Class Descriptions & Levels

Levels in different classes do not necessarily correlate. i.e. a student in intermediate modern will not necessarily be in intermediate freestyle ballet. (This is a guideline only, all levels are at the discretion of the teacher of the student or particular class.)

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Pre-Primary

Ages 3-8
1 to 2 hours recommended per week • PDF Schedule

An introductory level for the youngest children who aren't ready to start formal training, or who are starting Ballet Technique Prep or Ballet Technique Level 1.

The student's age will determine which of the classes they can take. Please click on each class description to learn more about the age requirements for that class.

Creative Ballet

Ages 3-4: Creative Ballet 1

Ages 4-5: Creative Ballet 2

Goals:

  • Introduce the key elements of the ballet technique in an engaging manner specific to young children’s level of understanding.
  • Increase the dancer’s flexibility.
  • Teach the dancer to follow instructions using creative techniques specific to their age.
  • Introduce the structure of a ballet class to the young dancer: warm-up, exercises, dances, across the floor, cool-down and stretch.
  • Focus on musicality while dancing.

Format:

  1. Stretch
  2. Warm-up dances
  3. Ballet: positions of feet and arms, pliés, tendus, port-de-bras, retiré, rises, sautés, runs, leaps, skipping, gallops, bourrées, marching, polka (Creative 2)
  4. Improvisation
  5. Cool-down, stretch, reverence

Ballet Beginning

Ages 5-6

A ballet class to bridge the gap between Creative Ballet 2 and Ballet Technique Prep, Ballet Beginning will introduce the concepts of a more structured ballet class including ballet positions and technique.

Ballet Technique Prep & Level 1

Class placement determined strictly by assessment.

Ballet Technique Prep

Ballet Technique Prep is designed to develop a child’s enjoyment of movement and dance quality. The Ballet Technique Prep exam/curriculum precedes the Level 1 exam/curriculum.

Ballet Technique Level 1

Following the level 1 examination, students will progress through the Ballet Technique levels from age 7+:

Ballet Technique classes/examinations 1-8 are designed to improve the dancers' movement quality, musicality, the joy of dance, and their development as young artists. Each year, the classes advance as more technical demands are introduced.

Ballet Technique is the only class type that culminates in exams, which both gives students a sense of achievement from having completed the exam itself, and provides an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback on the work they have done throughout the year. Except in special circumstances, exams in these classes are required to advance to the next level.

Level decisions by artistic staff are final.

Dress Code

Leotard Color:
Sunshine tank leotard (Bloch Style #CL5605 or #CL5405)
Matching yellow skirt (ask in Dressed 2 Dance store)

Pink tights & pink slippers, hair in bun

Dress code for other classes

 

Primary

Ages 8-10
2 to 3 hours recommended per week • PDF Schedule

Students who are ready to begin Ballet Technique Level 2 or 3, or those ready to start freestyle ballet or other dance styles in the Primary level of the particular class.

Ballet Technique Level 2 & Level 3

Class placement determined strictly by assessment.

Ballet Technique classes/examinations 1-8 are designed to improve the dancers' movement quality, musicality, the joy of dance, and their development as young artists. Each year, the classes advance as more technical demands are introduced.

Ballet Technique is the only class type that culminates in exams, which both gives students a sense of achievement from having completed the exam itself, and provides an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback on the work they have done throughout the year. Except in special circumstances, exams in these classes are required to advance to the next level.

Level decisions by artistic staff are final.

Primary Freestyle

Freestyle classes are classical ballet technique classes that do not follow a set syllabus or have a final examination, but instead have been designed by the teacher based on their personal repertoire and experience. Our expert teachers tailor each class to suit the age, level, and circumstance of the participants.

Primary Character

Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dance comprises traditional folk or national dance styles as well as their modern interpretations and was created to give full length story ballets their “character”, ie place them culturally and chronologically. The class often follows the same format (barre, centre, and solos) as classical ballet, but girls perform in character shoes and character skirts.

Primary Jazz

A dance style with African roots and technical movements that has evolved into today’s popular jazz styles, as seen on both Broadway stages and in theater productions around the world. Isolations—entailing a low center of gravity and high level of energy—serve as defining characteristics of jazz dance. From Fred Astaire to Bob Fosse, George Balanchine to Michael Jackson, this dance form is unique in its wide degree of variation in style and technique.

Dress Code

Leotard Color:
Pastel Blue tank leotard (Bloch Style #CL5605 or #CL5405)

Pink tights & pink slippers, hair in bun

Dress code for other classes

 

Elementary

Ages 10-12
4 to 6 hours recommended per week • PDF Schedule

Students who have passed the required Ballet Technique levels to attempt levels 4, 5, or 6, or those ready to advance to an Elementary level in other dance styles or freestyle ballet. Elementary level girls will work towards and prepare to go on pointe (subject to teacher's opinion of readiness).

Ballet Technique Level 4, Level 5, & Level 6

Class placement determined strictly by assessment.

Ballet Technique classes/examinations 1-8 are designed to improve the dancers' movement quality, musicality, the joy of dance, and their development as young artists. Each year, the classes advance as more technical demands are introduced.

Ballet Technique is the only class type that culminates in exams, which both gives students a sense of achievement from having completed the exam itself, and provides an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback on the work they have done throughout the year. Except in special circumstances, exams in these classes are required to advance to the next level.

Level decisions by artistic staff are final.

Elementary Freestyle

Freestyle classes are classical ballet technique classes that do not follow a set syllabus or have a final examination, but instead have been designed by the teacher based on their personal repertoire and experience. Our expert teachers tailor each class to suit the age, level, and circumstance of the participants.

Elementary Character

Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dance comprises traditional folk or national dance styles as well as their modern interpretations and was created to give full length story ballets their “character”, ie place them culturally and chronologically. The class often follows the same format (barre, centre, and solos) as classical ballet, but girls perform in character shoes and character skirts.

Pre-Pointe Stretch & Pointe-Work Prep

1. Pre-Pointe Stretch: Levels 5 & 6 only

2. Pointe-Work Prep: Level 6 only by recommendation

3. Intermediate Pointe to follow upon later advancement into intermediate level

Ballet dancers use the pointe-work technique to dance on the tips of their toes using pointe shoes. It is a highly skilled technique that is not to be started until the dancer is deemed absolutely ready. The three levels of this technique (Pre-Pointe Stretch, Pointe-Work Prep, Intermediate Pointe) exist in order to be entirely certain that a dancer possesses adequate strength before progressing to the next level. The progression through each level of pointe-work is at the full discretion of the teacher, and it is required that dancers start in the pre-pointe stretch class before advancing.

Elementary Jazz

A dance style with African roots and technical movements that has evolved into today’s popular jazz styles, as seen on both Broadway stages and in theater productions around the world. Isolations—entailing a low center of gravity and high level of energy—serve as defining characteristics of jazz dance. From Fred Astaire to Bob Fosse, George Balanchine to Michael Jackson, this dance form is unique in its wide degree of variation in style and technique.

Elementary Tap

The sounds made by tap shoes striking the floor, thus becoming a form of percussion, characterize tap dance. It has a strong focus on rhythm and syncopation, and in the recreation of unexpected and lively rhythms, dancers begin to form one of the most standout, iconic styles in dance history.

Elementary Hip-Hop

As one of the most popular dance styles today, hip-hop materializes in forms ranging from urban street dance to the more commercial style seen in music videos. Three primary styles comprise hip-hop dance: breaking, popping, and locking. The dance style is often performed to hip-hop or pop music, and is generally fast paced and highly energetic.

Elementary/Intermediate Body Conditioning

It is vital that a dancer work on strength and suppleness outside of their regular dance class. Body conditioning is an all-over body maintenance class drawing on exercise practices ranging from aerobics to pilates to yoga stretches, which are applied to ballet technique. The classes will be structured on the advice of all the teachers to target any weaknesses in dancers, in turn speeding up improvement and reducing the risk of injury.

Dress Code

Leotard Color:
Level 4: Berry Pink spaghetti strap leotard (Bloch Style #L5607)
Level 5 & 6: Burgundy spaghetti strap leotard (Bloch Style #L5607)

Pink tights & pink slippers, hair in bun

Dress code for other classes

 

Intermediate

Ages 12+ by assessment
8 to 9 hours recommended per week • PDF Schedule

Students who have passed the required Ballet Technique levels to attempt levels 7 and 8, or those ready to advance to an Intermediate level in other dance styles or freestyle ballet. Intermediate level girls will be dancing on pointe (subject to teacher's opinion of readiness).

Ballet Technique Level 7 & Level 8

Class placement determined strictly by assessment.

Ballet Technique classes/examinations 1-8 are designed to improve the dancers' movement quality, musicality, the joy of dance, and their development as young artists. Each year, the classes advance as more technical demands are introduced.

Ballet Technique is the only class type that culminates in exams, which both gives students a sense of achievement from having completed the exam itself, and provides an invaluable opportunity to receive feedback on the work they have done throughout the year. Except in special circumstances, exams in these classes are required to advance to the next level.

Level decisions by artistic staff are final.

Intermediate Freestyle

Freestyle classes are classical ballet technique classes that do not follow a set syllabus or have a final examination, but instead have been designed by the teacher based on their personal repertoire and experience. Our expert teachers tailor each class to suit the age, level, and circumstance of the participants.

Intermediate Repertoire ("Rep")

In repertoire or “rep” classes, dancers learn and perfect choreography of different ballets, with sources ranging from classical dance masterpieces to present day choreographers. Comprised by both solos and group dances, this is a crucial class for dancers to apply techniques learned in other classes and to understand where a given technique can fit into the performance element of dance.

Intermediate Character

Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dance comprises traditional folk or national dance styles as well as their modern interpretations and was created to give full length story ballets their “character”, i.e. place them culturally and chronologically. The class often follows the same format (barre, centre, and solos) as classical ballet, but girls perform in character shoes and character skirts.

Intermediate Pointe

Ballet dancers use the pointe-work technique to dance on the tips of their toes using pointe shoes. It is a highly skilled technique that is not to be started until the dancer is deemed absolutely ready. The three levels of this technique (Pre-Pointe Stretch, Pointe-Work Prep, Intermediate Pointe) exist in order to be entirely certain that a dancer possesses adequate strength before progressing to the next level. The progression through each level of pointe-work is at the full discretion of the teacher, and it is always advised that a dancer start in the pre-pointe stretch class before advancing.

Intermediate Modern

Since being developed in the mid-twentieth century, modern dance has grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Combining the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with a modern stress on the torso, contemporary also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used as well.

Intermediate Jazz

A dance style with African roots and technical movements that has evolved into today’s popular jazz styles, as seen on both Broadway stages and in theater productions around the world. Isolations—entailing a low center of gravity and high level of energy—serve as defining characteristics of jazz dance. From Fred Astaire to Bob Fosse, George Balanchine to Michael Jackson, this dance form is unique in its wide degree of variation in style and technique.

Intermediate Tap

The sounds made by tap shoes striking the floor, thus becoming a form of percussion, characterize tap dance. It has a strong focus on rhythm and syncopation, and in the recreation of unexpected and lively rhythms, dancers begin to form one of the most standout, iconic styles in dance history.

Intermediate Hip-Hop

As one of the most popular dance styles today, hip-hop materializes in forms ranging from urban street dance to the more commercial style seen in music videos. Three primary styles comprise hip-hop dance: breaking, popping, and locking. The dance style is often performed to hip-hop or pop music, and is generally fast paced and highly energetic.

Elementary/Intermediate Body Conditioning

It is vital that a dancer work on strength and suppleness outside of their regular dance class. Body conditioning is an all-over body maintenance class drawing on exercise practices ranging from aerobics to pilates to yoga stretches, which are applied to ballet technique. The classes will be structured on the advice of all the teachers to target any weaknesses in dancers, in turn speeding up improvement and reducing the risk of injury.

Dress Code

Leotard Color:
Level 7: Lavender spaghetti strap leotard (Bloch Style #L5607)
Level 8: Aubergine spaghetti strap leotard (Bloch Style #L5607)

Pink tights, pink slippers, & pink pointe shoes, hair in bun

Dress code for other classes

 

Company

By assessment only
15+ hours per week • PDF Schedule

Students who have passed Ballet Technique level 8 or by audition will be accepted into the pre-professional company of Southern California Ballet. The company program is divided into 3 levels: Junior, Level 1, and Level 2. Company level students receive a scholarship towards their training according to the level they are in. Classes will be of a Ballet Technique level 9, 10, and Diploma level, or a professional level in other dance styles including freestyle ballet.

Cecchetti Technique

Class placement determined strictly by assessment.

Cecchetti Technique: Grade 9, Grade 10, & Diploma Curriculum

After passing the level 8 exam, students will start to work towards the “Major examinations” (levels 9, 10 & Diploma). These exams are for the career oriented dancer and require a high level of execution. They are a continuation of the Ballet Technique assessment levels for dancers who wish to pursue professional levels of dance or join a prestigious University Dance Program.

Company Freestyle

Freestyle classes are classical ballet technique classes that do not follow a set syllabus or have a final examination, but instead have been designed by the teacher based on their personal repertoire and experience. Our expert teachers tailor each class to suit the age, level, and circumstance of the participants.

Company Repertoire ("Rep")

In repertoire or “rep” classes, dancers learn and perfect choreography of different ballets, with sources ranging from classical dance masterpieces to present day choreographers. Comprised by both solos and group dances, this is a crucial class for dancers to apply techniques learned in other classes and to understand where a given technique can fit into the performance element of dance.

Company Character

Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dance comprises traditional folk or national dance styles as well as their modern interpretations and was created to give full length story ballets their “character”, ie place them culturally and chronologically. The class often follows the same format (barre, centre, and solos) as classical ballet, but girls perform in character shoes and character skirts.

Company Pointe

Ballet dancers use the pointe-work technique to dance on the tips of their toes using pointe shoes. It is a highly skilled technique that is not to be started until the dancer is deemed absolutely ready. The three levels of this technique (Pre-Pointe Stretch, Pointe-Work Prep, Intermediate Pointe) exist in order to be entirely certain that a dancer possesses adequate strength before progressing to the next level. The progression through each level of pointe-work is at the full discretion of the teacher, and it is always advised that a dancer start in the pre-pointe stretch class before advancing.

Company Modern

Since being developed in the mid-twentieth century, modern dance has grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Combining the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with a modern stress on the torso, contemporary also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used as well.

Company Jazz

A dance style with African roots and technical movements that has evolved into today’s popular jazz styles, as seen on both Broadway stages and in theater productions around the world. Isolations—entailing a low center of gravity and high level of energy—serve as defining characteristics of jazz dance. From Fred Astaire to Bob Fosse, George Balanchine to Michael Jackson, this dance form is unique in its wide degree of variation in style and technique.

Intermediate Tap

The sounds made by tap shoes striking the floor, thus becoming a form of percussion, characterize tap dance. It has a strong focus on rhythm and syncopation, and in the recreation of unexpected and lively rhythms, dancers begin to form one of the most standout, iconic styles in dance history.

Intermediate Hip-Hop

As one of the most popular dance styles today, hip-hop materializes in forms ranging from urban street dance to the more commercial style seen in music videos. Three primary styles comprise hip-hop dance: breaking, popping, and locking. The dance style is often performed to hip-hop or pop music, and is generally fast paced and highly energetic.

Company Body Conditioning

It is vital that a dancer work on strength and suppleness outside of their regular dance class. Body conditioning is an all-over body maintenance class drawing on exercise practices ranging from aerobics to pilates to yoga stretches, which are applied to ballet technique. The classes will be structured on the advice of all the teachers to target any weaknesses in dancers, in turn speeding up improvement and reducing the risk of injury.

Dress Code

Leotard Color:
Level 9 & above: Black any style leotard (*For exams, Bloch Style #L5607)
Pink tights, pink slippers, & pink pointe shoes, hair in bun

Dress code for other classes

 

Adult

For adults, or teenagers who are new to ballet
Attend weekly or drop-in • PDF Schedule

Adult Ballet

No previous experience required

Mondays, 7:15-8:30pm: Beginner Adult Ballet

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am: Intermediate Adult Ballet

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am: Intermediate/Advanced Adult Ballet

Whether you are a beginner or previous professional, ballet class is a wonderful way to stay in shape, stretch tight muscles, challenge your mind and feel beautiful. All adult ballet classes begin at the barre. The class follows a “freestyle” curriculum, meaning that the exercises will be set by the instructor on the day, he/she will demonstrate the exercise, explain the “how to” and also instruct ways to improve technique before putting on the music. All of our instructors have a high level of proficiency and are experts of adjusting the class to suit all levels.

The class will continue in a traditional way with a stretch after the barre before moving in to the center. Center work consists of faster moments and ballet steps without the assistance of the barre. Exercises will include tendus, adage, pirouettes, and allegro (jumps).

There is no requirement in regards to completing the class. Adults are encouraged to do as much of the class as they would like.

Dress Code:
No dress code required except for ballet shoes. Adult ballet participants should wear workout clothing that does not restrict movement. Leotard and tights are not required.

Adult Flamenco/Bollywood

No previous experience required

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

For the first few weeks, both dance forms will be learned, and then dance forms will alternate each week.

Flamenco

Authentic Flamenco dance brought to you straight from the source, Andalucia, Southern Spain. In this class, you will learn about the characteristics of flamenco, rhythmic patterns, body language, posture, footwork, arm movements, and even start dancing the very popular rhythms of Sevillanas and Rumbas. Enjoy the music and experience the culture of Flamenco. Whether you'd like to perform someday, or just get a good work out… join us!

Flamenco Dress Code

Women: Flamenco practice skirt (available to borrow from SCB) with tights, leggings, dance pants, or shorts underneath. Leotard or shirt should not constrict movement. Hair in ponytail or bun.

Women shoes: Character shoes, Flamenco shoes, or Folklorico shoes. Character shoes can be bought locally in Rancho Bernardo at Dressed2Dance or from an online dancewear store. If you would prefer to purchase actual flamenco shoes, please use the links: Flamenco shoes , Folklorico shoes

Men: Comfortable pants (no shorts) and leotard or loose top that does not constrict movement

Men’s shoes: Tennis shoes or Flamenco boots or Folklorico shoes

Bollywood

Dance It Up! From Indian Films to mainstream, Bollywood Dance has become a popular dance style heavily influenced by its classical Indian styles like Bharatnatyam and Kathak and western styles like Jazz, Latin,Contemporary and Hip Hop. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and contribute to this evolving, easy-going dance form. Join us for this awesome workout and dance class experience. Experience festive, colorful and vibrant movement to fabulous upbeat rhythms. Bollywood Dance is the “always happy” dance for everyone!

Bollywood Dress Code

Dancers will be barefoot for the bollywood class. Comfortable attire like t-shirts, active wear and yoga-style clothes will allow freedom of movement. Some participants choose to wear a long, collarless tunic, the salwar kameez , with pants underneath and chunni(long scarf).