Ballet

Ballet students in rehearsal

This class introduces students to the musicality, artistry, and technical fundamentals of ballet class before entering Colburn’s sequential levels. Students are guided through safe and proper stretching, introductory barre work, and bigger movements in the center. Coursework will build students’ focus, coordination, strength, and confidence.

Pre-Ballet II on Saturdays with Ms. Gonzalez

Ballet I is the first level in Colburn Youth Ballet’s sequential program. Students learn the proper fundamentals of ballet technique with focus on body placement, correct shaping of feet, activating turnout, and developing musicality and a sense of artistry.

Students progress on the basics fundamentals from Ballet I and add more use of the head and arms with exercises at the barre and in the center. Students begin adding steps together into longer combinations and being executing sustained movements, pirouettes, and more complex jumps.

Pre-pointe and eventually beginner pointe is introduced at this intermediate level next in the progression. This course focuses on increasing strength and artistry.

Intermediate-advanced ballet with beginner pointe progressing to intermediate pointe. Students continue to strengthen and gain technical articulation. Class meets four times a week with two extra half hours of pointe class. 

At this level, the speed of the class increases and students learn more complex choreography. Technique class is followed by pointe class or variations class. Class meets five days weekly.

At this level, students take an advanced daily technique class followed by pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern or men’s class. Ballet Vi is designed for the pre-professional student who is looking to pursue the highest level of ballet training, with performance opportunities and master classes offered throughout the year. Separate men’s classes are also offered. Class meets six times weekly.