It’s never too late to learn ballet! East Valley Ballet Academy has a program just for beginners age 13 and up. Students will gain strength, flexibility, and coordination as they learn ballet from the very beginning. In addition to ballet, teens can take fitness and condition classes.
Teen All-Level Ballet
For age 13+ | 90 mins
Students learn fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. Adjustments will be made for those that need an extra challenge or more basic movements.
What to wear: Leotard, tights, optional skirt, or any comfortable form fitting fitness-type attire that allows the instructor to correct alignment. Ballet shoes are required.
Teen Pre-Pointe/Beginning Pointe
For ages 13+ | 60 mins
Students must have approval to take this class. Pre-pointe students wear ballet technique shoes for the entire class. Students are expected to take the preceding ballet technique class.
What to wear: Leotard, tights, optional skirt, or any comfortable form fitting fitness-type attire that allows the instructor to correct alignment. Ballet shoes or pointe shoes are required.
Progressing Ballet Technique
For 13 years old and older* | 60mins
Progressing Ballet Technique is a conditioning class that gives dancers a better understanding of how to engage the correct muscles to dance safely and correctly. The exercises increase alignment, correct use of turnout, stability, and core strength. Equipment purchase is required for this class – see handout below. *With Director approval, students as young as 10 years old may take this class.
What to wear: Leotard and footless tights, or any comfortable form fitting fitness-type attire that allows the instructor to correct alignment. Bare feet.
For 13 years old and older | 60mins
Ballerobica is a ballet-based barre fitness class designed as a conditioning program by dancers for dancers. It is a total body, low-impact workout that is a great cross-training option for teens taking ballet classes. Cross-training is recommended for dancers, both because it helps prevent injury and improves technique and performance. Ballerobica offers the recommended types of cross-training, with low-impact cardio, lots of work on core strength, and stretching, which makes it the perfect complement to your teen’s ballet training. All levels welcome, no dance experience required.
What to wear: Fitness attire. Bare feet.
“It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.”
– Xiaolu Guo