Children’s Division

The Children’s Division offers an introduction to the art of ballet by promoting the exploration of creativity and expression through movement. Our new syllabus is created to introduce children into ballet technique work. Once students complete this Division, they will have knowledge of basic barre and center work. All classes are taught to live piano accompaniment, a crucial element in developing the child’s understanding of the relationship between music and movement.

The syllabus, created by School Director Carlos Valcárcel, is designed to bring consistency and is based on traditional classical ballet. The syllabus is taught in all divisions of the school and is followed by every faculty member.

No previous ballet training is necessary; however our Children’s Division requires an evaluation prior to enrollment in the School.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Showcase performances, open to all Children’s, Lower, and Upper Division students.

Upper Division

The Upper Division is divided into four levels and students meet 4-6 times a week. Students are introduced to a wider variety of classes, including Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Modern, Flamenco, Men’s class and Gyrokinesis.

The syllabus, created by School Director Carlos Valcárcel, is designed to bring consistency and is based in traditional classical ballet. The syllabus is taught in all divisions of the school and is followed by every faculty member.

All classes are taught to live piano accompaniment, a crucial element in developing the student’s understanding of the relationship between music and technical execution.

All Upper Division students are eligible to audition for Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker and possibly other Ballet Arizona productions. Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Showcase performances, open to all Children’s, Lower, and Upper Division students.

Lower Division

The Lower Division is divided into four levels and the syllabus is created to begin formal training in traditional classical ballet. The syllabus progresses at a rate that allows the student to learn the exercises correctly and with full physicality.

The syllabus, created by School Director Carlos Valcárcel, is designed to bring consistency and is based in traditional classical ballet. The syllabus is taught in all divisions of the school and is followed by every faculty member.

All classes are taught to live piano accompaniment, a crucial element in developing the student’s understanding of the relationship between music and technical execution.

All Lower Division students (ages 8 ½ and up) are eligible to audition for Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker. Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Showcase performances, open to all Children’s, Lower, and Upper Division students.

Pre-Professional Program

At this level, students must possess the determination to commit to a serious ballet program and have the required technical ability and physical strength. The Pre-Professional Program (PPP) is designed to provide training that meets the highest artistic standards and to prepare students for a career in dance, should they chose to pursue this path.   Students in this program have the opportunity to perform alongside Ballet Arizona’s professional dancers as part of their training. Acceptance in this program is by invitation only. Students who are interested in joining this program are strongly encouraged to participate in our Summer Intensive prior to the school year.

The syllabus, created by School Director Carlos Valcárcel , is designed to bring consistency and is based in traditional classical ballet. The syllabus is taught in all divisions of the school and is followed by every faculty member.

In addition to having opportunities to perform in Ballet Arizona productions, PPP students will perform in the Student Showcases as well as have other performance opportunities.

Teen Intermediate Program

Upon completing Level 4 of the Lower Division, students may choose to enroll in the Teen Intermediate Program (TIP) which follows the same syllabus and taught by same faculty of The School of Ballet Arizona. TIP is designed for students with high academic demands by providing a less rigorous schedule.

The syllabus, created by School Director Carlos Valcárcel, is designed to bring consistency and is based in traditional classical ballet. The syllabus is taught in all divisions of the school and is followed by every faculty member.  These classes may also be taken as a drop in class.  Go to ‘Teen Open Classes’ for the schedule.

New Open Class Program for Teens!

Students ages 12-18 may join us on a drop in basis for Ballet and Beginning Pointe offered during the week.  Students under 18 must have a parent/guardian accompany them the  first time to sign a liability form.  Go to ‘Teen Open Classes’ for more information.

 

Studio Company

Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company is an opportunity for students of the highest rank with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.  Studio Company members are selected by audition only and through The School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive Program.  Studio Company members gain professional exposure and train with The School of Ballet Arizona’s School Director as well as Ballet Arizona Artistic Director and staff.  An indispensable and important part of their training is understudying and appearing regularly on stage with Ballet Arizona and in Studio Company productions.