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Preparatory Program

Ages 9 to 16 years old

The International Ballet Academy’s Preparatory Program provides comprehensive dance instruction to prepare dancers for the IBT Professional Program. Our classical ballet training is based on the Vaganova method curriculum as taught at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

 

To provide a well-rounded education in dance, non-ballet styles of dance are also offered in Jazz/Theater Dance, Character/Flamenco, Modern, and Tap. Performance opportunities with the International Ballet Theatre will become available to help students develop a strong body and technique. Through this comprehensive curriculum, IBA students gain a strong work ethic, confidence in valuable life skills, and self-discipline.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The International Ballet Academy strives to achieve a high level of education for our dancers. Our curriculum is not only designed to elevate our students' talent, technique, and artistry but to provide them a strong foundation for their next steps. IBA graduates go on to earn scholarships and apprenticeships at prestigious ballet companies and universities all around the world, such as The Juilliard School, UC Berkeley, and Harvard, along

with Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, The Dutch National Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York.

AUDITION FOR PROGRAM

Placement into the 2022|2023 Preparatory Program is by audition only.

Auditions will be accepted by video only and previous dance experience is required.

Videos must be emailed directly to: info@intballetacademy.org

Ages 9 to 13

Audition video must include:

Barre Work - plies, tendu, and adagio

Center - adagio, petite allegro, and grand allegro

Ages 13 and up

Audition video must include:

Barre Work - plies, tendu, and adagio

Center - adagio, petite allegro, grand allegro, pirouettes

Basic Pointe Exercises - relevé, échappé, pirouette from forth position

AUDITION FOR THE NUTCRACKER

Date: September 18th, 2022
Time: 11:00 - 1:15pm
Location: IBA Studio

Audition Form

 
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

Level Eight | 16 years old and up

Students will continue to refine and train their technique, artistry, style, and performance skills at the professional level. 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

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

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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.  

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: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: IBA Facility

Registration & Tuition

Entrance to our Preparatory Program is open to dancers with previous experience. Either to those who are moving from another structured training program and are in need of a new place of training due to relocation or other unexpected circumstances. 

Schedule, Documents, and Fees

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

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

Parent Portal Instructions
Tuition AUTO PAY Form

Lessons

Per Week

Semester

Tuition

Monthly Option by AUTO PAY

(Subject to 1.5% service fee)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

$945

$1,391

$1,995

$2,651

$3,150

$3,545

$3,832

$4,070

$195

$287

$411

$547

$649

$731

$790

$839

BALLET CLASS REQUIREMENT

Please review the published IBA curriculum information to learn more about specific requirements in each level of study. Each level requires a minimum number of ballet lessons per week. You may request a copy at the IBA business office, or visit the IBA website.

TEEN/ADULT OPEN CLASS PROGRAM

IBA offers teen/adult drop-in classes in various genres of dance. Skill levels are noted on our open class schedule; however, if you need assistance in determining which classes to attend, do not hesitate to contact our business office at 425.822.7694.

Drop-In Class Fee = $ 20.00

Class cards are available.

Purchase 20 classes and get one class free.

See registration forms and the IBA Parent & Student Manual for more information about all of the IBA tuition policies and any specific requirements for your program of interest.

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 and includes 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 the current month.

  • Addition fees will be incurred if the full amount of the past due fees has 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 

Nikolay Academy “Colette” adjustable camisole leotard with IBA logo (Purple) 

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Lavender)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET TWO  

Nikolay Academy “Colette” adjustable camisole leotard with IBA logo (French Blue)

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (French Blue)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET THREE

Nikolay Academy “Colette” adjustable camisole leotard with IBA logo (Royal) 

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Royal)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET FOUR

Nikolay Academy leotard “DAD1930MPN” (Dark Blue) 

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Dark Blue)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET FIVE

Nikolay Academy leotard “DAD193MPN” (Olive)

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Olive)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET SIX

Nikolay Academy leotard “DAD1930MPN” (Taupe)

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Taupe)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BALLET SEVEN 

Nikolay Academy leotard “DAD1930MPN” (Coffee)

with Nikolay “Celine” mesh skirt (Coffee)

Tights: Euroskin 210-NR convertible tights 

Ballet Slippers: Canvas, must match regulation tights

BOYS|MEN

White T-shirt, black tights, white socks and white shoes (black shoes OK).

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CONTEMPORARY, MEN'S CLASS, PAS DE DEUX

Women: Regulation leotard and skirt, pink regulation tights, and pointe shoes.

Men: Black tights, White Shirt and Socks, and White Ballet shoes

 

CHARACTER DANCE | FLAMENCO (all levels)

Women: Wear Moi pinch-front “Abbie” camisole leotard (Black), regulation tights, black character skirt with black leather character shoes.

•Character I and II: Skirt should fit above knees and the heels on character shoes should be lower than 1 inch tall.

•Character III-Int/Adv: Skirt should fit below knees and the heels on character shoes should be 1 1⁄2 inches tall.

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

Men: Black/White t-shirt, black jazz pants, black socks, and men’s black character shoes.

 

MODERN AND CONDITIONING

Women: Wear Moi pinch-front “Abbie” camisole leotard (Black), pink regulation tights rolled up above the ankles with bare feet.

Men: White/Black t-shirt with black tights rolled up above the ankles with bare feet.

 

TAP DANCE (all levels)

Pants:  Children sizes Bloch Coupe’ CP5453; Adult Bloch Ecarte P3618R

Women: Wear Moi pinch-front “Abbie” camisole leotard (Black) or black t-shirt, black jazz pants with black patent – leather tap shoes.

Men: Black t-shirt, black jazz pants with black oxford–style tap shoes.

Children: Bloch Coupe CP5453 Jazz Pants

Adults: Bloch Ecarte P3618R Jazz Pants

JAZZ | THEATRE DANCE (all levels)

Pants:  Children sizes Bloch Coupe’ CP5453;  Adult Bloch Ecarte P3618R

Women: Wear Moi pinch-front “Abbie” camisole leotard (Black), black jazz pants, and black jazz shoes with no laces.

Men: Black t-shirt, black jazz pants, and black jazz shoes with no laces.

Children: Bloch Coupe CP5453 Jazz Pants

Adults: Bloch Ecarte P3618R Jazz Pants

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

Email: onpointebellevue@gmail.com

Website: www.onpointebellevue.com

 

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday from 11 am to 6 pm 

Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Closed on Sunday

Store hours may be affected by Covid