Dear Parents and Students,
Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc. (CBM) has as its mission to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for ballet through superb training, artistic excellence and performance opportunities, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and practices. We are delighted you have chosen to place your children with us for their ballet training. To our students, you will have opportunities to train at a high level, to gain performance experience, to participate in outreach service within our community, and to become eligible to dance with our company in the future.
Our faculty represents many years of training at high levels, performance experiences, and teaching background. They are committed to communicating their knowledge of ballet to each student with kindness, clarity, and personal attention. Their enthusiasm for their craft is evident in each class they teach. Joy and positive instruction set the tone, and positive correction with encouragement will be reflected in the attitude of our teachers. It is our intent that our students experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from doing their best—class by class.
CBM is comprised of three divisions: the Children’s Division, the Academy Division, and the Enrichment Division. Students in each division will dance in the Spring Performance. Students in the Academy Division will be eligible for other performance opportunities.
- The Children’s Division has the following levels: Pre-ballet 3, Pre-ballet 4, Pre-ballet 5, C-1, C-2, and C-3. This Division focuses on preparatory ballet movement training for our three- to five-year-old students using fun and innovative age-appropriate methods. In levels C-1, C-2, and C3, our first through third graders begin learning the fundamentals of traditional classical ballet, including proper posture, placement, technique, and artistic expression.
- The Academy Division has the following levels: A-I, A-II, A-III, A-IV, A-V, and Advanced. This Division is distinguished by consistent attendance in multiple classes per week, increasing in technical difficulty, and more nuanced artistic expression. Additional workshop classes will be held throughout the year covering ballet history, various aspects of theatre arts, ballet music appreciation, the great story ballets, and student choreography exploration. Master classes with guest teachers will be held periodically. Pre-pointe and pointe work will be introduced through the Academy Division. This is an exciting and serious progression in ballet training. Safety considerations for still developing bones, joints, and muscles are of utmost concern in determining a student’s readiness. Strength of feet, legs, body core, consistent correct placement, posture, balance, ability to use and maintain turnout, as well as independent attention to technique are all factors in determining when a child is able to begin pointe work. We feel eleven is the minimum age to “go en pointe.”
- The Enrichment Division has the following levels: E-1 and E-2. We realize that some students want to dance for personal enrichment, and do not desire to train at an intensive level that is necessary for pre-professional students or for the most serious ballet students. We welcome these students! We are happy to work with them in achieving their personal goals and in creating an adjusted schedule.
Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc. maintains a curriculum based on the traditional classical ballet syllabus. We maintain a system of progression based upon achievement of skills. While yearly advancement is not automatic, the standards for advancement will be clearly stated, and it is our commitment that this is for the betterment of each student. Student placement is at the discretion of the Academy Director and faculty. The number of recommended classes is considered very important, and will greatly assist in a student progressing in a timely way. Additional classes may be arranged. We desire that our students be fully committed to his or her ballet training in order to achieve their highest potential. Ballet class is a wonderful path to a healthy lifestyle and will bring grace and poise to all students. Every student is welcome and valued!
I am deeply honored to be a part of Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc. Along with our faculty, I consider it a privilege to teach and guide our students. The art of ballet has greatly enriched my life since an early age. It is my passion to share my knowledge and love of ballet with future generations. Here at CBM we are committed to the whole child and to helping each student develop a lifelong love of this most beautiful art form. As the depth and breadth of our overall program demonstrates, we believe that ballet is for everyone—regardless of age and level of ability. We are grateful for your support and patronage.
Pamela Wentworth Thompson
Academy Director, Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc.