁ Level IV Pointe. Instructor assessment is required prior to any student beginning pointe work. Level IV will continue Level III strengthening and begin pointe work at the barre.
⦁ Ages 13+ Teen Intro Ballet. Didn’t grow up in ballet? That’s OK, we have a wonderful teen intro program where students may begin their ballet training in the teen years.
⦁ Ages 13+ Intermediate Ballet. This wonderful class is for students transitioning from Teen Intro and/or Level IV into Level V.
⦁ Ages 14+ Level V Ballet. Level V begins our advanced ballet curriculum. Please see the studio director for placement in Level V.
⦁ Ages 14+ Level V Pointe. Instructor assessment is required prior to any student beginning pointe work. Level V pointe continues strength and stability away from the barre, and begins to introduce advanced pointe steps.
⦁ Ages 15+ Level VI Ballet. Our advanced ballet is by invitation only. New students to PDT interested in this level should contact studio director for placement.
⦁ Ages 15+ Level VI Pointe. Level VI pointe builds and refines advanced pointe steps and repertoire, as well as integrating artistry and musicality.
⦁ Ages 13+ Variations. Variations introduces students to classical repertoire and choreography. Variations can be taken in flat shoes or en pointe, and challenges a student’s ability to retain choreography quickly.
Ballet Focus Students
Students with high aptitude and interest in ballet are recommended to take two or more ballet classes per week. Furthermore, students should strongly consider:
⦁ YAGP Training. This 2 hour a week class will focus on learning, developing skills, and practicing variations for competing at YAGP. Note that this class does not require students to compete their variations.
⦁ Variations. Here, students will learn and practice a multitude of ballet variations from classical repertoire.
⦁ Tricks, Technique, and Stretch. An excellent additional class for the ballet focus student to improve flexibility and coordination.
⦁ Lyrical. An excellent additional class for the ballet focus student to improve musicality, artistry, and fluidity.
⦁ Modern. An excellent additional class for the ballet focus student to improve strength and musicality.
⦁ Pre-Professional Studies. For students seeking a career in ballet, please see studio owner for more details.