How We Teach

We Believe in Classical Ballet Training

Classical ballet is the basis of a good dance education – it provides the foundation for all other dance forms. It is the most demanding, most disciplined but also the most rewarding of them.

Accomplishing solid ballet foundation is crucial to becoming an outstanding dancer: classically trained dancers can later transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other dance form they might decide to pursue. IBT Academy provides its students with such solid ballet foundation.

We Believe in Vaganova Method

We are a ballet company dedicated to the education and development of classical ballet dancers in the method of training developed by Agrippina Vaganova, considered by many the greatest ballet pedagogue of the 20th century. All our classes are taught by professionally trained dance and education specialists, please take a minute to check out their bios to learn more.

Vaganova method is acknowledged all over the world as the foremost training syllabus of the classical ballet. It is an extraordinary system that permits to develop the knowledge of how one’s body should be used in order to dance with expression, yet without injuries, like the best Russian dancers do. Considered excellent, it is the foremost technique used by Mikhael Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, and other stars of Russian classical ballet.

Vaganova method is characterized by impeccable precision, attention to detail, ease of execution, energetic style, emotion-evoking grace, individual creativity, and vigor. Train in Vaganova Method, our students learn to dance with their whole body instead of isolating body parts into mechanical, separate movements. To learn more about the Vaganova Method click on the banner to your right.

We Believe in the Individual

Every child benefits from quality dance training, even though he or she may ultimately choose another career path. Here at IBT children learn the cooperative teamwork necessary to produce a high quality work of art. They develop creative thinking skills and the ability to push themselves to higher achievements. They learn about music and rhythm, and are introduced to the French and Russian languages. They are taught to think with both sides of their brain while learning to dance. Their self-confidence and self-esteem continue to develop as they conquer new movements and grow more certain of their ability to apply, to work hard, and to master any task put before them.

Our students will enter the society with the ability to do well at whatever life will place before them, and with the ability to maintain the uncompromising high standards absorbed during their dance training.

We Believe Dancers Should Perform

The point of studying ballet is to perform. Performing gives students the confidence they need to compete or to succeed in a professional career of any kind. Stage experience is available to the dancers throughout their training, enabling them to develop confidence and stage manners.

IBT Academy is a professional performing company, which means that we give our dedicated ballet students experience in rehearsal work, auditioning, performing, and in working together in a cast. Our students regukarky performed in IBT's annual lavish Nutcracker production as well as many other shows, like our Multicultural Dance Festival, and IBT Academy's Annual Spring Show (another full-length ballet performance like Giselle, Snow White, and various others). 

Finally, We Believe in High Expectations and Hard Work

Building discipline, developing strength and stamina, and achieving grace in movement is the work of years of study, and a process that never really ends. IBT Academy provides a positive environment where every student is expected to strive for excellence to the very best of their abilities.

We care about all our students and want them to do their best. That's why we demand a lot from them. In turn, we help them to enjoy and treasure the hours devoted to dance training. And most importantly, we encourage them to love dance for the sheer pleasure and sense of artistic fulfillment, rather than only for a sense of technical accomplishment.