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.
Emma Williams, a Nashville area native, is so excited to be on the Children’s Ballet Theatre staff! After growing up and starting training in Franklin at age 3, she moved on to receive a certificate of commercial entertainment from Columbia State. A month after graduation she moved to France to work for Disneyland Paris, to spend two amazing years as a performer there. Afterwards she moved back to Tennessee where she has found a true passion for dance education, and using her experiences to help develop young dancers into well rounded professionals.