Dance Academy + Performing Company
757 / 446-1401

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Ballet Virginia is located in the heart of historical Ghent in Norfolk (click here for map).

 

Our facility includes 5 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 rhearsal.

Ballet Virginia International is within walking distance from restaurants, drug stores, grocery and other unique shopping oppotunities. Dressing rooms, bathrooms and a study area complete the facility.

Description of Programs

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.  Each Ballet Virginia International’s motivation is 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 2013-2014 program brochures and registration forms click here.


The Children’s Program

“Where one hour a week can change a child’s life”

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.

Dance with Me

  • Ages 18 months to 3 years
  •          45 minute class teaches students to love moving to music
  • Mom, Dad, Grandparent or Nanny can enjoy dancing with their little one
  • Learn the fundamentals of movement and musicality with games and props
  •           Builds coordination and basic ballet vocabulary

Pre-Ballet

  • Beginning at age 3 independent from guardian
  • 45 minute class teaches students to love moving to music
  • Improve listening skills and ability to follow directions
  • Gain confidence in their ability to move in different ways
  • Understand spatial concepts; develop motor skills
  •           Builds coordination and basic ballet vocabulary

Beginning Ballet

  • Approximate age 4
  • 1 hour class teaches students to love moving to music and understanding basic ballet vocabulary
  • Improve listening skills, concentration and ability to follow directions
  • Gain confidence in their ability to move different ways
  • Gain strength, stretch, agility and flexibility
  • Understand spatial concepts
  • Develop gross motor skills
  • Begin to learn right and left and introduces barre work while gaining strength, stretch and agility

Ballet A

  • Approximate age 5
  • 1 hour class improves listening skills, concentration and ability to follow directions
  • Gain confidence in their ability to move different ways while learning basic ballet vocabulary
  • Gain strength, stretch, agility and flexibility
  • Understand spatial concepts
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Understand hip rotation and expand their ballet barre work.

Ballet B and C

  • Approximate age 6 to 8
  • 1 hour class improves listening skills and ability to follow directions
  • Gain confidence in their ability to move different ways while learning basic ballet vocabulary
  • Continue building strength, stretch, agility and flexibility
  • Understand spatial concepts
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Understand hip rotation and basic placement as well as rights and lefts
  • Instill a strong work ethic and learn basic steps and barre work.

Boys Class

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • 1 hour dance class just for boys
  • Focus on gaining strength, stretch, agility and flexibility
  • A perfect cross training for all other sports
  • This class offers boys a fun and comfortable place to train.

Tap Class

  • Ages 6 to 9
  • 1 hour introductory class
  • Maintains the discipline and focus of BVI’s ballet program
  • Allows the young dancer to explore rhythm through movement
  • Awareness of music and musicality is greatly enhanced which is key to the dancer’s training

The Community Program

This program is designed for the recreational dancer who loves to dance, but needs to set their own schedule.

  • Ages 8 – Adult
  • Class offered in ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, character, tumbling and tap
  • Continue building strength, stretch, agility and flexibility
  • Punch cards or single class payments available depending on consistency of attendance

The Professional Program

A placement class audition required for this program

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 jazz, tap, tumbling for dancers, modern, and character.

The P and G levels 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.

1P, 1G, –These levels have two 1 hour technique classes per week. Optional electives available.

2P, 2G – These levels have two 1.5 hour technique classes per week.

3G, 3P – These levels have three 1.5 hour technique classes, one pre-pointe class and one modern class included per week.

4 – This level has three 1.5 hour technique classes, two pointe classes one modern and one character class included per week.

– This level has three 1.5 hour technique classes, two pointe classes, variations, one modern  and one character class included per week.

6  – This level has three 1.5 hour technique classes, two pointe classes, variations, one modern  and one character class included per week.

Performing Company – By audition or invitation only

This level is the final tier of the professional program. Acceptance into the Performing 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 Performing 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.