White River Ballet Academy is proud to offer the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough, nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors. Advancement through the curriculum is based on many factors including a student’s strength, physical development, effort, mastery of material, maturity, attendance record and artistic development. The most important factor is the student’s ability to safely execute the required class material. It is not unusual for a student to repeat a level of the curriculum. Most of our students will repeat a level at some point in their training. It is critically important that students advance at their own rate so they master the work demanded of them, avoid injury and achieve their fullest potential.

PRE-PRIMARY – NOT SCHEDULED FOR 2017

Preprimary

Ages: 4-5

Classes: 45 minutes, once a week

This class emphasizes creative movement, laying the foundation for Primary Level study. After an age-appropriate warm up, children will experience movement through the development of a theme followed by a cooling down period. Class ritual and etiquette are integrated into the class structure.

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PRIMARY B/ C

Primary ABC

Ages: 6-7

Classes: 1 hour, once a week

Rudimentary classical ballet terminology is introduced along with developmentally appropriate exercises that emphasize gross motor skills, correct alignment and body placement, sensitivity in the fingers, arms and hands and improvisation exercises that nurture artistry and musicality in the very young child.

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LEVEL 1A & 1B

Level 1

Ages: 8-10

Classes: 1.25-1.5 hours, once a week

Building stability through movement in the center is essential at this level. The joy of dance with the use of imagery, pathways and terminology is learned. Barre work is introduced at age 8.

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LEVEL 1/2 Teen – NOT SCHEDULED FOR 2017

Level 1 Teen

Ages: 11+

Classes: 1.5 hours, once a week

An introductory level class for older students, this class moves at a faster pace, taking into account the maturity and physical development of the older student.

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LEVEL 2A & 2B

Level 2

Ages: 9-11 & 11-13

Classes: 1.50-2 hours, two/three times a week

Students continue to improve and strengthen body awareness, alignment and technique while adding more relevés, center work, jumps and turns.

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LEVEL 3 – NOT SCHEDULED FOR 2017

Level 3

Ages: 10+

Classes: 2 hours, three times a week

This class places emphasis on developing a strong back and core, fully stretched legs and a stable demi-pointe. Pointe shoes are awarded once these goals are reached and upon teacher’s evaluation.

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LEVEL 4A/4B  

Level 4

Ages: 11-13

Classes: 1.5/2.5 hours, four times a week

Pointe work is the main focus of this class as well as continuing to refine technique, correct posture, placement and the 10 principals of classical ballet.

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LEVEL 5

Level 5

Ages: 13-18

Classes: 1.75/2.5 hours, four times a week

Advanced movement is introduced focusing on battu and complex turns in the center as well as classical ballet variations and the 10 principals.

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ADULT

AdultThese classes are offered on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required. Students sign in and pay before each class or purchase a class card – 10 classes for $160. Class cards are valid for three months and are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

ADULT INTERMEDIATE

Ages: 18+

This is a strong, intermediate level class. It is recommended that you have at least 5 years of consistent classical ballet experience. Adult students that commit to regular, bi-weekly class attendance and additional rehearsal time may be eligible to participate in the annual spring performance, if interested.

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