Student Division (Ages 7+)

Students follow their joy of ballet, learning long-lasting skills along the way.

In the Student Division, dancers are challenged to strengthen their ballet technique while learning ballet repertoire and other dance disciplines. As they move through five levels of focused training, faculty members emphasize the joy of dance within the respect and discipline of classical ballet training. Student Division dancers perform in the school’s annual Spring Performance, which reflects the student body’s journey from Pre-ballet to Pre-Professional training. Throughout the year, some students may have the opportunity to perform in company performances at the Benedum Center.

Audition & Level Placement

Student Division Audition Day 2018

The Student Division Audition will take place on April 22, 2018 at PBT Studios from 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. for new students ages 7 years and older who wish to be placed for summer programs or school year classes. Pre-registration is available here.

Level Placement Forms

To determine the appropriate level for new students, PBT School requires that each student take a placement class. To schedule a placement class, please submit the placement form below to pbtschool@pittsburghballet.org. After receipt of the form, a school representative will contact to schedule a placement class. Placement classes cost $15 and will be deducted from the tuition once the student registers.PBT School levels do not necessarily correspond with levels offered at other schools. All level placements are at the discretion of faculty members and school directors.

School Placement Form

Student Division Placement Form

Classes

Preparatory Ballet A & B

Exercises will develop flexibility, strength, alignment, and turnout. Curriculum includes an additional day of training to prepare for student division. Requires prior ballet training.

Level I A & B

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

Instructors introduce more complex steps, combinations and vocabulary. Classes become longer and a day is added to the weekly schedule.

Level IV

Students are introduced to more intricate patterns and sequences of steps with emphasis on port de bra (carriage of the arms) and epaulment (placement of the shoulders) 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 complete the class’s full barre and center work “en pointe.” Classical variations may be introduced. A day is added to the weekly schedule.

Student Division Jazz (Optional)

Level II-V students may enroll in an additional jazz class for $636.

Repertoire Class for Level V (Optional)

Level V students may enroll in additional Repertoire workshops throughout the year. More info soon.

Youth Dance

Receive the same intensive training with a less intensive schedule. Youth Dance is designed for students ages 10-13 as an alternative to our Classical Ballet Program. Classes provide a technical foundation of ballet, contemporary and hip hop. Students learn dance elements, vocabulary, body awareness and class etiquette. Classes consist of ballet, contemporary and pointe.

Schedule

Schedule

Performance plays an important role in the PBT School philosophy. Student Division dancers perform in the school’s annual Spring Performance, which reflects the student body’s journey from Pre-ballet to Pre-Professional training. Throughout the year, some students may have the opportunity to perform in company performances at the Benedum Center.

Class/Level Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Preparatory A 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Preparatory B 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level I A 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Level I B 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Level II 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Level II Jazz 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Level III 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Level III Jazz 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level IV 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Level IV Jazz 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Level V 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Jazz)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
6:45 – 7:45 p.m. (Rep)
4:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Youth Dance (10-13 yrs.) 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
7:15 – 8:00 p.m.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuition & Payments

Tuition

  • New students must schedule and attend a placement class to ensure they begin dancing in the appropriate level. Call 412-281-6727 for scheduling.
  • Returning students should register for the class level indicated on their year-end evaluation form.
  • All students must submit a complete registration form and appropriate payment before the first class.

Make a Tuition Payment

Tuition may be paid in full or in payments according to the schedule below. Payment options include automatic credit card deduction based on your preferred installment plan. Please check the applicable box on the registration form.

Pro-rated tuition will go into effect as of October 1. Please contact the school office at 412-281-6727 for a proper tuition quote after this date.

Class/Level Due at Registration Annual Tuition Due Aug. 31 Due Dec. 1 Due Mar. 1
Preparatory A or B $350 $1,047 $349 $349 $349
Level I A or B $350 $1,098 $366 $366 $366
Level II $350 $1,458 $486 $486 $486
Level III $350 $2,052 $684 $684 $684
Level IV $350 $2,439 $813 $813 $813
Level V $350 $3,006 $1,002 $1,002 $1,002
Youth Dance $350 $1,515 $505 $505 $505


Tuition Including Jazz:

Class/Level Due at Registration Annual Tuition Due Aug. 31 Due Dec. 1 Due March 1
 Level II w/ Jazz $350 $2,013 $671 $671 $671
 Level III w/ Jazz $350 $2,598 $866 $866 $866
Level IV w/ Jazz $350 $2,982 $994 $994 $994
Level V w/ Jazz $350  $3,579 $1,193 $1,193 $1,193

 


More Information

For questions and more information, please contact the PBT School office at 412-281-6727 or PBTSchool@pittsburghballet.org.