General 

Yes! Our program is uniquely designed to teach adult newcomers. You will learn critical fundamentals, techniques, and the essential vocabulary of a classical ballet class.  Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. No prior training required.

ALIGN I and/or ALIGN II are designed for the total adult beginner. We have found those adults who studied till the age of 14 and then stopped generally should begin with our workshops as it has been a long time and often the training was not technically detailed. However, if you can follow simple combos with strong placement, studied through your teens, studied a couple years as an adult, or studied at university, you are probably ready to jump in at our basic, intermediate, or advanced level. Still not sure? Take our handy quiz to determine which ALIGN class is best for you, it is very accurate.

While we highly recommend new students start with ALIGN I and/or ALIGN II, they are not prerequisites. We offer a range of Open Classes based on skill level, both in-studio and virtual.

Many students wear authentic ballet attire (tights and leotards). If that’s not your style, we recommend form-fitting workout gear so our teachers can evaluate your body mechanics and alignment.

Flat ballet slippers (fitted with sewn elastics) are required for all in-studio classes, and strongly encouraged for virtual clients. You can purchase high-quality, affordable split-sole canvas ballet slippers and seamed tights in a wide range of sizes from our online store.

Due to limited studio availability and capacity constraints, we cannot offer make-ups at this time. However, simply contact us* to request access to recordings of any missed sessions in our digital library.  (*Be sure to include your Workshop Level + Class Number in your request). Please rejoin the Workshop as usual for any remaining session(s).

We have an extensive program ages 10 and up from our main location with Olga Tozyiakova. We break youth in 2 groups. Ages 10 – 14 and 14 and up. We now offer live children’s total beginner workshops from our main location. Our children’s ALIGN 1 will prepare children to continue with Olga.  See more information under the classes tab on our website or email contact@alignballetmethod.com for more information.

Yes, in person and virtual privates are available. For inquiries and scheduling, please email us. We will match you with an instructor suitable to your needs/availability.

We kindly ask that all students mask regardless of vaccine status due to the new guidance by the Los Angeles Dept of Health.

All open classes for experienced dancers are currently held at our main location – 6085 Pico Los Angeles CA 90035. 2 blocks east of La Cienega. Ample street and meter parking.

We produce total adult beginner workshops with official ALIGN instructors at ALL our locations. Our main Pico – La Cienega location is owned and operated by ALIGN INC and all other locations are studios we have partnered with for years. See our locations page to find the studio near you.

Yes, we do work with focused teens in the same classes as our adults but most likely you will be the only teen student. As long as you are okay with this we will work with you. We frequently have parent/child duo’s who attend together. Any minor will need a parents permission and parents must sign our child  waiver. https://alignballetmethod.com/child/

Virtual

We broadcast and record from our beautiful Flagship Los Angeles studio, using the latest and greatest in A/V technology. All of our instructors are current or former professional classical dancers. They are trained to give clear demonstration, feedback, and corrections virtually (just as they would in a traditional in-person setting). ALIGN Streaming delivers authentic ballet to clientele worldwide.

Total beginners should start with our ALIGN 1 and ALIGN 2 virtual workshops. These two courses run the same time and day for 6 weeks. You will learn the basic fundamentals of ballet and be prepared to join our basic virtual classes. We have helped thousands of new students.

Anyone can take advantage of our virtual program! It is designed to be glitch-free and accessible. You only need a device (mobile smart phone, laptop, tablet, etc) and a stable internet connection. Some students like using wireless headphones for enhanced audio, but that is up your preference/discretion.  

We recommend you leave your camera on during class so that we may observe your alignment and offer corrections as needed. However, the choice is entirely up to you.

Try not to be late, but it’s cool. Be aware certain exercises should not be performed unless you are fully warmed up.

All students are muted once class is underway. For class flow/timing, we respectfully ask that questions be kept to a minimum. You can also always reach out via email, or schedule a Private Lesson if you need more information.

Ideally, you want enough room to extend your legs fully in front, to the side, and behind you at the “barre”, and a small radius for some simple centre exercises. At home,  hardwood, laminate, and smooth surfaces are best. If possible, avoid carpet, rugs, tiles, generally uneven, or very hard flooring (like concrete). For an optimal experience, portable Dance Mats (made of materials like marley or vinyl) can be purchased online, or even from some hardware/sporting goods stores. 

A countertop, railing, or simple dining chair (with a sturdy back) are adequate for the majority of our virtual clientele. If you desire extra balance/stability, portable (and even wall-mounted) barres are readily available for purchase online!