About the Academy

 

The Ballet Academy opened in 1981 under the direction of Alison Miller. The Academy teaches the foundations of Classical Ballet based on the Royal Academy and Vaganova syllabi with emphasis on placement, technique and musicality. Classes in Repertory/Variations, and Stretch and Tone are also offered.

All class genres are technique based and include strength and flexibility conditioning, proper terminology/vocabulary, history, and focus on improving performance quality and technical mastery.

 Level determination is based on prior training, age, and level of muscular development and coordination. Exceptions may be made at the Director/Instructor’s discretion.

 Youth Division:  Pre-Ballet through Ballet V, Youth Jazz, Youth Jazz/Tap combo

The Pre-ballet is for children ages 3 to 4. Ballet I is for students 5 to 7 years of age.  Ballet II to Ballet V often corresponds with the students school level.  Teens without prior ballet experience may join at the Ballet IV/V level, or Adult Basics.

Tap/Jazz combo: students will focus on rhythm and clear sounds in tap. Jazz: jazz basics, jumps, leaps and turns, 

Adult & Teens

Ballet: Elementary I and II, Intermediate and Advanced are for students 12 and older. Adults and Teens may join any of the classes from Adult Basics to Intermediate/Advanced based on their training goals and experience. Teens without prior ballet experience may join at the Ballet IV/V level, or Adult Basics.

Jazz: Warm up, Jazz combinations, stretch, pirouettes, jumps, leaps, floor patterns, dance composition and team work.

Repertory Classes are for students who want to perform more and are willing to commit to more technique classes, workshops and outreach programs. See the repertory section for more details.

Stretch & Tone class is for anyone, with or without dance training, who is  interested in improving range of motion, core strength and upper body strength. The class is a combination of myofascial stretching, dynamic stretching, pilates, and yoga, core exercises and upper body work with free weights.

Summer Intensive workshops in the Youth Division offer students an opportunity to experience different techniques and to make significant improvements in a relatively short period of time. They are highly recommended for serious students. For child care purposes, our tax ID # is 52-1242453.

For Questions:  Email Alison HERE 

 The Ballet Academy is the resident company of The Performing Arts Repertory Company (performingarc.org).