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Alabama Ballet School Royal Academy of Dance

School Open House - Sunday, August 17, 2014
2:00 - 4:00

Do you have questions about what your child will be learning throughout the year? Do you want to know why we chose to follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus? This orientation session is designed to inform parents and students about what to expect in the coming year and will give you a chance to ask question. Parents and students both new and returning are encouraged to attend.

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The Alabama Ballet School provides the highest quality training to aspiring artists of all ages that is developmentally appropriate both physically and artistically. The Alabama Ballet School’s instruction is based on the syllabus provided by the Royal Academy of Dance in London which takes into consideration the particular level of development of each child within that level. The RAD is an international teaching organization committed to establishing standards of excellence in ballet instruction. The faculty of the Alabama Ballet School is required to attend a workshop for the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. This provides the students with training that is both consistent and unified. Examinations are administered to students at the end of each school year. The Alabama Ballet School strives to serve members of the community who choose to dance as an extra-curricular activity for fun and build healthy bodies as well as those who aspire to a career in dance.
For more information about the Royal Academy of Dance, visit the RAD website.

Located at 2726 1st Avenue South, just minutes from downtown Birmingham near Dr. Pepper Place and Sloss Furnaces, ABCD is the new home of the Alabama Ballet. The Center houses six bright, spacious studios with sprung floors. The large main studio includes seating space that will be used for in-house performances. All Alabama Ballet School classes will be held at this state-of-the-art center. The Center offers ample parking in a well-lit, gated lot. Students will be immersed in a professional atmosphere and will benefit from their affiliation with the Alabama Ballet. Students of the Alabama Ballet School will have the unique opportunity to observe company rehearsals, and on occasion, learn children's parts from the company repertoire.
For more information call Libba Owen at 322-1874 or email Libba Owen.

Class Schedule and Payment Options

Level Minimum Age Class Days and Times Tuition per Month* Tuition per Semester Tuition per Year
PreBallet/Tap* (1 class per week) pale pink leotard, pink satin shoes, pink socks, tap shoes 3-4 M 2:00-3:00 pm $75 $295 $580
(one class per week) pale pink leotard, pink satin shoes, pink socks
4-5 M 3:45pm - 4:30pm or
T 4:00pm - 4:45pm or
W 4:00pm - 4:45pm or
S 9:45am- 10:30am
$70 $275 $540
(one class per week) pale blue leotard, pink satin shoes, pink socks
5.5 -6 M 3:45pm - 4:45pm or
T 4:00pm - 5:00pm or
W 4:00pm - 5:00pm or
Th 4-5:00 pm or
S 10:30am - 11:30am
$75 $295 $580
Grade I*
(one class per week) pale blue leotard with blue waist elastic, pink tights, pink shoes
7 M 3:45-4:45pm or
Th 4-5:00 pm or
S 10:30-11:30am
$85 $335 $660
Boys Technique (1 class per week) white T-shirt, black tights 6-8 W 4:00pm - 5:00pm $75 $295 $580
Grade II*
(two classes per week) lavender leotard with lavender waist elastic
8 T/Th 4:00pm - 5:15pm
$140 $555 $1,100
Grade III
(two classes per week) burgundy leotard with black waist elastic
9 M/W 4:00 - 5:15pm $145 $575 $1,140
Grade IV
(2 technique, 1 Jazz class per week) Hunter leotard with black waist elastic
10 Technique: T, Th 4:00-5:30pm
Jazz: Th 5:30-6:30pm
$185 $735 $1,460
Grade V
(3 technique, 2 pre-pointe, 1 modern class per week) garnet leotard with garnet waist elastic
11 Technique: M, W, F 4:00-5:30pm
Pre-pointe: M, W 5:30-6:30pm
Modern: F 5:30-6:30pm
$245 $960 $1,880
Intermediate Foundation
(3 technique, 2 pointe, 1 modern/jazz class per week) navy leotard with black waist elastic
12 Technique: M, T 5:30-7pm, Th 5:15-6:45pm
Modern/Jazz: T 7-8pm
Pointe: M 6:15-7:15pm, Th 6:45-7:45pm
$245 $960 $1,880
(4 techniques, 2 pointe,1 modern/jazz, 1 variation class per week) royal blue leotard with royal blue waist elastic
13 Technique: M/T 5:30-7:00pm, W 5:15-6:45pm, F 4:00-5:30pm
Pointe: M 7:00-8:00pm, W 6:45-7:45pm
Modern/Jazz: T 7-8pm
Variations: F 5:30-6:30pm
$295 $1,175 $2,340
Advanced Foundation
(4 technique, 2 ponte, 1 jazz/modern, 1 variation class per week) grey leotard with black waist elastic
13 Technique: T/W 5:30-7 pm
F 4-5:30, S 10-11:30 am
Modern/Jazz: T 7-8:00 pm
W 7-8:00 pm
S 11:30-12:30pm
Variation: F 5:30-6:30pm
$295 $1,175 $2,340
(5 technique, 2 pointe, 1 modern, 1 variation, 1 partnering class per week) black leotard with black waist elastic

Technique: M, T, W, Th 5:30-7:00pm, S 10:00-11:30am
Modern: Th 7:00-8:00pm
Partnering: M 7:15-8:15pm
Pointe: T 7:00-8:00pm, S 11:30-12:30pm
Variations: W 7:15-8:15pm

$345 $1,350 $2,650
Performance Course
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by Audition Only

$460 $1,800 $3,530
Tap I 6 Th 5:00 - 6:00pm $75 $295 $580
Tap II 8 T 5:15-6:15pm $75 $295 $580
* Minimum age by September 1
Fun & Fit at Alabama Ballet Adult Classes

* Students with ID can take class for $10 and a class card for $100

Class Minimum Age Days and Times   By Class By Class Card *
Ballet 16 Beginner Th 6:45-8:15 pm
Beginner/Intermediate M/W 6:45 - 8:15 pm
T,Th 9:45-11:15 am
T 6:45-8:15 pm
S 10:30 am - 12noon
  By Class

Class Card

Tap 16 Advanced: 4:30pm
Intermediate/Advanced: 5:15pm
Intermediate: 6:00pm
Advanced Beginner: 6:45pm
Beginner I: 7:15pm
Beginner II: 7:30pm
  $60 per month  
Pilates 16

T,Th 5:30-6:30 pm

  $18 $160
*Tuition is due Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, March, Apr, and May.
No tuition due in Dec.
The Ballet reserves the right to cancel any classes that do not meet minimum enrollment.
For Adult Class information, please contact school office - 205-322-1874.
Students with ID get class for $10 or a class card for $100

Registration and Orientation

Registration is open for the 2012-20113 school year.
The registration fee for the program is $30 per family per school year; and is non-refundable. Registration can be done by mail, by phone, or by fax.


Students will be placed in a level appropriate for both their age and level of physical and/or technical development. Our instructors are trained professionals who wish to provide age appropriate dance training for all of our young artists. Placement within a level is subject to change solely at the discretion of the artistic director.


Students of the Alabama Ballet School will present Report-of-Progress performances at the end of each year, instead of the common year-end recital. These reports are hour-long presentations for each level, and are open to parents, family, and guests at our dance studios. They will show a cross-section of class to illustrate the work that has been done throughout the year. Advanced level students will give an in-house class performance at the end of the school year. Students are encouraged to audition for community cast roles in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and other local productions of the Ballet, Opera or local theaters.

Class Attire

  • PreBallet/Tap through Grade III – Style Bloch CL 5405
  • Grade IV – Style Capezio CC100
  • Grade V through Intermediate – Style Mirella 207L
  • Advanced Foundation – Style Mirella M201LD in grey with black elastic
  • Advanced I and II - Style Mirella 207L
  • PreBallet/Tap and PrePrimary – Pale pink leotard
  • Primary – Pale blue leotard
  • Grade I – Pale blue leotard with blue waist elastic
  • Grade II – Lavender leotard with lavender waist elastic
  • Grade III – Burgundy leotard with black waist elastic
  • Grade IV – Hunter with black waist elastic
  • Grade V – Garnet camisole with red waist elastic
  • Intermediate Foundation – Navy camisole with black waist elastic
  • Intermediate – Royal blue camisole with blue waist elastic
  • Advanced Foundation – Style Mirella 207LD in grey with black waist elastic
  • Advanced I & II – Black camisole with black waist elastic
  • Adult – Leotard – no color requirement
  • Pre-Primary through Primary, Pre-Ballet/Tap
    pink satin shoe
  • Grade I through V – pink technique full-sole ballet shoes and Capezio character shoes style 456 or 457C
  • Grade Intermediate Foundation through Advanced II – slip-on tan jazz shoes
  • Intermediate Foundation through Advanced II – pink pre-pointe and pointe shoes
  • Tap – tap shoes
  • Adult – pink or black technique shoes
  • Jazz – slip-on tan jazz shoes preferred
  • Pre-Primary through Primary, PreBallet/Tap- pink socks
  • Grade I through Advanced II - pink tights
  • Adult - no color requirements
  • Fitted white T-Shirt or leotards, black tights held in place by a belt rolled with the tights at the waist. Dance belt. Black technique ballet shoes. .

  • Young boys in Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade I and Grade II may wear black bike shorts in place of tightss.

Payment and Registration Highlights

For more information call 205-322-1874 or email Libba Owen.