The Lower School trains children aged 3 to 11 years old.
Creative Movement is available for 3 and 4 year-olds. Progression through the Lower School continues with Pre-Training which is offered at two levels for children aged 5 & 6. Vaganova methodology based fundamentals are introduced in Level 0 and continued through Levels 1 & 2. Students advance through the levels based on maturity and skills acquisition. Pre-Training 1 through Level 2 students participate in the annual Lower School Class Concert and students in Level 0 through Level 2 may choose to participate in the December performance and Spring Lower School Short Form Ballet in seasons when it is presented.
The Upper School is for experienced dancers aged 12 through 18. Vaganova training is continued in Levels 3 through 5 with students advancing based on skills acquisition. Students in the Upper School may be selected to perform as part of the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company. Performances are usually given in the Winter and Spring.
Amherst Ballet offers three ballet classes especially for adults. Adult dancers are also welcome in Upper School classes with permission of the instructor provided that they possess the appropriate skill level and space is available.
Students who begin dance as a teenager or who transfer from a less rigorous program are welcome at Amherst Ballet. After assessment by the director, a custom course of classes will be assembled to facilitate the progress or meet the needs of the individual dancer.
Amherst Ballet is open year round. Open technique classes are offered during June, July and August for teens and adults and summer camps for those aged 6 through 11.