Ballet study is progressive, built upon careful repetition of movements. It is in the systematic repetition of exercises that the body begins to develop strength and fluidity. Not unlike other athletic disciplines, desired mastery of movement is sought through multiple practice sessions. We strongly recommend multiple ballet technique classes per week as a proven method for achievement in ballet.
Recommended Number of Classes by Level
number of UIYB classes per week
|Ballet 2A||Two||Level 1B|
|Ballet 2B||Two||Level 2A|
|Ballet 3||Three||Level 2B|
|Ballet 4||Four minimum, plus optional pointe||Level 3|
|Ballet 5||Five minimum, plus optional pointe||Level 4|
Students have the additional option of taking class at the same or a lower level when space permits and when requested in advance. Makeups are allowed up to two times per person per semester (once during the shorter summer session).
Reach out to DNC-CommunityDance@uiowa.edu so a staff member can offer options or approve a makeup class. This step is important so our office can inform the instructors to expect an additional student.
If a student is more than ten minutes late, they will be asked to observe the class. This is a UI Dance Department policy to avoid injury.
When the student has mentally understood the ballet technique concepts and when the students’ body has become strong enough to accomplish those movements, then, at the discretion of the instructor, the student is moved to the next level. In this way, the student begins to assimilate the layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet. Indeed, the primary levels are some of the most important levels and should not be rushed.