Toledo Ballet is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Toledo Ballet Artistic Director and School Director Lisa Mayer is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Please click to read Ms. Mayer’s bio.
STUDENT LEVEL PLACEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT
Students are placed in levels according to what the School feels is appropriate for their age and experience. Students may not automatically move on to the next level at the end of the school year. It will take 2 to 3 years of training at any level to arrive at the proper physical strength, skill proficiency, and emotional maturity of that level. Mastering the level is of utmost importance before moving to the next instructional level. Pushing a dancer too quickly to move to higher levels before they are ready is counterproductive and may cause injury to a young dancer. The School Director makes all final decisions regarding level placement.
Returning Students: All returning Toledo Ballet students should register according to the information included in their year-end evaluation. All age recommendations and level placements are at the discretion of Toledo Ballet teaching staff and subject to the approval of the School Director.
New students: Toledo Ballet levels do not necessarily correspond with levels offered at other schools. Parents should register based on the age of the child as of September 1. Placement classes are required for new students in Advanced Beginner through Advanced levels. Please call Toledo Ballet at 419-471-0049 to arrange a placement class. All age recommendations and level placements are at the discretion of Toledo Ballet faculty and subject to the approval of the School Director. New students will be placed in a class according to their age and experience. Faculty may observe new students in class for up to one month. Admission to Toledo Ballet Company is by audition and invitation only.
Placement Changes: Should a student’s placement change once classes are in session, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified and any necessary tuition adjustment will be made by the business office and reflected on the next tuition statement.
Teaching faculty evaluates students’ progress throughout the year. Students will receive written evaluations from their teachers in June. Parents may schedule a meeting to discuss their child’s progress and may do so by first contacting the Toledo Ballet office.