Student Division


Fall/Spring 2015-16 Classes 

Five levels of focused, consistent training with the distinguished staff of PBT School faculty. Students are challenged to strengthen their ballet technique while they learn other dance disciplines and repertoire. Emphasis is on the enjoyment of dance within the respect and discipline of classical ballet training.

It is not uncommon to spend more than one year in a level. Advancement through the Levels is based on faculty recommendation and the approval of the School Directors.

Returning students should register for the class indicated on their year-end evaluation. New students are required to schedule and attend a placement class to assure proper placement–phone: 412-281-6727.

Level I

Curriculum concentrates on correct placement of the body, head, arms, and feet in the five positions and requires that students have already developed good concentration skills.

Level II

The student expands beyond the previous level and is introduced to new vocabulary and exercises. Classes are longer.

Level III

More complex steps, combinations, and vocabulary are introduced. Classes are longer and a day is added to the weekly schedule.

Level IV

The student is introduced to more intricate patterns and sequences of steps with emphasis on port de bra and epaulment in all movements. A day is added to the weekly schedule.

Level V

Students expand their classical ballet vocabulary. Combinations are longer and more stylistic. In some classes, ladies will be expected to do the entire barre and center “en pointe”. Classical variations may be introduced. A day is added to the weekly schedule.

Student Division Jazz

Level II-V students may enroll in an optional, additional jazz class for $621.

Performance Opportunities

At the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, performance opportunities are part of the school philosophy. Student Division students perform in the school’s annual Spring Performance. Spring Performance is designed to reflect the student’s journey from Preparatory Ballet to Pre-Professional training. Throughout the year, some dancers in the Student Division may have the opportunity to perform in PBT Company repertoire at the Benedum Center.

Additional Information

For more information, please call the PBT School office at 412-281-6727.


To download a 2015/2016 PBT School Handbook, click here.