Class Levels / Placement

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2016-2017 School Brochure
Ongoing Student Registration:The School of the Sacramento Ballet’s registration for 2016-2017 school year is open year round.  To register new students, please contact the School Administrator, Dr. Julie Isherwood, at schooladmin@sacballet.org

New students wishing to enroll will be required to take a placement class for proper leveling.

All fully enrolled students (Creative Movement through Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble) are given the opportunity to participate in the Annual Student Demonstration.

Children’s  Division

Children’s Division Schedule Spring 2017

Classes are designed to introduce young children to the fundamentals of dance. This division nurtures children’s innate joy of movement and expression while increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles, and introducing the vocabulary of ballet.

  • Tutu Toddlers (TTT)
  • Creative Movement (CM)
  • Pre-Ballet (Pre)
  • Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet Tap
  • Beginning Ballet I (BBI)
  • Beginning Ballet II (BBII)
  • Preparatory Ballet (Prep)
  • Beginning Ballet I,II,Prep,Tap

Student Division

Student Division Spring 2017 (Revised 1-25)

This division encompasses Intro to Ballet thru the Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble. Students progress, at an individual pace through each level following a graded syllabus. This division is for students 8 years of age and up (younger students may be admitted with School Principal permission).

  • Intro to Ballet: Technique, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop
  • Levels 1 and 2 Ballet: Technique, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop
  • Level 3 Ballet: Technique, Pre-Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop
  • Flex Track Levels 4, 5, 6:  Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical Jazz, Hip Hop.  Flex Track Levels are designed to accommodate the specific needs of students whose extracurricular activities require a less demanding ballet schedule.  Students train under the same syllabus as the Academy Track but with a lighter class schedule.
  • Academy Track Levels 4, 5, and 6 Ballet and Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble (SBYE): Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop.  Recognizing students’ desire for additional class time and pursuit of a college degree or professional career in dance, the Academy Track provides the opportunity for students to train an increased number of hours, five to six days per week, including Saturday rehearsals.  The Academy Track and SBYE students expand their technical development and further artisitc expression through additional performance opportunities.
  • Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble (SBYE):  SBYE is the performing ensemble of students that represent The School of the Sacramento Ballet at Regional Dance America/Pacific (RDA).  The ensemble is chosen by an audition process.  Members must exhibit exemplary technique, artistry, attendance and positive attitude.

Boy Classes:

 Boy Classes offer the opportunity to focus on the athletic side of ballet training. Going beyond the traditional ballet class, boys will concentrate on strengthening, jumps, turns and other aspects of training required for a male dancer.

Pointe Work:

Pointe Work begins in Level 4 with the recommendation of teachers and final approval by the School Principal.  Pointe shoes may not be sewn or worn without teacher consent of fit. Pointe does not happen automatically with age or level and is based on an assessment by faculty to avoid risk to the dancer.

Level Advancement and Promotion:

Parent and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet classes do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. It is common for students to repeat levels of study. Because the range of the criteria for promotion is so diverse, it may be two or more years before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.

Advancement through The School of the Sacramento Ballet is based on many factors including a student’s strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of syllabus at grade level and artistic development as assessed by the teachers and School Principal. A student’s ability to execute the required material is considered above all else, including age. Advancement to the next level may occur at anytime during the semester, but is generally determined at the end of each school year.

OPEN DIVISION: Classes Offered to teens and Adults on a drop in basis.

Student Open

The student open division allows students to take a drop in class. Based upon availability and evaluation by the School Principal, non-registered students may be allowed to drop into Student Division classes.

Teen/Adult Open

The School of the Sacramento Ballet’s Teen/Adult Open Division class is for students age 14 to adult. Students use artistic expression along with a healthy dose of exercise for both the mind and body to promote better fitness and focus in their day to day lives. We offer each class at a drop in rate to accommodate busy schedules – only pay for the classes you attend.
Beginning/Intermediate Teen and Adult Ballet: These classes are for teens and adult students with little to no experience or for those who are returning to ballet. Suggested ballet class attire: fitted yoga style clothing or classical ballet attire and ballet shoes. Drop-In Rate: $20
Functional Fitness Session- October 5th-November 9th: All levels beginner to advance. A fun functional fitness class that gets you moving while burning calories and toning. Kenya Runyan a certified Cross Fit trainer and one of our ballet school moms will teach the session. Suggested attire: Yoga style fitness clothing and supportive athletic shoes. 6 Week Session Price: $100

Advanced AM Ballet Session (Levels 5/6/SBYE)

This is an advanced level ballet class, offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  If not a student of The School, a placement class is required prior to the first class.

Spring Session (January 23 – March 20) $750

Drop-In Rate per class $35