Registration is available online and class level is by placement only. Classes will be offered in-person with the option to take virtually if preferred.
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. If interested in joining Diablo Ballet School, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the student’s name, how many years the student has been dancing and what level they are interested in and we can schedule a time for the student to come in and take a class to ensure correct placement.
Ballet Level 2
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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. In addition to technique training, pointe or pre-pointe will be incorporated on Tuesdays & Fridays; Stretch & Strength will be incorporated on Thursdays; and Character on Saturdays. This class is required four days per week.
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. In addition to technique training, pointe will be incorporated on Mondays and Wednesdays, Contemporary will be incorporated on Fridays and Character on Saturdays. This class is required four 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. In addition to technique and pointe training, Variations will be incorporated on Mondays and Thursdays, Stretch and Strength on Saturdays and Pas de Deux with the Diablo Ballet male dancers will be incorporated once a month. This class is required five days per week.