Conservatory Program Student Division | 17-18 School Year

Placement and advancement in the Conservatory Program Student Division is based on Faculty Assessment. New Students must take a Placement Class. The number of classes required weekly is based on level.

Placement Class Dates
For student division ages 7+ through advanced division
ALL Placement Classes will be held at our Princeton Location, 301 N. Harrison St.

• Tuesday, June 13 (Rescheduled from June 6): Ages 7-10: 5:15 p.m. | Ages 11+: 7:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 20: Ages 7-10: 5:15 p.m. | Ages 11+: 7:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 11: Ages 7-10: 5:15 p.m. | Ages 11+: 7:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 1: Ages 7-10: 5:15 p.m. | Ages 11+: 7:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 15: Ages 7-10: 5:15 p.m. | Ages 11+: 7:00 p.m.
• Saturday, August 26: Ages 7-10: 10:00 a.m. | Ages 11+: 12:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot in a placement class, or to register your child age 6 and under for our Primary Division, contact Lisa de Ravel at 609.921.7758, ext. 11 or



Level 1 - Conservatory
Level 1 Conservatory begins a more sophisticated and in-depth study of ballet. The work includes an introduction to barre, plus many new balletic jumps. Expectations for self-control and focus are also raised, while retaining the joy of movement.
Level 2 - Conservatory
Student Ballet 1 marks the beginning of a more serious approach to classical dancing than that taken in the Children’s Division. Here, we polish and perfect the basics, laying the foundation for future adventures. The PLUS program is an enrichment program for young dancers aspiring towards a professional career.
Level 3 - Conservatory
Level 3 Conservatory is a very challenging level. We teach many new steps, and expect a much more sophisticated level of form and fluency. Technique is very important to strengthen muscles and ligaments in order to avoid future injuries. Small misplacements of ankles and other joints need to be corrected at this level, so that the dancers may be ready for pointe shoes in Level 4. Coordination and timing of arm gestures, head movements, and legwork is also emphasized. It usually takes one to two years to accomplish these goals.
Level 4 - Conservatory
Level 4 Conservatory initiates the study of pointe work, for the girls, and continues the acquisition of many more jumps and turns. Alignment is honed and barre work becomes more complex. The syllabus for this level adds beats to the jumps, which increases the demand for concentration, strength, and stamina. It usually takes one to two years to accomplish these goals.
Level 5 - Conservatory
Level 5 Conservatory is for students who know all of the basics of the ballet vocabulary, and who have had at least one year of pointe study (generally more).Level 5 builds the mental and physical stamina to learn and perform more complex and longer combinations of steps with a higher degree of accuracy. We also spend a lot of time working on the coordination of head and arms, to take the dancers to a higher level in this area as well. In a larger sense we focus on the flow of energy through the body and limbs, which create the harmonious lines while moving through space that are the hallmark of ballet.
Boys Ballet
The Boys Ballet program encompasses all levels for Boys. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Boy's classes are available. Boys will study in both their own classes and in their Level class with the rest of the students. Class placement is contingent upon the level of technique and number of years of studying dance. All school-aged males are eligible for full tuition scholarships.