The Denton Ballet Academy was established in 1979 by Hugh Nini as an institution of classical ballet instruction. In August 2011, Eldar Valiev and his wife, Lilia Valieva, obtained the Academy and have continued the strong traditions Mr. Nini began 35 years ago, both in the ballet school and in its resident company, The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. The school curriculum emphasizes a strong classical technique and a flow of movement that suggests a sense of energy, freedom, and joy. It is a style that assembles the foundation, and readily adapts to meet the demands of, any type of movement or dance form, such as modern, contemporary, jazz or drill team.

Students are placed in one of six levels according to age, experience, and ability. They follow a structured sequence of training stages designed to increase their technical skills, stamina, and discipline, in accordance with their age and individual physical development. The program includes classes in ballet technique, pointe work, jazz, tap, and creative movement.

The youngest children in Levels 1 through 3 take one class a week. Beginning with Level 4, students attend classes two days a week; Levels 5 and 6, four to six days per week. For students at the intermediate and advanced levels, class placement and assignment is based on a student's technical aptitude, commitment, and physical development. School is in session from August through June (referred to as the school year) and follows the holiday schedule of the Denton Independent School District.

Denton Ballet Academy

637 Londonderry Ln

Denton, TX 76205

(940) 891-0830

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