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Academy Division

for ages 8 to Adult

The Academy Division offers two programs for students age 8-18: The Ballet Program and The Choreograph Your Own Program. A flexible Adult Program is available for adults age 18+ of all experience levels.

For students in third grade and above who choose to focus on ballet training, we offer the Ballet Program. The Ballet Program is an annual commitment with pricing discounts. This program is LDTA’s recommended sequence of Intermediate, Advanced, and Pre-Collegiate courses for students in third through twelfth grades. For older students who are just starting or returning to ballet, we offer a teen ballet program to assist with joining the full program. Each year, returning students will receive a placement letter. Students new to LDTA or returning after an extended absence will be placed according to age/experience. See the LDTA Ballet Program Placement Charts for more information about Ballet Program placements.

The Choreograph Your Own Program is for students age 8-18. These students typically have additional interests outside of dance. By “choreographing” their own program, students can meet their individual scheduling needs and interests. Students may only take a ballet technique class with pointe if they are taking two additional technique classes weekly and have been approved for pointe work by the school director.

The Adult Program provides flexible registration options for adults age 18+. In addition to the Adult Aerial and Ballet classes offered, adult students who wish to start or continue pointe work have the option to take pointe classes in the LDTA Ballet Program. Adults (18+) may take a pointe class or work with their instructor to wear pointe shoes during teen/adult ballet classes.

 

Explore the LDTA curriculum and options for each age/grade level.

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The Ballet Program

for students in third through twelfth grades (or the equivalent for students in ungraded programs)        

Students take a sequenced set of courses – starting in third grade or above (minimum age eight). The Intermediate Ballet levels are the first sequence of programs in LDTA’s Ballet Program. Each program has required classes as well as electives. Electives compliment the ballet program and introduce a variety of movement and terminology for the well-rounded dancer.

BALLET INTERMEDIATE

The focus of this level is the continuation of ballet theory (e.g. introduction of croise and ecarte body positions), more advanced epaulement (arm and head movements), strength of core/legs/feet without tension for pre-pointe work, and a deepening knowledge of ballet vocabulary with one hand on the barre and in center exercises. All incorporated with maximum turnout and correct posture.

Intermediate Ballet I (ages 8+)

  • Intermediate Ballet I or Boys Dance (for male students)
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform required during Intermediate Ballet I (hunter green) and Boys Dance (pebble)

Intermediate Ballet II (ages 9+)

  • Intermediate Ballet II or Boys Dance
  • At least 2 Electives (Choose 2 or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform required during Intermediate Ballet II (mallard blue) and Boys Dance (pebble)

Intermediate Ballet III (ages 10+)

  • Intermediate Ballet III
  • Ballet w/ Pre-Pointe or Boys Dance
  • Foundations of Modern
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform required during Ballet w/Pre-Pointe (vampire red) and Boys Dance (pebble)

Beginning Ballet Teen (ages 13+)

  • Introduction to Ballet for Teens/Adults
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • When ready, students in the beginning ballet teen program will be placed in an LDTA Ballet Program level. Teen students may also choose the Choreograph Your Own Program for Teens.

The Ballet Program

for students in sixth through twelfth grades (or the equivalent for students in ungraded programs)        

Students take a sequenced set of courses – starting in third grade or above (minimum age eight). The Intermediate Ballet levels are the first sequence of programs in LDTA’s Ballet Program. Each program has required classes as well as electives. Electives compliment the ballet program and introduce a variety of movement and terminology for the well-rounded dancer.

BALLET ADVANCED

Students in this level should become aware of stylistic variations needed to approach a diverse choreographic repertoire with a complete working knowledge of the entire vocabulary and theory of the previous levels. Pointe work is introduced for females and more advanced tour en l’air and batteries are introduced for males.

Advanced Ballet I (ages 11+)

  • Advanced Ballet Technique I – 2x a week
  • Advanced Ballet Technique with Pointe I or Mens Dance
  • Advanced Modern I
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform (sangria) required during Ballet + Pointe class

Advanced Ballet IIa (ages 11+)

  • Advanced Ballet II – 3x a week
  • Advanced Ballet Pointe II or Mens Dance
  • Advanced Modern II
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform (sangria) required during Ballet + Pointe class

Advanced Ballet IIb (ages 11+)

  • Advanced Ballet II – 3x a week
  • Advanced Ballet Pointe II or Mens Dance
  • Advanced Modern II
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform (sangria) required during Ballet + Pointe class

Advanced Ballet III (ages 12+)

  • Advanced Ballet II – 3x a week
  • Advanced Ballet Pointe II or Mens Dance
  • Advanced Modern III
  • At least 1 Elective (Choose 1, 2, or 3: Bollywood, Jazz, and/or Aerial)
  • School uniform (cobalt) required during Saturday classes (Ballet + Variations)
  • School uniform (sangria) required during Ballet + Pointe class

PRE-COLLEGIATE BALLET INTENSIVE PROGRAM (PBIP)

This high school program is by audition only whereby both male and female students leave their academic day one block early to train with LDT Academy. Includes classes in ballet technique, pointe or men’s strength class, variations, pilates, modern, partnering, choreography, yoga, and bollywood. Held Tuesday through Saturday. Strong middle school ballet students accepted based on audition and ability to work out a schedule with their academic school.

2021-2022 PBIP Hours

Tuesdays 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM (Cobalt Uniform required)

Wednesdays: 1:45 PM – 5:30 PM (Leggings recommended to wear over leo/tights during Bollywood/Jazz; tennis shoes & jazz shoes required)

Thursdays: 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM (Sangria Uniform required)

Fridays: 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM (Leggings recommended to wear over leo/tights during Modern)

Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Cobalt Uniform required)

Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program (ages 12+)

Learn more about PBIP…

Ballet Program Placement for students with limited/no dance experience
Grade in SchoolMinimum AgeBallet Program Placement
3rd – 4th Grades8INT BALLET I
5th – 7th Grades10INT BALLET II
8th – 12th Grades13BEGINNING TEEN BALLET
Ballet Program Placement for students transferring from another dance studio
Grade in SchoolMinimum AgeBallet Program PlacementNote
3rd Grade8INT BALLET I
4th Grade9INT BALLET II
5th – 7th Grade10INT BALLET IIIPlacement trial weeks are available. At the end of the trial week, your student may be placed in INT BALLET III or a higher level based on age, knowledge, and experience.
6th – 12th Grade11ADV BALLET I6th & 7th Grade students who have received a first year placement on pointe from their previous ballet school and 8th-12th grade students with previous ballet experience who have not completed at least one full year of training with pointe work. Placement trial weeks are available. At the end of the trial week, your student may be placed in ADV BALLET I or a higher level based on age, knowledge, and experience.
7th – 12th Grade12ADV BALLET IIaOnly for students who have completed at least one full year of training with pointe work. Placement trial week are available. At the end of the trial week, your student may be placed in ADV BALLET IIa or a higher level based on age, knowledge, and experience.

The Choreograph Your Own Program

for students in third through fourth grades (or the equivalent for students in ungraded programs)        

Students take a variety of courses. To Choreograph Your Own Program, select classes that meet your schedule, interests, and level. Select 2 or more classes:

Intermediate Bollywood Fusion

Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

This is a combination of cardiovascular exercises mixing the graceful movements of Indian dance, together with modern hip hop, contemporary, and funk dance styles while dancing to the beat of modern Indian music. For ages 8-12.

Intermediate Jazz Fusion

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:15 PM

A fusion of classic jazz technique with contemporary movement and pop culture creates this dynamic dance form. Emphasis is placed on body control, isolations, musicality, and energetic expression. Have fun while learning kicks, leaps, and turns in this upbeat class. For ages 8-12.

Intermediate Aerial Fusion I

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Aerial Fusion mixes standard yoga philosophy and poses with components from calisthenics, circus arts, dance, aerial arts, and gymnastics. For ages 8-12 and new to Aerial class).

Intermediate Aerial Fusion II

Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Aerial Fusion mixes standard yoga philosophy and poses with components from calisthenics, circus arts, dance, aerial arts with silks and lyra (hoop). For ages 9-12 and experience with Aerial classes.

Intermediate Ballet I

Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 PM

The focus of this level is on ballet theory (e.g. introduction of croise and ecarte body positions), epaulement (arm and head movements), strengthening of core/legs/feet , and a knowledge of ballet vocabulary with one hand on the barre and in center exercises. All incorporated with maximum turnout and correct posture. For third-fourth grade students (minimum age 8). School Uniform (Hunter Green) required during this class.

Intermediate Ballet II

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 PM

The focus of this level is on continuing ballet theory, epaulement, strengthening of core/legs/feet to prepare for pre-pointe, and a deepening knowledge of ballet vocabulary with one hand on the barre and in center exercises. All incorporated with maximum turnout and correct posture. For fourth grade students who have completed Intermediate Ballet I or fifth grade students new to dance (minimum age 9). School Uniform (Mallard Blue) required during this class.

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The Choreograph Your Own Program

for students in fifth through seventh grades (or the equivalent for students in ungraded programs)        

Students take a variety of courses. To Choreograph Your Own Program, select classes that meet your schedule, interests, and level. Select 2 or more classes:

Intermediate Bollywood Fusion II

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

This is a combination of cardiovascular exercises mixing the graceful movements of Indian dance, together with modern hip hop, contemporary, and funk dance styles while dancing to the beat of modern Indian music. For ages 10-12.

Intermediate Jazz Fusion

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:15 PM

A fusion of classic jazz technique with contemporary movement and pop culture creates this dynamic dance form. Emphasis is placed on body control, isolations, musicality, and energetic expression. Have fun while learning kicks, leaps, and turns in this upbeat class. For ages 8-12.

Intermediate Aerial Fusion I

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Aerial Fusion mixes standard yoga philosophy and poses with components from calisthenics, circus arts, dance, aerial arts with silks and Lyra (hoop). For ages 8-12 and new to Aerial class).

Intermediate Aerial Fusion II

Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Aerial Fusion mixes standard yoga philosophy and poses with components from calisthenics, circus arts, dance, aerial arts with silks and Lyra (hoop). For ages 9-12 and experience with Aerial classes).

Intermediate Ballet II

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 PM

The focus of this level is on continuing ballet theory, epaulement, strengthening of core/legs/feet to prepare for pre-pointe, and a deepening knowledge of ballet vocabulary with one hand on the barre and in center exercises. All incorporated with maximum turnout and correct posture. For fourth grade students who have completed Intermediate Ballet I or fifth grade students new to dance (minimum age 9). School Uniform (Mallard Blue) required during this class.

Intermediate Ballet III

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

The focus of this level is on continuing ballet theory, epaulement, strengthening of core/legs/feet to prepare for pre-pointe, and a deepening knowledge of ballet vocabulary with one hand on the barre and in center exercises. All incorporated with maximum turnout and correct posture. For fourth grade students who have completed Intermediate Ballet II or sixth & seventh grade students new to dance (minimum age 10). School Uniform (Vampire Red) required during this class. *Students interested in taking pre-pointe and preparing for pointe-work should register for the Ballet Program instead of the Choreograph Your Own Program.

Foundations of Modern

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Modern dance seeks new terminology, concepts, and techniques that broaden the definition of dance. As a performing art, it was developed in the 20th century by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, among others and is now shaped by performers all over the world. Dancers will explore suspension & release, fall & recovery, the use of momentum, connecting breath with movement & inversions. For ages 10-12 with 0-1 years experience with Modern dance.

 

The Choreograph Your Own Program

for students in eighth through twelfth grades (or the equivalent for students in ungraded programs)        

Students take a variety of courses. Students interested in transferring to the Ballet Program should register for the Beginning Teen Ballet Program instead of the Choreograph Your Own Program. To Choreograph Your Own Program, select classes that meet your schedule, interests, and level. Select 2 or more classes:

Bollywood I

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

A vibrant and entertaining dance that is suitable for beginners. It gives a whole body workout while dancing to the rhythm of joy with the powerful nature of Bollywood music. For ages 11-18.

Jazz I

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Rooted in the rhythm of jazz music, jazz dance is a true American art form. Includes a warm-up that develops strength, flexibility, coordination, and dance techniques specific to jazz dance. Includes dynamic choreography set to popular music and encourages individual expression and development of personal style. For ages 11-18.

Aerial I

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Ballet In The Airor Aerial, will develop a student’s strength, flexibility, fitness and muscular endurance through an introduction to the exciting art of aerial silks and hoops. For ages 11-18 and new to Aerial class.

Aerial II

Saturdays, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Ballet In The Airor Aerial, will develop a student’s strength, flexibility, fitness and muscular endurance through an introduction to the exciting art of aerial silks and hoops. For ages 12-18 with some experience in Aerial class.

Aerial Teen/Adult

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Ballet In The Airor Aerial, will develop a student’s strength, flexibility, fitness and muscular endurance through an introduction to the exciting art of aerial silks and hoops. For ages 16-Adult. All ability levels welcome.

Modern I

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Modern dance seeks new terminology, concepts, and techniques that broaden the definition of dance. As a performing art, it was developed in the 20th century by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, among others and is now shaped by performers all over the world. Dancers will explore suspension & release, fall & recovery, the use of momentum, connecting breath with movement & inversions. For ages 11-12 with completion of Foundations of Modern or the equivalent and students age 13-18.

Modern II

Tuesdays, 7:10 – 8:10 PM

Modern dance seeks new terminology, concepts, and techniques that broaden the definition of dance. As a performing art, it was developed in the 20th century by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, among others and is now shaped by performers all over the world. Dancers will explore suspension & release, fall & recovery, the use of momentum, connecting breath with movement & inversions. For ages 11-18 with completion of Modern I or the equivalent.

Introduction to Ballet Teen/Adult

Thursdays, 7:10 – 8:10 PM

Beginning ballet class for teens and adults. Come enjoy the beauty and grace of classical ballet! This class will cover basic ballet positions, steps and vocabulary with a focus on the student’s awareness of proper posture and body alignment. Standing barre work and center floor exercises will be given to enhance coordination, strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will also develop a sense of musical awareness and movement quality. No prior ballet experience necessary. For ages 13-Adult.

Ballet Teen/Adult & Stretching

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

A Ballet conditioning class for adults focusing on technique and core strength development through low-impact exercise and dance. Designed to tone up the body with basic Ballet moves as the base. Use of the barre, light weights, stretching, and across-the-floor work.  This class is exhilarating and invigorating, and the effects are both immediate and long term. Classes are easy to follow and held in a comfortable, non-competitive environment. For ages 13-Adult with prior ballet experience or with enrollment in Introduction to Ballet Teen/Adult.

Ballet Teen/Adult  – Intermediate/Advanced

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Teens and adults with previous ballet training and a knowledge of ballet vocabulary. This class will focus on technical strength, coordination and movement quality. Students should have strong technique at the barre and center. For ages 11-Adult.

The Adult Program

for students age 18+        

Adults interested in regular classes may register for a full year of one or more classes or may purchase punch cards to register for individual classes as their schedules allow. Please note: adult students should register for individual classes prior to attending the class. Any class with low enrollment is subject to cancellation. Registering for your class in advance will help ensure that classes continue and that you will be notified in the event a class needs to be cancelled. To register for a class with a punch card, first purchase your punch card. Choose the Calendar view of classes in our webstore or visit the Registration page to see available classes for the week. Select the class and date you would like to attend and check out with your class punch card.

Aerial Teen/Adult

Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Ballet In The Airor Aerial, will develop a student’s strength, flexibility, fitness and muscular endurance through an introduction to the exciting art of aerial silks and hoops. For ages 16-Adult. All ability levels welcome.

Introduction to Ballet Teen/Adult

Thursdays, 7:10 – 8:10 PM

Beginning ballet class for teens and adults. Come enjoy the beauty and grace of classical ballet! This class will cover basic ballet positions, steps and vocabulary with a focus on the student’s awareness of proper posture and body alignment. Standing barre work and center floor exercises will be given to enhance coordination, strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will also develop a sense of musical awareness and movement quality. No prior ballet experience necessary. For ages 13-Adult.

Ballet Teen/Adult & Stretching

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

A Ballet conditioning class for adults focusing on technique and core strength development through low-impact exercise and dance. Designed to tone up the body with basic Ballet moves as the base. Use of the barre, light weights, stretching, and across-the-floor work.  This class is exhilarating and invigorating, and the effects are both immediate and long term. Classes are easy to follow and held in a comfortable, non-competitive environment. For ages 13-Adult with prior ballet experience or with enrollment in Introduction to Ballet Teen/Adult.

Ballet Teen/Adult  – Intermediate/Advanced

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Teens and adults with previous ballet training and a knowledge of ballet vocabulary. This class will focus on technical strength, coordination and movement quality. Students should have strong technique at the barre and center. For ages 11-Adult.

Int Ballet I (Ballet Program)

$ 896
Year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $28/week
  • Required Class = Int Ballet I or Boys Dance
  • Includes one Elective
  • Select additional electives $450 per class per year
  • Hunter Green studio uniform required during ballet class

INT Ballet II (Ballet Program)

$ 1440
Year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $45/week
  • Required Class = Int Ballet II or Boys Dance
  • Includes two electives
  • Select additional electives $450 per class per year
  • Mallard Blue studio uniform required during ballet class

INT Ballet III (Ballet Program)

$ 1920
per YEAR
  • 32-weekly sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $60/week for 4 classes
  • Required Classes = Int Ballet III, Pre-Pointe or Boys Dance, & Foundations of Modern
  • Includes 1 Elective.
  • Select additional electives & add $450 per class per year
  • Vampire red school uniform required during pre-pointe class

Beginning Ballet Teen (Ballet Program)

$ 896
per YEAR
  • 32-weekly sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $28/week
  • Required Class = Introduction to Ballet for Teens & Adults
  • Includes 1 Elective
  • Select additional electives & add $450 per class per year

ADV Ballet I (Ballet Program)

$ 2400
per YEAR
  • 32-weekly sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted rate = $75/week for 5 classes
  • Includes required classes: 2 Adv Ballet Technique; 1 Adv Ballet Technique + Pointe; & 1 Modern
  • Price includes 1 elective
  • Add additional electives at $450 per class per year
  • Sangria studio uniform required during ballet class

ADV Ballet IIa

$ 2880
per YEAR
  • 32-week sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $90/week for 6 classes
  • Required classes = 3 Ballet Technique classes; 1 Ballet Technique + Pointe class; & 1 Modern class
  • Price includes 1 elective
  • Select additional electives $450 per class per year
  • Sangria school uniform required during ballet technique + pointe class

ADV Ballet IIb

$ 2880
per YEAR
  • 32-week sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $90/week for 6 classes
  • Required classes = 3 Ballet Technique classes; 1 Ballet Technique + Pointe class; & 1 Modern class
  • Price includes 1 elective
  • Select additional electives $450 per class per year
  • Sangria school uniform required during ballet technique + pointe class

Adv Ballet III

$ 3360
per year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $105/week for 7 classes
  • Required classes = 3 ballet technique classes; 1 ballet technique + pointe class; 1 modern class; and 1 variations class
  • Price includes 1 elective class
  • Select additional electives $450 per class per year
  • Sangria studio uniform required during Ballet+Pointe class & Cobalt studio uniform required during Saturday′s ballet + variations classes

Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program

$ 4480
Per Year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Discounted Rate = $140/week for 14 classes
  • Includes: 5 Ballet technique classes; 2 pointe or men′s classes; yoga; pilates; bollywood; jazz; modern; partnering; variations; and choreography
  • Evening elective classes available at no additional charge
  • Cobalt school uniform required during Tuesday & Saturday classes; Sangria school uniform required during Thursday classes

Choreograph Your Own Program: 3rd & 4th grade

$ 950
Per Year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • School uniform may be required during some ballet classes (check class descriptions)
  • Price includes 2 classes.
  • Select classes $475 per class per year

Choreograph Your Own Program: 5th – 7th grade

$ 1000
Per Year
  • 32-week session
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • School uniform may be required during some ballet classes (check class descriptions)
  • Price includes 2 classes.
  • Select classes $475 per class per year

Choreograph Your Own Program: 8th-12th Grades (Teens)

$ 1000
Per YEAR
  • 32-week sessions
  • 9-month payment plan available
  • Price includes choice of 2 classes
  • Select additional classes $475 per class per year
  • Check course descriptions for dress code requirements for each class.

Adult Program: 4 class card

$ 75
4 CLASSES
  • Use your punch card to register for up to 4 adult classes
  • Punch cards are non-refundable, but may be exchanged for store credit
  • Punch cards expire May 20, 2022
  • Expired punch cards may be exchanged for 2022/23
  • 3 punches remaining = $55 store credit for 2022/23
  • 2 punches remaining = $35 store credit for 2022/23
  • 1 punch remaining = $15 store credit for 2022/23

Adult Program: 8 class card

$ 140
8 CLASSES
  • Use your punch card to register for up to 8 adult class meetings
  • Punch cards are non-refundable, but may be exchanged for store credit
  • Punch cards expire May 20, 2022
  • Expired punch cards with 2 or more punches remaining may be exchanged for 2022/23
  • 7 punches remaining = $120 store credit for 2022/23
  • 6 punches remaining = $100 store credit for 2022/23
  • 5 punches remaining = $80 store credit for 2022/23
  • 4 punches remaining = $60 store credit for 2022-23
  • 3 punches remaining = $40 store credit for 2022-23
  • 2 punches remaining = $20 store credit for 2022-23

Adult Program: Choose 2

$ 1000
per YEAR
  • Choose any 2 adult classes
  • 32-week sessions
  • Monthly payment options available