Youth Ballet Program

A complete classical ballet curriculum is offered for students ages seven and up. The curriculum focuses on proper skeletal alignment, posture, strength, stretch of the legs and feet, fluid arm carriage, and flexibility and musicality.

Students progress through the levels as through grades in school. However, all students move at different rates. While some may spend more than two years in one level as the mind and body learn to work together, others may progress much faster. It is only after the student has learned the ballet technique appropriate for each level and after the student’s body has become strong enough for these movements that the student is moved to the subsequent level at the discretion of the instructor. Advancement is based on ability, not age. Indeed, the primary levels are the most important levels in ballet and should not be rushed through.

LEVELS

Level 1A

The entry level into the UIYB Program. Students in this level are seven years old, or older. In this class, they learn the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and the French vocabulary that makes up ballet. These students also move into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre. Class meets for one hour per week.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Saturdays, 9:15 - 10:15am
Fee: $195 for semester

Level 1B

A continuing level, building upon Level 1A concepts. This level is designed for second year students and older beginning students starting their study with UIYB.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Saturdays, 9:15 - 10:15am
Fee: $195 for semester

Level 2A

Students must be able to stay focused for the duration of this 75 minute ballet class. They should not be a distraction to others and be able to understand and to perform with greater consistency and proper alignment at the barre. This class meets twice per week for 75 minutes.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Mondays, 5:30 - 6:45pm
Wednesdays
, 5:30 - 6:45pm
Fee: $198.50 for semester

Level 2B

At this level, students are beginning to use port de bras and head movement (epaulment) to refine earlier material. In addition to the incorporation of more ballet jumps and center vocabulary, simple pirouette combinations are taught as well. This class meets twice per week for ninety minutes.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Thursdays
, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Fee: $202 for semester

Levels 3A and 3B

In the Fall of 2016, Level 3 has been subdivided into Level 3A and Level 3B.

Level 3A is for first year level 3 students who have completed level 2B or have undergone a placement class. Moving into level 3A implies that the dancer has a strong sense of ballet alignment as well as their standing leg. They should be able to maintain placement during the entire class. Dancers should also show greater independence in taking corrections and applying corrections.

In Level 3B, ballet movement vocabulary is increased with the addition of pirouettes and petit allegro. Stamina in jumping is stressed and artistic development layers the movement through epaulment and musicality.

It is in levels 3A and 3B that Ballet begins to sculpt the body and dancers begin to feel greater confidence. It is a level of high significance. Progressing through Level 3A and 3B can take up to 4 years working diligently in at least three classes per week of year-round study.

Pink belts will be worn by level 3A students and white belts by the 3B students.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Ballet
Mondays, 
5:30 - 7:00pm
Wednesdays
, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Saturdays, 10:30 - 12:00pm
Fee: $202 for semester

Yoga
Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:15am
Fee: $195 for semester

Levels 4 and 5

Placement at these levels is earned through hard work, determination, and discipline. Students at these levels should have sufficient technical knowledge and confidence to attempt execution of more advanced/complex steps and stylistic details (i.e. multiple pirouettes, tour jete, petit allegro with beats, and head/arm coordination and expression). Five classes per week are offered. Students at this level invest a minimum of six hours of ballet training per week in UIYB technique and conditioning classes (in addition to any pointe classes or rehearsals), and train year-round.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Ballet
Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Tuesdays
, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Fridays, 6:00 - 6:30pm (Level 5 only)
Saturdays, 10:30 - 12:00pm
Fee: $202 for semester

Floor Barre to Standing
Thursdays, 5:15 - 6:45pm
Fee: $202 for semester

Yoga
Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:15am
Fee: $195 for semester

Modern
Thursdays, 7:10 - 8:10pm
Fee: $195 for semester

Youth Ballet Ensemble (Starting October 8th)
Saturdays, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Pre-pointe

Those students ages eleven and older who have achieved technique and upon recommendation of their instructor may participate in pre-pointe class. This class meets once a week with the pointe students. Pre-pointe students take the pointe class in their ballet shoes. This is a one hour class.

Pointe

This sixty minute class follows the Ballet 4/5 class three times per week. It is recommended that pointe work is taken at least twice a week to maintain strength.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Tuesdays
, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Saturdays, 12:20 - 1:20pm
Fee: $195 for semester