Mission & Philosophy


Napa Valley Ballet is dedicated to enriching the youth of our community by providing a quality classical ballet school for those seeking an education in dance. We are committed to maintaining high standards of technical training, fostering the love for ballet as an art form, and promoting individual growth, respect, and personal discipline. The quality of our program is designed for both the serious student seeking a career in dance or teaching as well as for the student who wants the benefits of ballet training that will last a lifetime.

Napa Valley Ballet was founded by and is operated by our families. We are a 50l (3)c nonprofit organization.

Teaching philosophy

Students are offered professional level training that both challenges and nurtures. Students are encouraged to work to their own personal potential, learning how to use ballet technique to strengthen the needs of their individual body types. While serious training is offered, the joy and freedom found in dance is also important, stressing artistry and the beauty of movement. Our classical ballet program teaches focus, builds confidence and self-esteem, and improves posture and physical strength.

Napa Valley Ballet Non-discrimination Policy

Napa Valley Ballet admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Napa Valley Ballet is a nonprofit 501(c)3.


Napa Valley Ballet Academy’s technical program utilizes a combined syllabus incorporating the elements of the Royal Academy of Ballet and Vaganova training methods. This combined method has produced dancers for professional companies in the United States and Europe.

The cultivation of the students’ musical sense is taught throughout the dancer’s training from Kinder Dance through Advanced. NVBA offers individualized instruction where the instructors focus on the induvial growth of each dancer continuously adjusting the complexity of instruction to meet the needs of students.

Music which has been composed specifically for an exercise, and music that is improvised when using a pianist to accompany the class, is studied in a strict tempo to match the demands of the enchaînement (a chain of ballet steps). When using a pianist s/he should construct the music in such a way it suits the exercise being executed. When not using an accompanist, one must make every effort to acquire the most professional and classically constructed recorded ballet class music for teaching class; preferable with a classical timbre, not a musical theater/jazz feel.

Fortunately, there is a wide assortment of excellent CD compilations these days and it is far superior to have an excellent recording than a poor musician. Music can make or break a class. In the adagio, allegro, and pointe exercise, improvisation alternates with prepared musical scores and improvised selections. At the discretion of the instructor, traditional selections are used, either from a recording or pianist, to expose the dancers to various tempos and styles, and teach the students familiarity with ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker- the traditional classics.

All musical selections must be strictly in accordance with the design of the enchaînement given by the instructor. The music must have a definite rhythmical design corresponding to the character of the movements. Giving a definite tempo, meter, and rhythmical design, the musical accompaniment brings out and underscores the characteristics of the movements, helps in their execution, and, at the same time, teaches the students to understand the correspondence between the character of the music and the character of the movement.

Stretching and Limbering exercise: Throughout the dancer’s training, the importance of correct stretching and limbering exercises are given in all classes from Level 1 through advanced and pre-professional. Our instructors will guide the students through various floor, barre, Pilates, and Yoga limbering exercises to keep the body supple and as pliable as possible to avoid injury.

The Arms ~ the study of port de bras: the arms open from bras bas to II position (the preparation) on either two introductory 4 counts ~ 5,6,7,8.  The arms are lowered to preparatory position ~ bras bas simultaneously with the conclusion of all enchaînements unless the instructor asks for a variation of the port de bras.

At the discretion of the instructor: Dancers, both male and female, will commence the study of traditional variations from classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, La Slyphides, to name a few. This is the time when the dancers make the realization that all of the training they have undergone thus far has not been based on random choice or personal whim but on a system which incorporates all of the movements they acquired and memorized through years of detailed study.


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