Middle Division


Contact Susan Collet
804-344-0906 x228

Middle Division Fall Classes

The training in classical ballet technique for students ages 11 and up becomes more intensive as students advance to three or more classes per week in the Middle Division. Pointe work for the girls and men’s work for the boys begin in this division. Audition opportunities for SRB Ensemble II and Richmond Ballet company productions such as The Nutcracker enhance the ballet training in this division.

The Middle Division features three levels of ballet instruction, and offers a wide variety of classes designed to provide a more in-depth study of classical technique. Advancement through the Middle Division is based on a student’s level of skill and progress, not his or her age. The School’s faculty evaluates and places each student in the appropriate level. Students are also encouraged to add  theatre dance, modern, tap, or character dance to their program.

Please view our Covid-19 update page for more information. www.richmondballet.com/covid

Register for Classes


New students need to be placed by School of Richmond Ballet faculty prior to the start of the Fall session.
Students already enrolled in School of Richmond Ballet are placed according to ability.

General Policies

  1. Parents are asked to please remain in the lobby during class times, so that the student can focus his/her entire attention on dance. We have designated specific days when parents are invited into the classrooms to observe student progress.
  2. The School is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property. Please leave all valuables at home. Please label dancewear with student’s name.
  3. Dance is a strenuous activity. The School suggests a complete physical prior to starting classes.
  4. Students are not permitted to participate in a class after entering late without the permission of the instructor and may be asked to observe the class.
  5. Absences should be reported prior to the missed class at 804. 344.0906 x228. Students are urged to make up any classes that are missed in another class of the same level. Make up classes must be completed within the current semester and are not permitted during Parent Observation Weeks.
  6. For their safety, students should wear street clothes and shoes when entering and leaving the Richmond Ballet building.
  7. Tuition is non-refundable except in the case of serious illness or injury with written verification from a physician. The School of Richmond Ballet does not refund registration fees or deposits. Please read all financial information »
  8. Classes are contingent upon meeting required enrollment numbers. The School of Richmond Ballet may cancel any classes not meeting enrollment requirements.
  9. Students may bring non-breakable water bottles to class. Food and/or other beverages are allowed in designated snack areas only. Gum is not allowed in the Ballet building.
For more information about the Middle Division please contact: Susan Collet scollet@richmondballet.com

Middle Level Girls Ballet:

  • All Levels: Pink or skin toned footed dance tights and pink or skin toned leather, full-sole ballet slippers with elastics sewn across the in-step; no canvas ballet shoes.
  • Middle I & II: Mirella M515L Navy leotard. This is a scoop neck, cap sleeve leotard with princess seams.
  • Middle III: Mirella M515LD Blackberry leotard. This is a scoop neck, cap sleeve leotard with princess seams.
  • Middle I: Faculty will instruct you when to purchase pointe shoes.
  • Middle II & III: Pink or skin toned pointe shoes with ribbons.

Middle Level Boys Ballet:

All Levels:

  • White or Black fitted T-shirt, must be tucked in
  • Black footed dance tights rolled on a belt with dance belt undergarment
  • Black leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastics sewn across the in-step; no canvas ballet shoes.

Character Dance:

  • Boys & Girls: Ballet attire and Black jazz shoes for all (girls may wear Black, 1.5-inch character dance shoes if they would like)
  • Girls: Black full-length circular skirt* (not chiffon wrap-around)
    *Skirts can be made to order. Contact Susan Collet 804.344.0906 x228
  • Boys: Black jazz pants optional

Jazz, Modern, and Theatre Dance:

  • Ballet attire
  • Black jazz pants or knit shorts optional
  • Jazz & Theatre Dance: Black jazz shoes
  • Modern: ballet slippers

Additional Information

  • Only mandatory uniform leotard may be worn to ballet and pointe classes
  • Pointe shoes must have ribbons
  • No skirts, sweats, warmers, jewelry, or watches
  • No footless or rolled up tights in ballet or pointe classes; tights must be worn under leotard
  • Hair should be pulled back neatly from the face in a ballet bun for girls

School of Richmond Ballet would like to announce that we have made the decision to update our Dress Code. Our Dress Code will now state the students may select pink or skin-toned tights for all ballet and pointe classes. Students may also select pink or skin-toned ballet slippers and pointe shoes. The faculty would like to see students select the uniform that makes them feel their best and most confident in the studios. We, as an organization, understand that pink tights to not highlight the individuality of each student which is one of the many elements of training at SRB. The goal would be to achieve a look that is stream-lined and intended to enhance the aesthetics of ballet and the line of the body. We would like to share that many manufacturers are now coming on board with offering a variety of tones/color choices to reflect the variety of students that choose to study ballet. We hope to see continued progress and evolution in the field as we move forward into the 21st Century.

(School of Richmond Ballet dress code attire can be purchased at Ellman’s Dancewear in Carytown.)