About the American Ballet Theatre Children’s Division
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Children’s Division follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age, which is outlined in ABT’s national training curriculum. Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group. Class size is limited.
The curriculum combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian, and Russian schools of training. Students must attend all classes listed for their level. Primary classes are open enrollment, and no prior experience is necessary.
Pre-primary classes introduce our youngest dancers to age-appropriate beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class with live piano accompaniment. Students gain fine and gross motor dexterity through activities that encompass story-telling and -creating, as well as relating to children’s literature and number counting. Incorporating the use of fun colorful props such as scarves, floor dots, and flowers enhances these physical, cognitive, and creative skills. Pre-primary students do not participate in end-of-year exams but will receive a certificate of completion.
All classes feature live piano accompaniment and are taught by experienced ABT-certified instructors.
Primary A, B, and C classes continue to build students’ vocabulary of basic ballet steps and port de bras, while still incorporating creative movement ideas in every class. Ballet class protocol and traditions are introduced in these levels. Primary A, B, and C students participate in end-of-year exams adjudicated by a visiting member of ABT’s Board of Examiners.
Levels 1A and 1B introduce barre work and build a strong technical and artistic foundation by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality, and strength through age-appropriate progressions. Level 1A and 1B students participate in end-of-year exams adjudicated by a visiting member of ABT’s Board of Examiners.
Pamela Levy, director of ballet and ABTaffliate teacher
AnnandaCarmody, ABT-certified instructor
Class location: Nicholas Music Center, Dance Studio 111 and 112 Address: Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Teen Ballet Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Tuition: $585 per semester
Placement by faculty evaluation Wednesdays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. Tuition: $450 per semester
Registration fee of $25 per semester for all classes, additional to tuition.
2014/15 Fall Registration - important information
The Extension Division is in the process of changing from one registration system to another. When the changeover is made (mid-June to early July 2014), you will be contacted to complete registration using our new system, and to pay the balance of tuition.
Payment plans will be available.
Your $50 pre-registration fee will be applied towards the balance of your tuition due.
Your pre-registration has reserved you a spot in the fall 2014 ABT class you selected.