Ballet Hispanico

Pre-Professional Program (Ages 7-18)


Training eclectic, versatile dancers that stand out in a competitive professional environment for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, familiarity with contemporary technique, and exposure to Spanish dance.

The Pre-Professional Program is a unique intensive training system developed with the full spectrum of the Ballet Hispanico curriculum that aims to produce a well-rounded dancer. After ten years of training in the Pre-Professional Program, a dancer will possess:

  • superior classical technique founded in Cuban methodology, a specialty unique to Ballet Hispanico
  • a strong understanding of contemporary forms to diversify and strengthen their education
  • a musical and multicultural dance perspective to support a versatile career path

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014-15 PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. Check back in June 2015 for instructions on how to audition or register for the 2015-16 school year.

SCHOLARSHIPS are available for those who qualify.

Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710.

2014-15 class schedule below. Schedule also available for download HERE.


The uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispanico serves as the foundation and basis of all the dance techniques. Students develop self-confidence and a mastery of technical skill in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes attention to detail, dynamic movement, musicality, and expressiveness through dance quality. Training draws from the internationally classical Cuban technique, a methodology which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.


Meaning “on the tip,” this classical ballet technique is practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. This ballet technique is taught in combination with our Cuban methodology to strengthen and reinforce the technical abilities of our students.

Spanish Dance and Flamenco

Ballet Hispanico’s unique Spanish Dance curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain, including flamenco and Escuela Clásica. This dramatic technique engages the entire body through hand, arm, and footwork exercises. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and brief descriptions of the history of the art form and its expressive content. Younger Pre-Professional levels emphasize style and classicism. In Level 4, students focus on the richness and density of the form in preparation for the fusion of the Spanish style with the contemporary technique and repertory classes of Level 5.

Limón-Based Modern Technique

This technique encourages students to find their own movement and personal uniqueness. Filled with emotion and passion, Limón technique focuses primarily on fall and rebound, suspense and succession. This modern class builds strength while creating a freeness and exploration of movement in its most natural state.

Graham-Based Modern Technique

Martha Graham’s unique dance technique broke the mold of classical ballet and remains at the forefront of modern dance. Graham’s deviation from classical ballet and use of specific body movements such as the contraction, release and spiral has profoundly influenced the development of modern dance. This class will strengthen the core as it emphasizes breath, energy and dynamism.

Improvisation and Dance Making

The freedom of Improvisation and Dance Making cultivates a critical thinker. This class develops an independent dancer and channels a creative mind as students learn basic choreographic devices and create their own works. Dancers will gain self-confidence as they explore the limitless possibilities of dance.


This class offers high-level students the rare opportunity to learn celebrated Ballet Hispanico company repertory alongside other significant ballets in the dance canon. Dancers will effectively integrate contemporary and classical forms to help them succeed in a highly competitive dance field. Students are trained for a professional career of learning and processing choreography.

Classical Variations

Students learn challenging variations from well-known ballets such as Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. The class builds on articulation, strength, and awareness while developing the artistic elements of performance.

Master Coaching

This semi-private course offers accelerated ballet training designed to help students turn their physical and artistic strengths into tools that they can use in any scenario.
Acceptance is by audition only.


Level 1A

MON 4:30-5:40PM Ballet 1A
MON 5:45-6:55PM Spanish 1A
TUES 4:30-5:40PM Ballet 1A
TUES 5:45-6:55PM Spanish 1A


Level 1B

MON4:30-5:40PMBallet 1B
MON5:45-6:55PMSpanish 1B
TUES4:30-5:40PMBallet 1B
TUES5:45-6:55PMSpanish 1B


Level 2A

MON 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
MON 6:00-7:15PM Spanish 2A
WEDS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
WEDS 6:00-7:15PM Spanish 2A
THURS 4:30-5:40PM Modern 2A


Level 2B

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
TUES 6:00-7:15PM Spanish 2B
WEDS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
WEDS 6:00-7:15PM Spanish 2B
THURS 5:45-7:15PM Modern 2B


Level 3A

WEDS4:30-5:55PMFlamenco 3A
WEDS6:00-7:30PMModern 3A
THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet 3A
THURS6:00-7:30PMModern 3A
FRI4:30-5:55PMBallet 3A
FRI6:00-7:30PMFlamenco 3A


Level 3B

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 3B
TUES 6:00-7:30PM Modern 3B
WEDS 4:30-5:55PM Pointe 3B
WEDS 6:00-7:30PM Modern 3B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Flamenco 3B
FRI 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 3B
FRI 6:00-7:00PM Pointe 3B
SAT 3:30-5:00PM Flamenco 3B


Level 4B

MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 4B
MON6:00-7:30PMModern 4B
WEDS4:30-5:55PMFlamenco 4B
WEDS 6:00-7:30PMBallet 4B
THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet 4B
THURS6:00-7:30PMPointe 4B
FRI6:00-7:30PMFlamenco 4B
SAT12:30-2:00PMModern 4B
SAT 2:00-3:30PMBallet 4B
SAT3:30-4:30PMPointe 4B


Level 5A

MON 6:00-7:30PM Ballet 5A
TUES 4:30-5:55PM Modern 5A
TUES 6:00-7:30PM Ballet 5A
WEDS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 5A
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Improv and Dance Making 5A
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Pointe 5A
FRI 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 5A
FRI 6:00-7:30PM Modern 5A
SAT 11:00-12:30PM Ballet 5A
SAT 12:30-1:30PM Pointe 5A



Level 5B

MON 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 5B
MON 6:00-7:30PM Modern 5B
TUES 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 5B
TUES 6:00-7:30PM Classical Variation 5B
WEDS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 5B
WEDS 6:00-7:30PM Modern 5B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Pointe 5B
FRI 4:30-5:55PM Improv and Dance Making 5B
FRI 6:00-7:30PM Repertory 5B
SAT 1:30-3:00PM Ballet 5B
SAT 3:00-4:30PM Pointe 5B



Master Coaching

(Year-long) This semi-private course offers accelerated ballet training designed to help students turn their physical and artistic strengths into tools that they can use in any scenario. It is geared towards aspiring professional dancers with exceptional talent and a deep commitment to their craft. Drawing from the Cuban and Vaganova methodologies and faculty member Caridad Martinez’s own professional experience, the class develops students’ versatility by providing solid technique without affectation and puts an emphasis in developing their own individual artistry. Dancers will be prepared to dance both classical and contemporary ballet repertoire, ready to meet the expectations of what is necessary for a career in dance. Acceptance is by audition only.

Contact Pre-Professional Coordinator, Caridad Martinez ( to arrange a placement audition.


Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code


All students Level 2 and above are required to have a Stretch Out Strap, available for purchase here.

Ballet, Pointe, Repertory, Classical Variations
Females are required to wear pink convertible tights and pink split-sole canvas ballet slippers.
Level 1A & B- White Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 2A & B- Lavender Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 3A & B- Royal Capezio Style # CC101 Princess Camisole leotard
Level 4B-
Amethyst Capezio Style #CC101 Princess Camisole leotard
Level 5A & B- Black Capezio Style # MC110 Tank leotard

Males All Levels – Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938, black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt, white socks and white ballet slippers

Spanish & Flamenco
Females- Level leotard with black flamenco skirt, black flamenco shoes and castanets (available at Menkes NY)
Males- Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style #5938, black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt , white socks with black flamenco shoes and castanets (available at Menkes NY)

Limón/Graham Modern (Levels 2A/B, 3A/B, 4B and 5A/B), Improvisation and Dancemaking
Females - Level leotard with pink convertible tights or black footless tights, bare feet
Males - Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938; black Capezio leggings style MT11, a black dance belt and bare feet

Where to Purchase

Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at:

  • Barbara Gee Danskin Center at Broadway / 83rd street (25% discount for Ballet Hispanico students).
  • Capezio at 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street
  • Flamenco shoes and castanets are available at Menkes, 250 West 54th Street, 8th floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Please purchase pollopas castanets only.  Ballet Hispanico students will receive a discount.

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