Divisions & Levels

About Our Program

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy’s program is designed for dancers of all abilities, from ages 3 through adult. Dancers choose classes à la carte from our class schedule. Dancers must adhere to individual class requirements (e.g. in order to promote proper technique and strength, dancers must enroll in a ballet class in order to enroll in jazz), but can otherwise craft their own schedule with a commitment level that they are comfortable with. Dancers who wish to train more seriously may apply for Ashley Ballet Arts Academy's Pre-Professional Program and/or the Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble.

Below, watch clips of our classes in action, and hear ABAA Director Ashley Burkland explain the ABAA philosophy, class structure, and opportunities our students may experience. Thank you to Miles Heille for the production of these videos.

Pre-Ballet Division

Ages 3-6

This division gives children an introduction to ballet and an exploration of dance and artistic movement. The program is designed to help develop a knowledge of ballet terminology, motor skills, musicality, creativity, and social skills through engaging lesson plans. We stress the beauty and etiquette of ballet in a fun and supportive way that will leave your child smiling at the end of class.

Please note that Pre-Ballet dancers are required to be fully potty trained.

About

Students are introduced to basic ballet vocabulary and socialization skills, focusing on the development of coordination, imagination, memory, musicality and motor skills. The teachers help each child in a fun and encouraging way.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet shoes, pink tights. Your choice of light pink, light blue, or lilac leotard. Hair away from face. Please, no skirts or costumes.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights. Your choice of white or light blue shirt tucked in. Hair away from face. Please, no costumes.

Requirements

  • Students ages 3+
  • Students must be fully potty trained

About

A progression from Pre-Ballet 1. Students learn ballet vocabulary and socialization skills, focusing on the development of coordination, imagination, memory, musicality and motor skills. The teachers help each child in a fun and encouraging way.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet shoes, pink tights. Your choice of light pink, light blue, or lilac leotard. Hair away from face. Please, no skirts or costumes.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights. Your choice of white or light blue shirt tucked in. Hair away from face. Please, no costumes.

Requirements

  • Students ages 4+

About

A progression from Pre-Ballet 2. Students are taught ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, focusing on the development of coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality, in a fun and structured environment. In this class students, are introduced to ballet history and famous story ballets.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet shoes, pink tights. Your choice of light pink, light blue, or lilac leotard. Hair away from face. Please, no skirts or costumes.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights. Your choice of white or light blue shirt tucked in. Hair away from face. Please, no costumes.

Requirements

  • Students ages 5+

Junior Division

Ages 6-11

Here we lay a strong technical foundation and teach our students a wide breadth of classical terminology. Each level has a comprehensive syllabus which all of our teachers follow to ensure consistent instruction and appropriate material for each developmental stage. We stress the unique discipline and etiquette that ballet requires, in a warm and encouraging way. We believe taking the time to perfect placement is the best way to set our students up for success as they advance. We don't just teach the steps, we educate our dancers on how to execute them correctly, with strength and artistry. Dancers will increase coordination, muscular development, flexibility and musicality, in a structured yet fun environment.

About

Junior Ballet 1 introduces a structured ballet class implementing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves focus on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way.

Junior Ballet 1A gives a structured ballet class continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment. This class moves through the Junior Ballet 1 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light pink alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements for Junior Ballet 1

  • Students ages 6-8
  • Includes students moving out of our Pre-Dance Division, but no previous experience necessary.
  • 2 classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment in Junior Modern 1 recommended.

Additional Requirements for Junior Ballet 1A

  • At least two years’ experience in our Pre-Dance division.
  • Concurrent enrollment in Junior Modern 1 strongly recommended.

About

Junior Ballet 2 gives a structured ballet class, continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way.

Junior Ballet 2A moves through the Junior Ballet 2 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch lilac alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements for Junior Ballet 2

  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 1 or 1A.
  • Minimum 1 year of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in Junior Modern 1 or 2 and Junior Jazz 1 or 2.

Additional Requirements for Junior Ballet 2A

  • None

About

Junior Ballet 3 Students will continue training in the fundamental concepts of ballet technique, vocabulary, and studio etiquette. This level builds on the development of technical skills, coordination, discipline, and musicality. Students will be introduced to more complex combinations and rhythms of movement, and teachers will encourage their students’ ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.

Junior Ballet 3A moves through the Junior Ballet 3 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light blue alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements for Junior Ballet 3

  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 2 or 2A.
  • Minimum of 2 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Junior Modern 1, 2, or 3; Junior Jazz 1, 2, or 3; Pre-Pointe; and conditioning classes.

Additional Requirements for Junior Ballet 3A

  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.

About

Students in Junior Ballet 4 will study a more advanced level ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement and the teachers will encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.

Junior Ballet 4A moves through the Junior Ballet 4 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch seafoam green alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements for Junior Ballet 4

  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 3 or 3A.
  • Minimum of 3 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3.
  • Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended in: Pre-Pointe; conditioning classes.

Additional Requirements for Junior Ballet 4A

  • None

About

Students in this level will further their understanding of the Junior Division ballet vocabulary, building on the development of the legs and feet with introductory pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement in preparation for a Pre-Professional track in the Senior program. The teachers will continue to encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch yellow alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white t-shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 4 or 4A.
  • Minimum of 4 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3.
  • Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended in: Pre-Pointe; conditioning classes.

About

This class is an extension of Junior Ballet 5 for students who have begun to work en pointe. Students in this level will complete their understanding of the Junior Division ballet vocabulary, continuing to build the development of the legs and feet with more advanced pointe preparation work. (This includes but is not limited to petite allegro work of a higher intensity and intricacy, and turns with more speed and precision). They will be challenged with more complex combinations and rhythms of movement in preparation for a Pre-Professional track in the Senior program. The teachers will continue to guide and grow their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch hot pink alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white t-shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 5 or 5A.
  • Minimum of 5 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required; 4 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Junior Modern 3 or 4; Junior Jazz 3 or 4.
  • Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended in: Pointe Prep/Pointe 1; conditioning classes.

About

This class is specially designed for the male ballet dancer. To wit, this class will devote special attention to building proper technique and strength in the arms, core, and legs to support movements often asked of male dancers such as leaps, turns, lifts, and jumps.

Uniform

Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Students ages 8 and up.

About

This class is for the serious dancer with the goal of going en pointe. Students will be introduced to core, leg and foot strengthening exercises, and will work on overall balance and control. Geared toward female students working toward pointework, but male students are encouraged to enroll in Pre-Pointe as an additional conditioning class.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes. Alignment belt or ballet skirt may be worn. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband, tennis ball, golf ball, yoga mat and dance journal must be brought to every class.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Junior Ballet 3 or higher.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required.

About

This class is for the serious dancer who has been assessed to be ready to go en pointe. Students will continue core and feet strengthening exercises as well as work on overall balance and control. Based on class readiness and maturity, the students will get their first pair of pointe shoes during the year and learn how to sew and care for their pointe shoes and feet. When ready, they will learn beginning pointe exercises at the barre.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and alignment belt or ballet skirts may be worn. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband, yoga mat, tennis ball, golf ball, and dance journal must be brought to every class.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Junior Ballet 4 or higher.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required.

About

Basic concepts of modern dance movement will be introduced, including but not limited to: pointing vs. flexing; turn-in vs. turn-out; straight and curved lines; and high and low movement through space. The class format will start with a warm-up that stresses technique, freedom of movement, and full expression, then progressing to adagio, and ending with movement across the floor.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 6 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Jazz 1; conditioning classes.

About

A continuation of Junior Modern 1, the class structure will continue as before in order to build on basic concepts previously introduced. Students will develop a better understanding of the different schools of modern dance, and continue to perfect their technique while exploring musicality.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 7 years old.
  • Students moving up from Junior Modern 1.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Jazz 1 or 2; conditioning.

About

Continuing to build upon the foundation laid in Junior Modern 1 and 2, students will address more intricate technical and musical aspects of modern dance.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 10 years old.
  • Students moving up from Junior Modern 2.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Jazz 2 or 3; conditioning.

About

Continuing to build upon the foundation laid in Junior Modern 2 and 3, students will address more intricate technical and musical aspects of modern dance.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 10 years old.
  • Students moving up from Junior Modern 3.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Jazz 3 or 4; conditioning.

About

Students will be introduced to jazz movement in a wholesome and nurturing environment, learning jazz technique based on the work of Luigi and Giordano. The class will focus on learning foundational jazz movement, employing correct technique, alignment, and exploring musicality.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 6 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).

About

Students will continue learning jazz technique, building upon the foundation laid in Junior Jazz 1. Emphasis will be placed on correct technique and the unique musicality of jazz dance, and students will be given opportunities to learn repertoire and movement from musical theatre as well as classical and contemporary jazz.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 8 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).

About

Dancers continue to expand on the fundamentals of jazz dance taught in Junior Jazz 1 and 2. Students will develop a heightened focus on musicality and performing to complement their study of the technique.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 9 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class(es).
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Modern 2 or 3; conditioning.

Senior Division

Ages 12-18

Our goal is to educate our Senior level students in the art and athleticism of dance, helping dancers of this level to achieve their full potential in a challenging and supportive environment. Excelling in dance takes discipline and hard work, which we strive to instill in our students. In our Senior division, students are given the tools for a successful future, whether it be a career in professional dance or in a different field.

About

This class is designed for older students with little or no ballet experience. Here we introduce ballet vocabulary as well as musicality, discipline and class structure. We will challenge the students while inspiring a new love for dancing.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch White alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • For beginner students ages 12+.
  • No previous experience, or little previous experience with a break in study.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Senior Modern 1; Senior Jazz 1.
  • Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended in: conditioning classes.

About

Students in this level will continue building upon the vocabulary learned in the Junior Division or Senior Ballet 1, and will develop their technique focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe and pointe work. Teachers will refine the execution of steps while encouraging the development of more mature musicality, quality of movement and artistry than in Junior Division classes.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch dark purple alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Dancers moving up from the Junior Division or Senior Ballet 1.
  • Minimum of 2 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Senior Modern 2; Senior Jazz 2/3; conditioning classes; and a Pointe class (Pre-Pointe, Pointe-Prep, Pointe 1).

About

Students in this level will continue building upon earlier vocabulary and will develop their technique focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe and pointe work. Classes will increase in complexity and emphasize the development of line, movement quality, musicality and artistry.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch royal blue alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • By instructor permission only.
  • Minimum of 4 years training.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required. Beginning pointe level by approval.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Senior Modern 3; Senior Jazz 2/3; conditioning classes; and a Pointe class (Pre-Pointe, Pointe-Prep, Pointe 1).

About

Students will aim to complete their understanding of ballet vocabulary and continue to strengthen their pointe work. Senior Ballet 4 will present students with challenging technique work, emphasizing advanced pointe work and repertoire. Students will be challenged to add performance and artistry to every aspect of their training.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch teal alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years training or director’s approval.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Senior Modern 3/Advanced Modern; Senior Jazz 2/3 or Advanced Jazz; conditioning classes; and a Pointe class (Pointe-Prep, Pointe 1 and/or Advanced Pointe).

About

This is the most intense level of training in the Senior Division, aimed at preparing dancers for a professional career. Students will solidify their understanding of advanced ballet vocabulary, relating technique to performance and artistry at every point in class. Advanced Ballet aims to challenge students with complicated nuances of technique, repertoire, and performance. Adults and professionals are welcome in the Senior Advanced Ballet class.

Uniform

Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, solid black leotard, ¾ inch red alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years training or director’s approval.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent enrollment is recommended in: Advanced Modern; Advanced Jazz; conditioning classes; and one or more Pointe class/es (Pointe 1 and/or Advanced Pointe).

About

This class is specially designed for the male ballet dancer. To wit, this class will devote special attention to building proper technique and strength in the arms, core, and legs to support movements often asked of male dancers such as leaps, turns, lifts, and jumps.

Uniform

Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Students ages 8 and up.

About

Contemporary ballet is a form of dance which incorporates elements of both classical ballet and modern dance. It takes its technique and use of pointe-work from classical ballet, although it permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines set forth by schools of ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work, balletic movements and turn-in of the legs.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard with pink or black tights, skirts allowed. Ballet or pointe shoes. Hair away from face in a bun.

Boys: Solid color T-shirt and black tights or form-fitting pants, black ballet shoes. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in a ballet class.

About

Taught by certified yoga instructors, our Yoga classes focus on safe body alignment, flowing movements, mindfulness, and allowing the student to pursue their personal goals for their practice.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 11 years old.

About

Pilates classes are open to the general public, no experience required. Through low impact exercise with emphasis on proper form, each workout provides the information and guidance to master the skills of coordination, strength, endurance, balance, and integration, and the opportunity to try new challenges every time. Pilates is useful for any age or occupation, and this class allows participants to connect with and strengthen their own bodily knowledge and to cultivate healthy, happy, and whole selves. Classes are taught by certified Pilates instructors.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior division ballet class(es).

About

An informative class for the developing dancer.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat and dance journal are required.

Requirements

  • At least 11 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment required in ABAA’s Pre-Professional track.

About

A richly informative strengthening technique for all who study classical ballet. Developed by Marie Wahlton Mahon (ARAD RAD RTS), whose nearly four decades as an instructor have fueled her wish to see students training in a healthy and intelligent way. The program aims to boost students’ “use of muscle memory to improve [their] understanding of core stability, weight placement, and alignment.” For centuries, students of ballet have often found it challenging to ensure that the correct muscles are firing and initiating healthy alignment, so PBT’s use of stability tools like fit balls “giv[e] the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle group”. Similar to Pilates and GYROTONIC in some respects, this technique provides a sharper focus on strength and muscle memory as it pertains specifically to ballet training.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat and dance journal are required.

Requirements

  • At least 11 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment required in ABAA’s Pre-Professional track.

About

Beginning level pointe work is progressed through this class.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 2 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Beginning and intermediate pointe work is progressed through this class.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 2 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Beginning and intermediate pointe work is progressed through this class. Dancers learn variations from renowned ballet works.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 2 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Intermediate pointe work is developed in this class, building on the foundations of Pointe 2.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 2 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Intermediate to advanced pointe work occurs in this class, utilizing the strength and technique established in Pointe 1-3 and promoting musicality.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 3 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Advanced level pointe work is progressed through this class, as well as classical variations from various ballets.

Uniform

Black leotard, pink tights, pink pointe shoes with elastic and ribbon sewn on. White classical practice tutu for center work. Hair in a neat ballet bun.

Theraband required.

Requirements

  • By instructor approval only.
  • Senior Ballet 3 or higher.
  • 3 ballet classes per week required.

About

Senior Modern 1 serves as both a continuation of our Junior Modern division and an introduction for the brand-new dancer aged 12 and older. Students will explore the fundamentals of modern dance technique from several methods, while simultaneously addressing musicality.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old, but no prior experience required.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 1.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior Jazz 1; conditioning classes.

About

Building on the material covered in Senior Modern 1, this class sharpens dancers’ focus on proper body mechanics and technique while exploring the intricacies of more complex melodic and rhythmic musical elements.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 2 or higher; Senior Jazz 2/3; conditioning classes.

About

Dancers continue to expand their depth and breadth of modern dance knowledge introduced in Senior Modern 1 and 2.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Instructor permission.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 3 or higher; Senior Jazz 2/3 or higher; conditioning classes.

About

Advanced Modern students will study specific schools of modern dance and develop a nuanced understanding of the techniques. A continuation of previous years, this class consists of an eclectic mix of modern and postmodern dance styles. Classic pieces of the modern repertoire will occasionally be taught in class.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Instructor permission.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Advanced Ballet; Advanced Jazz; conditioning classes.

About

Senior Jazz 1 serves as both a continuation of our Junior Jazz classes and as an introduction for the brand-new dancer aged 12 and older. Students will explore the fundamentals of jazz dance technique from several methods, while simultaneously addressing musicality.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 1.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior Modern 1; conditioning classes.

About

Building on the material covered in Senior Jazz 1 and/or our Junior division, this class sharpens dancers’ focus on proper body mechanics and technique while exploring the intricacies of more complex melodic and rhythmic musical elements.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 1 or 2.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior Modern 1 or 2; conditioning classes.

About

Building on the material covered in Senior Jazz 2 and/or our Junior division, this class sharpens dancers’ focus on proper body mechanics and technique while exploring the intricacies of more complex melodic and rhythmic musical elements.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Senior Ballet 2 or 3.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior Modern 2 or 3; conditioning classes.

About

Advanced Jazz will build strength and power of movement and develop students’ understanding of performance quality and artistry in jazz dance. Students will be given opportunities to learn more complex repertoire and movement from musical theatre as well as classical and contemporary jazz.

Uniform

Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Hair away from the face. Black jazz shoes.

Requirements

  • At least 12 years old.
  • Instructor permission.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Advanced Ballet; Advanced Modern; conditioning classes.

Adults & Professionals

Ages 18+

Our Adult division will serve both the recreational and professionally driven dancers. Whether new or returning to the wonderful world of dance, our classes will help the individual achieve their personal goals.

About

This class will serve both the new dancer and the retired professional, offering a comprehensive barre before beginning center work, petite allegro, adagio, and grand allegro.

Uniform

Form-fitting dance and/or fitness clothes, and pink ballet shoes. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Students ages 18 and older.

About

This unique class will cater specifically to the needs of those dancing at a very advanced, pre-professional, and/or professional level. The class will include a comprehensive barre and center work, providing technically- and artistically-challenging material in the process.

Uniform

Form-fitting dance and/or fitness clothes, and pink ballet shoes. Hair away from the face.

Requirements

  • Students ages 18 and over, and/or by instructor permission.

About

Taught by certified yoga instructors, our Yoga classes focus on safe body alignment, flowing movements, mindfulness, and allowing the student to pursue their personal goals for their practice.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 11 years old.

About

Pilates classes are open to the general public, no experience required. Through low impact exercise with emphasis on proper form, each workout provides the information and guidance to master the skills of coordination, strength, endurance, balance, and integration, and the opportunity to try new challenges every time. Pilates is useful for any age or occupation, and this class allows participants to connect with and strengthen their own bodily knowledge and to cultivate healthy, happy, and whole selves. Classes are taught by certified Pilates instructors.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Senior division ballet class(es).

About

An informative class for the developing dancer.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat and dance journal are required.

Requirements

  • At least 11 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment required in ABAA’s Pre-Professional track.

About

A richly informative strengthening technique for all who study classical ballet. Developed by Marie Wahlton Mahon (ARAD RAD RTS), whose nearly four decades as an instructor have fueled her wish to see students training in a healthy and intelligent way. The program aims to boost students’ “use of muscle memory to improve [their] understanding of core stability, weight placement, and alignment.” For centuries, students of ballet have often found it challenging to ensure that the correct muscles are firing and initiating healthy alignment, so PBT’s use of stability tools like fit balls “giv[e] the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle group”. Similar to Pilates and GYROTONIC in some respects, this technique provides a sharper focus on strength and muscle memory as it pertains specifically to ballet training.

Uniform

Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet or socks. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat and dance journal are required.

Requirements

  • At least 11 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment required in ABAA’s Pre-Professional track.

Pre-Professional Division

The Pre-Professional Division at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy is designed to provide training that meets the highest artistic standards and to prepare students for a career in dance, should they choose it. The Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble and Performance Piece provide further opportunities for dancers in the Pre-Professional Division who are interested in more performance opportunities than our standard curriculum provides. Students in the Pre-Professional Division are eligible for our Unlimited Tuition option - see our Registration & Tuition information for details. Contact the director for information on how to be accepted into this program.

Junior Track

Junior Ballet 3 or higher
twice per week

Junior Modern

Pre-Pointe or Pointe Prep

Mind/Body Class

Additional Classes Optional

Senior Track

Senior Ballet 2 or higher
three times per week

Senior Modern

Pointe

Mind/Body Class

Additional Classes Optional

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