Class Description

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Diablo Ballet School follows a structured sequence of training stages intended to increase student’s technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development. We emphasize correct placement in order to prevent injury. Our curriculum embraces traditional ballet principles. Our instructors have extensive experience and a passion for teaching and sharing their love of dance. These methods help to provide a healthy and enjoyable learning environment and allow the students to experience a feeling of mastery in each level.

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Children’s division

Registration is available online and class level is determined by age. Diablo Ballet School will offer one drop in trial class for Pre-Ballet and Pre-Ballet 2 classes only for a rate of $16 per student. If the student wishes to enroll immediately after the trial class, the $16 will be applied to their monthly tuition.  For more information on the trial class, email school@diabloballet.org

Pre-Ballet

Age 3-6
An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness, musicality and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.

Pre-Ballet 2

Ages 4-6
An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness, musicality and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.

Ballet Level 1

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The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. The class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and centre work. This class is required once a week.

Training division

Registration is available online and class level is by invitation only.

Students will be assessed on ability and accomplishment of certain expectations before being invited to participate in Ballet Level 2-5. Most students will remain in the same class for at least 2 years. Diablo Ballet School levels are not always dictated by age and do not coincide with academic grade levels or other dance school programs. We keep our program consistent with worldwide expectations and age appropriate development. Once registered, please click here for a placement evaluation form, complete and email to lauren@diabloballet.org (for Ballet Level 5, please also submit a short video.) The Diablo Ballet School Director will place students based on the information provided. Once your student has been placed in the appropriate level, you will be notified and your level confirmed. 

Ballet Level 2

Turning 8 in school year and up
As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. This class is required twice weekly.

Ballet Level 3

In Ballet Level 3, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and centre work. Students begin focus on repetition and retention. This class is required twice weekly.

Ballet Level 4

Students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and centre work and port de bras throughout. Depending on individual progression and development, students may be given the opportunity to take pre-pointe and pointe classes. This class is required three days per week.

Ballet Level 5

Classes will focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. This class is required four days per week.   (Students dancing at this level may take the Open Adult Ballet classes as a make-up class or as an addition to their required classes for their level.)