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.
Nikki Vaughen considers the dance community to be family and grew up taking classes alongside her sister in Middle Tennessee. She has over fifteen years of training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater. She has eight years of instruction experience and has teaching focuses in tap and Acrobatic Arts. . She has choreographed for music videos, live band concerts, a stage show at Walt Disney World and has been nationally awarded for her work. Nikki is also certified in Commercial Entertainment and continues to attend conventions and classes to stay updated with the latest dance education techniques. She currently teaches dance around middle Tennessee and directs a competitive dance company, Envision, that she co-owns with her mom. Nikki discovered God’s love through worship, and continues to share her faith through her dancing and teaching. Admittedly, her proudest accomplishment is being able to see her students take pride in their achievements as they grow as artists and individuals. She is excited to start her first year teaching at CBT and strives to provide classes that foster learning, creativity, and love.