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.
Jasmine is originally from Franklin, TN, where she received her early training at Franklin School of Performing Arts. In 2020, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Dance, Summa Cum Laude and as the Presidential Scholar in Dance. During her time at WMU, Jasmine was a member of Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief and performed numerous works by faculty and alumni in and around the Kalamazoo area. Jasmine’s interest in improvisation and postmodernism led her to further her studies at the American Dance Festival in 2019 where she was chosen to perform Merce Cunningham’s work How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run as part of the Cunningham Centennial Celebration. In 2020, she was selected for WMU’s Great Works Dance Project by the George Balanchine Trust to learn and perform George Balanchine’s “Three Themes” from The Four Temperaments.