International Ballet Academy

Upper Division

Ballet 3A, Ballet 3B, Ballet 4, Ballet 5, & Contemporary

Placement in the upper division is based on many factors, including age, ability, experience, strength, and mental preparedness. Students often spend several years in each level as they progress and develop their skills. Additionally, students must be able to meet pointe and variations standards to progress to the next level.

Ballet 3A

Beginning level pointe-work is introduced and developed in this level as a part of their technique class.  Students are required to take twice a week, with opportunity to take   3 times a week (students choose one demo class).

Class Color: Royal Blue (matching skirts are permitted)

Class: 2 hours, 2-3 times a week

Eligible for:

Studio Performance Group (SPG)

Nutcracker Auditions

Contemporary 3A

Ballet 3B

Students at this level have demonstrated strength and sufficient improvement, particularly in their pointe-work to progress to more challenging technical elements. Ballet 3B students must take 2 times a week, and are encouraged to take 3 times a week.  Ballet 3B students are also eligible for and encouraged to take Pointe 3, Variations 3, and Contemporary 3.

Class Color: Royal Blue (matching skirts are permitted)

Class: 1.5 – 2 hours, 2-3 times a week

Eligible for:

Pointe 3

Variations 3

Contemporary 3

Studio Performance Group (SPG)

Pre-Professional Company & Nutcracker Auditions

Contemporary 3B

Ballet 4

Students at this level are considered Intermediate-Advanced and take 3 times a week or more.  Ballet 4A are eligible for and encouraged to take Pointe 4, Variations 4, and Contemporary 4.​

*Ballet 4 students that are homeschooled are also eligible to attend Advanced Day Program classes when offered.

Class Color: Burgundy/Garnet (skirts are permitted)

Class: 1.5 – 2 hours, 3-4 times a week

Eligible for:

Pointe 4

Variations 4

Contemporary 4

Pre-Professional Company & Nutcracker Auditions

Ballet 5

Students at this level are considered Advanced and take 4 times a week or more.

Ballet 5 students are eligible for and encouraged to take Pointe 5, Variations 5, and Contemporary 5. Students at this level are strongly encouraged to audition for International Ballet’s Pre-Professional Company to gain additional performance experience.

*Ballet 5 students that are homeschooled are also eligible to attend Advanced Day Program classes when offered.  

Class Color: Black/Solid Color

Class: 1.5-2 hours, 4-6 times a week

Eligible for:

Pointe 5

Variations 5

Contemporary 5

Pre-Professional Company & Nutcracker Auditions

Contemporary

Students with an established ballet foundation learn modern-influenced movement in contemporary class, focusing on a grounded approach, floor work, barefoot articulation, expanded upper body and torso movement with improvisational/partner-work concepts when appropriate. Emphasis on musicality, fluidity, coordination and rhythm with a wide variety of music/movement influence.

Class: 1 hour, Once a week

Classes Available:

​Contemporary 3A (Ballet 3A or Instructor Approval)

​Contemporary 3B (Ballet 3B or Instructor Approval)

Contemporary 4 (Ballet 4 or Instructor Approval)

Contemporary 5 (Ballet 5)

 

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