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    Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance

3834 Oleander Dr, Wilmington NC 910-794-9590

Amazing Performance Opportunities, Spectacular Class Selection, and Incredible Expert Faculty

  Classical Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Variations, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Acro, and Contemporary

               Ballet for Beginners to Pre-Professionals!

                Please scroll down for levels and schedule

ballet classes offered from beginner to advanced at the wilmington school of ballet


What level is my child?

For younger children (toddlers to Kindergarten) Please see our young child pages

We have taken great care to craft our syllabus to fit the specific needs of each child's age range and learning capacity. We encourage parents to bring their dancer in for a free trial class to be certain a child is placed in the perfect class for them.

Dancers in all of the following levels qualify for the Disney Trip and Performance.

Scroll down to find the level and times for your child to try.

Level 1/2: Ages 5

Dance for 1st graders through 2nd grade in general. The very advanced Kindergartner may be placed in this class. Dancers generally take once/week but are allowed to take twice per week if they choose to. Each class will perform a piece in Nutcracker and the end of year spring ballet. Dancers are challenged and have a blast exploring the fundamentals of ballet, tap, jazz, acro, and hip hop. Ballet is the first 40 minutes of class and 20 minutes is spent exploring the other styles of dance. The young dancer gains tremendous skill in this level!!!

Ballet classes: Tuesday 4:30-5:30, Thursday 4:30-5:30, Saturday 10:30-11:30


Level 3

Experienced second graders or new 3rd graders see UPPER Level Registration form. Exceptionally serious first graders who have signifigant experience and are ready to study twice per week may also attend this class.

At this level, students (2nd & 3rd grade) can take one class/week or begin studying twice a week to accelerate their dance education. Level 3 Ballet classes are 60 minutes long.

Tap, jazz, hip hop, acro is offered directly following this class on Monday and contemporary is offered directly following the class on Thursday. Many students stay for an additional class following ballet in order to learn different fun styles. See the registration form or tap/jazz/hip hop/acro/contemporary pages for more information on add-on classes.

Ballet Classes: Monday 4:30-5:30 & Thursday  4:45-5:45

For tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and contemporary - please see thier individual pages

Level 4

Dancers in level 4 are entering into a serious level of ballet study. Twice a week is HIGHLY recommended at this level. Female dancers are beginning to work toward pre-pointe study. Male dancers are building on the fundamentals and developing strength for later partnering.

Level 4 dancers may also take tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, stretch & strength, choreography, and variations I. These add-on classes are either directly before or after their ballet class or on Saturdays. Please see those individual pages for information and schedules.

Level 4 dancers can range in general from 3rd to 4th grade. A very advanced/serious 2nd grader may also be placed in this class. A trial class is required for placement at this level and the director works individually with the student and family to customize the student's classes.

Dancers at this level are automatically in Nutcracker and the end of the year ballet. If a student takes twice per week, they perform in two parts in each ballet. Students taking choreography class on Saturday will also have an additional third part.


Ballet Classes: Monday 6:30-7:45 & Thursday 4:45-5:45

Saturday offers stretch & strength, variations, and choreography

For tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and contemporary - please see thier individual pages


Level 5/6:

Level 5 in general is 4th-5th grade. Advanced 3rd graders with signifigant experience may be placed in this level. Twice a week ballet is required for this class level. Three times a week is recommended for the very serious student. Recreational students are frequently better served by staying at twice a week. 

The Director meets with each family individaully to find the best schedule for their dancer. If there is a schedule conflict, then the director may make use of another class level in order to customize a schedule for the family.

Students at this level are advancing in classical ballet at an accelerated rate. Progress can be seen each month and the dancer thrives on the challenge. The roles in performances are broader and more challenging.

Female dancers begin pre-pointe work at this level (without pointe shoes). Males build strength and flexibility while also focusing on turns and jumps. All serious minded dancers at this level are strongly encouraged to add stretch & strength, variations, and choreography. The additional performance experience and challenge of these add on classes provide tremendous motivation for the up and coming dancer.

Dancers get a part in both Nutcracker and the end of year ballet for each class they take. The spring ballet & tea is also open to dancers at this level. Numerous additional community performances are a fun optional part of this level. Performance is a huge part of being an advanced dancer with Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance.

On each day of the week, dancers can take an optional add-on class in addition to ballet. Dancers at this level can take lyrical jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and acro. Saturday options include stretch & strength, variations, and choreography. Every class includes performance opportunities. Come in and try a free class and meet with our director to find the best schedule for your dancer!

Ballet Classes: Monday 6:30-7:45, Tuesday 4:30-6:00, and Thursday 4:30-5:30

Wednesday also offers add-ons of pointe, TRX, and contemporary

Saturday offers add-ons of variations, stretch & strength, and choreography

For all of the above add-ons and for tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and contemporary - please see thier individual pages

Level 7/8:

In general, level 7-8 dancers are between 4th-7th grade. Age is only a small factor in this level. Technical capacity becomes the guiding factor at these more advanced levels.

The schedule for each student can vary widely based on the students capacity and goals. Students can take as few as two days per week or as many as five. On each day a dancer can take only an hour or up to 3 hours of class.

Classes are offered every day Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. Each day includes a ballet training option and at least one optional additional class. Additional classes include lyrical jazz, hip hop, tap, acro, stretch & strength, TRX, pointe, variations, and contemporary.

Travel opportunities are open to this level. Disney and Raleigh programs offer wonderful experiences for both the recreational and serious minded dancer. Master teachers are also regularly brought in to enrich the students whole dance education.

Every class includes performance opportunities. There are three major performances (Nutcracker, Spring Ballet & Tea, and end of year rectial). Smaller community performances are also a fun additional option. Come in and try a free class and meet with our director to customize a schedule for your dancer.

Ballet: Monday 6:30-8:30, Tuesday 4:30-6:00, Thursday 6:00-7:30

Saturday offers add-ons of stretch & strength, variations, and choreography

Wednesday offers add-ons of TRX, pointe, and contemporary

For all the above add-ons and for tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, & contemporary - please see those individual pages 

Level 9/10: Advanced Ballet


Advanced Ballet is by placement only. Generally students at this level are middle to high school/college ages. Twice a week ballet is required. Students at this level generally begin to determine whether they are a recreational performance dancer or if they are a serious dancer with professional aspirations.

Professionally minded dancers frequently train five days per week 2-4 hours per day and also travel for professional opportunities. Our primary travel is to Disney and to Raleigh. Please see those pages for more information on each program.

Recreational performance dancers pick and choose their classes based on their interest and preference with performances. Each class taken offers performance opportunity and there are numerous options for add-ons.

Add-ons include stretch & strength, variations, choreography, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, pointe, and TRX. Please come in and try a free class in any style.

College age dancers get a special rate and can have a flexible schedule

Ballet: Monday 6:30-8:30, 6:45-8:30, and 6:00-7:30

Saturday add-ons are variations II, choreography, and stretch & strength

Wednesday add-ons are TRX, pointe, and contemporary

For the above add-ons and tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and contemporary - please see their individual page