Upper Division


Contact Susan Collet
804-344-0906 x228

Upper Division

Once students have achieved an advanced standard of classical ballet technique, the faculty places them in the Upper Division. This division provides students ages 14-18 the pre-professional training needed to pursue either a professional ballet career or a college dance major. Two course options in this division vary in intensity. Both options emphasize classical ballet technique with additional classes in modern, character dance, jazz, tap, and theatre dance. Performance opportunities with The SRB Ensemble and in Richmond Ballet professional company productions are an important part of this division.

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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.
  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.
  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 if there is another class option (of the same level). Make up classes must be completed within the session. Ask your child’s instructor for advice on make up class times.
  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.
  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 Upper Division please contact: Susan Collet scollet@richmondballet.com

Upper Division Girls Ballet:

  • All Levels: Mirella M515L Black leotard, this is a scoop neck, cap sleeve leotard with princess seams.
  • Pink or skin toned footed dance tights and pink leather ballet shoes with elastic across the in-step and pink or skin toned pointe shoes with ribbons
  • Upper students may wear other color leotards, in approved styles, on virtual class days

Upper Level Boys Ballet:

  • Black ballet shoes
  • White socks optional
  • Black, grey, or white fitted T-shirt, must be tucked in
  • Black footed dance tights rolled on a belt with dance belt undergarment

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.)