First year ballet introduces elementary exercises for students to develop step coordination and body placement in different positions. At the barre, students practice various leg exercises in three directions transitioning from the preparatory position into the first and second arm positions.
In second level, previous year exercise are repeated at an increased frequency to strength leg muscles and footwork. At the barre, students practice the second arm position in battement fondus, battement soutenus, and battements développés in conjunction with preliminary exercises.
This stage involves the study of half-toe exercises done en tournant and pirouettes at the center of the studio without the help of the barre. These exercises allow students to solidify their understanding of preliminary footwork while maintaining balance and proper posture.
At the fourth level, students further develop their knowledge of various turns and exercises on both half-toe and on pointes. This year focuses on stability training and the elegant movement of arm and body transitions during exercises.
Level five centers on the review of beating jumps, various turns at different preparation poses, and complicated exercises in adagio. Dancers practice these exercises while learning to generate the height of their jumps and the grace with which their movements flow from one to another.
Sixth year examines the quality and elasticity of big jumps in different directions, along with complex combinations in allegretto. Students expand upon previous level exercises with temps levé, additional fifth position tours, and preparation from second position
The focal point of these final levels is mastering and adding the finishing touches on all core ballet movements. Dancers perfect their technique at tempo allegro and fine-tune the expression of emotions behind every step.