Mastery of basic technical elements and related vocabulary.
Knowledge of basic épaulement (head turned in direction of front leg).
Strong two-foot relevés and jumps.
Mastery of basic elements of posture and position: straight spines, stretched leg, feet pointed straight (neither winged nor sickled).
Level B Goals
Introduction of positions of body (croisé, effacé, en face).
Introduction of two-leg relevés.
Use of sous-sus.
Introduction of one-leg to two-leg jumps (assemblé) and two-leg to one jumps (sissone simple).
Emphasis on exercises preparatory to turning - students should be ready for the introduction of pirouettes in Level C.
Strengthening relevé, in preparation for pre-pointe in Level C.
Strengthening of balance, on demi-pointe and on one leg.
Level C Goals
Full knowledge of all body positions (adding écarté deviant and derrière).
Full knowledge of all arabesque positions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and Cecchetti 3rd).
Introduction of developpé.
Continued strengthening of balance (particularly in positions other than coupé and retiré).
Introduction of pirouettes.
Introduction of more difficult jumps, including jeté, sissones, and temps-levé.
Introduction of simplest jumps with battu: royals, entre-chat-quatres, échappés battus.
Level D Goals
Strengthening the relevé.
Solidifying pirouettes: doubles from 5th, 2nd, and 4th; by the end of the year doubles on pointe as well.
Introduction of more complicated turns (flic-flac, fouettés, attitude and arabesque) and jumps (temps de cuisse, brisé, cabriole, etc.)
Increasing ballet vocabulary through new steps.
Continued work on movement quality, through more complex combinations of steps, and emphasis on the transitions between them.
Level E Goals
Solidification of more difficult and multiple turns (attitude, arabesque, and fouettés).
Mastery of more complex beats and traveling jumps.
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