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PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

Students invited into the Pre-Professional Program at The Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy aspire to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. The goal is to inspire a passion for dance and encourage students to realize their individual potential through the attention offered by our faculty of professionaldancers and directors. Students’ dance education in this program includes technique class, pointe work, variations, pas de deux, repertoire, and performance opportunities with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Company, as well as an annual performance* showcasing what they learn throughout the year. Expectations in technique and artistry are clearly communicated to students and regular assessments guide each student’sprogress. The Pre-Professional Program is for students with a serious interest in, and a commitment to, a careerinballetorwhointendonmajoringinballetattheUniversitylevel. ThePre-professionaltrackisby invitation or approval by the academy director only. Students must be enrolled full time and are required to participate in the annual dance medicine evaluations by Wellington Dance Medicine.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION LEVELS 

LEVEL 1 (first year)


About L1: Level One students are expected to attend ballet class a total of three times a week. The ladies will be placed in a pointe class and the young men will take a petite allegro class. Level One students will also learn and perform classical ballet repertoire and may be invited to prepare a variation for Youth American GrandPrix. Level One students will also be placed in one strengthening and one ballet elective class and are welcome to register for one additional elective class per year. Students will receive a 50% discount on their first elective class and a 75% discount on any additional classes. Dancers gain confidence as their ability grows. Students continue to develop extension of the legs, strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Clean and strong execution of the basic elements of dance, correct alignment for turnout and pulling up as well as strong basis for future pointe work is emphasized. Performance opportunities: Available. Class: Pre-Pointe/Pointe Tue. 4:30-5:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class Ballet Tue. 5:30-7:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Wed. 4:30-6:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Fri. 6:00-7:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class: Strength Wed. 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Class: Variation Wed. 7:00-8:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito *Please note, participation in Spring EYP is required by all Pre-Professional students. TUITION Full Academy Year Tuition: $1,800 Per Semester $900




LEVEL 1 (second year)


About L1: Level One students are expected to attend ballet class a total of three times a week. The ladies will be placed in a pointe class and the young men will take a petite allegro class. Level One students will also learn and perform classical ballet repertoire and may be invited to prepare a variation for Youth American GrandPrix. Level One students will also be placed in one strengthening and one ballet elective class and are welcome to register for one additional elective class per year. Students will receive a 50% discount on their first elective class and a 75% discount on any additional classes. Dancers gain confidence as their ability grows. Students continue to develop extension of the legs, strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Clean and strong execution of the basic elements of dance, correct alignment for turnout and pulling up as well as strong basis for future pointe work is emphasized. Performance opportunities: Available. Class: Pre-Pointe/Pointe Tue. 4:30-5:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class Ballet Tue. 5:30-7:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Wed. 7:00-8:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Fri. 4:30-6:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class: Strength Wed. 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Class: Variation Wed. 7:00-8:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito n Class: Ballet / Character Friday 4:30-6:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco *Please note, participation in Spring EYP is required by all Pre-Professional students. TUITION Full Academy Year Tuition: $2,090 Per Semester $1,045




LEVEL 2


About L2: Level Two students continue to build on the technique developed in Level One and the ladies will continue their pointe training. Students will also learn and perform classical ballet Variations and Repertoire and may be invited to participate in the Youth American Grand Prix. Level Two students will also be placed in one strengthening class and ballet elective class and are encouraged to register for one additional elective class per semester. Students will receive a 50% discount on their first elective class and a 75% discount on any additional classes. Classes will focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. In addition to Ballet and Pointe, students may be introduced to pas de deux. Performance opportunities: Available. Class: Pre-Pointe/Pointe Tue. 4:30-5:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class Ballet Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Thurday 4:30 6:30 Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Strength Wednesday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Class: Variation Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Ballet / Character Friday 4:30-6:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco *Please note, participation in Spring EYP is required by all Pre-Professional students. TUITION Full Academy Year Tuition: $2,180 Per Semester $1,090




LEVEL 3


About L3: Level three students continue to build on the technique developed in Level two. Training is more rigorous and is designed to prepare students for the advance level. classes will focus on pointe work, multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. At this level, students strong on pointe take a pas de deux class. Level three students are encouraged to register for one additional elective class per semester. Students will receive a 50% discount on their first elective class and a 75% discount on any additional classes. Level three students may have the opportunity to learn and perform a classical variation and contemporary piece for Youth American Grand Prix. Performance opportunities: Available. Class: Pre-Pointe/Pointe Tue. 4:30-5:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class Ballet Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Thurday 4:30 6:30 Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Strength Wednesday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Class: Variation Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Ballet / Character Friday 4:30-6:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco *Please note, participation in Spring EYP is required by all Pre-Professional students. TUITION Full Academy Year Tuition: $2,180 Per Semester $1,090




LEVEL 4


About L4: Advance Program Students move into a more rigorous and demanding training program and is designed for those who have a strong mastery of pointe work with a desire to pursue ballet. This level will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breadth of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. Increase stamina & control, speed & precision, and clean & strong technique is focused on. These students will also be enrolled in Pas De Deux, a strengthening class and two electives. This level includes unlimited classes and all performance fees. Level Four students may have the opportunity to learn and perform at YAGP or other select ballet competitions. Students in this level may also be invited to participate in special events like outreach shows and publicity events with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Professional Company. Performance participation is required. Performance opportunities: Available. Class: Pre-Pointe/Pointe Tue. 4:30-5:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Class Ballet Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco Thurday 4:30 6:30 Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Strength Wednesday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: B Teacher: Kaito Class: Variation Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM Studio: A Teacher: Kaito Class: Ballet / Character Friday 4:30-6:30 PM Studio: B Teacher: Risco *Please note, participation in Spring EYP is required by all Pre-Professional students. TUITION Full Academy Year Tuition: $2,650 Per Semester $1,325





Dress code & Uniforms 

The student dress code or uniform maintains the tradition and aesthetic of classical ballet. Therefore, appropriate class attire is required. Please carefully review the following uniform requirements listed foryour child’s class level. Students dressed inappropriately for class will not be allowed to participate, but will remain in the studio and observe.

  1. All girls must come to class with hair up in a tight bun – no excuses.

  2. It is mandatory that every uniform have the KBT logo embroidered. All students must come to

    class with the corresponding dress code for their level.

  3. Cover-ups are not mandatory. However, if you choose to wear one, only the ones listed are

    allowed.

  4. Ballet skirts are not permitted for levels Beginning C through Advanced & all Pre-professional

    levels.

  5. It is advisable for students to have their name on the tag of leotards, tights & shoes.

  6. Uniforms must be purchased at Dance Biz. KBT students will receive a 10% discount. Dance Biz

    is located at 2535 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, (859)276-4900.