The Primary Program places strong emphasis on developing basic ballet technique. Students are expected to gain muscular strength, develop stamina and control as they learn the ballet technique that is appropriate for their level.
As standard procedure, students of all ages learn the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre and French vocabulary that defines all of the steps in classical ballet.
Registered applicants with little or no formal dance training documented on the registration form are generally placed in the Primary Ballet 1, Primary Ballet 2, or Primary Ballet 3. New students with extensive ballet training are invited to take a placement class to assess their skill level.
Starting in Level 1A, student advancement is based on ability, not age. This allows students to develop the layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet technique.