Dancers new to Academy of Ballet please email Bridget Wilde or call 886-1222 to arrange a free trial class! Please provide your dancer’s birthdate and details of any prior training so we can find the best fit for them.

BALLET LEVELS

Pre-Ballet classes are combination ballet/tap classes with an emphasis on ballet for preschoolers. The emphasis is on fun movement and learning fundamental skills that are the building blocks of ballet study.

Pre-Ballet A (White) – Age 3 by September 1, 2021
Pre-Ballet B (Pink) – Age 4 by September 1, 2021

Beginning Ballet classes are for beginning and continuing students age 5-12. Dancers learn the basic positions and steps of classical ballet in an age-appropriate setting.

Beginning Ballet C (Lavender) – Age 5 by September 1, 2021
Beginning Ballet D (Light Blue) – Age 6-8 by September 1, 2021
Beginning Ballet E (Royal) – Age 9-12 by September 1, 2021, Age 8 with prior training at Academy of Ballet. Dancers Age 12 may choose to join the Teen/Adult Beginning Ballet.

Teen/Adult Ballet classes are for beginning and continuing students age 12+. All ages are welcome! New dancers with prior training, please contact Bridget Wilde to arrange a trial class for placement determination.

Teen/Adult Beginning/Intermediate Ballet – Minimum Age 12 by September 1, 2021. No maximum age. Appropriate for beginners, continuing dancers who are not yet ready for a more challenging level, and adult dancers with prior training who are out of shape or have physical limitations.
Teen/Adult Ballet-Pointe – by audition only (approximately equivalent to 4/5)

Ballet Levels 1-7 are for dancers age 7+ who have completed beginner ballet training and are ready for faster progress. Attendance minimum twice a week is mandatory. Placement in Levels 1-7 is by audition only; dancers with prior training who are new to Academy of Ballet may contact Bridget Wilde to arrange a trial class for placement determination.

Ballet 1 (Burgundy)
Ballet 2 (Hunter)
Ballet 3 (Navy) – Pre-pointe
Note: For the 2021-2022 season, Levels 4 & 5 have been combined. Continuing Level 4/5 dancers have been placed in either the Teen/Adult Ballet-Pointe or in Ballet 4/5. Please contact Bridget with questions.
Ballet 4 – Beginning Ballet/Pointe
Ballet 5 – Intermediate Ballet/Pointe
Ballet 6 – Advanced Ballet/Pointe
Ballet 7 – Tucson Regional Ballet Senior Company (contract only)

JAZZ LEVELS

Jazz classes are open to dancers in Beginning Ballet E (Royal), Teen/Adult Ballet-Pointe, and Ballet 1-7. It is required to attend ballet class to enroll in jazz, as learning of the fundamental building blocks of jazz and primary physical conditioning take place in ballet. Jazz class level is generally based on the ballet level in which the dancer has been placed.

Jazz 1 – Beginning Ballet E (Royal) & Ballet 1 (Burgundy)
Jazz 2 – Ballet 2 (Hunter) & Ballet 3 (Navy)
Jazz 3 – Ballet 4, Ballet 5, Teen/Adult Pointe
Jazz 4 – Ballet 6
Jazz 5 – Tucson Regional Ballet Senior Company (contract only – required)

TAP LEVELS

Tap classes are open to dancers in Beginning Ballet C-E, Teen/Adult Ballet-Pointe, and Ballet 1-7. It is required to attend ballet class to enroll in tap, as the primary physical conditioning necessary for tap will take place in ballet. Tap class placement above Tap 1 is by audition only. All beginning tappers of all levels register for Tap 1. Beginning tappers at higher ballet levels will be regularly assessed by our tap teachers and may be advanced mid-year.

CONTEMPORARY LEVELS

Contemporary classes explore improvisation, free movement, and modern technique, and are open to dancers in Teen/Adult Ballet-Pointe and Ballet 1-7. It is required to take ballet class to enroll in contemporary, as learning of the fundamental building blocks of contemporary and primary physical conditioning take place in ballet. Contemporary class level is based on the ballet level in which the dancer has been placed.

Contemporary 1 – Ballet 1 – 5, Teen/Adult Pointe
Contemporary 2 – Ballet 6, TRB Senior Company (optional); dancers in lower levels who have prior contemporary experience may be placed in this level at instructor discretion.