The Level 1Pre provides the foundation of ballet technique. In Levels 1 through 2, students learn basic ballet positions and vocabulary, as well as the structure of a standard ballet class, starting at the floor barre and moving into introductory barre work. Beginning pointe is introduced in Level 2, at the discretion of the Artistic Directors, when a girl’s legs, feet and core are sufficiently strong.
Advancement is based on ability, not age. Some students spend more than two years in one level as their minds and bodies develop and adapt to working in harmony, while others progress more quickly. Once a student has mastered the ballet technique appropriate for a level and is strong enough to accomplish particular movements, she or he will be moved up at the Artistic Directors’ discretion. In this way, each student fully assimilates the necessary layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet.
The primary levels are critical in ballet, as they progressively prepare the student for the rigors of performance. For this reason, students must maintain good attendance to advance.