(Ballet for children ages 3 to 7, please see Creative Movement.)
At MHSB, once children reach 7 years of age they follow the more structured format of a traditional ballet class.
The Martha Hicks School of Ballet teaches the Cecchetti method of ballet. The solid unmannered Cecchetti base enables dancers to embrace any choreographic style.
Creativity continues to be encouraged as sense of presentation and artistry is developed. Emphasis is placed on the more technical aspects including posture, coordination and muscular awareness.
Every other year MHSB prepares eligible students for ballet exams in the Cecchetti syllabus.
Dedicated older students are required to come to class twice a week and will have the opportunity to be considered at 12 years of age or older for Pointe work. It is offered to advanced students when they have developed the necessary strength in the body, legs and feet.
For older, experienced students it may be necessary to undergo an assessment to ensure placement in the appropriate level.
Ballet 2: 7 to 8 years of age
Ballet 3: 8 to 9 years of age
Ballet 4: 9 to 10 years of age
Regular Stream - must attend 2 times a week and will be eligible to complete an exam
Ballet 5: 10 to 11 years of age
Ballet 6: 11 to 12 years of age
Ballet 7: 12 to 14 years of age
Ballet 9: 13 to 15 years of age
Ballet 10: 14 to 16 years of age
Ballet 11: 15 to 17 years of age
Ballet 12: 15 to 18 years of age
MHSB offers Recreational Ballet to dancers who have either little or no training, or those who wish to limit their ballet training just once a week, and prefer a slightly less serious approach to ballet. Basic technique is covered, with an emphasis on posture, musical interpretation and an appreciation for movement.
All levels attend classes once per week
Junior Ballet 3R: 10+ years of age with 3+ years of experience
Senior Ballet 4R: 14+ years of age with 4+ years of experience