System of Training

About

Southern California Ballet’s system of training aims to provide students with a foundation which will empower them to enter the professional & university dance worlds, should they aspire to do so.

Drawing on the professional experience of Southern California Ballet’s artistic directors and faculty, their mentors, and the Cecchetti method, SCB’s training method was designed to bring transparency and objectivity to ballet education through an updated assessment process, the creation of a progressive syllabus to foster progress in-line with international standards in the dance world, and the inclusion of modern anatomy and movement science in the broader curriculum.

Ballet Technique classes at SCB follow the SCB syllabus, and instill a strong ballet foundation focused on developing technique, strength, individuality, and expression. These classes involve annual assessment by professional experts, and focus on developing both mindset and the physical skills required to pursue dance professionally.

Assessment Process

Southern California Ballet is the only dance studio in the area to offer annual ballet exams assessed by a panel of independent professionals, allowing the student to progress in ballet following a structured curriculum in their Ballet Technique classes.

What comprises the assessment process?

  • An annual exam taking place around May, evaluated by a panel of current dance world professionals

  • Input from the student’s academy teachers, reflecting on their work, concentration, and behavior throughout the year

Why does SCB have an assessment process?

  • To increase the dancer’s exposure to the dance world outside of our own walls

  • To provide constructive personal feedback, designed to allow dancers to focus on the substance of what is being learned & achieved rather than merely earning a grade—we believe this focus is essential to entering the professional dance world

  • To provide dancers with structured learning and the foundation to set & achieve goals in dance

  • To ensure effective level placement, so that dancers are in the class levels that will most benefit their development