The King Centre For The Performing Arts officially launched it’s Ballet Academy Program the Fall of 2011. The foundation of the program is based in the Vaganova technique, which has trained numerous ballet dancers. Additionally, aspects of the Balanchine technique are an integral part of the core ballet syllabus, as several of our ballet instructors have trained and danced with the New York City Ballet. The classes and their curriculum have all been developed to create a knowledgeable and well-rounded classical dancer. Students gain the lifelong benefits of dance, including the development of self-esteem, good posture, coordination and fitness, physical and mental confidence, and discipline. This time-tested approach to training young dancers is in the best interests of the student as well as the future of classical ballet.
Students are carefully placed in the appropriate level based upon their technical skills, physical development and strength. The physical and artistic well-being of the student is the consideration in determining level placement. Because of the nature of a syllabus-based program, it is not unusual to spend more than one year in the same level.The artistic faculty is constantly monitoring each student’s progress. When a student achieves proficiency at each level and the faculty feels it appropriate, they advance to the next level. Advancement is based on ability, not age.
The Primary Levels offer a curriculum designed for comprehensive training in classical ballet. Students at the minimum age of 6 may begin in Level 1, learning basic ballet positions and ballet vocabulary, progressing through a standard ballet barre and center combinations.
Level I ~ This is the entry level into the academy program. Students here have had introductory ballet work in our kinder dance classes. Now they begin studying ballet technique for one full-hour and developing the essential skills to advance in the program.
The Elementary levels continue the comprehensive syllabus in classical ballet for students who have advanced to levels II and III. In addition to ballet technique, students begin learning classical variations and are introduced to elements of character dance. The study of dancing en pointe is a part of the curriculum at the sole discretion of the artistic faculty.
Level II ~ Students in Level II continue to enrich their understanding of ballet form and technique and have the opportunity to broaden the skills that will prepare them for pointe work. The technique for girls performing ballet movements en pointe creates an impression of airiness and fleetness. Pointe work is undertaken when the student has learned basic technique and when her legs and feet are sufficiently developed. This is usually after three years in technique classes. Students in Level 2 should be taking class a minimum of twice per week.
Level III ~ Students in Level III begin taking their complete ballet class en pointe at the discretion of the artistic faculty. Mastery of the work in this level is imperative for the continued study in the academy program. Most students will spend at least two – three years at this level. The curriculum for Level III also introduces variations that are designed to bring the stage to the classroom. Students in Level III take class three times per week.
The Pre-Professional Level is designed to bring the students into the realm of company level ballet work. The students at this level may be members of the American Youth Dance Company and are preparing for a collegiate dance career, or are seeking preparation for a professional career in classical ballet. The King Centre’s Academy Ballet Program:
Level IV ~ The work in Level IV continues to bring aspects of ballet technique to our students while constantly pushing their artistry. Students at this level take class three to four times per week.