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Class Descriptions & Level Guidelines

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Classes for 2023-2024 Season

Ballet: Students will learn classical ballet technique and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. As students’ progress, each ballet level will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Placement is based upon both age and experience.


Pre-Ballet: Ages 3-5.5 years. 1 class per week requirement. Must be 3 years old to register.

Elementary 1 Ballet: Ages 5.5-8 years. 1 class per week requirement.

Elementary 2 Ballet: Ages 7-10 years. 2 class per week requirement. Character Dance can count towards requirements.

Character Dance: Ages 7-12 years.  1 class per week requirement OR counting towards Elementary 2 requirements.

Ballet 1A: Ages 8-13 years. By teacher placement only. 2 class per week requirement. First year Ballet 1.

Ballet 1B: Ages 8-13 years. By teacher placement only. 2 class per week requirement. Second year Ballet 1.

Teen Beginning Ballet: Ages 11-18. 1 class per week requirement. Can count towards Ballet 1 requirements.

Ballet 2: Ages 10+. Audition placement class required. 2 class per week requirement.*

Ballet 3: Ages 11+. Audition placement class required. 3 classes per week requirement.*

Ballet 4: Ages 13+. Audition placement class required. 4 classes per week requirement.*

Ballet 5: Ages 14+. Audition placement class required. 5 classes per week requirement.*

*Please contact to schedule an audition placement class. 


Pointe: Pointe 1 class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructors’ discretion. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.


Pointe 1: Ages 11+. By teacher placement only.  Appropriate for Ballet Level 3. 2 class per week requirement.

Pointe 2: Ages 13+. By teacher placement only. Appropriate for Ballet Level 4. 2 class per week requirement.

Pointe 3: Ages 14+. By teacher placement only. Appropriate for Ballet Level 5. 2 class per week requirement.


Contemporary: Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid, percussive and athletic dance movements. 1 class per week requirement and must also fulfill ballet requirements for this dance style. Example: Contemporary 1 dancer must be in Ballet 1 (two Ballet 1 classes per week). Students reaching Contemporary 4 and higher no longer need to fulfill ballet requirements. 2 ballet classes per week are recommended, but not required.


Contemporary 1: Ages 8-13

Contemporary 2: Ages 10+

Contemporary 3: Ages 11+

Contemporary 4/5: Ages 13+


Jazz: Jazz class focuses on learning proper jazz dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Contemporary, and Lyrical to help develop a well-rounded dancer. 1 class per week requirement.


Broadway Jazz: Ages 9+ (not offered Fall 2023)

Jazz 1: Ages 7-10 (not offered Fall 2023)

Jazz 2: Ages 9+

Jazz 3-5: Ages 13+


Hip Hop: A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. These classes are based upon age rather than experience or technique. 1 class per week requirement.


Hip Hop Minis: Ages 5.5-8 years

Hip Hop 1: Ages 7-10 years

Hip Hop 2: Ages 11+

Acting: Students will learn and apply acting principles. Actors will learn how to behave logically and naturally onstage. This class encourages exploration, relationship skills, and critical thinking. 1 class per week requirement.

Acting 1: Ages 8-11

Acting 2: Ages 12+

Acro: Students will learn tumbling, flexibility, and contortion skills. Focusing on improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Skills taught may include rolls, headstands, handstands, cartwheel variations, round offs, bridge, bridge recover, and front/back kick overs. 1 class per week requirement.

Acro Minis: Ages 5.5-8

Acro 1: Ages 7-10

Acro 2: Ages 11-18 (not offered Fall 2023)

Flexibility Technique: This class will help you increase your ability to stabilize in end-range positions through the use of targeted exercises and deep active stretching including all splits and back-bending. Please bring a yoga mat (required) and bands (if you have). Enrollment required for students under age 18. Drop ins available for students ages 18+.

Adult Classes: Adult offerings are for ages 18+ and do not require enrollment. Drop-ins and Class Cards available.


Adult Beginning Ballet: For adults with little or no experience, this class sets the foundation of classical ballet on adult bodies.

Adult Intermediate Ballet: An open class for the intermediate dancer looking to maintain or improve their technique.

Youth/Adult Body Conditioning: A strengthening class that will help tone and strengthen body.  Open to teens, adults, and young dancers. This class open to Ballet Level 3+. Class cards cannot be used for Body Conditioning as it is a reduced rate class. Please contact the office to schedule drop-ins so we can adjust the rate to the reduced price.

Ballet 3 & Ballet 4/5: Adults are welcome to drop in on our youth Ballet 3 and Ballet 4/5 classes.

Mommy & Me: Ages 1.5 - 3 years. This is a "mommy and me" style class. This is not limited to mommies. Dad's, tutus, aunties, and uncles welcome. Class focuses on developmental movement in a creative expressive class format. The goal is for the student to become independent, however this adult/child bonding is fun for everyone. Class includes dance, song, music, tumbling, and games with props to build confidence and curiosity in a welcoming nurturing environment. This is a 6 weeks session. 6-week session with Drop Ins available. No make-ups for missed classes.    

"I am so incredibly thankful for the school of AAPA, all of the opportunities to grow and to learn have been, and I’m sure will continue to be, amazing. I can’t help but feel this wave of gratitude, because it is the wonderful and beautiful people I have come to know and to love who truly make this school a gem worth always holding dear."

Gabriella Craft, Ballet Level 5

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