Two elegant Payne Academy dancers

Payne Academy of Ballet offers 4 programs ranging from the Children's Program all the way to the Pre-professional Program. It is our goal to give each student, regardless of the program they choose, the necessary tools needed to succeed in the pursuit of their personal goals and instill confidence in a nurturing environment.


Children's Classes


Level Age Class Length Cost Description Calendar

Fundamental Levels

The students in the Fundamental levels will gain a true understanding of studying classical Ballet. The majority of the physical vocabulary is taught in these levels. Through isolating the vocabulary, repetition, and structured discipline, students will gain the necessary skills to achieve placement and be successful within the Intermediate levels.

Level Required Class Length Cost Description Calendar

Intermediate Levels

Students in the Intermediate levels will further their Ballet Education by adhering to a stronger commitment to their training. Their schedule becomes more demanding, and the dancers will see a noticeably greater level of difficulty as well as higher expectations in their daily lessons.

Ladies in Intermediate B will begin Pointe work with permission from the Principal.

Level Required Class Length Cost Description Calendar

Advanced Levels

Our Advanced level students refine their classical Ballet technique as well as demonstrate a high level of Ballet vocabulary, musicality, and artistry in their movemenl. Complex forms of Adagio and pirouettes are a focus here. The Advanced student also works on developing graceful and seamless connections when moving from one pose or movement to another.

This level also accommodates the advanced student who may have achieved an advanced level but due to scholastic endeavors does not have the time to commit to a full load of training. Students must attend a minimum of three technique lessons (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday).

However, for those students in this level who wish to continue advancing and achieving maximum growth and development, the full load is necessary and highly encouraged!

Level Lessons   Cost   Calendar
Advanced A

Pre-Professional Program

This program is designed for the student who is thinking of pursuing Ballet as a career or who is potentially going to continue his/her training at a university. The schedule, as you can see, is very demanding. It is not a program for everyone. This program does not allow you to choose the lessons you attend. You MUST attend the required lessons to take advantage of the increased training schedule and continue within this program.

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When considering students for this program, we look for the following qualities in applicants: high level of technical proficiency at the student’s appropriate level, commitment to training, and positive work ethic. Students in this program must also demonstrate an enjoyment and passion for the art, as well as possess physical attributes necessary to successfully achieve the goals of the program.

Students in the Pre-Professional Program become fluent in Ballet vocabulary, and gain a greater understanding of artistic and performance qualities to their already high level of executing that vocabulary. Students work meticulously on refinement of the Ballet technique, which is made possible by the intensity of this program.

All Pre-Professional students are expected to participate in Nutcracker and the Spring performance. Performing is an integral part of this level of training.

Level Lessons   Cost   Calendar
Pre-Professional

Open Ballet

Open Ballet is tailored to those students who are in need of ballet as a supplement to another activity such as drill team, gymnastics, skating, etc. Students receive the same syllabus based technique as our leveled classes, however these classes are structured in such a way that can encompass a wider range of abilities. Teen students need to be aware there may be adults attending this lesson.

Level Age Offered   Cost   Calendar

Class List by Age


Mon Tue Wed Thu
3 - 4 yrs
Movement

Tuesday

9:30 am - 10:15 am
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

NO 

YES 

Movement: The introduction of ballet based movement begins at this tender age. Students begin developing their gross motor skills along with an awareness of musicality. The use of props helps them to learn rhythms and tempos in various types of music.
Students enrolled in Movement Classes will not perform in the Spring Production but will have an in-studio demonstration in May.
4 - 5 yrs

Monday

Creative

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Tuesday

Creative

10:15 am - 11:00 am

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Wednesday

Creative

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

 

Creative: Continuing the development of gross motor skills, musical awareness, and the introduction of creative thinking is the core of this level. Working with others is stressed and spatial awareness is introduced.
Students enrolled in Creative Classes will not perform in the Spring Production but will have an in-studio demonstration in May.

5 - 6 yrs
Tap 1

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Pre-Ballet 1

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Ballet 1

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

 

Tap I

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

 

Pre-Ballet 1: These students are introduced to more fine motor skills and ballet vocabulary. Balance, body alignment, and spatial awareness are also a part of the training at this level.

 

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet 1 as of 11/1/2013 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Production.

6 - 7 yrs
Pre-Ballet 2

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Tap 1

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

 

Pre-Ballet 2

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Pre-Ballet 2

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Pre-Ballet 2

4:15 pm- 5:00 pm

Children's Jazz

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-Ballet 2:
These students continue to increase their fine motor skills and ballet vocabulary. Tap and Jazz lessons are also available for this age group.

 

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet 2 as of 11/1/2013 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Production.

7 - 8 yrs

Primary Ballet

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Tap 1

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Primary Ballet

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Primary Ballet

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

 

Children's Jazz

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Primary Ballet: Primary students begin to learn the more formal stucture of our Student and Intensive Division ballet classes. Strength, vocabulary, and classroom etiquette are stressed to prepare them for entry into the Academy Program the following year.

Students enrolled in Primary Ballet as of 11/1/2013 will be eligible to perform in the Spring Production.