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Ballet

Our ballet program follows American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum’s syllabus developed by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens along with a Medical Advisory Board for ABT.  This curriculum embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian, and Russian schools of training.  We focus on kinetics, coordination, anatomy, and proper body alignment to give dancers the foundation to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. Ages 3 and up. 

Class Levels

Pre-Primary Level: Ages 3-4

Pre Primary—Ages 3-4

Must be potty trained for class!

Primary Level: Ages 5-6

Primary Level—Ages 5-6

Level 1: Ages 7-8

Level 1: Ages 7-8

Meets once a week, students encouraged to take twice a week.

Level 2: Ages 9 & Up

Level 2: Ages 9 & up

Students’ are required to take class twice a week.

Level 3A: Ages 10 & Up

Level 3A: Ages 10 & up

Three 3a classes per week required. Pre-pointe half hour once a week if wishing to be on pointe.

Level 3B: Ages 11 & Up

Level 3B: Ages 11 & up

Three technique classes per week required. Please register for one 3b class and two 3a classes. Pointe 3b one hour once a week.

Level 4A: Ages 12 & Up

Level 4A: Ages 12 & up

Four 4a technique classes per week required. Two 4a Pointe classes per week required if on pointe.

Junior Performance Group

Optional and open to levels 3a/3b/4a. The Junior Performance Group meets for one hour on Saturdays to learn choreography outside of the class. The Junior Performance Group will have two in studio performances a year and will perform their repertory at the Spring DanceFest.

Teen Contemporary Ballet: Ages 12 & up

Ages 12 & up. Continue basic ballet training with a ballet barre followed by a contemporary dance center. No additional ballet or class requirements.

Choreography/Dance Composition Class Level 4A & Up

Open to all Ballet students levels 4A and above and dancers in Jazz 3 and Modern 3.

In this class, dancers will explore the creative process of choreographing dances while working in solo and group studies. Dancers will learn the different choreographic tools used to make dances: laban movement vocabulary, weight, space, time, effort and shape, body sequencing as well as improvisation.  Dancers will also learn to use language to speak about dance and learn to self evaluate in a positive manner. The atmosphere of this class is to create a safe space for those to explore their creativity.

Level 4B: Ages 13 and up

Four technique classes per week required. Please register for two 4a classes, 1 4b class and the Thursday Professional Division/4b class. Two 4b Pointe classes per week required if on pointe.

PreProfessional Performance Division

Optional and open to Level 4b.

Open to level 4b students, ages 13 and up on an audition basis. The PreProfessional Performance Division is an apprentice program for dancers hoping to transition into the Professional Division. 4B dancers who are considering entering the Professional Division are strongly recommended to audition. Dancers will attend Professional Division rehearsals and will possibly be cast by choreographers in repertory pieces.

Dancers in the PreProfessional Division will be subject to all of the commitment guidelines of the Professional Division. The PreProfessional Performance Division meets twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Professional Division

The highest level of training for FineLine dancers. This division requires a complete commitment to training and performance at FineLine.

The Professional curriculum includes daily ballet and pointe classes as well as conditioning, music theory, contemporary jazz/modern. Dancers can add additional tap, acrobatics, jazz, vocal performance, and acting classes to their schedules.

Professional Division students have a repertory of two pieces created by choreographers currently working in the field of dance.

Professional Division dancers will have increased performance opportunities as well as master classes and convention/competition opportunities. In the same manner that advanced sports teams require additional fundraising from families, The Professional Division families will be asked to coordinate fundraising throughout the year to cover the expense of extra activities, or families can commit to paying additional fees directly. Additional fees are not covered by the scholarship program.

Requirements are: Minimum of 5 Ballet Technique classes per week. Minimum of 3 pointe classes per week required. (Please note Tuesday class on Pointe fulfills both a technique class and pointe class requirement).

Additional required classes: Variations Class one time per week (Please note Variations class fulfills one ballet technique requirement but not the pointe requirement). 2 Conditioning Classes per week. 1 Music Theory class per week. 2 Contemporary Classes per week. 1 rehearsal class per week.

Dress Code

Girls Ballet

Tights must be worn over the full foot for all levels. Convertible tights may not be rolled up off the foot.

PrePrimary & Primary Levels  – Pink skirted leotard (not a pink leotard with a skirt pulled on), pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.

Level 1 – Light blue leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.

Level 2 -Royal blue leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.

Level 3 – Burgandy leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A burgandy skirt may be worn for pointe only. No other colored skirt is permitted.

Level 4 – Hunter Green leotard, pink tights, full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A hunter green skirt may be worn for pointe.  No other colored skirt is permitted.

Teen Contemporary Ballet- Students may wear any color leotard, tights, close-fitting shirts, jazz pants, tank tops, dance shorts or leggings. Full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers. Hair pulled back and away from face. 

Professional Division – White or black leotard, pink tights, full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A white or black skirt may be worn for pointe only, if the dancer would like.

* Please note, leg warmers, solid knit black, burgundy or neutral colored warmer pants and sweaters may be worn for barre only. Detached skirts may only be worn by students during pointe class and must be of the same color as their leotard or black for the Professional Division. No shorts are permitted for girls at any level.

Boys Ballet

Black socks, black full-soled leather ballet slippers, black dance shorts or full length tights, form-fitting white t-shirt, and dance belt.