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 six 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.

2019/2020 School Year Student Division Audition – NEW STUDENTS ONLY

The Student Division Audition for the upcoming 2019/2020 School Year will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at PBT Studios. Registration and check-in starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by level placement class from 5 – 6 p.m.

This audition is held for new students only. Scholarship opportunities available!

Pre-Register Here

Placement

Student Division Placement – SUMMER PROGRAMS ONLY

New students are invited to schedule a placement class to ensure they begin dancing in the appropriate level. Please complete the form below and the School Office will contact you for scheduling options.

School Placement Form

Student Division Placement Form
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • If applicable.

Classes

Preparatory Ballet A & B

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

Level 1 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 2 A & B

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

Level 3

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

Level 4

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 5

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 an extra fee.

 

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 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Preparatory B 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level 1 A 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Level 1 B 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Level 2 A 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. + optional Jazz 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Character 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ballet 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Level 2 B 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.+ optional Jazz 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Character 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ballet 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Level 3 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Optional Jazz 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ballet 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. + Ballet 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. + Character 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Level 4 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. + optional Jazz
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ballet 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. + Character 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Level 5 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ballet 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. + optional Jazz
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
6:00 – 7:45 p.m. Ballet 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. + Character 5:45 – 6:45 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.

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 $1,098 $366 $366 $366
Level 1 A or B $350 $1,149 $383 $383 $383
Level 2 A or B $350 $1,548 $516 $516 $516
Level 3 $350 $2,163 $721 $721 $721
Level 4 $350 $2,568 $856 $856 $856
Level 5 $350 $3,159 $1,053 $1,053 $1,053


Tuition Including Jazz:

Class/Level Due at Registration Annual Tuition Due Aug. 31 Due Dec. 1 Due March 1
 Level 2 w/ Jazz $350 $2,121 $707 $707 $707
 Level 3 w/ Jazz $350 $2,733 $911 $911 $911
Level 4 w/ Jazz $350 $3,135 $1,045 $1,045 $1,045
Level 5 w/ Jazz $350  $3,690 $1,230 $1,230 $1,230

 


More Information

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