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Ballet Academy


Levels 2 - 7

Children ages 8-18 enter the Student Division by audition. If accepted, the student is placed in one of curriculum levels. Students learn progressive levels of ballet technique following the school syllabus for each age-appropriate level. Classical classes are taught using principles from French, American, and Russian technique and styles. Taught by classically trained instructors, students are instructed in classroom etiquette, attire, vocabulary, wellness, injury prevention, nutrition, ballet history, career paths, and ballet conditioning to fully round out the dancer.


Yearly advancement is based on faculty evaluations of the individual student’s technical ability, physical aptitude, strength, classroom effort and attendance.

Deborah Ruble


Deborah is originally from Lexington, KY and trained at the School of Lexington Ballet.  She joined the civic company at age 13 and performed roles including Snow Queen, Clara and Drew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. In addition, she spent summers at Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont and Craft of Choreography Conference in New York, training with teachers from across the country.


She attended the University of Kentucky, receiving a B.A. in Arts Administration and minoring in dance education. After graduating, she was accepted into the MFA program at UNC- Greensboro but instead went to work for Greensboro Ballet as General Manager, dancer and instructor for eight years.


She also performed with the Jennifer Mitchell Modern Dance Company and Community Theatre of Greensboro. Since moving to Nashville, she has taught at Green Hills School of Dance, Elite Dance and Fitness, and Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor.

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