Levels | Gayle Corkery School Of Ballet

Levels

Placement of students is governed by individual potential and technical proficiency, not entirely by the age or the amount of previous training.  All students are carefully placed in the class that is fitting to their level of technique.  The placement is decided with a child’s best interest and advancement in mind.  During the year if a student shows exceptional progress, she may be promoted to a higher level.  This promotion will be at the discretion of the director.

BALLET 1, 2, 3  Children are taught basic ballet vocabulary and learn ballet etiquette.  In addition to basic ballet steps, folk dance steps are taught with an emphasis on musicality.  Children will listen to and dance to the music of the classic ballets. They learn the stories of such ballets as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Nutcracker.

BALLET 4  Children at this level will perform basic ballet barre and center floor exercises.   Correct placement of the body and positions of the arms, hands and feet will be taught.  Children will work on special stretching exercises for flexibility and jumping steps for stamina and strength.

BALLET 5   Students will focus on the coordination of the whole body. More complex exercises at the barre and center will be given to challenge the mind as well as the body.  Students with at least two years of training and strong ankles and feet will be given the opportunity to take Pre-Pointe or Pointe classes. 

BALLET 6, 7, 8  All aspects of the student’s training are refined and reinforced. The focus is on strengthening, stability, balance and aplomb in adage and allegro movements.  Students learn Pointe Variations from such ballets as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.