Acton School of Ballet

Upper School (4th grade and up by placement)

UpperSchool_short.jpg

UPPER SCHOOL  (4th grade and up by placement)

New students must take a placement class in order to enter into the Upper School. For questions or to schedule a placement class, please contact the office at 978-263-6572 or administrator@actonschoolofballet.comClick here to view the full School Schedule

Classical Ballet Syllabus Track

Students proceed through the ballet syllabus via yearly level classes. Each level is designed to reinforce prior work and introduce and refine technique so that the students’ ballet education is cumulative and naturally evolving as they mature. A large emphasis is also placed on developing artistry and style as students progress into the pre-professional levels. Students may continue on this formal path up to Level 10, if promoted yearly by the faculty.
See below for information regarding specific levels.


Contemporary Ballet Track

Once students have completed Level 5 or higher, they may move out of the formal track and into the Contemporary Ballet track (two classes per week). Some students elect to do this if they do not want to continue ballet training on pointe but still want rigorous technique training. Students can also continue on their formal track and add Contemporary to supplement their training.
See below for information regarding specific levels.


Advanced Ballet Track

Students who have completed Level 6 may continue into Level 7 if promoted by faculty, which is the first year when students perform en pointe in the year end production. Level 7 requires attending three technique classes per week. If a student can not commit to that schedule, she or he may transfer to the Advanced Ballet track, which requires only two days of classes and continued pointe training. Students perform in the final Spring Performance, but not on pointe.
See below for information regarding specific levels.


Students in 4th grade and up may elect to take only Modern Dance classes and not participate in the ballet syllabus. Modern classes perform in the year-end performance. Many students take Modern as a supplementary class to their syllabus classes.
See Supplementary Classes for information regarding specific levels.

Modern Dance Track


Two times per week / 2.5 hours total
Click here for dress code

This class is the first year of the Upper School in which students must take class twice a week. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of proper ballet terminology and students begin to learn turns, complex combinations, and proper use of body positions.

Level 3/a Monday 5:15 - 6:30 pm / Thursday 4:45 - 6:00 pm (Morris)
Level 3/b Tuesday 4:15 - 5:30 pm / Saturday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm (Shelton)
Level 3/c Wednesday 6:15 - 7:30 pm / Friday 6:30 - 7:45  pm (Diarbekirian)

Optional Supplementary classes - Junior Repertory, Modern 1/2


This class meets for 1.25 one day and 1.5 hours the other day. The additional .25 hours focuses on pre-pointe work so that female dancers are prepared to take the pointe exam at the end of the year. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of proper ballet terminology and students begin to refine turns, complex combinations, and proper use of body positions.

Level 4/a Tuesday 5:30 - 7:00 pm / Friday 5:15 - 6:30 pm (Moncrieff) - Class full (one spot left in Friday class as Supplementary addition)
Level 4/b Wednesday 6:15 - 7:30 pm / Saturday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Stark)

Optional Supplementary classes - Junior Repertory, Modern 1/2

Level 4

Two times per week / 2.75 hours total
Click here for dress code


These classes meet twice a week; for girls, they consist of two 90-minute ballet technique classes and an extra half-hour devoted to pointe. Barre and centre pointe work are introduced as students become physically and technically ready. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, rising Level 5 students will spend one or two years in this level based on pointe progression and technical advancement, by recommendation of faculty. Additional Supplementary Classes are recommended for strengthening and advancement.

Level 5/a Monday 4:00 - 5:30 pm / Thursday 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Pons)
Level 5/b Tuesday 5:00 - 6:30 pm / Friday 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Stark)

Level 5

Two times per week / 3.5 hours total
Click here for dress code


Level 6 is a formative year in which students continue to build strength on pointe and learn the steps to transition them into a pre-professional track. Beginning in the Fall 2018, rising Level 6 students will spend one or two years in this level based on readiness to perform en pointe in Level 7 and technical advancement, by recommendation of faculty. Students will learn the steps relevant to this level in year one and will work on refining those steps in year two so that they are ready to perform en pointe in Level 7.

Students must take one section of Level 6 (a or b) plus one Level 6 open class.

Level 6/a Monday 5:30 - 7:00 pm / Wednesday 4:45 - 6:15 pm (Moncrieff)
Level 6/b Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm / Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Stark)
Level 6/open Friday 3:45 - 5:15 pm (Morris) OR Saturday 10:45 am - 12:15 pm (Diarbekirian)

Level 6

Three times per week / 4.5 hours total
Click here for dress code


Students are required to take 3 technique classes per week and at least one Supplementary Class is highly recommended. This level stresses refinement of technique and placement as well as strengthening pointe work and jumping. Level 7 dancers perform en pointe in the spring performance.

Required Classes
Monday 4:00 - 5:30 pm (Moncrieff)
Friday 6:30 - 8:00 pm (Moncrieff)

Choose one additional Level 7 class
Wednesday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Utz)
Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 (Stark)

Level 7

3 times per week, plus one supplementary class of choice
Click here for dress code


Students complete their learning of the canon of classical ballet steps in this level. The classes emphasize performance quality, musicality, and integration of technique into advance combinations.

Required Classes
Ballet History, Monday 7:00 - 7:30 pm (Morris)
Ballet, Monday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Morris)
Ballet, Friday 6:30 - 8:00 pm (Morris)
Contemporary Ballet, Tuesday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Utz) 

Choose one additional Level 8 Ballet class
Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30 pm (Jefferies)
Sunday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Diarbekirian)

Level 8

3 ballet classes per week plus Ballet History and Contemporary Ballet 8
Click here for dress code


This is considered an advanced level class, not only by the complexity of material that is given, but also by the commitment and dedication expected from each student.

Required Ballet classes
Monday 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Pons)
Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Pons)

Choose two additional Ballet classes
Level 9: Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 pm (Moncrieff)
Level 9/10: Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm (Jefferies)
Level 8/9/10: Sunday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Diarbekirian) 

Choose one Supplementary class 
Repertory 8/9/10: Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00 pm (Jefferies)
Contemporary Ballet: Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Utz)
Modern 3: Thursday 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Utz)

Level 9

4 ballet classes per week plus one supplementary (listed below)
Click here for dress code


This pre-professional class concentrates on refinement of technique and performance of the classical repertory. Guest teachers bring new perspective throughout the year. Level 10 students take four ballet technique/pointe classes each week and at least one additional Supplementary class chosen from the selection below.

Required Ballet classes
Monday 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Pons)
Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Pons)

Choose two additional Ballet classes
Level 10: Tuesday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Shelton)
Level 9/10: Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm (Jefferies)
Level 8/9/10: Sunday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Diarbekirian)

Choose one Supplementary class
Repertory 8/9/10: Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00 pm (Jefferies)
Contemporary Ballet: Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Utz)
Modern 3: Thursday 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Utz)

Level  10

4 ballet classes per week plus one supplementary (listed below)
Click here for dress code

 

 

 

 

 

 


Advanced Ballet

2 ballet classes per week
Click here for dress code

Required Ballet Classes
Monday & Wednesday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Diarbekirian)


Contemporary Ballet

2 ballet classes per week
Click here for dress code

Required Classes
Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Utz)
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Utz)