Children Division ballet classes are appropriate for students ages 3+. Classes meet once per week throughout the school year. Students ages 14 and up who are new to ballet are encouraged to begin their dance training in the BRT Academy Adult Open Division.
Classes begin on August 8, 2016 and conclude with our annual Academy Performance on May 20 & 21, 2017. Students age nine and up also have the opportunity to audition, August 27, 2016, to perform with BRT’s company in The Nutcracker.
Pre-Ballet classes are based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2016.
Level A and B classes are also based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2016 but previous training is considered and placement is determined by the BRT Academy staff.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-6 years): BRT’s early childhood classes are specially designed to provide children with a strong foundation in dance. It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance: space and how to relate to it; locomotive skills; musicality; sequencing, patterns, and spatial relationships; opposites and directions; and elementary ballet positions. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of creative expression, self‑awareness, imagination, and teamwork. Through class participation, students learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, including how to take turns, following one another or leading the way, waiting patiently, working with others, and having a positive attitude.
Level A (Ages 6-9 years): At age 6, students move into a transitional level between early childhood classes and those for studying classical ballet, introducing classical ballet vocabulary. The Level A classes take the concepts learned in Pre-Ballet and begin to put them into the format used in an actual ballet class
Level B (Ages 8-14 years): At age 8, students are ready, both physically and mentally, to begin studying the disciplined and demanding art form of classical ballet. By committing to more classes per week the student is able to begin to seriously strengthen their commitment and physical strength. This level builds the foundation for acceptance into our Junior Division.
Men’s Ballet I (Ages 8+): These introductory classes for boys teach the young danseur the basic technique of classical ballet.