Our Children’s Division is for children between 3 and 5 years old. These pre-ballet classes are a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduce children to music and movement through a structured progression that stresses creativity and group interaction. Children are placed in a safe and nurturing environment. Parents are invited to watch class during scheduled observation weeks. These children will also participate in an in-studio performance in May. Pre-ballet is limited to 10 students per class.
Our Elementary Division is designed for children between 6 and 12. It consists of four levels – Elementary 1 through Elementary 3. Classes are based upon age, physical strength and development. Students are introduced to progressive levels of ballet technique as described in the IBA School Syllabus. Students are promoted according to individual progress in acquiring technique and strength. Depending on the level, classes meet one to two times per week. Children in this division are also invited to audition to participate in our annual production of The Nutcracker. This level will also participate in our annual spring performance. There is a limit of 14 students per class.
Our Intermediate Division is designed for students between 10-15 years old who have already progressed through our Elementary Division syllabus. In the Intermediate levels, students are expected to take class three to four times per week and the students are exposed to higher levels of ballet technique as described in IBA’s syllabus. The Intermediate Division consists of three levels – Intermediate 1 – 3 and classes may be subdivided to allow teachers to work more closely with the students. Teachers will designate which classes involve pointe work. Children in this division are invited to audition for our Junior Company. Junior Company members participate in our annual production of The Nutcracker and our spring performance. There is a limit of 18 students per class.
Preparatory and Advanced Division
Our preparatory and advanced program concentrates on perfecting technique and developing artistry through intensive instruction. Placement in this division is based on evaluation and teacher recommendation. There is a limit of 20 students per class.
IBA’s Pre-Professional Day (PPD) program offers a transitional experience to dancers as they move from the academic ballet setting to the world of professional dance. It provides an opportunity to increase the dancer’s stylistic range and versatility by exposing them to a variety of dance styles in class, rehearsals and performances. PPD students are primarily training for professional performing careers in classical ballet or modern dance, but are also encouraged to pursue their interests in teaching and choreography.
Our PPD program involves high-level training with additional exposure to repertoire, partnering, and increased performance opportunities as students prepare for a professional dance career. Students are expected to maintain a high level of excellence and commitment to their classroom work, performances, and community outreach.
PPD is focused on the rigors of training dancers. Participants must be enrolled in an alternative academic program that provides a flexible schedule.
Enrollment in IBA’s PPD program is by audition or invitation only. Please contact us to learn more or schedule an audition.
IBA is also a proud sponsor and host studio of Boys Ballet Summer Intensive (BBSI), a program designed exclusively for the male dancer. Current and past BBSI faculty include Peter Stark, Jock Soto, Jeffrey Rogers, Olivier Muñoz, Maxim Ponomarenko, and Patrick Frenette. BBSI 2022 was held at the International Ballet Academy from August 1-13, 2022.