dancerbabe, another good reference is the book: 100 Lessons in Classical Ballet by Vera Kostrovitskaya.<BR>
<BR> <A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0879100680/qid=963112028/sr=1-1/102-9587968-2646555" TARGET=_blank>100 Lessons in Classical Ballet - at Amazon </A> <P><BR>i am NOT recommending this as a text to FOLLOW in YOUR setting: they'd all quit next week......but rather as a useful guide to teaching method in ballet training for children (purely in terms of the buildup of steps, not in terms of one's approach to the children or the educational psychology side of things). <P>because this book is very soundly based (by an expert) on the vaganova method, its pace and focus and intensity are completely innappropriate for the recreational setting.<P>btw, i am not disregarding your request for a guideline of steps, but i can't point you quickly to one of those, so i'm doing the next best thing!<P>also, you may think we've made too much out of this question....but there are SO many ways to teach ballet, so many opinions about which steps should come first, in what order, at what ages and levels...it's not such a simple one to answer. <P>i DO have in my possession at least 4 lists which WOULD be suitable for your setting, but they are not available online, and of course it is ethically not acceptable to distribute these particular ones (i.e. any which come from a recognised teaching society) because they are copyright to those societies (and of course, a significant source of income for them - as is appropriate, since they did all the work!).<P>quite possibly, since i DO work on syllabi for such organisations -often in a voluntarily capacity- i am far more mindful about this aspect than other people might be. <P>i have NO problem if anyone ELSE wants to send you stuff, including other members of this board....'lucky you' is all i think to that!
<P>i guess i'm just VERY aware at the moment about all this, because i've been working on one now for over a year, many many hours; it is just published, and now i'm onto another - this one for the TEACHERS' accreditation, to teach the syllabus we (AICD) just put out.<P>hope something here helps.....have patience if we seem to be not giving you what you requested immediately...we have some new members recently who may help out, given time...
<BR><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited July 10, 2000).]