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.
Ages: 6 & 7 (must be 6 by Sept. 30)
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.
LEVEL 1A & 1B
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 8-10.
HomeSchoolers Ballet Class – To Be Determined for 2020/2021
Classes: 1.5 hours, once a week
An introductory level class for students. This class meets 1 to 2 times a week typically in the late morning hours. Schedule for 2020 is not yet determined. Email if interested.
LEVEL 2A & 2B
Ages: 9-11 & 11-13
Classes: 1.5 hours, twice a week
Students continue to improve and strengthen body awareness, alignment and technique while adding more relevés, center work, jumps and turns.
LEVEL 3A & 3B
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.
Classes: 2 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.
LEVEL 5 & 6
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.
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.