General Class Descriptions

2017-2018 Year

Pre-school - Kindergarten Levels


Dancers sing songs, play games, dress up, and pretend while they learn the fundamentals of dance.


Princess & Pirate  - 2 ½ to young 4 ballet and tap

Fairy tale - older 3 to 4 year old

L1 - generally young kindergarten

Fairytale and up classes perform in all three shows

Elementary Levels


Elementary levels are encouraged to take a trial class before buying the uniform to ensure it is the correct level. A professional dancer is in each class as a demonstrator at this level.


L1 - generally Kindergarten

L2-5 generally new 8-9 year olds, experienced 6-7 year olds - this is the first level that is encouraged to start twice a week if possible and that has an hour devoted entirely to ballet


Notes: students in L2-5 who wish to take tap should take the last 15 minutes of L1-4 on Saturday


Advanced Level


Advanced levels are based on technical level and not age. A professional dancer is in each class as a demonstrator at all advanced levels.

Musical Theater (tap & jazz) is a separate class for all advanced levels


L5-8 generally 9-12 year olds, is strongly encouraged twice a week ballet - may take 3 times per week - is first level who can take contemporary or variations. May take contemporary twice per week even if only taking ballet once per week (based on child’s interest)


Level 9-12 year olds, is strongly encouraged two to three times per week ballet - may take 4 times per week. May take variations and contemporary. May take contemporary twice per week.


Apprentice - advanced ballet students. Professional dancers take class with apprentice level. Apprentice level dancers may apply to be a part of the conservatory program (a serious pre-professional program).

All Level 7 and up ballet classes also include pre-pointe/pointe and a rehearsal period

Select Multiple day classes share a costume to be cost conscious

Note: If you have any scheduling challenges with your child’s level, please reach out to director Elizabeth at  We strive to cater to each family’s needs.

Our mission at the Wilmington School of Ballet is to use ballet as a tool to nurture health, confidence, kindness, and discipline in each dancer. This is achieved by excellent classroom instruction and theatrical performance opportunities. We value and strive to teach technical excellence, overall wellness, creative artistry, character development, & community service. To help achieve our goals, we offer dance lessons & ballet classes to both youth and adults in the Wilmington, NC (Cape Fear) area which include pointe; pre-pointe, ballet, tap, jazz, choreography, kids only classes, pre-school classes, and so much more!

Operational hours 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Office Hours 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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