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.
Laura Hilsden began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Lenoir City, TN at an early age. She was a member of the Dance Arts Ensemble for seven years as well as becoming a teacher there. For over ten years Mrs. Hilsden was a dancer and with the Tabernacle Dance Company for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s annual events. There she had many opportunities to train in various folk dance styles from around the world. Laura was a faculty member at Charisma Centre for the Arts in Columbus, OH from 2001-2003, where she taught ballet, tap & jazz. She also had the thrill of being a principal dancer for several years in The Covenant, a biblical musical detailing the history of the people of Israel, which opened the door for her to perform all across Europe, Israel, and the Americas. Mrs. Hilsden taught at Fellowship School of Dance in Brentwood, TN from 2012-2014 before returning to Israel with her husband and three children. While in Israel, she taught ballet and jazz at Yuval School of the Arts.
Laura is a certified Jazz and Ballet instructor with Dance Masters of America, and has completed teacher’s training with Al Gilbert for his ‘Graded Tap Technique’ Grades 0-5.