Saratoga City Ballet Levels
The Studio’s teachers will match the dancer to the appropriate level for their age and ability. All placement decisions are made at the discretion of the School Director. Please contact Siobhan Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for assistance.
Creative Movement Age 3-4
Pre-Ballet Age 4-5
Ballet I Age 5-7
Ballet II Age 7-9
Ballet III Age 9-10
Ballet IV Age 10-13
Ballet V Age 13 and UP
Pointe A Beginner level. Dancers in their 1st or 2nd year of pointe work may be placed in this division.
Pointe B Intermediate level. Dancers in their 2nd or 3rd year of pointe work may be placed in this division.
Pointe C Advanced level. Dancers with a minimum of 3 years of pointe work may be placed in this division.
*Dancers taking pointe must be enrolled in at least 2 ballet technique classes per week.
A RECREATIONAL DANCER is free to pick and choose the DAY(s) that suit their schedule, as well as the DANCE FORM(s) that interest them. This means the student may explore the school’s offerings without being required to take a minimum number of classes for their level.
However, if RECREATIONAL DANCERS would like to perform in our productions they will be required to audition.
A FULL TIME DANCER is on a path of serious training. This means the student is required to advance their study yearly by taking more classes. Saratoga City Ballet ascribes to a conventionally structured system that sees the young dancer starting with one ballet class per week, and working up to (over several years) a daily ballet and/or dance class.
FULL TIME DANCERS are automatically given the opportunity to perform in our Winter and Spring productions, provided that attendance throughout each term is regular and satisfactory but will still audition for placement.
The FULL TIME DANCER’s schedule:
Ballet I – 1 (one) Ballet class a week
Ballet II – 2 classes a week (2 Ballet classes OR 1 Ballet class + 1 Jazz or Modern)
Ballet III – 3 classes a week (3 Ballet classes OR 2 Ballet classes + 1 Jazz or Modern)
Ballet IV – 4 classes a week (4 Ballet classes OR 3 Ballet classes + 1 Jazz, Modern or Tap)
Ballet V – 5 classes a week (5 Ballet classes with 1 Jazz, Modern, Tap or 5-6 Ballet classes)