Chicago Ballet Conservatory

Chicago Ballet Conservatory

Chicago Ballet Conservatory

Chicago Ballet Conservatory (CBC) is a ballet training and performing program providing a structured, multi-leveled, curriculum designed to maximize the potential of each dancer. CBC emphasizes both physical mastery as well as artistic expression, equipping dancers with the skills to succeed.

Whether used as foundational training program to maximize proficiency in other genres, or as a platform to become a member of a professional ballet company, the lessons learned at CBC will positively benefit each student. Leveraging the Vaganova and ABT training methods, our master instructors impart unsurpassed technical discipline and performance quality. Students advancing through the curriculum will be challenged and encouraged, delivering the educational elements required to tackle increasingly progressive components, such as pointe work, partner work, and advanced variations.

Select students will also have opportunities to compete at world-renowned competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix.


PRE-CBC LEVELS:

  • LEVEL 1 (5y+)

    Beginning level for students where full technique classes are introduced. This class develops basic ballet concepts through barre, center and progressive exercises. Students begin to comprehend placement, concepts and theories.

    Students typically take at least 1 class per week

  • LEVEL 2 (7y+)

    Students in this level demonstrate a good understanding of basic ballet terminology and technique. Elements covered in this level are: full barre exercises, pirouette preparations, basic petite allegro combinations and center/across the floor progressions.
    Students typically take at least 1 class per week

  • LEVEL 3 (9y+)

    This is an intermediate level for dancers not yet ready to commit to supplemental technique classes. Elements covered include more complex barre combinations, introduction of pirouettes, beated allegro steps and multi-step progressions. This level is also designed for and offered to the older beginner student.
    Students typically take at least 1 class per week

  • LEVEL 4 (9y+)

    Dancers are expected to properly identify and apply correct posture and turnout. Extensions must be properly executed and maintained at least 45 degrees and dancers must begin to show strength in arms, abs and legs. Focus will be on flexibility, turnout, strength and extensions. Pre-pointe conditioning work is introduced at this level.
    Students are required to study AT LEAST 3.5 hours per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color #471

  • LEVEL 5 (12y+)

    Dancers in this level can sufficiently execute all elements covered in previous levels and show significant strength in placement, feet and posture. Solid, double pirouettes and extensions must be properly executed and maintained at least 45 degrees. Clean, beated allegro steps are expected. Students demonstrate a strong ability to retain choreography and understand musicality. Pre-pointe conditioning is continued at this level.
    Students are required to study AT LEAST 3.5 hours per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color #498

CBC LEVELS:

  • LEVEL 6

    Students are expected to study AT LEAST 3 days per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color#417

  • LEVEL 7

    Students are expected to study AT LEAST 5 days per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color#483

  • LEVEL 8

    Students are expected to study AT LEAST 5 days per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color#482

  • LEVEL 9

    Students are expected to study AT LEAST 5 days per week
    Leotard Uniform = Motionwear Color#474