La Academia: Pre-Professional Studies (Ages 7-23)


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

To inquire about audition opportunities, contact

Schedule for School Year 16-17 now posted below and available for download here. 

Registration for School Year 2016-17 is now closed!

In-person registration hours: Tuesday through Friday 2PM - 7PM and Saturday 10AM - 4PM

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Fill out the form HERE and email to by October 12, 2016. 

Applications are not considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710 or email us at


The uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispánico 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 Hispánico’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
WED4:30-5:55PMBallet 1B
WED6:00-7:00PMFlamenco 1B


Level 2A

MON 4:30-5:40PM Flamenco 2A
MON 5:45-7:15PM Ballet 2A
WED 4:30-5:40PM Flamenco 2A
WED 5:45-7:15PM Ballet 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
TUE 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
TUE 6:00-7:15PM Flamenco 2B
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Modern/Afro-Cuban 2B


Level 3A

MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 3A
THURS4:30-5:55PMModern: Fundamentals 3A
THURS6:00-7:30PMFlamenco 3A
FRI4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 3A
FRI6:00-7:30PMModern: Fundamentals 3A
SAT1:30-2:55PMFlamenco 3A
SAT3:00-5:00PMBallet/Pointe 3A


Level 3B

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Flamenco 3B
TUES 6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
WED 4:30-5:55PM Modern: Graham 3B
WED 6:00-7:30PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
THURS 6:00-7:30PM Modern: Graham 3B
SAT 12:00-1:25PM Flamenco 3B
SAT 1:30-2:55PM Ballet/Pointe 3B


Level 4A

TUES4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
TUES6:00-7:30PMFlamenco 4A
WED4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
WED6:00-7:30PMModern: Graham 4A
THURS4:30-5:55PMModern: Graham 4A
THURS6:00-7:30PMBallet/Pointe 4A
SAT1:30-2:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
SAT 3:00-4:30PMFlamenco 4A


Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code

Students must be in proper dress to participate in class
  • Girls’ hair must be pulled back in a neat bun
  • Short hair must be secured from swinging about the face
  • No jewelry or watches should be worn. Small stud earrings are permitted.
  • No plastic pants, extra tee shirts, baggy sweatpants or legwarmers are permitted
  • A Capezio warm-up wrap sweater style #TC0010C/TC0010
  • A dance belt is required for males ages 10 and up
  • Nude undergarment recommendations Capezio style #3564/3678


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

Ballet & Pointe
All La Academia levels will use Capezio Leotard Style # TB1420C/TB1420 in the following colors:
Level 1A & B- White (WHT)
Level 2A & B- Pink  (PNK)
Level 3A & B- Jet Blue (JBL)
Level 4A- Purple (PUR)

Pink convertible tights
Pink ballet slippers (recommended Capezio style #CANVAS JULIET-2028/COBRA-2030/SCULPTURE II 20321)

Males All Levels:
White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358 (men’s sizes)
Body Wrappers B190, B400 WHT (boys)
Body Wrappers Convertible Tights B92/M92  
White ballet slippers (recommended Daisy style#205 or  MEN’S CANVAS ROMEO style#2021)
White socks
Dance  belt

Level leotard
Black Flamenco skirt (recommended Capezio style#9100c/9100)
Black Flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
Castanets (available at Menkes NY)

White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358
Black Jazz pants
Dance belt
Black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes)
Castanets (available at Menkes NY)

Modern & Contemporary
Level leotard
Pink convertible tights
Bare feet

White Capezio Tactel Crew Neck Style #10358B/10358
Black Leggings or Black convertible solid opaque tights
Bare feet
Dance belt

Where to Purchase

Ballet Hispánico 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 Hispánico students will receive a discount.

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