2022-2023
Fall/Spring Upper Division

All Upper Division Classes are by Placement only.
Students in the Upper Division are challenged in advanced ballet technique with exercises and combinations that will help develop the necessary strength to perform the many various dances from the classical repertoire as well as more contemporary neo-classical dances. These dancers will begin to demonstrate an understanding of and ability to perform at a more professional level not just technically, but artistically, as well.  Students in these levels show increasing interest and focus as the intensity of training increases.

Students will advance to the next level at the discretion of the  artistic director. Progress is based on the student's technical ability, strength, and effort rather than by age, though we give a suggested age.  A student might spend more than one year in each level.
All levels are by placement.  Continuing students are evaluated each year for placement.  New students may schedule a placement class.

Placement is at the sole discretion of TMB Ballet, and depends on a variety of factors including artistry, technique, attendance, ability to apply corrections, maturity and attitude

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Placement and Advancement at discretion of director
Ballet 3a
Placement assessment required for new students with prior training. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment. 

REQUIRED: Minimum - Ballet 2 once per week
                 Minimum - Ballet 3 twice per week
                 Minimum - Pointe 1 and/or Pointe 2
         
Students must receive approval by director to take Pointe 2

Students at this level are encouraged to take additional Ballet 2 classes if possible as well as the Stretch & Strength class.  If students are given permission to advance to Pointe 2 they are encouraged to continue to also keep attending the Pointe 1 class.
Ballet 3a is an important transitional class for those moving from the  Junior Division to the Upper Division.  Maintaining attendance in the Ballet 2 classes assures continued focus on basic technical skills needed to execute the more advanced technique they will be challenged with in the Ballet 3 classes. These students will be increasingly challenged technically and artistically gaining strength, skills, stamina and virtuosity. Female students will demonstrate adequate strength, knowledge, and ability to perform basic pointe work.  Male dancers will be able to demonstrate the beginning levels of men’s technique. It is generally at these levels that students begin to show more commitment, consistency and dedication required to perform classical ballet as they understand the work needed to progress and perform. Dancers at this level are often invited to join Texas Metropolitan Ballet's performing company, by audition, either as apprentices or members.  Upper Division students are encouraged to take the Stretch & Strength class.
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Ballet 3b
Placement and Advancement at discretion of director
Placement assessment required for new students with prior training. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment. 

REQUIRED: Minimum - Ballet 3 three times per week
                 Minimum - Pointe 3/4 once per week


Students at this level are encouraged to take all four classes available and to add Pointe 2 class as well as the Stretch & Strength class.
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Ballet 3b students will gain technical strength, skills, stamina and virtuosity with increased artistic expression as more vocabulary is introduced. Female students will demonstrate adequate strength, knowledge, and ability to perform basic pointe work.  Male dancers will be able to demonstrate the beginning levels of men’s technique. It is generally at this level that students begin to show more commitment, consistency and dedication required to perform classical ballet and as they understand the work needed to progress and perform. Dancers at this level are often invited to join Texas Metropolitan Ballet's performing company, by audition, either as apprentices or members.  Upper Division students are encouraged to take the Stretch & Strength class.
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Ballet 4
Placement and Advancement at discretion of director
Placement assessment required for new students with prior training. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment. 

REQUIRED: Ballet 4 four times per week
                 Pointe 3/4 twice per week


Students at this level are encouraged to take the Stretch & Strength class.
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Ballet 4 students will continue the development of strength, working on advanced technical skills, stamina and virtuosity with increased artistic express. Female students will strengthen their pointe work with more demanding exercises.  Male dancers will work towards more advanced jumping combinations. Training at this level requires more commitment, consistency and dedication to progress and perform. Dancers at this level often join Texas Metropolitan Ballet's performing company, by audition, either as apprentices or members.  Dedicated dancers in Ballet 4 are often rewarded with the opportunity to perform lead roles in the various ballets produced by the company. Upper Division students are encouraged to take the Stretch & Strength class. 
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Pointe 2
Intermediate pointe work
Placement and Advancement at discretion of director
Placement assessment required for new students with prior training. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment. 

REQUIRED: Must attend technique classes at appropriate level 3x each week (Pointe class does not count towards the 3x)
Students should  take the technique class preceding the Pointe 2 class or arrive in plenty of time to properly warm up before taking this class.
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Dress Code (Ladies)
Leotard – Color appropriate for current class level
Tights – Pink
Shoes – Pointe Shoes properly fitted and approved by the instructor
Hair must be secured away from the face and neck, preferably in a bun.
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Pointe 3/4
Intermediate to Advanced Pointe work
Placement and Advancement at discretion of director
Placement assessment required for new students with prior training. Please call or email for additional information or to schedule an appointment. 

REQUIRED: Must attend technique classes at appropriate level 3x each week (Pointe class does not count towards the 3x)
Students need to take the technique class preceding the Pointe 3/4 classes.
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Dress Code (Ladies)
Leotard – Color appropriate for current class level
Tights – Pink
Shoes – Pointe Shoes properly fitted and approved by the instructor
Hair must be secured away from the face and neck, preferably in a bun.
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Modern, Jazz, Character, International Dance Styles
Open to students starting in Ballet 2 level and above
At least 2 year prior training in dance.  Adult 2 level students and above are welcome to attend this class.

The study of other dance forms can help to provide a more rounded education and aid in understanding movement. Students are encouraged to add to their training with other dance genres. This provides a well-rounded dance education and a progressive knowledge of additional dance styles.
Class times available
Not available at this time
 
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Stretch & Strength
Class is 1 hour in length
Open to students starting in Ballet 2 level and above

Improving proper posture, increasing flexibility and range of motion, strengthening the muscles and increasing the core body strength essential for a dancer. Stretching helps to keep muscles supple, increases range of motion and helps to prevent injury. Classes are designed with the student dancer in mind.
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