Age guideline: 12 & up

Program Description

The Elite Level training, unique in its quality, is customized to the dancer and highly detail oriented, with an emphasis on developing extremely talented classical ballet dancers.  The level of instruction is uncompromisingly demanding, yet classes are taught in a warm and encouraging atmosphere.  Classes include:

  • Ballet Technique & Pointe/Men's work
  • Classical Répertoire & Pas de deux
  • 20th Century & Contemporary choreography, taught by guest artists in addition to Ballet Conservatoire XIV faculty
  • Progressing Ballet Technique body conditioning, taught by certified PBT instructor Cyra Duncan
    • Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.  Dancers use Thera-Bands and fit balls to gain proprioceptive feedback on their posture and weight placement while feeling the correct muscle groups used in each exercise.  
  • Jazz and Contemporary
  • Individual 1-hour private coaching session every month

Individuals are accepted to the Upper School by an in-person, two-part audition:  ballet class and student/parent interview. Students are accepted based upon their potential to reach success in securing a position with a highly acclaimed classical or contemporary ballet company, vocational university dance program, or conservatory.  Participation in the full three weeks of our summer intensive:  "The Classical Dancer - From Studio to Stage" is required for students who wish to join the Upper School in fall.  

Upper School students have several opportunities to display their training and artistry, including required technical examinations and a year-end performance of classical repertoire.  Students participate in auditions for performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and may be selected to take part in national and international ballet competitions.  

Our faculty assists senior students with creating a personalized, professional audition portfolio, including headshots, dance photos, and résumé development.