School Information

The best way to get a feel for our school is to come visit. During our regular sessions, studio doors open Monday through Friday by 4pm, and Saturday by 9am. Each of our two studios has its own viewing area, making it accessible to watch an entire class of your choice. We encourage our families to be involved with Ayako School of Ballet, and that involvement begins with your first visit. We hope you come see us soon!

Ayako School of Ballet
517 Marine View Avenue Suite E
Belmont, CA 94002

Class Descriptions

BEGINNING BALLET: (Pre Ballet 1-2, Beginning Ballet Level 1-4)

All Pre Ballet classes are 45-minute classes and are a great place for beginners and anyone over the age of four. These classes are fun and will introduce students to basic ballet fundamentals, including body alignment, vocabulary, and basic positions of the feet & arms. The class focuses on floor exercises and short barre work.

Level 1-3 Beginning Ballet classes are 1 hour classes. Here, students will learn classical ballet, through barre, center work and progressions, which include basic turns, jumps and leaps. The class also focuses on building strength, poise and understanding musicality.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET: (Audition required) Level 4A (Apprentice) and 4B, Level 5A (Pre-professional) and level 5B

Level 4 A/B ballet classes range from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minute classes. Level 4A students are recommended to take at least 3 ballet classes, and with the teacher’s approval, pre-pointe class, which will prepare students for pointe work.

Ballet Level 5A and 5B classes range from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. They are structured to provide more advanced training as the student is ready. With the teacher’s approval, 5B students will start Pre-Pointe class en pointe, and 5A students will start Beginning Pointe classes and learn variations en pointe. 5A students are required to take at least 3 ballet tech classes, pointe class and electives.

ADVANCED BALLET:(Audition required) Level 6A, 7A (Pre-professional) and Level 6B, 7B (Apprentice)

Ballet Levels 6 and 7 are 1.5 hour ballet tech. classes, and are structured to provide the most advanced training, as the student proves ready. Level 6B and 7B students are required to take 2 ballet classes, a pointe class and electives.

Level 6A and 7A classes are Pre-Professional classes for students that have met the qualifications of maturity, technical skill, artistic merit. Level 6A and 7A students are required to take 3 ballet classes, 2 pointe classes and electives — total minimum of 6.5 hours a week. With the teacher’s approval, students will continue to work on more advanced Pointe techniques including Pas de Deux training.

ELECTIVES:

  • Jazz (Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced) – 60 Minutes
  • Modern (Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced) – 60 Minutes
  • Acro (Beg/Inter. And Advanced) – 60 Minutes
  • Variation (Intermediate/Advanced) – 60 Minutes
  • Partnering (Advanced) — 60 Minutes
  • Competition (audition required) – 30 Minutes

Mandatory Dress Code:

  • Ballet
  • Leotard & pink or black tights
  • Ballet shorts or skirts only
  • Soft ballet shoes
  • All hair must be pulled back in a bun
  • No boxers, T-shirts or pants
  • Jazz
  • Black leotard
  • Black jazz pants
  • Black jazz shoes
  • Hair must be up in a pony tail
  • Modern
  • Black or white leotard
  • Black leggings
  • Toe thongs
  • Hair must be in a bun
  • Character
  • Character skirt (knee length full skirt)
  • Character shoes (1 1/2 inch heel)