At Sebastopol Ballet, we place students in levels by a variety of factors – age, experience, ability, and the number of classes the student is taking each week. Here is a general idea of the requirements for each level:
Pre-Ballet A Generally 3 and 4 year olds. This is the perfect class for students who have never been in a structured class before. They will learn to listen and follow along in a fun and stimulating environment. The main focus here is that dance should be fun. 3 year olds must be able to participate in class without a parent.
Pre-Ballet B Generally 4 and 5 year olds. This is a great class for kids who have already completed Pre-Ballet A, or who are in preschool. The expectations are a little higher than Pre-Ballet A, but the class is still playful and fun, while starting to learn basic technique and ballet concepts.
Pre-Ballet C Generally 5 and 6 year olds. This is a great class for kids who are in kindergarten. It is an hour long, and students will build on their technique basics, and will be expected to remember simple choreography.
Beginning Ballet – Generally 6 and 7 year olds. In this class students will learn basic ballet technique, poise, concepts, and more advanced positions and steps, with the French names. Students will learn more complex choreography at this level.
Level 1 – Generally 7 and 8 year olds. It is preferred that students take some beginning ballet prior to starting level 1, as basic ballet fundamentals are needed to thrive in this class.
Level 2 A and B – Level 2 is a two year program, split in to A and B. Students are encouraged to come twice a week, and for 2B it is required to come twice a week.
Level 3 A and B – Like Level 2, this is a two year program, and students are encouraged to come 3 days a week, and for 3B it is required.. 3B includes beginning pointe.
If your child would like to join at Level 4 or up, we will schedule a time to meet assess their level to make sure they are placed in the right class.