ELEMENTARY DIVISION
at our Thanksgiving Point Campus

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 in this division participate in the Ballet West Academy Spring Production. 

Find out more information about class levels & schedules below. Then when you are ready, please click the 'Register for Classes' button below to sign up!
 

 
 

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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
  • One hour long class per week.  
  • Registration Fee: $40.00
  • Performance Fee: $100
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $560

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Point Elementary A Schedule . . .

SECTION 1: Friday | 3:00PM-4:00PM
SECTION 2: Saturday | 10:30AM-11:30AM

2017-2018 Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: White Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performances)
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (Girls), #A45 (Ladies) Professional Backseam, color 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 with sleeve in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: White Freed socks
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. Dancers should expect to spend about 2 years in the Elementary B levels.  Summer classes are encouraged. 

  • Ages 7-11 as of September 1
  • Three one hour classes per week
  • Registration Fee: $40.00
  • Performance Fee: $100
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $1,535

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Point Elementary B Schedule . . .

SECTION 1
TUESDAY: 4:00PM-5:00PM
THURSDAY: 4:00PM-5:00PM
SATURDAY: 12:30PM-1:30PM Contemporary

SECTION 2
MONDAY: 4:00PM-5:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 4:00PM-5:00PM
FRIDAY: 4:00PM-5:00PM Contemporary

2017-2018 Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Lilac Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performance)
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (Girls), #A45 (Ladies) Professional Backseam, color Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style.

Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe with sleeve in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: White Freed socks
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed.

For Contemporary classes:
Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639


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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. In addition to technique classes, the students add contemporary dance to their program.

  • Placement by audition
  • Two 1 hour ballet classes and a 1 hour contemporary class
  • Registration Fee: $40.00
  • Performance Fee: $150
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $1,535

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Point Elementary C Schedule . . .

TUESDAY: 5:00PM-6:00PM
THURSDAY: 5:00PM-6:00PM
FRIDAY: 5:00PM-6:00PM Contemporary

2017-2018 Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Black Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performance)
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (Girls), #A45 (Ladies) Professional Backseam, color Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style.
Character Class Dress Code: Ballet class uniform. Long (to the mid-

For Contemporary classes:
Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe with sleeve in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: White Freed socks
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed.
Character Class Dress Code: Ballet Class Uniform & Black Slip on Jazz Shoes

For Contemporary classes:
Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639


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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
  • Two 1.5 hour technique classes and a 1.0 hour contemporary class
  • Registration Fee: $40.00
  • Performance Fee: $150
  • Tuition for the Academy Year: $2,155

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Point Elementary D Schedule . . .

TUESDAY: 6:00PM-7:30PM
THURSDAY: 6:00PM-7:30PM
FRIDAY: 6:00PM-7:00PM Contemporary

2017-2018 Dress Code . . .

LADIES
Leotard: Eleve Laico in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Belt: Navy Belt (worn during class)
Skirt: Eleve in Periwinkle (worn during performance)
Tights: Bodywrappers #C45 (Girls), #A45 (Ladies) Professional Backseam, color Theatrical Pink
Shoes: Pink So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be worn in the Academy bun style.


For Contemporary classes:
Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639

GENTLEMEN
Shirt: Eleve Gabe with sleeve in Periwinkle with BWA logo
Shorts: Black Spandex shorts
Socks: White Freed socks
Shoes: White So Danca SD16C Child Canvas Split Sole Ballet Shoe
Hair: Hair should be neatly groomed.


For Contemporary classes
Leotard: Academy leotard
Shorts: Black dance shorts
Shoes: Bloch Spin II S0639