Ballet 1 accepts students ages 5 and up. Placement in Levels 2-8 is based on preparedness and quality of technique, rather than age.
To audition for your level, please call Nicole at 319-688-9289.
Each Level offers Concert and Interim Classes throughout the week. Concert classes will learn a concert-length piece to be performed in our Annual Showcase and Recital.
Ballet at Nolte offers you unparalleled opportunities to grace the stage in high quality productions such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella. All current students are invited to audition. For audition dates, please call 319.688.9289. Ballet at Nolte students also perform in our Annual Spring Concerts, and may be recommended for roles in Arts partner productions.
When placing a student on pointe, age, ankle strength, center strength, body alignment and attendance are heavily considered. It’s recommended that a student be committed to class at least three times a week. Your teacher will recommend you for Pre-Pointe (Beginning Pointe in soft shoes) when you meet the criteria for ankle strength, center strength, and body alignment. Progression to pointe is an individual choice, and is not required for students to advance through the levels.
SEA FOAM GREEN LEOTARD WITH PINK FOOTED TIGHTS
Ballet 1 is an introduction to classical ballet technique. Turnout, balance and limbering exercises begin at the barre. Musicality and mime are explored in the center.
PASTEL PINK LEOTARD
Students in Ballet 2 will continue perfecting those steps learned in Ballet 1. Dancing with one hand on the barre in addition to incorporating their entire bodies into new movements in the center such as waltzes, soutenous, petit allegro and grand jetés.
Students step up the strengthening process by working in 3rd position and begin incorporating balances at the end of barre combinations. Barre work becomes more standardized with a 45 minute session, and center work continues to focus on body awareness and musicality. Students learn pas de basque, relevé passé, sissone, tour jetés and chaînés. 2-3 classes per week are recommended.
WHITE BELTS / BLACK LEOTARD
Students begin all combinations in 3rd position and move to 5th position by the end of the first half of the year and begin stressing directions of the head. Students continue balancing and begin more involved stretching/strengthening exercises between barre and center. Barre work continues to be consistent at 45 minutes a class and in the center students focus on body awareness and musicality, incorporating pirouette, royale, entrechat trios, entrechat quatre, and emboite. 3 classes per week are recommended.
LIGHT BLUE BELTS / BLACK LEOTARD
In Ballet 5 all combinations start in 5th position students continue stressing directions of the head and begin stressing épaulment (the placing of the shoulders). They continue balancing, stretching/strengthening and begin pointe class in this level. Students learn chassé coupe jetés and are introduced to fouetté pirouettes. 4 technique classes per week are recommended with 1 pointe class a week.
ROYAL BLUE BELTS / BLACK LEOTARD
Ballet 6 is a level at which students take all that they have learned and strengthen, strengthen, strengthen! The technique class is standard length at 90 minutes which gives the students time to strengthen and perfect their knowledge of the technique. Students also begin to explore movement quality and self expression. Pointe work continues. 5 technique classes per week are recommended. 2 pointe classes per week recommended.
LIGHT PINK BELTS / BLACK LEOTARD
In Ballet 7 the technique is explored on a deeper level which allows students to pick it apart and put it back together for a more personalized technique. Movement quality and self expression are highly stressed in this level to bring out the students individuality as a dancer. 6 technique classes per week are recommended. 3 classes on pointe are recommended.
BLACK BELTS / BLACK LEOTARD
Ballet 8 students are recognized pre-professionals preparing for auditions with professional ballet schools and universities. Their imperative is to maintain their fitness, technique, and artistry at the highest level of performance. 6 technique classes and 3 classes on pointe per week are recommended.