Each student is required to take a minimum number of classes per week depending on his or her level:
- Current Class Schedule
Students are expected to maintain regular attendance in the minimum number of classes required for their particular level. An exception would be an absence due to illness or other such acceptable reason, in which case the class may be made up in another class of the same level or lower level. Classes missed due to holidays or illness may be made up any time during the following three months. Students are expected to arrive on time and ready for class.
- Pink tights and shoes for all levels
- Pink leotard and hair pulled back for Pre-Ballet levels
- Light blue leotard and hair in bun for Children’s Levels
- Black leotard and hair in a “classical ballet bun” for Academy levels
- No jewelry
Students are formally evaluated each year to ensure correct level placement and to maximize each student’s potential. Initial placement for the year reflects our presumption that the student will maintain good attendance and work ethic in his/her classes to progress with the rest of the class. In the event that the faculty believes that a student would receive more suitable training in a different level, the student and parent(s) will be notified and the student will be moved. The curriculum for each level is mandatory. Students whose schedule does not accommodate their level’s curriculum may enroll in a lower level. Good attendance alone does not assure that a student will move through the academy syllabus with the rest of the class. Each student must apply him or herself and exhibit consistent and dedicated work habits to progress.
The curriculum of the Long Beach Ballet Academy reflects the eclectic repertoire of a professional ballet company. Weighted heavily toward training of classical ballet technique, the school also hosts an internationally recognized Summer Program where other forms of dance are introduced, including jazz, African dance, modern and character dance.
This is the foundation of all dance forms necessary for the linear and technical development of a dancer. Twelve levels of technical training span a child’s first introduction to musical movement to and including the emergence of a professional dancer.
Pre-Ballet and Children’s Division
For children from three years of age. Includes six levels of training in preparation for the Academy Division.
The Academy Division develops artistry, technique, stamina, and discipline. Pointe work is introduced in Level 4. Serious students are immersed in a professional atmosphere of high-level training in preparation for a professional career.
For adults not pursuing a professional dance career, who nonetheless desire to begin or continue ballet training.
"Ballet Ambassadors to to China" Summer Intensive
Each year students from across the country are selected to join the Long Beach Ballet on their annual six-week summer intensive that culminates with a three-week performance tour to China.
Three Week Summer Intensive
Each year students from across the country are selected to participate in a three-week summer intensive which culminates with a student recital.
Children's Dance Camp
A special annual summer program for younger students that features classes in ballet, character, jazz, folk dancing and hula, as well as arts and crafts, costuming, and stage make-up. This two-week program culminates with a performance on stage.
Performance opportunities are available to all students age four and up. Each June, students perform in the
Annual School Performance -- an elaborate two hour production featuring a full-scale story ballet plus exciting variations by Upper Division students. In December, the school produces David Wilcox’s internationally acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. These performances are the culmination of countless hours in the classroom and is rewarding for students and family alike.
Advanced level students are eligible for selection to join the Long Beach Ballet, an internationally recognized, non-profit, pre-professional performing company. This select group of talented and dedicated students gains experience and understanding of what a professional ballet career involves, providing a bridge between classroom training and a professional career. Members work with an array of international talent, including choreographers, directors, and dancers. Master Classes are regularly scheduled with the world's top dancers, teachers, directors and coaches. The Long Beach Ballet is an Honor Company of Regional Dance America and has official ties to the National Ballet of China in Guangzhou.
RULES AND ETIQUETTE WHILE IN CLASS
- Respectful posture and attitude must be maintained throughout the entire class.
- Attention should be directed towards the instructor at all times.
- Finish each exercise in the instructed stance and remain until the instructor gives permission to continue.
- Turn toward the barre between exercises.
- Sitting down is allowed only with the expressed permission of the instructor.
- Learn exercises quickly so as to benefit the most from each exercise.
- Pay attention to corrections given to other students and try to apply the corrections to yourself.
- Pay attention to questions asked by other students as they probably pertain to you as well.
- When another group is dancing, prepare yourself to begin dancing as the group before you is finishing.
- In the center, when you finish your exercise, immediately move to the front of the room then straight to the side to allow the next group to start dancing without interruption.
- If you are taking a make-up class in a level lower than your own, yield the center barres to the students of the assigned class. Stand in the back rows when dancing in the center.
- If you are in a combination class with different levels, the higher level will stand on the center barres. After barre, the higher level students stand in the front of the room.
- If you stand on a center barre, it is your responsibility to put it away at the end of barre.
- Be quiet. Speak only if the teacher asks you a question or if what you say directly pertains to the class.
- If you are injured or otherwise prevented from participating in the entire class, inform the instructor PRIOR to the start of class.
- Use the restroom before class.
- Thank the instructor after each class. Curtsy to the pianist after each class (if applicable).
- Dress code should be adhered to at all times in each division. (See Dress Code)
- Gum-chewing is not permitted while in class.
- If you are sitting out the class due to illness or injury, sit in the front corner of the classroom and do not talk.
- Arrive early and be ready to start your class at its scheduled time. Arriving at the start-time of your class means you will be late
- If you arrive for class 1-10 minutes late, go directly to the front desk and receive a tardy entrance slip, then proceed into the class.
- If you arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of the class, you will not be permitted to enter.
- You may enter the studios only when the instructor is present or has permitted you to enter.
- The equipment inside the studios is for the instructor’s use only. This includes stereo and all pilates equipment.
- The dry-erase boards are for instructor use only.
- Siblings will not be permitted to remain in the building unattended.
- Keep your voice down. There is no running, playing, or yelling inside the building.
- If a child needs adult supervision to use the restroom, a parent or guardian must stay in the lobby for the duration of the class.
- Parents need to be on time to pickup their child after each class or rehearsal. If a faculty or staff member is required to stay more than 10 minutes after the conclusion of the class, the parent will be charged a $10 fine.
- There is no food of any kind or drinks allowed inside the studios. Water bottles only.