La Academia: Pre-Professional Studies (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.

La Academia, Ballet Hispanico's 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:

Admission to the Pre-Professional Program is by audition only. Contact for more details.


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


The uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispanico serves as the foundation 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.


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, footwork exercises, and castanet technique. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and teach the history of the art form.

Classical Modern Fundamentals

Through an eclectic approach, the goal of this class is to cement a strong base of classical modern fundamentals that include basic concepts from the modern masters such as Limón and Graham, among others. Students will work on spine articulation, foot articulation in parallel, swings, undercurves, floorwork, and more. 

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.

Modern / Afro-Cuban

This course introduces the polyrhythmic movement of Cuba, which is heavily influenced by West African dance. The class emphasizes isolations and proper body alignment and celebrates the stories behind each dance. The class will also challenge students aerobically to build stamina and strength.


Level 1A

MON 4:30-5:30PM Flamenco 1A
MON 5:35-6:55PM Ballet 1A
WED 4:30-5:30PM Flamenco 1A
WED 5:35-6:55PM Ballet 1A


Level 1B

MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 1B
MON6:00-7:00PMFlamenco 1B
WED4:30-5:40PMBallet 1B
WED5:45-6:55PMFlamenco 1B


Level 2A

MON 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
MON 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2A
WED 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
WED 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2A
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Modern/Afro-Cuban 2A


Level 2B

MON 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
MON 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2B
WED 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
WED 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2B
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Modern/Afro-Cuban 2B


Level 3A

TUES4:30-5:55PMModern 3A
TUES6:00-7:30PMBallet/Pointe 3A
THURS4:30-6:15PMBallet/Pointe 3A
THURS6:20-7:30PMFlamenco 3A
FRI4:30-5:40PMFlamenco 3A
FRI5:45-6:55PMModern 3A
SAT3:00-5:00PMBallet/Pointe 3A


Level 3B

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 3B
TUES 6:00-7:30PM Flamenco 3B
WED 4:30-5:55PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
WED 6:00-7:30PM Modern/Graham 3B
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Modern/Graham 3B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
SAT 1:00-2:25PM Flamenco 3B
SAT 2:30-3:55PM Ballet/Pointe 3B


Level 4A

TUES4:30-5:55PMFlamenco 4A
TUES6:00-7:45PMBallet/Pointe 4A
WED4:30-5:55PMModern/Graham 4A
WED6:00-7:45PMBallet/Pointe 4A
THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
THURS6:00-7:30PMModern/Graham 4A
SAT2:30-3:40PMBallet/Pointe 4A
SAT 3:45-5:00PMFlamenco 4A


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
Females are required to wear pink convertible tights (recommended: Capezio style #1916) and pink ballet slippers (recommended: Capezio style #canvas Juliet-2028/Cobra-2030/Sculpture II 20321).
Level 1A & B- White Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 2A & B- Pink Capezio Style
# TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 3A & B- Jet Blue Capezio Style #
TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 4A-
Deep Purple Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard

Males All Levels – White Capezio tactel crew neck style #10358B/10358, black Capezio tactel footed tights style #10361B/10361M, white ballet slippers (recommended: men's canvas Romeo style #2021), white socks

Females- Level leotard, black flamenco skirt (recommended: Capezio style #9100c/9100), black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes), and castanets (available at Menkes)
Males- White Capezio tactel crew neck style #10358B/10358, black Jazz pants, black dance belt, black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes), and castanets (available at Menkes)

Modern & Contemporary
Females - Level leotard, pink convertible tights (recommended: Capezio style #1916), bare feet
Males - White Capezio tactel crew neck style #10358B/10358, black leggings or black convertible opaque tights, bare feet

Where to Purchase

Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at:

  • Families will receive a discount at the Capezio located on 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street. There are 30% Private Shopping Nights offered periodically throughout the year. See our School of Dance staff for details.
  • 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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