The Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts offers both non-curriculum and curriculum-based dance and ballet classes. Placement is determined by the Director and program instructors.
From Fairy Tale Ballet 1 for toddlers to Adult Ballet for all levels, ABDA offers classes to inspire movement, musicality and love of dance.
Our curriculum classical ballet classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance method, and carefully designed syllabi focused on progressive ballet training. While curriculum classes are suggested by age group, placement is based on preparedness for that technical level, rather than age. Students advance in their dance training by developing work ethic, discipline, strength and technique.
All classes at the Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts are open to anyone with an interest in dance. Curriculum classes culminate with an annual performance each spring.
Fairy Tale Ballet 1 (Ages 2.5-3): Toddlers enjoy introduction to dance through moving and singing with fun music and props. (Potty-trained not required.)
Fairy Tale Ballet 2 (Ages 4-5): Little dancers enter the imaginary world of fairy tales, as preschoolers go on an adventure of fun and self-expression through ballet-based dance. Class etiquette is introduced while dancers use props, instruments, and classical music to spark creativity. A time-proven class taught by qualified instructors. (Child must be potty-trained. No pull-ups please.)
Teen/Adult Essential Ballet Class (Teen/Adult): A versatile class for beginner ballet dancers as well as those who haven’t danced in decades. Barre work, center practice and movement across the floor are scaled to the students’ dance experience. This class is fun and an excellent workout!
Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-7): Fundamental elements of classical ballet appropriate for age-level are taught in this pre-ballet class for children. Young students learn ballet etiquette and have fun with rhythm steps and story mimes to help develop musicality and imagination. (5-year-olds must have started Kindergarten.)
Ballet 1 & Character (Ages 7-11): The essential level that lays the foundation for future classical ballet training. Character dance, traditional ethnic folk dances, and modern fundamentals are incorporated.
Ballet 2 through Ballet 3 & Character (Placement by Director) Classical ballet training continues, with increased emphasis on strength and speed to basic technique. New steps are introduced along with continuation of character dance.
Ballet 4 through 5 & Character (Placement by Director): Continuation of classical ballet training, with progressive incorporation of pre-pointe and pirouette, determined by individual student ability. Strength and speed are developed and required to accomplish more difficult steps.
Ballet 5 through 7, Advanced & Character (Placement by Director): Continued development of strength, technique, balance and performance, adage, turns, as well as beats and more complicated allegro combinations.
Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Pirouette (Placement by Director): Pointe and pirouette class, teaching transition from pre-pointe to pointe at the barre and in the center with a focus on pirouettes and turning combinations. (Pointe shoes required. Soft pointe shoes may be worn for pre-pointe dancers. Please discuss pointe shoes with instructor before purchasing.)
The Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts offers dance camps for ages 3 and up throughout the Summer Term year. Dance experience is not required to participate in these fun camps.
Examples of popular camps include:
CINDERELLA DANCE CAMP: Gallop to the castle and spin, twirl and dance at the ball. Cinderella has never been more fun at this dance camp!
ANGELINA BALLERINA DANCE CAMP: Dancers, experience the joy of ballet. Learn some of Angelina’s favorite ballet steps and enjoy dancing to classical music. You just may become a Rose Fairy Princess! All craft supplies included.
DANCE & CHEER CAMP: Learn to dance and cheer including, pom and hip-hop styles. Learn to dance and create team spirit.
SLEEPING BEAUTY DANCE CAMP: Dream & learn to dance like Princess Aurora at her 16th birthday ball. Become the Sleeping Beauty as the Lilac Fairy watches over you. Have fun making princess and fairy accessories.
FROZEN DANCE CAMP: Become an ice princess and dance your way on a fun-filled journey through the snow. See what friends we run into along the way as we search for an ice castle. Props and art projects are incorporated to stimulate the imagination.