American Academy of Ballet

In 2017, LOVV the Dance Studio became affiliated with the American Academy of Ballet. Owner/Director Aretese Low is trained by an AAB Certified Judge in their Performance Awards Program (Pre-Level 1 – Level 12).

Performance Awards is only taught by about 100 teachers all over the United States, as well as by teachers (at present) in Japan, South Africa, Holland, Greece, Belgium, the Philippines, the Bahamas, and Canada. It is very special for LOVV to be a part of this prestigious program!

What does that mean for our studio?

In each of our classical ballet classes (LOVV Ballet Levels 1-5), we will be teaching the material for the American Academy of Ballet’s Performance Awards as created by Founding Director Mignon Furman. This is supplemental material and doesn’t change the class (which still consists of barre and center work with their instructor). Each Level of AAB Performance Awards has a set of exercises and variations that they will learn and perform at the end of the season. What we love most is the attainable goals that are set for each level. It’s very progress driven and our students love the challenge!

No costume is required. Dancers will wear their class uniform which consists of pink tights, pink ballet shoes, leotard color specific to their level and a white ballet belt. Ballet skirt or other accessories specific to their level of work may be required, at a minimal additional cost. Hair should be pulled back neatly in a tight bun. The studio will provide colored ribbons which are pinned to their leotards and worn in their hair. This helps designate the performance order so the judge knows which student they are evaluating.

Each student is presented with a certificate of completion and a medal. The ending ceremony is joyous and our dancers feel recognized for their efforts and supported by their audience.

Why are we adding this material to our ballet classes?

  • Stimulated by the desire to improve their performance, students make exceptional progress.
  • Provides a challenge for the students to excel.
  • Every student is acknowledged – from the exceptional experienced dancer to the new students who all seek recognition for their endeavors.
  • The solo dances enhance technique and performance quality.
  • Parents and Family have the opportunity to see their children dance on their own, in an environment that is not competitive.
  • Maintain interest and enthusiasm over a period of years as the students progress from level to level.