Portland School of Ballet’s Syllabus Program is designed for dancers starting at age seven and progresses through their teen years. We establish a strong foundation, focussing on correct posture, musicality, and coordination. The result is a clear understanding and execution of classical ballet technique, vocabulary, and artistic expression.

Our Syllabus Program follows the Vaganova method. This Russian training system creates a connected sense of movement and expressive range. Students are placed with age and ability taken into consideration. Placement is determined by the director. Each level participates in an annual exam that allows the director and faculty to evaluate the progress of the individual student and the class as a whole—these exams do not determine level progression, nor are they pass/fail. At the end of each year, students receive a written descriptive evaluation from their level’s teacher and have the opportunity to discuss their progression throughout the year.



S1 — Meets once per week for one hour
S2 — Meets twice per week for one hour
S3 — Meets twice per week for an hour and a half
S4 — Meets three times per week for an hour and a half. Dancers will be evaluated for pointe
S5 — Meets five times per week for an hour and a half
S6 — Meets five times per week for an hour and a half