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Ballet Dancers

GRADED TECHNIQUE
PRE-PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

HIS Graded Technique, pre-professional division is for students 8+ years old with Ballet experience, who are committed to a minimum of 3 hours of Ballet per week (2 or more classes.) Students' progress through the levels at their own pace, sometimes remaining in a level for 2-3 years. Pointe begins at Level JR 1 or 2 at the teacher's discretion. Parents are notified first so that a family decision may be made due to the increased class requirement.

 

Class Attire

Students will have a required 3/4 sleeve leotard available through HIS Dance Academy. Additional black leotards in tank, camisole, and mock neck style may also be worn. (No low backs, mesh leotards, or crisscross/multiple straps) Pink or skin tone tights must be worn under leotard and inside pink ballet shoes. Black skirt optional.

Class Requirements

At a minimum, students will be charged based on the number of classes below.  Modern students must meet the ballet level requirements. This class will be an additional fee.

Apprentice (AP 1 & 2) Minimum requirements: (2) AP Ballet classes per week

 

Junior (JR 1 & 2) Minimum requirements: (3) JR Ballet classes per week

JR1 Thursday plus 2 additional Ballet classes required.   

JR2 Tuesday plus 2 additional Ballet classes required.

(Ensemble members and dancers participating in Showcase (3) Ballet classes plus Saturday Ballet)

 

Senior (SR 1 & 2) Minimum requirement: (4) SR Ballet classes per week

SR Tuesday Ballet Class plus (3) additional Ballet classes required. 

 

(Ensemble members and dancers participating in Showcase (3) Ballet classes plus Saturday Ballet)

Pointe Requirements

(3) JR or Senior Ballet classes per week (Monday-Thursday) required. 

(1-2) JR 1 Pointe classes per week required at teacher's discretion.

(2) JR 2 - SR 2 Pointe classes per week required. Variations class does not meet requirement.

Variations Requirements 

Friday SR Ballet class  

(3) additional Ballet classes (Monday - Thursday)

(2) Pointe classes

Optional Outreach Opportunities

Annual All-School Mini Storybook Ballet (Showcase): May 9 and 10, 2025 at DeVos Center for Arts and Worship. All dancers required to attend Saturday warm-up/class prior to rehearsal from March 15- May 3, 2025.  JR/SR dancers must meet the M-TH (3) class requirements plus Saturday Ballet/Showcase Class.

Mandatory dress rehearsal Thursday, May 8, 2025.

HIS Dance Ensemble: Members perform an original ballet from the HIS repertoire each March. 

2024-2025 Ensemble Requirements by Level

Apprentice 1 / 2

Saturday AP 1/2 Conditioning/ Ballet class with rehearsal following (January-March)

(1) Additional weekly Ballet class

(1) Modern class (Optional)

Junior 1

(3) JR Ballet classes per week.

Pre Pointe (Optional)

(1 - 2) Pointe classes at teachers' discretion

(1) Modern class

Saturday 9:30 -11:00 am Ballet Class required before rehearsal.

Junior 2

JR2 Tuesday Ballet class plus (2) additional JR Ballet classes per week. 

(2) Pointe classes

(1) Modern class

Saturday 9:30 -11:00 am Ballet Class required before rehearsal.

 

Senior 1 & 2

Tuesday Ballet Class plus (3) additional SR Ballet classes per week

Saturday 9:30 -11:00 am Ballet Class required before rehearsal.

(2) Pointe classes 

(1) Modern class

Variations optional (see above for requirements.) 

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