• Ballet Technique Program - Year Round

  • Summer Intensive Ballet Program

  • Ballet is the oldest formal and structured form of dance that is given the reverence of being the foundation of ALL the Dance Arts. Dancers build proper technical skills, core strength and aplomb, correct posture and usage of arms, head, and shoulders (épaulement). It is highly recommended all students who wish to learn any of the Dance Arts properly, must first and foremost understand the basics in technique that can only be learned in ballet.

    Students who do not study ballet have a more difficult time in basic dance techniques for body alignment, pirouettes, jumps, co-ordination skills, and core strength. The recommended ballet classes per week at each level are listed but not required unless you are a serious student studying for a career in the Professional Ballet World. Then requirements per level are mandatory. The Academy highly encourages students and parents to adhere to the requirements, if possible, so that proper advancement through the rigorous Academy Ballet syllabus can be accomplished for technical achievement and success for each dancer no matter which dance discipline they are studying.

  • The Academy is a ballet studio that is proud of it's success in producing dancers who are making careers as professional dancers (Ballet, Contemporary, & Modern Companies) in Major World-Class Dance Companies in the U.S. and in Europe.



  • In 2000, 2003, 2013, 2014, and 2017, The Academy of Dance Arts has been recognized as a premiere ballet studio for it's excellence in Ballet Training and received "The Outstanding School Award" from the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Artistic Director, Sherry Moray, has also received "Most Outstanding Teacher Award" in 2000, 2009, 2012, and 2017, and The Dance Magazine Award for "Outstanding Teacher of the Year."

    Please Note: Please contact The Academy for a current schedule for ALL Ballet Classes and Levels. It is also required that new clientele call ahead to schedule a complimentary trial placement class: (630) 495-4940

    Ballet Program Levels: See below for class descriptions
    (click here for Young Children's Program geared to the youngest ballet students)

  • Pre-Ballet - 5 to 6 yrs. (45 Minute Class), 6 to 7 yrs. (1 Hour Class)

    Beginning at approximately age 6 to 7 years - Instructors progress children into their first regimented age appropriate basic studies of classical ballet starting at the Ballet Barre. Focus in on proper training from the beginning in all areas of placement, positions, head/arms, musicality, technique, and age appropriate steps continues. 

  • The important concept of turnout builds with students’ skill level to develop core strength in preparation for the next step in advancement of training.



  • Level A Ballet

    Beginning at age 6 to 7 years – Slowly the demanding and regimented nature of true classical Ballet is continued at this level, with ballet barre exercises and age and skill level appropriate center work per Academy Syllabus.  When Students are ready to advance to the next level, another A – Level Ballet Class or one A and one B – Level Class will be recommended per instructor advisement.

  • Level B Ballet

    Two weekly classes are now taken as the technical skills increase and further steps at the Barre and center work are introduced. This class introduces more complicated arm and leg positions, basic jumping technique (petite allegro), building strength to maintain proper turnout and usage of core strength for all movement.  

  • Proper alignment continues to be emphasized as students learn basic technique in preparation for turns (pirouettes). Students who do not take class twice per week advance at a slower pace and can experience trouble in assimilating technical skills and building core strength and muscle memory.

  • Level C Ballet

    Low intermediate work at the barre and center work is now introduced.  Students develop additional control, agility, and balance through the use of proper turn out as more complicated ballet technique is introduced per Academy syllabus.  Pirouettes are now part of training as is advancement in Petite Allegro studies and Basic Grand Allegro work.  Basic Adagio is also part of training for development of alignment and aplomb. 

  • Attendance is highly recommended at 3 – times  per  week  for the serious student focusing towards Pointe studies.  Students now taking 3 – times per week advance at a slower pace and building core strength for pirouettes and preparing students for Pointe work become more difficult.  Students will not be allowed to begin Pointe studies until proper technique and core strength is developed to support the body sur les Pointe.

  • Level C/D Ballet

    (a combined level class for 2nd year C Level students and 1st year D Level students.)

    Intermediate work progresses in the C/D in preparation for the next level for the serious Ballet Student.  More intricate Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro, and Pirouettes are introduced.  Adagio work continues to be advanced through proper alignment, turn out, and core strength.  Techniques for improving leg extensions and more complicated combinations are taught. A total of four (4) Technique classes per week, three (3) C’s and one (1) C/D – Level Technique which continues advancement in technique, strength and stamina. Students highly involved in other dance disciplines may take less than the requirements for this level as approved per Academy Director due to intensive study requirements in other dance disciplines.

  • Level D Ballet

    High Intermediate/Advanced work progresses in the D Level classes in preparation for the next level for the serious Ballet Student.  As students mature and grow stronger, beats are added to petite allegro.  Pirouettes at the barre, in center, and on diagonal are explored.  Grand Allegro steps are of a longer and more difficult nature to prepare the student for advanced Ballet studies. A total of 4 D Level classes are highly recommended. Students highly involved in other dance disciplines may take less than the requirements for this level as approved per Academy Director due to intensive study requirements in other dance disciplines.


  • Level D/E Ballet

    High Intermediate and advanced technical skills are now practiced to develop technique, muscle memory,  strength and stamina required at this high level.  Longer combinations of a more difficult choreographic nature are also now introduced to develop aplomb in all areas of movement - Adagio, Petite and Grand Allegro, and Pirouettes.  The requirement for the D - Level is four (4) Technique and Pointe classes per week.  The requirement for E – Level is five (5) Technique and Pointe classes per week.  The “D” and “E” Levels are for the serious Ballet and Dance Students.  

  • Students involved in intensive multiple dance disciplines may take less than the requirements for this level as approved per Academy Director.





  • Level E and Pre-Professional Program

    Technique and Pointe classes must be attended five to six times per week to maintain the skills associated with their placement level.  The Pre-Professional Level prepares the student for the rigorous demands of the “Ballet World”.  This class is geared to the advanced student with a professional career in mind. Barre exercises are more complex and incorporate combinations that stress muscle stamina and strength.  Center work is designed to expand the student’s vocabulary of movement with exercises that are longer and more physically demanding.  Adaigo work may include pirouettes to open positions.  More attention is given to traveling steps, incorporating multiple turns.  Intricate petite allegro (small jumps) are embellished with battierie (beats), which may also include aerial turns.  The Grand Allegro (Large Jumps) and Coda sections learned will include working en manège (in a circle).  Musicality, phrasing, and épaulement are stressed for continued advanced artistic development.

  • Men's Ballet Class

    Class taught by Master Ballet Instructors to specifically target the strength and steps demanded of today's highly trained and athletic male dancers.