New West Ballet School

Pre-Professional Ballet Track

Pre-Professional Ballet Track

Pre-Professional Ballet track classes are designed to train students in the art of ballet in a structured and progressive sequence It aims to prepare students for the rigors that a professional ballet career entails – even if students ultimately chose to not become professional ballerinas. The pre-professional track instills a good work ethic and how to perform under pressure – things that are highly translatable in whatever path a student chooses. Dancers wishing to follow the Pre-Professional Ballet track will be placed in the appropriate classical ballet level.

Class Outline, Requirements, & Tuition

First Position 1.25-hour ballet class. 1x per week. Must be 8 yrs. old by September 1st, 2021. First position is designed to be a one-year program and begins the rigorous training of the classical ballet dancers. Building on foundations learned as a Pre-Ballet dancer and introducing concepts to beginners with a focus on more ballet technique, and more ballet central exercises.
$1,200 per year ($100 per month)

Second Position By placement. 1.5-hour ballet class. 2x per week. By placement. Second position is designed to be a two-year program. Adding on to concepts from First Position with a focus on more ballet technique, and more ballet central exercises.
$2,400 per year ($200 per month)

Third Position By placement. 2-hour ballet class, which includes pre-pointe and/or beginning pointe training. 3x per week plus Stretch and Strength or Pilates. By placement. Third position is designed to be a three-year program. Adding on to concepts from Second Position with a focus on more ballet technique, and more ballet central exercises. Introduction of pre-pointe into the curriculum to begin to prepare to dance en pointe. In subsequent years, will also include beginning pointe work.
$3,600 per year ($300 per month)

Fourth Position By placement. 2-hour ballet class includes beginning pointe training. 4x per week plus Pilates, Stretch and Strengthen, and an elective class. By placement. Fourth Position is designed to be a three- year program. Adding on to last year’s concepts from Third Position with a focus on more ballet technique, and more ballet central exercise. Continuation of beginning pointe training, with subsequent years including intermediate pointe classes, variation and pas de deux classes (by invitation).
$4,200 per year ($350 per month)

Fifth Position By placement. 2-hour ballet class, including intermediate and advanced pointe training. 5x per week plus Pilates, Stretch and Strength, Pas De Deux, Variations Class, and an elective. Fifth Position is designed as the final level in the dancers pre-professional training. It is an advanced class and prepares dancers for the professional world. Adding on to concepts from Fourth Position with a focus on more ballet technique, and more ballet central exercise. Fifth position dancers will be asked to take most ballet classes fully en pointe. Advanced pointe classes with additions of Pas De Deux and/or Variations.
$4,800 per year ($400 per month)

Additional Pre-Professional Classes

Classes listed in the class outline are the minimum required classes for each level. Serious students should consider increasing the number of ballet classes they take each week. Tuition for additional ballet classes, beyond what is included in base tuition rate, is $30 per class per month. For serious students, New West Ballet does offer unlimited class pricing.

Pre-Professional Track Absence Policy

As classical ballet dancer, it is important that class attendance is regular and maintained. Muscle structure from class consistency allow pre-professional students to properly execute advanced ballet movement. Any dancer that is enrolled in Third Position or higher and misses 4 or more classes in a month must schedule private lesson(s) to catch up on missed lessons and muscle training. The cost of these privates is not included in your tuition and will be charged to your account according to the private lesson fee. It is up to the parent/student to schedule these privates through the front office (email, phone or in person). Students who incur too many absences may be asked to repeat their training level, may be moved to the recreational student track, may be removed from performance, and/or may be asked to refrain from pointe work during class. Please note during the months of June, July and August, NWB does not hold students to this absence policy.

Pre-Professional Injury & Absence Policy

Students are encouraged to be present and participate in the class in a modified manner when injured. It is our goal to keep our injured dancers active (as much as possible) to reduce down time in their training. To be eligible for a modified class, please provide NWB with a doctor’s note regarding the injury. Modified classes count as being present in class for attendance purposes. For extreme cases, please contact the NWB office.
  • Modified Class Depending on the injury, dancers may be asked to do class in a modified manner (e.g., floor barre, or only do the por de bra).
  • Note Taker If the injury requires no movement at all, the student should participate in the class as a note taker. Note takers are encouraged to be present and mindful in their notetaking, to use proper ballet terminology, be courteous of other dancers, be constructive in their corrections, and use the notes to continue their class education (without dancing). Notes will be collected by the teacher at the end of the class.

Classical Level Class Schedule