Academy

Academy Information & Policies

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 and the emergence of a professional dancer.


PRE-BALLET & CHILDREN'S DIVISION
For children from three years of age.  Includes six levels of training in preparation for the Academy Division.


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.


ADULT DIVISION
For adults not pursuing a professional dance career, who nonetheless desire to begin or continue ballet training.


Level Placement

Students are placed in their appropriate level by age or after taking a placement class arranged by the instructors.  Determining factors include age, previous training, and natural ability.  (Pre-Ballet and Adult levels do not require a placement class).

Tuition

Tuition is payable in advance.  There are a variety of payment options available with discounts for pre-payment of multiple months or multiple classes in the case of "drop-in" classes.  Additional fees are added to late payments and returned checks.

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Long Beach Ballet Academy reflects the eclectic repertoire of a professional ballet company.   Weighted heavily toward the 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.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Performance opportunities are available to all students age four and up.  Each June, students perform in the
Annual School Performance
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an elaborate two hour production featuring a full-scale story ballet presented at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. In December, the school produces David Wilcox’s internationally acclaimed production of The Nutcracker at the Terrrace Theater.  These performances are the culmination of countless hours in the classroom and is rewarding for students and family alike.