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Preparatory Program Ages 7 & up

The International Ballet Academy’s Preparatory Program provides comprehensive dance instruction through a series of classical ballet classes based on the syllabus of the Vaganova method as taught at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. 


Other forms of dance are offered and the student is encouraged to participate in our Jazz/Theatre Dance, Character/Flamenco, Modern and Tap dance classes. The goal is to have a well-rounded experience and training in dance. Performance opportunities become available as the student progresses.

In addition to developing a strong body and strong technique, students gain valuable life skills such as self-discipline, a strong work ethic, and confidence.

All students are  offered performance opportunities on the stage of Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue.

Classical Ballet Curriculum
Other Dance

Ballet I (ages 7-8) 

     2 classes per week offered
This class features introductory ballet classes in barre technique and improvisation. Emphasis is given to learning ballet vocabulary and correct placement. Other forms of dance can begin (Tap, Jazz). 

Ballet II (ages 8-9)

     1 year of ballet experience; 2 classes per week required
Students begin a more formal study of classical ballet through age-appropriate skill development, creative expression, and music appreciation to develop the self-discipline necessary to continue the study of classical ballet. Other forms of dance continue

Tap Dance (ages 7 and up)

Tap technique classes are based on the traditional elements of Broadway tap, Al Gilbert tap, and rhythm tap techniques. The beginning levels of tap focus on the basic elements and steps of the Al Gilbert technique. Students learn basic combinations and steps appropriate for beginners. The mid- and upper-levels of tap continue with the Al Gilbert technique and learn Broadway as well as the more advanced rhythm tap techniques. 

Character Dance (ages 9 and up)

Character dance takes folk dances from all over the world and combines them with elements of classical dance. Students learn original dances from many countries including Poland, Hungary, Russia and Spain, as well as character dances from various classical ballets.

Ballet III (ages 10-11)

     3 classes per week required
This class features barre technique, floor technique and improvisation. Students develop practical skills, muscular self-control and basic coordination. Other forms of dance can begin (Character, Flamenco, Theater Dance, Modern dance).

Ballet IV-A and B (ages 12-13)

     4 classes per week required
Students are exposed to a variety of more advanced skills, including muscle control, proper posture, balance and expressiveness. Pointe work begins or continues.

Ballet V (ages 13-14)

     5 classes per week required
This level concentrates on the mastery of more complex movements and combinations. The ongoing development of performance skills is stressed.

Ballet VI (ages 15 and up)

     5 classes per week required
This level continues mastery of increasingly complex movements. Basic partnering begins.

Ballet VII (ages 16 and up)

     5 classes per week required
Training is in further development of technique. The mastery of style and performance skills is refined.

Flamenco (ages 9 and up and enrolled in Character Dance)

Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of the Gypsy people of Andalucía in southern Spain. It developed over several centuries from a fusion of various eastern cultures and is a means of powerful expression. Students will be immersed in this living art form by learning beginning technique choreography incorporating arm movements, footwork, body positioning, and basic Flamenco rhythms.

Jazz Dance (ages 7 and up)

Based on the well-known Luigi jazz technique, students learn jazz-oriented movement and dance using extension and strength. These skills blend together to produce a very sophisticated and fun dance style for all ages. Theatre Dance uses Jazz technique to learn musical theatre dance skills.

Theatre Dance (ages 9 and up)

Theatre Dance uses the Jazz technique to learn musical theatre dance skills. Students will study traidtional musical dance theater along with traditional American Broadway shows. 

Modern Dance (ages 9 and up)
Modern technique classes provide a unique and challenging approach to dance. Students learn how to strengthen and develop natural movement into artistic expression. Classes include the foundations of the Graham (percussive qualities), Limone (circular qualities) and Cunningham (angular qualities) techniques. Classes are appropriately designed for different ages and skill levels. 

Pas de Deux/Contemporary/Men's Class
     One class per week, entry by permission

Registration & Tuition

Placement into the 2020-2021 Preparatory Program at IBA is by audition only

Please contact our office at 425.822.7694 to make arrangements for program placement.  


Entrance to our Preparatory Program closes after the last day of February each year; however, contact our administrative office for more information about a possible individual audition.  Exceptions may be made for later season entry for experienced dancers moving out of another very structured program who are in need of a new place of training due to relocation or other unexpected circumstances. 

2020 -2021 Registration Information Coming Soon! 

Admission & Fees

Audition Class Fee: $40


Preparatory Program Annual Registration Fee - $50 (due at time of registration.)​

Preparatory Program Audition Form:

Registration Form:

Medical Release Form:

IBA Student Manual:

Tuition & Fees (Season 2019-2020)

Tuition Schedule for Preparatory Ballet and all other classes:

The school year has two 19-week semesters. Each semester has five months. Tuition payment may be made by the semester or monthly.

NOTE: Tuition is due on the 1st of the month.

Full semester and full year payments options are available.

Monthly payments are available for a small service fee.  Tuition is divided into 8 equal payments during the 10 month season.

Each semester is 19 weeks (5 months.)

Payments are past due after the 1st of the month.  

There is a $25 late fee for payments made after a grace period of 7 full days.  

A late fee of $25 will be added each month until the account is made current.

There is a $50 fee for returned checks. 

Payment must be made by check, cash, money order, bank arrangement or credit card (excluding American Express.) Payments may be made in person, by phone, or by mail to the IBA studio address.

Dress Code (2019-2020 Season)

Regulation attire is enforced. All attire may be acquired at On Pointe Dancewear in Bellevue.
Pointe Shoes are to be worn with permission from instructor only.

PLEASE NOTE:  This Chart includes the leotard and skirt requirements only.  Please see below the chart for information on tights, shoes & other requirements specific to each genre of dance.   All genres have a specific dress code and all dancers are expected to attend their lessons in uniform.

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Other Dance Wear Regulations

Ballet Slippers

Ballet IV – Adult: Leather or Canvas only, must match performance tights (“peach pink vs. pink pink”)

Children – Ballet III: Bloch Giselle S0249G – Pink


Performance Tights

Ballet III - Adult: Body Wrappers A46 Classic Mesh back seam convertible tight in CBP (classic ballet pink)

Children – Ballet II: Bloch T0981G footed tight, color PNK (pink)


Contemporary, Men’s Class and Pas De Deux

     Girls: Regulation leotard, ballet skirt, pink regulation tights, pink pointe shoes.

     Boys: Black tights, white t-shirt, and socks, white ballet shoes.


Character Dance/Flamenco Dance (all levels)

Boys: Black tights, white shirt and socks, black character shoes

Girls: Regulation leotard, pink regulation tights, black character skirt and black leather character shoes

          •Character I and II: short skirt (above knees) and low heels;
          •Character III-Int/Adv: long skirt (below knees) and 1-11⁄2-inch heels]
          •Flamenco: character skirt and shoes (a flamenco skirt will be ordered after the first month)


Character I and II

     Short skirt (above knees) and low heels


Character III-Int/Adv

     Long skirt (below knees) and 1-1½-inch heels



     Girls: Character skirt and shoes (a flamenco skirt will be ordered after the first month)

     Boys: Black pants, black shirt, and socks, black character shoes/boots


Modern Dance and Conditioning (all levels)

     Girls: Regulation leotard, pink regulation tight with open foot, rolled up with bare feet

     Boys: Black tights with open foot, white shirt, bare feet


Tap Dance (all levels)

Pants: Children sizes - Bloch Coupe’ CP5453 | Adult sizes – Ecarte P3618R

     Girls: Regulation leotard or black T-shirt, black jazz pants, standard patent leather tap shoes with bow. ​

     Boys: Black T-shirt, black jazz pants, oxford-style black tap shoes


Jazz/Theatre Dance (all levels)

Pants: Children sizes - Bloch Coupe’ CP5453 | Adult sizes – Ecarte P3618R

    Girls: Regulation leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes

    Boys: Black T-shirt, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes



International Ballet Academy Uniform Provider: Other dancewear stores should carry the shoes, tights and other dancewear items you will need and that meet our regulations. That being said, we encourage you to go to On Pointe Dancewear for all of your dancewear needs as they are the official dancewear store of the International Ballet Academy. On Pointe Dancewear is the business that will carry our required ballet logo wear uniforms.


On Pointe Dancewear

12001 NE 12th Street, Suite 85 - Bellevue, WA 98005

PHONE: (425) 643-2386
Store Hours:
Monday – Friday 11am to 6pm 

Saturday 10am to 4pm

Closed on Sunday
Email: Website:

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