ABT Curriculum


An exciting notice for Sole City Dance Ballet Students and Families…

SCD will offer the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum this fall!

We are thrilled to announce that our ballet program will follow the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum beginning this Fall. Jacqui Young, an ABT Certified Teacher, is joining our faculty and will be facilitating the implementation of the curriculum along with our current ballet faculty.  

What does that mean to current SCD ballet students?

Not much will change for students, the curriculum mostly affects our faculty and the progression of our ballet program. Teachers will remain the same and provide the same quality instruction, but with clearer goals and standards.

What is the curriculum like?

The curriculum is a nine-level program (starting with pre-primary through professional) that combines high quality artistic training with a focus on dancer health and whole-child development. The program embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Artistically, the ABT National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. There is also an optional adjudication element that students may participate in to receive detailed feedback about their progress.  

Is there an audition to be in the program?

Students must take a placement class to be part of the ABT National Training Curriculum. This allows the faculty to group students cohesively in order to best reach the goals set forth in the curriculum. A placement class will be held both before and near the end of summer classes:  Sunday, July 8th in the afternoon and Saturday, August 11th in the morning. Dancers ages 7 and up are invited and will receive a free T-shirt featuring the ABT logo! The cost to audition is $20 per dancer.

Sunday, July 8th:

12:30 PM: Doors Open

1:00-2:00 PM — Girls/Boys (ages 7-9)

2:00-2:15 PM — Boys only (ages 7-9)

2:15-3:30 PM — Girls/Boys (ages 10-12)

3:30-4:00 PM — Boys Only (ages 10-12)

4:00-5:30 PM — Girls/Boys (age 13+)

5:00-5:30 PM — Boys (age 13+)

5:30-6:00 PM — Pointe

Saturday, August 11th:

8:30 AM – Doors Open

9:00-10 AM — Girls/Boys (ages 7-9)

10:00-10:15 AM — Boys only (ages 7-9)

10:15-11:30 AM — Girls/Boys (ages 10-12)

11:30-12:00 PM — Boys Only (ages 10-12)

12:00-1:30 PM — Girls/Boys (age 13+)

1:00-1:30 PM — Boys (age 13+)

1:30-2:00 PM — Pointe

What should I expect at the placement class?

The placement class will be structured like a normal ballet class, starting at the barre and then moving into center and across the floor exercises. Classes will be broken down by age ranges. Dancers will check-in prior to their scheduled time where they will receive a number. Ballet faculty will observe each placement class.  Students can expect to receive their level placement within three days of the class. Students are welcome to attend both sessions. If a student attends a second audition, the cost reduces to $15.

How can I register for a placement class?

Call (603) 750-7777 or stop by the reception desk. Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred. Current students can also register through the online portal under Events.  

For further information email Ballet@solecitydance.org.