Class Descriptions


The classes listed below comprise the “core” classes of the BBT curriculum, grouped by division and graded by age, experience and ability. Additional classes such as Point Technique, Variations, Partnering and Character Dance, among others, may be offered according to instructor specialties, student interest, and other opportunities. Boutique and private lessons may also be arranged by request; please contact BBT’s main office at 718.769.9161 or 



Classes for our youngest children emphasize creative movements, acrobatics, posture and rhythm. These fundamental concepts and skills are the building blocks for all kinds of dance and self-expression and will help children in life whether they continue with dance or not. By undertaking this early training, most children are prepared to begin serious study of ballet by age 7.


Music Appreciation (ages 2-3)

Rhythmic Dance (ages 3-4)

Rhythmic Gym (two groups: ages 2-3 and 4-6)

Pre Ballet B Beginner (ages 4-6)

Pre Ballet C Intermediate (ages 4-6)

Pre-Ballet A Advanced (ages 4-6)

Ballet OA Advanced (ages 6-7)


OPEN DIVISION  (ages 6-adult)

The Open Division includes students who have aged out of the Children’s Division and do not meet the strict criteria for the Advanced Division, as well as older students who are just beginning their study of ballet, and adults who look to ballet as a form of recreation and exercise, either renewing a practice from earlier in life or discovering dance for the first time.  Anyone may experience the joy of dance in the Open Division because no special physique, disposition, or athleticism is required before beginning classes.


BBT designed its Open Division with great care and treats these classes quite seriously. All ballet students at BBT are trained in the Vaganova (Russian) method, which develops concentration, confidence, coordination and imagination while leaving the dancer full of energy, flexible, and light. Children in the Open Division have many performance opportunities, follow a set curriculum that will help them grow and develop in their technique and receive the same attention and care as students in the Advanced Division. However, children in the Open Division are not required to take as many classes as children in the Advanced Division.


Ballet 0 - Beginner (ages 6-8)

Ballet 0-1 Beginner (ages 9-12)

Ballet Intermediate 1 (ages 7-9)

Ballet Intermediate 2 (ages 10 - 12)

Ballet Intermediate 3 (ages 13 - 18)

Ballet for Adults (ages 18+)

Ballet Exercise (all ages)

Boys’ Dance and Fitness (ages 8-18)



BBT’s Modern Division is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of choreographic tools, stylistic approaches and techniques, including Horton, Graham, Ailey and others. While modern dance is informed by the classical ballet tradition, dancers will learn new ways to express themselves and interpret concepts using specific movements and isolations of different parts of their bodies. Classes emphasize spatial awareness, understanding and responding rhythmically to music, incorporating a wide range of motion, and creating long, lean lines.

Modern Dance (ages 8-18)

Martha Graham Technique (ages ages 8-18)

Horton Technique  (ages ages 8-18)

Contemporary /Jazz   (ages ages 8-18)

Improvisation (ages ages 8-18)



Some children as young as ages 6-7 years-old show signs of physical ability, motivation, and certain intangible factors unique to ballet that may make them suited for pre-professional studies and potential careers in dance. Our faculty and staff consider these qualities, as well students’ years of dance experience, when inviting students to join the Pre-Professional (also known as Advanced) Division. Priority is typically given to students who began dancing with BBT from an earlier age.


Pre-professional dancers at BBT follow a rigorous curriculum and may train for solo performances, as well as competitions, under the guidance of BBT instructors and choreographers. As such, they may be advised to take private or boutique lessons as well. Dance as this level is a physically and mentally demanding activity; thus BBT takes every care to insure dancers’ health and safety along the way.


Advanced Ballet 1A (ages 7-8)

Advanced Ballet 2A (ages 9-10)

Advanced Ballet 3A (ages 11- 12)

Advanced Ballet 4A (ages 13-15)

Advanced Ballet 5A (ages 16-18)


The Junior Company forms separately for each production. All interested dancers from the Advanced Division must audition to participate. Auditions are also open to non-BBT students who wish to rehearse and perform with BBT. Older students who would like to become apprentices and need additional stage experience are also welcome to join the productions



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