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Boys & Young Men Training

Colorado Ballet Academy has focused training for boys and young men starting at age 5. Boys and young men will learn the fundamentals of ballet and supplement their training with specialized technique and conditioning. These male only classes capture the energetic nature of young men where they push themselves and each other to improve in a supportive environment that focuses on athleticism, strength, grace, coordination, camaraderie and discipline.

Have questions or need help with registration? Contact Colorado Ballet Academy at 303-339-1623

Childrens Division

Pre-Ballet, Ballet Level 1

Pre-Ballet

(Ages 5-7) Students are introduced to beginning concepts of ballet including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Boys will begin learning positions of the feet, and introduced to movement vocabulary.

Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, musicality and conditioning specific to boys’ technique. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work.


Ballet Level 1

(Ages 7+) Ballet Level 1 boys and girls learn to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work, with boys receiving conditioning specific to boys’ technique.

Elementary Division

Ballet Level 2, Ballet Level 3

Ballet Level 2

(Ages 8+) Boys and girls are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment, muscle awareness, and focus will determine progress. Class will focus on positions of the arms, placement, direction of the body, and increased movement vocabulary.

Boys learn to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, musicality and conditioning specific to boys’ technique. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work.

Boys are encouraged and welcome to participate in additional classes offered for this level, which include Modern and Intermediate Tap.


Ballet Level 3

(Ages 9+, by placement)In Ballet Level 3, additional attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work as they develop movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students begin focus on repetition and retention. Ballet Level 3 begins eligibility for participation in Colorado Ballet Academy’s Youth America Grand Prix and Denver Ballet Guild programs.

Young Men in Ballet Level 3 receive specialized training for aspiring young male ballet dancers. This class is tailored to the unique needs of men’s ballet technique. Young men in this level continue to work on the fundamentals of ballet and emphasize clarity in positions, core and back strength, and the foundations for men’s virtuosic technique.

Young men are encouraged and welcome to participate in additional classes offered for this level, which include Modern and Intermediate Tap.

Intermediate Division

Ballet Level 4, Ballet Level 5 

Training Information
Ballet Level 4

(Ages 10+ by placement) Level 4 students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre work, center work, port de bras and pre-pointe. Students are assessed for pointe work, and depending on individual progression and development, students may be given the opportunity to begin work en pointe in the second semester. During this progression, students become aware of the long-term goals inherent to classical ballet training. Each child’s natural abilities are fostered, and students are encouraged to pursue their passion for dance.

Young Men’s Ballet offers specialized training for aspiring young male ballet dancers. This class is tailored to the unique needs of men’s ballet technique. Young men in this level continue to work on the fundamentals of ballet and emphasize clarity in positions, core and back strength, and the foundations for men’s virtuosic technique. This class is offered three days per week.

Students in this level are eligible to participate in Colorado Ballet Academy’s Youth America Grand Prix and Denver Ballet Guild programs.

Young men are encouraged and welcome to participate in additional classes offered for this level, which include Character/Modern and Intermediate Tap.


Ballet Level 5

(Ages 11+, by placement) Training intensifies as students mature and gain more knowledge of the classical ballet vocabulary. Classes focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras, and clarity of Allegro.

Young men are offered specialized training for aspiring young male ballet dancers, tailored to the unique needs of men’s ballet technique. Young men in this level continue to work on the fundamentals of ballet and emphasize clarity in positions, core and back strength, and the foundations for men’s virtuosic technique.

In addition to Ballet and Pointe, Level 5 students’ curriculum includes Intermediate Character/Modern, in which they will study one semester of Character and one semester of Modern.

Character Dance is the stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theater. Examples of Character Dance are found in full length classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty. Level 5 Character will strengthen the fundamentals of this style with emphasis on positions and musicality. Students will be introduced to dances such as Czardas and Mazurka.

Level 5 Modern will continue to build fundamentals of Limon, Horton and Graham techniques as students continue to explore composition and improvisation. All Modern classes culminate with a showcase performance in May.

Students in this level are eligible to participate in Colorado Ballet Academy’s Youth America Grand Prix and Denver Ballet Guild programs.

Young men are encouraged and welcome to participate in additional classes offered for this level, which include Jazz, Advanced Tap, Extra Ballet and Variations.

Advanced & Pre-Professional Division

Ballet Level 6, Ballet Level 7

Training Information
Ballet Level 6 & Level 7

Level 6 & Level 7 Gentlemen: Please call for more information regarding the Advanced Division Men’s Training options. Men interested in Colorado Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Division, please visit our Pre-Professional Division website page.