Class Levels ...
The San Gorgonio Ballet Trainee Program is a highly motivated professional dance program for the serious dancer with aspirations to pursue a professional career in classical ballet.
Trainee students are admitted into the program by audition or invitation once a certain level of accomplishment has been achieved.
Students in the Trainee Program are assigned a class schedule by the Artistic Director. Trainee students are required to take all assigned classes in order to remain in the program. Illness or emergency is the only acceptable absences. Because the Trainee Program is a serious program for dancers desiring a professional career in dance, trainee students are expected to keep up their homework on their own time. School homework is not an acceptable excuse for absence. Sports and other outside activities that can cause injury or conflict with classical training are highly discouraged. Eight absences are allowed per year. Excessive absence will result in dismissal from the Trainee Program.
The Trainee Program is only available for students at Level II and above.
Technique classes consist of a Barre, Centre, and Across the Floor. Providing proper warming of muscles, understanding the proper body placement and posture, and the skills of executing the very basic to highly advanced movements.
This class is designed for beginning youth with little to no previous training. They learn the very basics of a technique class. Body Placement, positions, connecting steps, jumps, and terminology.
This class is designed for students transitioning from Level I to Level II. This is not a combination of levels class. Students work on familiar movements while preparing for new steps they will find in Level II.
Requirements to enter this level are that students have a basic understanding of body placement and execute this during the very basic of movements. Students must take two technique classes a week. Students may be considered to begin the Pre Pointe class and begin Stretch and Strength class.
To enter this level students must have retained and execute consistent placement and have the understanding of technique and execution during most movements. Students are required to take Three Technique classes, One – Two Pointe classes as well as the Stretch and Strength class per week.
Students will be required to take Technique class Five to Six Times, Pointe class Four Times and Stretch and Strength One to Two Times per week. Students must have abilities to retain short to long combinations and execute each movement with muscle strength and strong technique.
Level V is the highest in our curriculum. This requires students to have accomplished the proper memory, strength, and technique necessary in Classical Ballet. Throughout this study, students are working at a pre-professional level preparing to transfer into the professional world of ballet. Students will be required to take Technique and Pointe class Six Times per week and the Stretch and Strength One to Two Times per week.
This class prepares a young female student to work en pointe. They will work on specially designed exercises at the Barre, Centre, and Across the Floor in soft shoes (Ballet Shoes) developing the proper strength and control that is required to dance en pointe. This class requires the students to have at least two years of classical training, have arrived at Level II, and have a basic understanding of body placement and execute this during the very basics of movements. Male students may take this class to improve their feet strength and flexibility. Students will need evaluation and approval by the Artistic Director.
Pointe class is a specially designed class of Barre and Centre to progress from Intermediate levels to Advanced levels. Retaining the strength and control to execute all dance moments en pointe. This class also requires evaluation and approval by the Artistic Director.
Stretch and Strength
This class is structured towards providing additional training and development of strength and flexibility that a Classical Dancer needs. It begins with floor and standing exercises focusing on all individual areas of the body. Then moves on to stretches focusing on all the same areas of the body. This class is also open to those with no previous training, 8 years of age or older.
We offer a beginning class for adults just starting and those who have had some experience in ballet. This class provides what any technique class would provide, barre for proper warming of muscles, study of positions , movements, strengthening exercises and musicality. Then we take what was worked on at the barre into center floor and work for balance, development of control and stamina. Students are also offerd our stretch and strength class to take weekly which works on floor and standing exercises and stretches focusing on muscle strength and flexibility for all areas of the body.
Class: Tech I
(Level II & up)
Class: Tech II
Class: Tech III
Adult Tech I*
Stretch and Strength*
Class: Pas de Deux**
Class: Tech I-II
Class: Tech III
Class: Tech V
Class: Power Class*
Class: Tech V**
Class: Stretch and
Rehearsals when in Season
12:30 pm and on
*Classes in the Adult Program
“Trainee” Student Requirements
Students at Level II: 1 Tech, 1 Pre Pointe, 1 Stretch & Strength
Students at Level III: 2 Tech III, 1 Tech 2, 1 Pointe, 1 Stretch /Strength
Students at Level IV & V: All Adv. Tech and Pointe, 1 or more Stretch/Strength