Levels Learn more about our class levels.

Kinderballet & Basic Prep

Basic Prep for boys and girls is an introduction to the basics of Classical Ballet through imagination and creative movement. Kinderballet is a program for children between 3 and 5 years created to hold their attention while introducing them to basic movement principals. The children learn Classical Ballet steps and develop basic motor skills while acknowledging that younger children are a highly imaginative age group and pretend play is an important aspect of child development.

Ballet I, II, & III

In these levels, dancers learn basic technique for Classical Ballet with emphasis on proper posture and learning to love the art of dance and classical ballet. The foundation principals generate personal discipline and inspire the young dancer to continue to develop. At this level all dancers practice once a week. All participants have the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Showcase.

Ballet IV & V

Students will learn more advanced Classical Ballet technique, beginning turns, and leaps, in addition to more barre and center work. At this level practice increases to two times a week. All participants will have the opportunity to perform in significant roles in The Nutcracker and Spring Showcase.

Ballet VI

Students will learn more advanced Classical Ballet technique, turns, and leaps, in addition to more advanced barre and center work. At this level practice increases to three times a week. All participants will have the opportunity for signficant rolls in The Nutcracker and Spring Showcase. Level VI emphasizes strong technique and form in order to prepare our students for pre-intermediate and eventually pointe work.

Pre-Intermediate

In this class the dancers will learn more advanced techinique such as rond de jambe (a circular movement of the leg), jete (a jump from one foot to the other), and pique turns (one the toe). At this level the dancers attend class three or four times a week and work on more advanced barre and center dancework. They concentrate on strength and technique and when ready, will advance to pointe work. If ready they are given key roles in The Nutcracker and Spring showcase.

Intermediate

In this class, dancers will do Pointe work and advanced ballet technique.Dancers are expected to come to class four times each week and also participate in the Pas de Deux class. Dancers are also invited to take part in the Contessi Ballet Company. Dancers from this level take on the lead roles in all productions. In the pas de deux class, students, typically as male and female partners, learn to perform Classical Ballet duets together. Great care is taken to promote safety through every aspect of developing strength for poses and lifts.

Adult Ballet

In this class, adults can expect to learn the basic techniques of Classical Ballet and for those with previous experience, more advanced technique will be developed. This class promotes excellant tone, strength, and flexibility with low impact. Adults can also be asked to perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Showcase performances.

Tap, Jazz, & Hip Hop

Explore traditional and contemporary styles in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Classes begin with a warm-up in the center floor stressing technique and coordination, followed by barre work focusing on flexibility and strength, followed by progressions across the floor and combinations. Enjoy a wide variety of music in order to explore different dance moves, improve on technique, and challenge the students. Contemporary dance students can perform in the Spring Showcase performance.