Ballet Virginia is located in the heart of historical Ghent in Norfolk (click here for map). Our facility includes five spacious studios, all with sprung floors and Marley covering which offers the finest and safest surface for dancers to train and rehearse on. The spacious lobby with free Wifi and comfortable tables and chairs allows parents to wait in a relaxing environment while their child is in class or rehearsal.
Ballet Virginia International is within walking distance from restaurants, drug stores, grocery and other unique shopping opportunities. Dressing rooms, bathrooms and a study area complete our 12,000 square foot facility.
Ballet Virginia International specializes in a diverse ballet syllabus inspired by the American, Russian, Italian, English and French schools. This solid technical base insures added success in classical ballet technique and pointe, partnering, modern, contemporary, jazz, and character classes. Also offered at BVI are Boy’s Class, Adult Ballet, Community Ballet, Beginning Tap and Tumbling for Dancers. Our highly skilled faculty seeks to nurture a child’s natural desire to dance. Musicality and artistry are developed joyously in our supportive environment. Like-minded students enjoy a camaraderie that will provide wonderful memories and life-long friendships.
For 2016-2017 program brochures and registration forms click HERE.
This program is a perfect introduction to ballet for the young dancer. Instilling a love for the art and providing the tools necessary for success as a student progresses are the focus. Simply stated, this is where a dancer “learns how to learn”. Through creative movement, the dancer continues to work on both small and gross motor skills in a fun and warm environment.
This program is designed for the recreational dancer who loves to dance, but needs to set their own schedule.
NEW! Six-week evening program for adults only. If you’ve always wanted to give ballet a try or find a fun way to gain strength, flexibility, balance and grace this class is the perfect place to get started! Call 757-446-1401 for more information.
Dancers in the professional program must be committed and possess the physical requirements needed to facilitate classical ballet movement. Beginning in level 3, they must train year round, including a pre-approved summer study program or continue their training with BVI’s Summer Programs. These levels are a progressive course of study designed to bring a dancer from the rudimentary technique of ballet to the technical prowess of a professional artist. Optional electives available in lyrical, jazz, tap, tumbling for dancers, modern, and character.
BVI also offers a program similar to most conservatory programs called the Flex Program. This program is designed for the serious dancer, academy level 5 and above who wish to enhance their training. The program offers additional classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, modern and private coaching during the day time hours prior to the regular BVI academy class schedule. The program runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from October to June of the BVI academy year. Each 2 hour session begins promptly at 1:30 pm and ends at 3:30 pm, leaving time for private coaching, homework, healthy snack or outside appointments prior to the dancer’s regularly scheduled academy classes. Dancers are still obligated to maintain their regularly scheduled academy classes in addition to the Flex Program. This program is tuition based. If private coaching is desired payment arrangements will be established on an individual basis between coach, dancer, parent and BVI.
The levels below are a way of grouping students into an environment that is best suited to their individual needs, meaning physical strength, mind/body connection, flexibility and maturity. This program is designed for the serious dancer age 8 to 20 whose goals include a professional career in dance or acceptance to a major College or University dance program. These levels meet more than once a week.
Level 1 –Includes two 1 hour technique classes per week. Optional electives available.
Level 2 – Includes two 1.5 hour technique classes per week. Optional electives available.
Level 3 – Includes one 30 minute body alignment class, three 1.5 hour technique classes, one 1 hour pointe class and one modern class per week. Optional electives available.
Level 4 – Includes one 30 minute body alignment class, three 1.5 hour technique classes, two 1 hour pointe classes, one 1 hour corps work class, one modern and one character class per week. Optional electives available.
Level 5 – Includes two 30 minute body alignment class, three 1.5 hour technique classes, two 1 hour pointe classes, one 1 hour corps work class, one modern and one character class per week. Optional electives available.
Company – by audition or invitation only
This level is the final tier of the professional program. Acceptance into the Company is by audition only. Each dancer receives up to 23 hours per week of concentrated training that includes technique classes and rehearsals. Additional master level and elective courses are offered to create a versatile classical ballet dancer. The Company dancers are the corps de ballet of all Ballet Virginia International’s productions. Company dancers often progress to the soloist and principal levels in productions which give them the experience needed for a professional career. This program is designed for the serious dancer age 12 to 18 whose goals include a professional career in dance or acceptance to a major College or University dance program. Read more about our company HERE.
Ballet Virginia International offers a men’s scholarship program to boys age 10 to 18, by audition only. This program requires each dancer to take a certain amount of classes per week, audition for all of BVI’s productions and take summer session and workshop classes. As part of this professional program, there is a Men’s Class.