Student Division


Fall/Spring 2016-17 Classes 

Students are introduced to six progressive levels from Preparatory Ballet through Level V to strengthen their ballet technique while learning other dance disciplines.  Pointe work is introduced in Level III.  Emphasis is on proper placement and port de bra combined with increased complexity of steps while encouraging the enjoyment of dance within the respect and discipline of classical ballet training.

It is not uncommon to spend more than one year in a level. Advancement through the Levels is based on faculty recommendation and the approval of the School Directors.

Returning students should register for the class indicated on their year-end evaluation. New students are required to schedule and attend a placement class to assure proper placement–phone: 412-281-6727.

Preparatory Ballet

The student expands beyond the previous level.  Exercises that develop flexibility and strength accompany exercises for alignment and turn-out.  Curriculum includes an additional day of training.

Level I

Curriculum concentrates on correct placement of the body, head, arms, and feet in the five positions and requires that students have already developed good concentration skills.

Level II

The student expands beyond the previous level and is introduced to new vocabulary and exercises. Classes are longer.

Level III

More complex steps, combinations, and vocabulary are introduced. Classes are longer and a day is added to the weekly schedule.

Level IV

The student is introduced to more intricate patterns and sequences of steps with emphasis on port de bra and epaulment in all movements. A day is added to the weekly schedule.

Level V

Students expand their classical ballet vocabulary. Combinations are longer and more stylistic. In some classes, ladies will be expected to do the entire barre and center “en pointe”. Classical variations may be introduced. A day is added to the weekly schedule.  Optional, additional Repertoire Class for $636.

Youth Dance Program

Classes give students ages 10-13 a technical foundation of ballet, contemporary, and character.  Students learn dance elements and vocabulary, space, time and body awareness, and dance class etiquette.

Boys' Program

Beginning to Intermediate/Advanced male technique classes taught with a special focus on transferable skills such as strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, and agility; to be taken in conjunction with other level classes.

Student Division Jazz

Level II-V and Youth Dance students may enroll in an optional, additional jazz class for $636.


Performance Opportunities

At the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, performance opportunities are part of the school philosophy. Student Division students perform in the school’s annual Spring Performance. Spring Performance is designed to reflect the student’s journey from Preparatory Ballet to Pre-Professional training. Throughout the year, some dancers in the Student Division may have the opportunity to perform in PBT Company repertoire at the Benedum Center.

Additional Information

For more information, please call the PBT School office at 412-281-6727.


2016/2017 PBT School Handbook is coming soon.