San Antonio Ballet School follows American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian and Russian schools of training. SABS strives to provide every student with a rich knowledge of classical ballet in a structured and nurturing environment.
Baby & Me
Age: 18 months – 2 years
Class Time: 30 minutes, 1 time per week
Main Objective: The Baby & Me Class is designed to nurture the bonding between parent and child through dance and music. Movement, Balance and Rhythm are introduced through games in a fun and positive manner.
Age: 3 years of age
Class Time: 30 minutes, 1 time per week
Main Objective: The Baby Ballet class helps initiate young children into classical ballet discipline using carefully selected short, simple exercises, customized to their maturity level. The exercises practiced in this class are based on playful exercises, dances and games that help develop the child’s strength and coordination skills.
Pre – Primary
Age: 4 – 5
Class Time: 45 minutes, 1 time per week
Main Objective: This level builds on the skills learned in Baby Ballet. Fundamentals, such as body placement, first, second and third positions, and simple ballet steps are covered, while working with both hands on the barre and on center. Allegro work includes simple jumps and combinations, which help strengthen the student in a safe manner. Coordination and creativity are reinforced through dance games appropriate to this age group.
Age: 6 -7
Class Time: 1 hour, 1 time per week
Main Objective: All vocabulary from previous levels to be incorporated into this class. Fundamentals, such as body placement, first, second and third positions, and simple ballet steps are covered, while working with both hands on the barre and on center. Allegro work includes simple jumps and combinations, which help strengthen the student in a safe manner. Coordination and creativity are reinforced through dance games appropriate to this age group.
Age: 8 – 10
Class Time: One hour, 2 times a week PLUS 0.5 hour Stretch & Strength (Total minimum 2.5 hours/week)
Prerequisite: This class focuses on technical performance and creativity. Both of these elements are emphasized through age appropriate exercises and reinforcement techniques. The difficulty level increases in this class as simple head and arm movements are incorporated in to the exercises. The barre exercises increase to develop and strengthen concentration levels. Additional steps are introduced that demand emphasis on technique, such as improvement on using body weight changes, placement, and equilibrium. At this level, barre work is executed using both hands. Center and allegro exercises increase, reinforcing the work done at the barre.
Age: 11- 12
Class Time: 1.25 hours, 2 times a week PLUS 0.5 hour Stretch & Strength (Total minimum 3 hours/week)
Prerequisite: The student must have knowledge of the fundamental ballet skills such as body placement and posture, use of body weight, basic foot positions, and simple arm and head movements and positions.
Main Objective: The technical skills used at the barre, center and allegro increase in difficulty through execution, combination, length, and coordination. Students will continue strengthening the technical aspects of ballet, and will work on improvisation exercises, inspiring creativity and expression.
Class Time: 1.5 hours, Minimum of 3 times a week technique; PLUS 1 hour Stretch & Strength (Total minimum 5.5 hours/week)
Prerequisite: Student must have skill requirements from Ballet 1 and 2
Main Objective: The barre, center and allegro work continue at this level with longer and more complex combinations, and many steps are executed on relevé in preparation for Pointe work. Mastery of self positioning in group formations is an important skill for this class. The Pointe class is mandatory and is taken simultaneously with Ballet 3, once a week for one hour.
Class Time: 1.5-2.0 hours, Minimum of 4 times a week; PLUS 1 hour Stretch & Strength (Total minimum 7 hours/week)
Prerequisite: Student must possess skills required for Level I, II and III starting Level IV.
Main Objective: Additional barre work with a higher level of difficulty in concentration, technical level, coordination and endurance is required. Greater mastery of arms-head-legs and turns and balance is required. Barre skills are required for proper execution of center and allegro, and execution speed, coordination, a good sense of balance, and turns are essential. The Pointe Class is also mandatory for this level and must be taken simultaneously with Ballet.
**Evaluations are required for placement in Level I and higher**
Class Time: 1 hour, 1 time a week
Main Objective: Contemporary is offered to students ages 10 and up who have demonstrated an intermediate/advanced level of technique.