DTI’s Classical Ballet Program, under the mentorship of Xavier Ferla and Maggie Parungao-Ferla, takes each student’s individual goals and talents in mind.

Alumni since 1994: Bayerische Staatsoper Ballet principal, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis scholar, Juilliard School graduate, Clara in the NYC Rockettes, Stanford University graduate, Olympic Ice Skater, Oregon Ballet Theatre soloist, Bolshoi Ballet scholar, Dutch National Ballet soloist, Harvard University, and many more.

Accolades: Outstanding Teachers Youth America Grand Prix, Coveted Youth America Grand Prix Student Award, World Ballet Competition Medalists, Outstanding Contemporary Choreography, Prix de Lausanne Judge

Levels and Curriculum

Pre-professional with international Master Teachers

Advanced pointe, technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary, solo variations, repertoire

Specialized pre-professional track for talented and dedicated students seeking a professional ballet career. Private classes are also available. Please email office@DTIdance.com to audition.

In 2019, DTI partnered with the European School of Ballet (ESB) located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, directed by Jean-Yves Esquerre. The partnership is a stepping stone to launch professional careers in the international work field.

Advanced

E2: intermediate/advanced pointe, technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary, demi-solo/solo variations, repertoire

E1: intermediate/advanced pointe, technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary, demi-solo variations

Intermediate

D2: beginning pointe, technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary, group variations

D1: pre-pointe, technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary, group variations

Pre-Intermediate

C2: technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, contemporary

C1: technique, music, character, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening

Beginner

B2: technique, story book ballet, music, creative improvisation, choreography, terminology, performance, stretch, strengthening, character

B1: ages 6 – technique, story book ballet, music, creative improvisation, choreography, terminology,performance,  stretch, strengthening

Basics

A2: ages 5 – story book ballet, music, creative improvisation, choreography, terminology, performance

A1: ages 3 to 4 – story book ballet, music, creative improvisation, choreography, performance

Parent and Ballet Student’s Helpful Guide to Going “On Pointe”

Many young ballerinas dream of dancing en pointe. In most cases, a young beginning pointe dancer age 11 to 13 must have several years of good dance and strength training to ensure that her feet, ankles and legs are strong enough to handle dancing on her toes.

Pointe training is a ballet dancer’s rite of passage to advanced levels. The decision is one that can only be made on the basis of skill and knowledge and should not be subject to student or parent pressure. Teachers must protect their students from the risk of permanently damaging the bone and muscle structure of their bodies and feet. Such risks far outweigh the temporary disappointment a student may experience when told she is not ready or physically designed for pointe work. It is entirely possible that some students may never “be ready” to go on pointe.

It is also important to know that dancing on pointe is not the main key to studying ballet. If a student has been incorrectly placed on pointe at another school, she may be taken off pointe until she is safely ready. “Taking pointe” is not undertaking the study of a new technique. The principles of classical ballet movement are the principles of pointe work as well. Once a student has excellent placement, she can approach pointe work as a series of adjustments in weight distribution, areas of stress, and timing, not a new form of dance.