Skill Level Descriptions
Skill Level Overview
Beginner- 0-2 years of experience
Intermediate – 2-4 years of experience or training
Advanced- 5 or more years of training or experience
All levels are basic and a person’s level is very individual. Some people can train for years to reach a certain level, while others can master certain techniques in a few months. To make your experience on this site more enjoyable please select your skill level according to your experience and abilities.
A beginner’s a beginner. You should not have any prior dance experience to begin taking ballet. Sometimes beginner classes can seem repetitive. You may still be taking a beginner class after a whole year of study, but the basics will lead to surprising results for your body and your overall fitness.
Starting with stretching, simple bar work, and combinations, you will eventually progress to across the floor movements and advanced bar work. Hard work and patience is key for a beginner. Ballet is the fundamental heart of dance, and the techniques you learn in a beginning ballet class carry over into other styles including hip-hop, modern, and tap.
NOTE TO ALL BEGINNERS:
Recital studio ballet classes are recreational and less strict. These are classes for the beginner dancers. In most cases, only after experience in recital classes does one work up to the competition level studio classes. Some studios will allow a hard working dancer to take higher level company or competition classes to allow them to progress at a faster pace.
*See “How to Choose a Dance Studio” section
Intermediate dancers have been in recital ballet classes for at least two years. Most intermediate recital classes are a bit more strict and require you to make up a missed class or learn the work from another dancer if you are absent. At this level, competition ballet and ballet company work require a strict in-class schedule and attendance to every class is mandatory. Flexibility and stamina should match most of the other dancers in the class however this is not always the case.
A beginner can naturally be super flexible while an advanced ballerina might struggle in that area but excel in others. Intermediate ballet classes require more difficult combinations along with an expected understanding of the dance language and terms. If you or your child have reached the level of intermediate, prepare for higher intensity and potentially a larger time commitment depending on the studio.
A beginner cannot take an advanced ballet class. Flexibility, stamina, and lack of prior knowledge alone will prohibit the dancer from keeping up with the class. Unlike some styles of dance, an advanced ballet class requires commitment. Some advanced classes can be “on pointe,” and injuries can occur if not fully prepared for pointe work. Without the basic knowledge acquired from beginner and intermediate classes, you simply will not be able to benefit as much from the class since you will be playing catch-up the entire time.
At least five years of prior dance lessons should usually be required for advanced class. These classes will most likely be for artists wishing for an advanced recital, performance opportunities, or professional work in ballet.