Parents and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet levels do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. Because the range of criteria for promotion is so diverse, it may be more than one year in a level before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.
Advancement through Ballet Society levels is based on many factors including a student's strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of material, and artistic development as assessed by the faculty and Director. A student's ability to execute the required material is considered above all other factors, including age. Advancement to the next level may occur at any time during the year, but is generally determined in the spring and summer.