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Ballet Syllabus Certificate

Level 1


We are so thrilled to have you participating this term!


The Ballet Syllabus Certificate course aims to educate and empower ballet teachers to create their own robust and well-rounded ballet syllabi for Level 1 students, typically ages 6-9 years old. Course leaders share the tools, resources, and one-on-one feedback necessary for teachers to feel confident in planning a curriculum and syllabus for their students. Courses are free for all participants. 


This e-course is divided into two parts: Syllabus Tools (Weeks 1-6) and Syllabus Building (Weeks 7-12). Assignments will vary from reading texts, to watching videos, to participating in live discussions, to attending live ballet classes, and more.

  • Part 1 - Syllabus Tools: Participants will learn a brief ballet history, class management skills, level-specific ballet vocabulary, technique feedback and stretching tips, and musicality.

  • Part 2 - Syllabus Building: Participants will be taken through the creation of their full-year ballet syllabus for their Level 1 students.

This Course Page includes:
Course Overview PDF
This document includes:
  • Course Description

  • Requirements

  • Zero Tolerance Policy

  • Academic Honestly / Plagiarism

  • Course Goals

  • Your Google Drive

  • Assignment Submissions

  • Grading

  • Types of Assignments

  • Course Calendar

Course Overview
Course Calendar
Course Calendar
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Live Event Schedule
Live Event Schedule
(1) Course Live Events

Zoom Meeting - CLICK HERE

Zoom Meeting ID: 829 520 2656

Password: HAPPY

  • Wednesday, August 11 at 8:00 am PDT - Topic: Course Welcome Meeting. Meet your fellow course participants, review course expectations, and ask any questions! 

  • Tuesday, August 31 at 8:00 am PDT - Topic: Technique Feedback & Stretching

  • Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 am PDT - Topic: Music & Level 1 Class Exercises

  • Tuesday, September 28 at 8:00 am PDT - Topic: Creating Combinations

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Attendance in these live events is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Each live event will be recorded for those unable to attend.

(2) Professional Development Live Events


Participants are expected to attend and actively participate in a minimum of four (4) live events offered by Global Ballet Teachers throughout the duration of the course. These events are in addition to the course-specific live events and are open to all Global Ballet Teachers members. Schedule of live events is sent in the monthly Global Ballet Teachers newsletter. If a participant is unable to take four (4) live classes, participant should contact a Course Leader.

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Lessons for
Part 1 - Syllabus Tools
Part 1 Lesson

Week #1

Welcome & Ballet History

RECORDING: Welcome Meeting (from Aug 11)

Week #2

Student Level & Class Management

Week #3

Ballet Vocabulary

Week #4

Technique, Feedback, & Stretching

RECORDING: Live Course Event #2 (from Aug 31)

Week #5

Class Observations

Week #6

Music & Level 1 Class Example

RECORDING: Live Course Event #3 (from Sept 14)

Live Course Event Slides

Lessons for
Part 2 - Syllabus Building
Part 2 Lessons

Week #7

Curriculum Outline

Week #8

Creating Combinations

RECORDING: Live Course Event #4 (from Sept 28)

Week #9

Quarter 1 Syllabus

Week #10

Quarter 2 Syllabus

Week #11

Quarter 3 Syllabus

Week #12


Meet your Course Leaders

Meet your Course Leaders

Cecilia Iliesiu

Co-Director & Founder



Cecilia is a native of New York City and currently resides in Seattle, WA, USA. She trained in the Balanchine style for ten years at The School of American Ballet. She has danced professionally since 2009 and is currently a Soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), under the direction of Peter Boal. She was formerly a Soloist with Carolina Ballet, under the direction of Robert Weiss.

In addition to dancing professionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. Cecilia established a Mentorship Program for the advanced levels of the PNBSchool from 2020-present. Cecilia has over a decade of teaching experience at The School of American Ballet, PNBSchool, CC&Co Dance Complex, Ballet 5:8, and masterclasses around the world.


Founded Global Ballet Teachers in 2020 with Lauren Kirchner. Creator & course leader of the Ballet Syllabus Certificate program.


Lauren Kirchner

Co-Director & Founder


Lauren has been with Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2008, serving as the DanceChance Coordinator, Student Cast & Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Office Manager/COVID-19 Supervisor, and Teaching Artist for their Community Education programs. She holds a BA in Sociology-based human relations with a minor in dance from Connecticut College and spent a semester in Sydney, Australia studying dance and sociology at the University of New South Wales.


Lauren has spent more than ten years in dance education, primarily focused on ballet and curriculum-based creative movement. Ongoing professional training in classes and workshops focusing on equity, curriculum building, and educational systems help drive her passion for empowering teachers and students from all backgrounds to explore movement.


Founded Global Ballet Teachers in 2020 with Cecilia Iliesiu. Creator & course leader of the Ballet Syllabus Certificate program.

Contact Us

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Cecilia: +1 (209) 791-0572

Lauren: +1 (425) 761-2875


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