Pre-Professional Division

All New students to Virginia Ballet School must take a placement class. Students are placed into levels based on knowledge and ability, not his/her age. We enroll students in the Pre-Professional Division on a 36-week academic year basis. We are currently offering in-studio and online classes. In order to accommodate social distancing regulations and capacity restrictions, in-studio class opportunities may be limited. Please call to schedule a placement class to start the process of enrollment.

All Intermediate and Advanced dancers are invited to audition for the Virginia Ballet Company, the pre-professional performing branch of our school. We offer several performance opportunities throughout the year.


Intermediate Ballet I-II

These classes are for students ages 9 and up. Virginia Dance Company and School offers intermediate ballet classes to students who have mastered beginning ballet levels.

Recommended Classes

The number of recommended classes for Intermediate I students is 9-10 classes per week:

  • 3-4 Ballet
  • 1 Character
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)
  • 2 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1 Dynamic Flexibility Strength Training
  • 1 Beginning Tap (elective)

The number of recommended classes for Intermediate II students is 9-11 classes per week:

  • 3-4 Ballet
  • 1 Character
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)
  • 2-3 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1 Dynamic Flexibility Strength Training
  • 1 Beginning Tap (elective)

Academic Recreational Students: (students that are interested in learning Classical Ballet or Modern technique but do not wish to perform on a regular basis) minimum number of recommended classes is 7-9 classes per week.

  • 2-3 Ballet
  • 1-2 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1 Dynamic Flexibility Strength Training
  • 1 Beginning Tap (elective)
  • 1 Character (elective)
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)

Apprentices

Intermediate I and II students are eligible to join Virginia Ballet company as Apprentices. Students wishing to be considered as an Apprentice in The Company are required to attend an audition in both Classical Ballet and Modern technique before admittance into The Company will be allowed. Students accepted into The Company will not be required to perform in all of VBC’s yearly productions are are not required to perform in both Ballet and Modern productions. Apprentices may choose to perform in as many productions as they wish and can choose to perform in only Ballet productions, Modern productions or both. Auditions for The Company will be held periodically throughout the year, allowing students the opportunity to join The Company.

Notes

It is recommended that students, at a minimum, invest the above amount of time into their ballet studies per week, unless informed otherwise by the Director of the School, to keep up with the class and continue to improve in knowledge, body strength and ability to progress to the next level with their fellow classmates. Students MUST be enrolled in at least THREE ballet classes per week.

Classes designated as “Company” are highly recommended for any dancer wishing to perform with the Company. These classes are not limited only to Company dancers; recreational dancers are welcome and encouraged to enroll as well.


Intermediate Ballet III-IV

Recommended Classes

The number of recommended classes for Intermediate III students is 13-17 classes per week.

  • 2-3 Ballet
  • 2-3 Beginner Pointe/Pointe and Variation
  • 1 Character
  • 2-3 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1-2 Dynamic Flexibility and Core Strength Training
  • 1 Practical Dance Theory
  • 1 Flamenco (elective)
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective
  • 1 Tap (elective)
  • 1 Jazz (elective)

The number of recommended classes for Intermediate IV students is 15-17 classes per week.

  • 3 Ballet
  • 3 Beginner Pointe/Pointe and Variation
  • 1 Character
  • 2-3 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1-2 Dynamic Flexibility and Core Strength Training
  • 1 Practical Dance Theory
  • 1 Flamenco (elective)
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective
  • 1 Tap (elective)
  • 1 Jazz (elective)

Academic Recreational Students: (students that are interested in learning Classical Ballet or Modern technique but do not wish to perform on a regular basis) minimum number of recommended classes is 8-11 classes per week.

  • 2-3 Ballet
  • 1-2 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1 Dynamic Flexibility Strength Training
  • 1 Beginning Tap (elective)
  • 1 Character (elective)
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)

Company Members

Advanced students are eligible to join Virginia Ballet company. Students wishing to be considered as a Member of the Company are required to attend and audition in both Classical Ballet and Modern technique before admittance into The Company will be allowed. Students accepted into The Company will not be required to perform in all of VBC’s yearly productions and are not required to perform in both Ballet or Modern productions. Company Members may choose to perform in as many productions as they wish and can choose to perform in only Ballet productions, Modern productions or both. Auditions of The Company will be held periodically through the year allowing students the opportunity to join The Company.

Notes

It is recommended that students, at a minimum, invest the above amount of time into their ballet studies per week, unless informed otherwise by the Director of the School, to keep up with the class and continue to improve in knowledge, body strength and ability to progress to the next level with their fellow classmates. Students MUST be enrolled in at least THREE ballet classes per week.

Classes designated as “Company” are highly recommended for any dancer wishing to perform with the Company. These classes are not limited only to Company dancers; recreational dancers are welcome and encouraged to enroll as well.


Advanced Ballet

Advanced Ballet classes include Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe and Variations, Modern Dance, and Core Strength Training.

Recommended Classes

Minimum number of recommended classes for Advanced students is 16-18 per week.

  • 3 Ballet
  • 2-3 Pointe/Pointe and Variation
  • 1 Pas de Deux
  • 1 Character
  • 3 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1-2 Dynamic Flexibility and Core Strength Training
  • 1 Practical Dance Theory
  • 1 Flamenco
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)
  • 1 Tap (elective)
  • 1 Jazz (elective)

Recreational Students: (students that are interested in learning Classical Ballet or Modern technique but do not wish to perform on a regular basis) minimum number of recommended classes is 9-12 classes per week.

  • 2-3 Ballet
  • 1-2 Point/ Point and Variations
  • 2 Modern/Contemporary
  • 1-2 Dynamic Flexibility Strength Training
  • 1 Tap (elective)
  • 1 Jazz (elective)
  • 1 Hip Hop (elective)

Company Members

Advanced students are eligible to join Virginia Ballet company. Students wishing to be considered as a Member of the Company are required to attend and audition in both Classical Ballet and Modern technique before admittance into The Company will be allowed. Students accepted into The Company will not be required to perform in all of VBC’s yearly productions and are not required to perform in both Ballet or Modern productions. Company Members may choose to perform in as many productions as they wish and can choose to perform in only Ballet productions, Modern productions or both. Auditions ofr The Company will be held periodically through the year allowing students the opportunity to join The Company.

Notes

Virginia Ballet Company students are expected to take the minimum classes above to ensure successful development and performing opportunities. Students MUST be enrolled in at least FOUR ballet classes per week.

Classes designated as “Company” are highly recommended for any dancer wishing to perform with the Company. These classes are not limited only to Company dancers; recreational dancers are welcome and encouraged to enroll as well.


Fees & Tuition

  • New students should pre-register through the website and will be contacted to schedule their FREE Placement class. We offer rolling admission throughout the entire year.
  • Tuition rates vary with the number of hours of classes enrolled. Discounts are offered for active Military and siblings.
  • For individual class fees & tuition information, please contact a VBC registrar at vbcinfo@vaballet.org.