Level 1

10 – 11 Years Old

About the Program

The main objective of the first year is introducing the primary exercises for mastering the proper positioning of the legs, body, head, and hands at the barre and center, and developing elementary skills in the coordination of steps. Students learn the French vocabulary of these exercises and their associated meanings. Equally as important, the class focuses on artistic development, specifically emotional expression, musical rhythmic coordination, and imaginative thinking associated with improvisation necessary to evoke a powerful response through dance. This program aims to find and reveal students’ creative potential.

As a warmup, students practice a set of exercises on the floor aimed at developing body flexibility, elasticity of the ligaments of the instep and foot, turnout, and strength of the muscles.

At the beginning of the year, students learn exercises while facing and holding the barre with both hands. Later in the year, students transition to holding the barre with one hand while performing exercises with one leg in opposite directions.

Center practice involves the repetition of barre exercises in order to develop balance and polishing poses. Similarly, jumps are learned facing the barre and then carried over to the center later in the year.

Halfway through the year, some students are chosen to begin learning basic exercises on pointe while facing the barre. After they have gained balance and proper execution, these exercises are carried over to the center.

Students enrolled in the first level begin performing in corps de ballet and coryphées during the annual performance.


School Term

The program term runs from September to June. Late registration is allowed, however students who wish to perform in the annual showcase require a minimum of 6 months to prepare. This program is a commitment from your start date until June 25th.

Please read our school policies before purchasing.

Summer Term

This program term runs from July to August. Summer classes and schedule is the same as the school term (see above), however students do not perform in the annual showcase. Current summer intensive and camp offerings are below.

Please read our school policies before purchasing.

Private Classes

For students who wish to personalize their curriculum in order to perfect their ballet technique.

Students will receive a guaranteed time slot for the duration of their registered term and billed on a monthly basis. Absences require make up classes.

Students who wish to perform solo variations during the annual showcase are required to attend at least one private class per week.

Please contact us at general@balletrus.com to discuss booking.


We partner with Danceshoppe Ltd. to provide our dancers with our uniform. A customer sales associate will match you with the appropriate school uniform for your program.

Danceshoppe Ltd.

200-50 Sheppard Av. W
Mon – Sat 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
+1 (416) 225-6862


French blue leotard with skirt, white tights, canvas ballet shoes.


White t-shirt, grey leggings, white socks, black leather or canvas ballet shoes.

For uniform prices, please contact our partner store directly.