Curriculum

All our teachers follow the Vaganova method which is based on an eight-year teaching syllabus created by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova. This method has influenced ballet pedagogy throughout the world and is regarded as a standard of ballet instruction. Since all PAB teachers work from the same method, students are ensured continuity as they progress from one level to another.

Dancer & Me (3-4 years of age and a caregiver)

This 45 minute class provides an introduction to dance and music in an enjoyable relaxed environment. This class is an excellent introduction to the world of dance and fun for both the dancer and caregiver.

Pre-Ballet & Ballet Preparatory (5-7 years of age)

These classes focus on coordination, musicality and basic ballet steps fostering a love of dance and music.

Regular division classes (8 years of age-professional)

The studio’s Regular Division is comprised of 7 levels. Level determination is based on age, former ballet experience and a placement class.

Levels 1-4 emphasizes the fundamentals of classical dance. Focusing on correct placement and execution of ballet steps paves the way for progressive ballet technique. Pointe work is introduced at Level 4 at the discretion of the teacher and director. By this time most students have the physical awareness and strength required for this milestone in ballet training.

Levels 5-7 challenges students with advancing technique combined with artistic demands. As students advance and grow stronger they begin to take lessons more frequently establishing a mental and physical confidence through the art of ballet. Variations and Partnering classes along with performance opportunities are introduced allowing students to grow as dancer and emerging artist.

Adult division classes (starting at 13 years of age)

From Beginner to Advanced, this is an especially popular option for Adults and Teens who wish to learn the art of classical dance. Students enjoy challenging and progressive classes especially designed for more mature students.