Ballet Classes

Baby Ballet

Baby Ballet is for the youngest dancer and their parents. In this introductory class, children will focus on fun movements, stories, music and imagination. This is a 30 minute class for 2-3 years of age.

Discover Dance/Tap

Discover Dance is for children who are ready to venture into the studio independently. This class teaches the basic elements of movement, dance and music in a creative way. This is a 45 minute class for 4-5 years of age.

Pre-Ballet/Tap

Pre-Ballet introduces a more structured ballet class, during which basic ballet vocabulary and movement is taught. It is at this age when body memory begins to form, all leading up to a b foundation in ballet. This is a 60 minute class for 6-7 years of age.

Ballet 1

Ballet 1 is a dancer’s first traditional ballet technique class. Students at this level are introduced to extended barre exercises, while increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. There is an increased emphasis on ballet vocabulary, coordination and classroom focus. This is a 60 minute class – 8-10 years of age.

Ballet 2

Ballet 2 is a progression of ballet I. In this class students will continue to learn ballet terminology, transitional steps, rhythm and poise. It is highly encouraged this class be taken 2 times per week. This is 60 minute class – faculty placement.

Ballet 3

Ballet 3 focuses on strengthening exercises, transitional steps and more intricate combinations. This level helps prepare female dancers for pointe shoes. It is highly encouraged this class be taken 3 times a week. This is a 75 minute or longer class – faculty placement.

Ballet 4

Ballet 4 is the most anticipated level for a young dancer. . . Pointe shoes are introduced! This level is geared to dedicated dancers and is required to be taken 3 times a week. This is a 75 minute or longer class – faculty placement. *Pointe classes for Ballet 4 students are offered in addition to their regular scheduled technique classes. To partake in pointe class, dancers must take a minimum of 3 technique classes per week.

Ballet 5

Ballet 5 is geared toward the intermediate dancer. More difficult steps are taught and performing opportunities increase. It is highly encouraged this class be taken 4 times per week. This is a 75 minute or longer class – faculty placement. *Pointe classes for Ballet 5 students are offered in addition to their regular scheduled technique classes. To partake in pointe class, dancers must take a minimum of 4 technique classes per week.

Ballet 6

Ballet 6 is for the intermediate dancer who has completed level 5. Refinement of steps and movement continues. Dancers have many performing opportunities. It is highly encouraged this class be taken 4 times per week. This is a 75 minute or longer class – faculty placement. *Pointe class for Ballet 6 students are offered in addition to their regular scheduled technique classes. To partake in Pointe class, dancers must take a minimum of 4 technique classes per week.

Ballet 7

Ballet 7 builds on concepts practiced in Ballet 5 & Ballet 6 and elevates experienced young dancers into a technically more demanding level that prepares them for pre-professional training. Emphasis is placed on coordination, musicality, and technical proficiency as dancers learn how to cleanly execute ballet combinations and choreography. This level is for the dedicated dancer and is required to be taken 4 times a week. This is a 90 minute or longer class – faculty placement. *Pointe classes for Ballet 7 students are offered in addition to their regular scheduled technique classes. To partake in pointe class, dancers must take a minimum of 4 technique classes per week.

Ballet 8

Ballet 8 is Studio West’s most advanced ballet level. In this class difficulty is increased, technique is polished and extensive performing opportunities are available. This level is for the dedicated dancer and is required to be taken 4 times a week. This is a 90 minute or longer class – faculty placement.
*Pointe classes for Ballet 8 students are offered in addition to their regular scheduled technique classes. To partake in pointe class, dancers must take a minimum of 4 technique classes per week.

Beginning Adult Ballet

Beginning Adult Ballet is tailored for the brand new dancer, or for the student who has had a break from dance. This is a 60 minute class.

Intermediate Adult/Teen Ballet

Intermediate Adult/Teen Ballet is a technique class for the intermediate ballet dancer. This is a 75 minute class.

Conditioning classes

Conditioning classes are offered to students in level 3A and above. It is absolutely imperative that dancers are b, physically fit, and able to endure the rigors of dance performance. A conditioning regime allows dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies to compliment their technical and stylistic dance training and prevent injuries.