Two years is the usual length of time spent in each level. Some levels are split into two parts: A and B, with A being the first
year of the level and B, the 2nd.
Students often work in the higher levels for several years. Older beginning students are placed with care into classes where they may be older and/or less skilled, but will hopefully have a successful and satisfying experience.
The use of pointe shoes, is a natural extension of ballet technique. Because of the strength required, dancers must be taking at least two ballet classes a week to be considered for pointe. Students ages 11 and up are constantly being evaluated by their teacher as to their readiness to begin pointe.