ALMA DANCE SCHOOL
Alma Dance School is a professional classical ballet school in Wheaton that features four programs that are based on the Cuban method of ballet.
These three divisions were created to offer dancers a program that best suits their needs and schedules, with world-class ballet training led by two former professional ballet dancers.
Children's Division Pre-Professional Division Dance Division Alternative Dance Division
1. Children's Division
(Pre-Ballet 3-4, Pre-Ballet 5-6 & Introduction to Level 1)
This division is for our young dance students, approximately ages 3-8, who are exploring their love of dance and movement. These classes are always fun, but are also educational, structured and learning-based. Our nurturing staff teach ballet rhythm, music, movement, coordination and creativity.
2. Pre-Professional Division
(Level 1-Level 5)
This division is to train the serious student who has strong aspirations of dancing at the professional or collegiate level. Dancers will need to attend a placement class to determine their proper level. The expectations from the teachers and the students are high in this division. Attendance is vital. Focus, commitment and discipline are necessary to succeed in this division. Students will be required to take a specified number of classes per week. The discipline of taking dance class every day at this level compares to those around the globe. Our goal for dancers in the Pre-Professional Division is to compete with this level of training. Classes offered include: Ballet/Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Variations, Conditioning, Character, Contemporary, Pas de Deux. Benefits at this level include Parent/Teacher end-of-year evaluations and guidance with Youth America Grand Prix competitions or any other competition. Students in this program will be required to dance exclusively with Alma Dance School because of the level of training and commitment required.
Requirements for Level 1 include: 2 Ballet classes and 1 Conditioning class, totalling 4 hours a week.
Requirements for Level 2 include: 3 Ballet classes, 2 Pre-Pointe classes, and 2 Conditioning classes, totalling 8 hours a week.
Requirements for Level 3 include: 4 Ballet classes, 4 Pointe classes, 2 Conditioning classes, 1 Character class, 1 Contemporary class, and 1 Pas de Deux (partnering) class, totalling 14 hours a week.
Requirements for Level 4 include: 5 Ballet classes, 5 Pointe classes, 3 Conditioning classes, 1 Character class, 1 Contemporary class, and 1 Pas de deux (partnering) class, totalling 18 hours a week.
Requirements for Level 5 include: 5 Ballet classes, 5 Pointe classes, 4 Conditioning classes, 1 Character class, 1 Contemporary class, and 1 Pas de deux (partnering) class, totalling 19 hours a week.
3. Dance Division Training in this division is designed for the students who love to dance and express themselves
through movement, but do not want to work toward a professional career in dance. Fun and
challenging classes are offered, without the rigorous training schedule in the Pre-Professional Division. Students interested in this program are welcome to come take a trial class before enrolling at the school.
Requirements for Dance 2 include: 2 Ballet classes (1.5 hours each) and 1 Pre-Pointe/Pointe
class (1 hour), totaling 4 hours/week. Modern/Contemporary and Conditioning classes are also offered but are not required. To take any of these optional classes, dancers must be enrolled in the 2 required ballet classes and 1 pre-pointe/pointe class.
4. Alternative Dance Division
This division is designed for students who are involved with multiple activities besides dance during the week. This division is geared towards the student who is not looking for a high level of commitment and wants to pursue dance recreationally. The classes offered in this division will be fun, yet challenging.
Requirements for Alternative Dance 2 include: 1 Ballet class, totaling 1.5 hours a week. Modern/Contemporary and Conditioning classes are also offered but not required. To take any of these optional classes, dancers must be enrolled in the 1 required ballet class.