Tampa Bay Ballet's syllabus combines Cecchetti, Vaganova, and American techniques with a focus on principles such as correct posture, placement and coordination. Our training curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate guidelines, consistent with child/adolescent development, sports psychology, nutrition and training. We do offer classes in other disciplines such as jazz, modern, and character. We believe these techniques will ultimately improve our students' ballet technique and performance quality.
Recommended for ages 3-4 years. Students learn basic movement and coordination in a fun way to develop a joy and love of movement.
Recommended for ages 5-6 years old. Students learn how to perfect basic ballet positions while still in a fun and entertaining environment.
Recommended for ages 7-9 years. Students learn the basics: positions of arms and feet, body directions, and movement directions. Barre work is introduced to help prepare students for future levels.
For ages 9-11 years who have strong understanding of previous levels. Students expand knowledge to an intermediate level and are ready to learn more complicated steps and combinations.
For students ages 11-13 years who have mastered Ballet II material. With instructor's approval, students may join a pointe class and purchase pointe shoes.
Intermediate-advanced level for ages 12-17 years. Students are introduced to advanced adagio and allergo steps, while still maintaining the basics.
Teen & Adult
Ages 13 and above with classes offered from Beginner to Advanced. Instructors adapt to your level and help you improve.
By Audition Only. For advanced students ages 13 and above who are studying for a professional ballet career. Scholarships applications are available prior to the start of the fall academic season.
Pas de Deux
For Trainees and Men/Boys with approval. Pas De Deux, or partnering, is a dance duet in which two dancers, a male and a female, perform ballet steps together. This allows dancers to be able to perform steps they could not do alone.
Pointe work was developed in the 19th century for the female dancer to look weightless and sylph-like. To master pointe, a strong basis in ballet techinque is necessary. A dancer's age, strength, and alignment are considered before being placed en pointe. Dancers en pointe must attend at least two ballet classes a week. With Instructor approval. Classes are offered from Ballet III to Adult.
Boys and Men need a class to work on techniques unlike what girls perform. Young boys will focus on learning the jumps and turns that only men perform as well as begin to gain arm strength to prepare for partnering.
With approval, this class involved perfecting jumps and turns that only men perform. Men will master these steps and build more strength for partnering.
For all ages and abilities looking for individualized attention. Privates are considered up to two students and start at $50 per hour.