The Preparatory Academy prepares students progressively for more formal training while encouraging the development of a love for dance and a sense of personal artistry and accountability. Dancers are considered full time students and take two to three classes per week. Classes are structured in a year-long curriculum that increases in difficulty in preparation for the Pre-Professional Academy. Students begin work on more intermediate aspects of the classical technique, such as self-analyzation, complexity of steps, upper body work, musical phrasing.


BALLET P1: Ages 9 - 10*

Ballet P1 introduces stduents to the concept of self-awareness in their body placement and technique and more mature concepts at the barre and center. The curriculum also introduces the basics of the classical port de bras or structured “arms.” These students begin to do more intricate work in the center: coordination of the feet with the arms, basic concepts of the pirouette and increased complexity of combinations to increase memory retention. Students will continue to develop a proper level of technique in their placement and alignment as they incorporate these concepts. A more precise sense of musicality is also emphasized in this level. As a key and transitional age for young dancers, an acute grasp of elementary material is expected in order to exceed the primary vocabulary and enter into further intermediate level work. At this age, a more serious attitude towards their study is expected as most have made the decision to devote a majority of their recreational time developing their craft.

AGE: 9 - 10 (AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2017)




BALLET P2: Ages 11 - 12*

Combinations in both barre and center work increase in rapidity and the introduction of épaulement is integrated in all combinations to move towards a more mature and polished appearance. Ballet P2 students focus on the precision of their foot work, an emphasis on “spotting” in the pirouette along with a general elevated level of body control and awareness. This level will continue to go in depth and to build upon previously learned concepts, such as self-correction and focus upon total body coordination, which involves creating proper classical lines in the lower body with basic stabilization of the upper body. Continued awareness in carriage and professionalism is to be expected in this level. This level will prepare students to tackle specific Pre-Professional technical concepts. It is a culmination of all concepts learned in the Primary and Preparatory Academy and will serve as a spring board in training students to be ready to meet the demands of the Pre-Professional Academy. Students in this level may also have the opportunity to perform with students of the Upper Division in the Annual Spring Gala.

AGE: 11 - 12 (AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2017)


*Levels are not solely based on a dancer's age. The dancer's potential and technical ability are taken into consideration.



The Primary and Preparatory Academies will culminate with the Festival de Danse during which they will showcase their passports and dictionaries and perform developmentally appropriate choreography representing the four ballets they “traveled” to throughout the year in May.  Academy students receive progress awards and, as applicable, Academy Graduation Certificates – for those progressing to the next Academy or to the Ballet Institute.

2017 Nutcracker Performance Opportunity for Primary Academy students ages 6 & above.


Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy

The International City School of Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the aforementioned qualities or characteristics in its recruitment and admission of students, educational policies, scholarship programs, and the operation of any of its school-administered programs.