Lower School provides a nurturing environment for children who wish to learn ballet technique and discipline. Each level is designed to teach the fundamentals of classical ballet, increasing in difficulty according to the class level and training of the students.
Petite Dancers is a class designed for children ages 3-4. This class teaches the elementary concepts of classical ballet and tap, while incorporating coordination, rhythm, and movement to music. Students learn to follow simple instructions as a group. Class meets 45 minutes once a week.
Pre-Foundations slowly introduces the more structured and disciplined movement necessary for formal ballet training, while continuing training in tap for students ages 5-6. Class meets 45 minutes once a week.
Foundations begins formal ballet training for children ages 7 and up. The class expands and explores ballet vocabulary. Discipline develops a stronger mental focus while strength and flexibility are slowly increased to properly develop the body for classical ballet as well as tap and jazz. Class meets 1 hour twice a week.
Dance Division A continues formal ballet training by increasing strength, stamina, and technique. Barre and center work focus on combining elements practiced in lower levels while adding more complex movements. Dancers will continue training the training of tap and jazz with a once-a-week combo class and strength training will be introduced. At this level, the Artistic Director may place a student according to ability rather than age. Classes meet 1.5 hours twice a week.
Upper School provides strenuous training in classical ballet for students who possess a gift for movement, musicality as well as a love for dance, and who are willing to commit to the high standards of the Ballet Mississippi School. All Upper School placement is by audition or previous class experience and at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director.
Dance Division B builds on previous ballet training by increasing strength, stamina, and technique. Dancers will continue training in tap and jazz with a once-a-week combo class. The level of strength training will increase. Barre and center work focus on combining elements while increasing focus and technique. In the center, students learn more complicated petite allegro and the grand allegro to develop greater stamina and fluidity of movement. Students at this level receive preparation and may begin pointe work. These students are expected to attend class 1.5 hours three times a week.
Dance Division C continues the training described in Division B. Students begin to learn variations of the classical and neoclassical repertoire. Division C students are expected to attend class 1.5 hours four times a week, including a tap and jazz combo class once a week. They will have an option of attending advanced level classes at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
Dance Division D students continue to develop the proficiency of technique, strength, and stamina necessary to produce the artistry in movement. Students are expected to attend ballet technique class 1.5 hours four times weekly as well as pointe, variation, jazz, tap and modern classes.
Master Classes – Occasionally, master classes in ballet, jazz, modern, or tap may be offered to the Advanced Ballet students throughout the year. All advanced students must be in regular attendance for their ballet classes in order to attend master classes.
Adult Ballet – Whether you’re a serious student or someone looking for fun, different extra-curricular activity, the state’s premier ballet school provides quality training to all.
The minimum age for all adult classes is 16. Adults typically range in age from mid-20s and up.