Youth Programs

New Orleans School of Ballet's Youth Program follows a progressive curriculum, divided by level and age.  Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of its age group.  Our curriculum combines elements from the classic French, Italian, Russian, and American schools of training. 
Elementary-Intermediate/Advanced classes begin August 26, 2019!
Toddle With Me, Pre-Ballet & Primary classes begin September 4, 2019!
Birthday deadline: September 1, 2019.
May Matinée:  May 17,  2020
Students in levels Pre-Ballet and higher perform in our year-end culminating performance.



TODDLE WITH ME20 months-3 years old

Improve your toddler’s muscle strength, balance, and coordination in this fun class that weaves together music and movement.  We explore movement through activities designed to improve large motor skills and attention span in a playful, educational environment.  Mom, Dad, or another loved one participates in the class with the little dancer. No formal dance wear is required.    

Saturday, 8:30-9:00--OPEN

Begins September 7, 2019

PRE-BALLET:  Ages 3-5

Imaginative movement activities introduce your child to musical, body, and spatial awareness, while developing coordination and motor skills. Patterns, storytelling, and musicality are the focus as well as encouragement to take direction from the instructor and share turns with peers.

Pre-Ballet A (3 & 4 year olds):  Saturday, 9:00-9:30--FULL

Pre-Ballet B (4 & 5 year olds):  Wednesday, 3:45-4:30--FULL

Begins September 4, 2019

PRIMARY: Ages 5-7

An introduction to basic ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet and arms as well as introductory movement vocabulary with focus on coordination and musicality.  Further work on balance through fun games to strengthen and support muscle development is emphasized.

Primary W (5-7 year olds):  Wednesday, 4:30-5:30--FULL

Primary Th (5-7 year olds):  Thursday, 4:15-5:15--OPEN

Begins September 4, 2019


ELEMENTARY: Ages 7 and older

Students learn the structure of a traditional ballet class format delivered in a formal classroom environment and students are offered elective classes to enhance their ballet training. Students enrolled in the Elementary levels attend classes two or more classes per week with an increasing time commitment. These critical levels lay the foundation of the classical ballet vocabulary, and move at a pace which facilitates understanding and safety.  Attention is given to musicality, movement quality and anatomically correct work.  At B1 and B2 levels, at the discretion of the artistic staff, pre-pointe and pointe work for girls is introduced. 


Ballet: Thursday, 5:15-6:15 & Saturday, 9:30-10:30

Begins August 29, 2019 (Jazz begins September 5, 2019)


Ballet: Tuesday, 4:30-5:45 & Friday, 4:30-6:30

Begins August 27, 2019 (Jazz begins September 5, 2019)



Monday:  Ballet & Pre-Pointe, 4:30-6:30

Tuesday:  Ballet, 5:45-7:15

Friday: Ballet & Progressing Ballet Technique®,  4:30-6:30


Monday:  Ballet & Pointe, 4:30-6:30

Tuesday:  Ballet, 5:45-7:15; Modern, 7:15-8:30

Thursday:  Ballet, 6:15-7:30; Modern, 7:30-8:30

Friday:  Ballet & Progressing Ballet Technique®, 6:30-8:30

INT/ADVANCED:  Ages 12 and older

Students at the Intermediate/Advanced level develop their ballet technique by meeting four or more times per week. Students complete these levels with knowledge of the full ballet vocabulary. 

Monday :  Ballet, 6:30-8:00; Pointe/Variations, 8:00-8:30

Tuesday:  Ballet, 5:45-7:15; Modern, 7:15-8:30

Wednesday:  Pilates, 5:30-6:00; Ballet, 6:00-7:30; Pointe/Variations, 7:30-8:30

Thursday:  Ballet, 5:45-7:15; Modern, 7:15-8:30

Friday:  Ballet & Progressing Ballet Technique®, 6:30-8:30

Saturday:  Ballet, 10:30-12:00, Pointe/Variations, 12:00-1:00


This is a rigorous education program designed to develop dance artists ready to take on the challenges of dance in the 21st century.  Our PTP dancers receive the training, coaching, mentorship, and inspiration they need to pursue their passion for the arts through a graded curriculum of classical ballet taught by New Orleans School of Ballet’s experienced and distinguished faculty.  For optimal training and the best overall experience, an entire school year commitment is required for  this elite group. Int/Adv dancers are accepted into this program by invitation only.

PTP dancers have been accepted to or attended the following institutions as

year-round and summer intensive students:

The Royal Ballet

School of American Ballet

American Ballet Theatre

Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Boston Ballet

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Houston Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet

Joffrey Ballet Chicago

Kansas City Ballet

The Washington Ballet

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Orlando Ballet