ELEMENTARY DIVISION

ABOUT | The Elementary Division is for students ages 6 and above. Classes are offered by age and are carefully developed in accordance with a child’s physical and cognitive abilities. Children are placed in a safe and nurturing environment, and parents are invited to watch class several times per year. Placement is at the discretion of the Ballet West Academy director. Summer classes are available for all levels. Children at this level will participate in the Ballet West Academy Spring Production.

 

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ELEMENTARY A | Ages 6-7

Elementary A is the bridge between a creative format and a more formal structure to ballet class. It is in this level that we begin the systematic approach to classical ballet training defined in the Ballet West Academy syllabus. Basic ballet terminology and music awareness are introduced. Students continue to explore creative expression, refine motor skills and gain strength and coordination. Children are encouraged to practice self-discipline, resulting in a respect and safety for self and others. 

  • Ages 6–7 as of September 1 | No Audition Required
  • Registration Fee: $45 | Fee waived if registered by June 15th
  • Performance Fee: $100
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $675
    5% Discount if Paid in Full at Time of Registration

2018-2019 Elementary A Schedule . . .

Elementary A Section 1: Tuesday | 6:00PM-7:00PM
Elementary A Section 2: Tuesday | 6:30PM-7:30PM
Elementary A Section 3: Friday | 2:15PM-3:15PM
Elementary A Section 4: Friday | 3:15PM-4:15PM
Elementary A Section 5: Saturday | 9:45AM-10:45AM
Schedule is subject to change.

Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: White belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performances) | The belt and skirt should never be worn at the same time
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (girls) or #A45 (ladies) in Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex Shorts
Socks: Freed socks in white
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed


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ELEMENTARY B | Ages 7-11

Elementary B defines the formal structured approach to classical ballet training. The student identifies and demonstrates knowledge of the body as an instrument by refining movement skills and coordination. Students gain a basic understanding of French ballet vocabulary, a simple anatomical awareness as it applies to ballet, and nutritional (“food for fuel”) concepts. Structured body conditioning and flexibility exercises are introduced as well as an expanded knowledge of syllabus exercises. Students continue to explore musical awareness and learn simple elements of creative dance. Dancers should expect to spend about 2 years in the Elementary B levels. Summer classes are encouraged.

  • Ages 7-11 as of September 1
  • Placement by Audition | Click Here for Audition Information
  • Registration Fee: $45 | Fee waived if registered by June 15th
  • Performance Fee: $150
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $1,350
    5% Discount if Paid in Full at Time of Registration

2018-2019 Elementary B Schedule . . .

Elementary B Section 1:
Tuesday: 4:30PM-5:30PM
Thursday: 4:30PM-5:30PM

Elementary B Section 2:
Tuesday: 5:30PM-6:30PM
Thursday: 5:30PM-6:30PM

Elementary B Section 3:
Tuesday: 4:30PM-5:30PM
Friday: 3:45PM-4:45PM
Schedule is subject to change.

Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Lilac Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performances) | The belt and skirt should never be worn at the same time
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (girls), #A45 (ladies) Professional Backseam in Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: Freed socks in white
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed


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ELEMENTARY C | Placement by Audition

Elementary C is the introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique building to advanced beginner skills. The focus during these formative years of training is on traditional classical ballet techniques as defined in the Ballet West Academy syllabus, which must be demonstrated in the form of a simple evaluation at the end of the school year. Students improve their understanding of proper ballet terminology and increase their awareness of anatomy, posture and correct alignment. We begin to emphasize musicality, and further develop strength, coordination and flexibility. Dancers should expect to spend about 2 years in the Elementary C levels. Students may be required to repeat these levels and summer classes are strongly encouraged to stay on track for fall placement. 

  • Placement by Audition | Click Here for Audition Information
  • Registration Fee: $45 | Fee waived if registered by June 15th
  • Performance Fee: $150
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $1,800
    5% Discount if Paid in Full at Time of Registration

2018-2019 Elementary C Schedule . . .

Elementary C Section 1:
Tuesday: 4:30PM-6:15PM
Thursday: 4:30PM-5:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM-10:00AM

Elementary C Section 2:
Tuesday: 5:30PM-7:15PM
Thursday: 5:30PM-6:30PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Black Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performances) | The belt and skirt should never be worn at the same time
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (girls) or #A45 (ladies) in Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: Freed socks in white
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed


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ELEMENTARY D | Placement by Audition

After successfully demonstrating the required elements to progress to Elementary D, students now focus on expanding their knowledge and perfecting the skills that they have acquired. Students begin a more in-depth exploration of locomotor skills and gain control of posture, alignment, strength, coordination and flexibility. During this progression, students become aware of the long-term goals inherent to classical ballet training. We foster each child’s natural abilities and encourage their continued passion for dance. Progress at this level is rated by an evaluation demonstrated to the Academy faculty at the end of the school year. Because of the age span of this level, it is not unusual for a student to repeat Elementary D. Summer classes are essential to progress forward.

  • Placement by Audition | Click Here for Audition Information
  • Registration Fee: $45 | Fee waived if registered by June 15th
  • Performance Fee: $150
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $2,350
    5% Discount if Paid in Full at Time of Registration

2018-2019 Elementary D Schedule . . .

Elementary D Section 1:
Monday: 5:45PM-7:45PM
Wednesday: 4:30PM-5:45PM
Thursday: 4:30PM-5:45PM

Elementary D Section 2:
Monday: 4:30PM-6:30PM
Wednesday: 5:45PM-7:00PM
Thursday: 5:45PM-7:00PM

Dress Code . . .

Ladies
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Navy belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performances) | The belt and skirt should never be worn at the same time
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (girls) or #A45 (ladies) in Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style

Gentlemen
Shirt: Eleve Gabe in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: Freed socks in white
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C child canvas split sole ballet shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed