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Preparatory Program

Ages 9 to 16 years old

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.

Preparatory Program lessons will be offered at our studio as well as online for dancers who are unable to attend class at our facility. As health regulations are updated, we will offer classes at our studio.

  • We have updated our streaming technology, allowing us to provide a better teaching experience online. 

Students will be offered performance opportunities on the stage of the Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue when state and federal regulations are lifted. 

Classical Ballet Curriculum
Non-Ballet Styles of Dance

Level One | 9 to 10 years old

This is the first year of formal training in classical ballet technique. At this level, students will start a detailed study of the fundamentals of ballet to include: beginning barre work, beginning center work, and stretching. Students will develop muscular control, self-discipline, and turnout. At this age, dancers may begin other forms of dance such as Character dance, Theatre dance, Flamenco, and Modern. At this age, dancers may begin pre-pointe exercises to prepare the legs and feet for pointe shoes. 

 

Dancers may participate in the End of Year Performance as well as in IBT’s annual Children’s production and The Nutcracker. 

They can also audition to participate in other select productions with the International Ballet Theatre.​

  • Requirement of 2 ballet classes per week and 1 pre-pointe class per week

  • Dancers should not purchase pre-pointe shoes until after their first month in class assessment and further instructions.​*

Level Two | 10 to 11 years old

Students will start to build on the fundamental training they received in Ballet One. They will develop increased focus, musical awareness, muscle control, and stamina, as well as foundational, and classical techniques. After assessment by the class instructor, the dancers may begin pointe work.

 

Dancers may participate in the End of Year performance as well as IBT’s annual Children’s production and The Nutcracker.​

  • Requirement of 2 ballet classes per week and 1 pointe class per week

  • Dancers should not purchase pointe shoes until after their first month in class assessment and further instructions.​*

Level Three | 11 to 12 years old

At this level, students are exposed to a variety of more advanced skills while building on the foundational training they received in the previous two levels.  More intermediate movements are introduced, developing better coordination, musicality, balance, and muscle control. Training in pointe work continues. 

 

Dancers may participate in the End of Year performance as well as IBT’s annual Children’s production and The Nutcracker. ​

  • Requirement of 3 ballet classes per week.

  • Classes include pointe work​

  • Dancers new to pointe should not purchase pointe shoes until after their first month in class assessment and further instructions.

Tap Dance | 9 years old and up

Tap dance is like learning to use a musical instrument on your feet. Characterized by its unique, percussive sound as the metal taps hit against the floor, various techniques are learned to create rhythmical and dynamic tones. Rhythm Tap, focusing more on musicality and Broadway Tap, centers more on performance, and are two of the main techniques explored in these lessons. This is a wonderful way to develop the mind’s capacity for remembering choreography and the body’s ability for complex coordination.​

  • Two Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

Jazz | 9 years old and up

Based on the Luigi Jazz Technique, students learn jazz-oriented movement and dance using extension and strength. These skills blend together to produce a very sophisticated and elegant dance style for all ages.​

  • Two Levels: Intermediate/Advanced

Character | 9 years old and up

Character Dance takes folk dances from all over the world and combines them with elements of classical ballet.  Students learn original dances from many countries to include Poland, Hungary, Russia, and Spain, as well as character scenes from various age-old ballet productions.​

  • Three Levels: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Flamenco | 9 years old and up

Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of the Gypsy people of Andalucia in Southern Spain. Developed over several centuries from a fusion of various eastern cultures, Flamenco is a powerful expression of history, culture, and art. Students will be immersed in this living art form by learning beginning technique and choreography. Classes will incorporate arm movements, footwork, stylized body positioning, and basic Flamenco rhythms.  ​

  • Three Levels: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Theatre Dance | 9 years old and up

Theatre dance uses Jazz techniques to learn musical theatre dance skills. Students will study traditional musical theatre dance steps and learn scenes from various famous American Broadway shows.  ​

  • Three Levels: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Level Four | 12 to 13 years old

At this level, students are introduced to a variety of more complex skills, as well as more difficult choreographic and musical patterns during the lesson. They continue to develop their classical ballet technique through rigorous and consistent practice of their foundational material. Students will continue developing pointe work. 

Dancers have broader performance opportunities with the International Ballet Theatre.

  • Requirement of 4 ballet classes per week

  • Classes include pointe work​

Level Five | 13 to 14 years old

This level concentrates on the mastery of more complex movements and choreography.  There is an emphasis on the ongoing development of the classical ballet technique and performance skills.  Dancers begin advanced pointe work. 

 

Dancers have broader performance opportunities with the International Ballet Theatre.​

  • Requirement of 5 ballet classes per week

  • Classes include pointe work

Level Six | 14 to 15 years old

This level continues the mastery of increasingly complex movement patterns and variations.  Musical phrasing and choreography become more challenging and dynamic.  With a strong foundation, the student moves forward into more advanced material with a strong focus on developing agility, strength, elegance, and flexibility. Dancers increase the difficulty and dynamics of their pointe work training, learning more challenging combinations and classical variations.

 

Dancers have broader performance opportunities with the International Ballet Theatre.​

  • Requirement of 5 ballet classes per week

  • Classes include pointe work

Level Seven | 15 to 16 years old

At this level, students work to refine their technique, artistry, style, and performance skills into a more professional level.   With a strong foundation, the student continues to move forward into advanced material with a strong focus on developing dynamic movement, stamina, elegance, and strength. Dancers continue to increase the difficulty and dynamics of their pointe work training, learning more challenging combinations and classical variations.

 

Dancers have broader performance opportunities with the International Ballet Theatre.​

  • Requirement of 5 ballet classes per week

  • Classes include pointe work

Pas de Deux (entry by Instructor Permission)

A "dance for two people", the Pas de Deux is commonly performed with difficult stunts and virtuosic promenades. Dancers will study techniques suitable for choreography with a partner, as well as develop coordination and communication skills they will utilize on stage. 

 

Usually, it takes many years of classical ballet training before one can build sufficient stability, strength, and coordination to enter such a class.  

Modern | 9 years old and up

Modern dance is a broad genre of stylistic movements not commonly recognized as having a strict structure. These classes provide a unique and challenging approach to dance. 

 

With a focus on free movement, students learn how to strengthen and develop their natural flow into sophisticated, artistic expression. Various techniques are used in this class, including the Martha Graham technique (Percussive qualities), the Limon technique (Circular qualities), the Merce Cunningham technique (Angular qualities), and the Lester Horton technique (Isolations).​

  • Three Levels: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

*Pointe Shoes - Level One & Two 

Dancers in Level One and Level Two are asked to not purchase pointe shoes until they have met with the Artistic Director regarding fitting and preparation. 

Pointe Shoe Meeting

For Level One and Level Two

Date: September 14th, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: IBA Studio and Online

Pleasel use the Ballet Level 3 class link at Virtual Studio B.

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. 

Admission, Tuition, and Fees

Audition Class Fee: $50 (upon acceptance, fee will be credited to registration fee)

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

Audition Form

updated 8/25/20

Registration Form

updated 8/25/20

Medical Form

updated 8/25/20

IBA Student Manual

Safe Start Policies & Health Guidelines

updated 9/7/20

Registration with IBA signifies your commitment to a full 19-week semester.

Tuition is divided into 10 equal monthly payments for the 10 month season including payments from Sept 1st through June 1st.

  • IBA can offer flexible ways to pay your semester tuition. Administrative fees may apply.

  • Payments are accepted in cash, check, bank check, money order, and credit card (excluding American Express.)

  • A late fee of $25 will be assessed on all unpaid accounts on the 8th day of that current month.

  • A $25 late fee will continue to be assessed each month on the 1st if the full amount of the past due fees have not been resolved.

  • Accounts left past due for longer than 60 days will be required to be paid via autopay.

  • A $50 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.

  • All tuition and fee payments are non-refundable.

Dress Code

Regulation attire is enforced. 

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

BALLET ONE 

Motionwear 2565 adjustable camisole leotard w/ IBA logo, color 482 Raspberry

Wear Moi, “Delia” skirt, color Pink

BALLET TWO  

Motionwear 2565 adjustable camisole leotard w/ IBA logo, color 469 Teal

Wear Moi, “Delia” skirt, color Aqua

BALLET THREE

Motionwear 2565 adjustable camisole leotard

or 2516 pinch front leotard w/ IBA logo, color 470 Perfect Plum

Wear Moi, “Delia” skirt, color lilac  

BALLET FOUR

Motionwear 2565 adjustable camisole leotard

or 2516 pinch front leotard w/ IBA logo, color 417 Concord Blue

Wear Moi “Delia” skirt, color Navy

BALLET FIVE

Nikolay Academy DAD1930MPN Dark Blue 

Nikolay Academy skirt DAD1945N, color Dark Blue

BALLET SIX

Nikolay Academy DAD1930MPN Taupe

Nikolay Academy skirt DAD1945N, color Taupe

BALLET SEVEN 

Nikolay Academy DAD1930MPN Coffee

Nikolay Academy skirt DAD1945N, color Coffee

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION EXAMS

Motionwear 2516 pinch front leotard, color 481 (White)

Wear Moi “Dolly” or “Delia” Skirt, color White

BOYS|MEN

White T-shirt or dance shirt

black tights, white socks and white shoes (black shoes OK)

BALLET SLIPPERS

Ballet I - VII:  Canvas, must match performance tights

 

PERFORMANCE TIGHTS

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

 

CONTEMPORARY, MEN'S CLASS, PAS DE DEUX

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

Boys: Black tights, white shirt, and socks, white ballet shoes

 

CHARACTER DANCE | FLAMENCO | BALLROOM (all levels)

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 1-1½-inch heels]

•Flamenco: character skirt and shoes (a flamenco skirt will be ordered after the first month)

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

 

MODERN AND CONDITIONING (all levels)

Girls: Regulation leotard, regulation tights with an 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 Bloch Ecarte P3618R

Girls: Regulation leotard or black T-shirt, black jazz pants, traditional patent leather tap shoes 

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

JAZZ | THEATRE DANCE (all levels)

Pants:  Children sizes Bloch Coupe’ CP5453;  Adult Bloch 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 from 11 am to 6 pm 

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Closed on Sunday
Email: onpointebellevue@gmail.com Website: www.onpointebellevue.com

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