Our dedication to the discipline, tradition and craft of classical ballet, together with our commitment to providing a healthy, supportive, inclusive and diverse environment for all, serves as the foundation of the classroom experience.
The levels of Pre-Ballet through Ballet IV are all two year programs. On occasion, students may deviate from the "norm," requiring more (or less) time in a particular level. Advancement to the next level is determined by the director's recommendation. Please see FAQ
AGES 4.5 - 6
SATURDAYS from 10:30AM - 11:20AM
This beginner level class introduces your child to ballet by balancing creative play with beginning ballet positions and simple movements.
Ballet I : Beginner Ballet
AGES 6.5 - 7/8
SATURDAYS 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Building on the foundations established in Pre-Ballet, Ballet I moves gently forward into the traditional technique of beginner ballet.
Ballet II: Fundamentals I
AGES 7/8 - 9/10
MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS 4:00 - 5:00 PM
In Ballet II, children move from one class per week to two classes per week, creating the opportunity for deeper understanding and execution of more detailed ballet steps and concepts. Focus is on the development of strength, grace, flexibility and posture and introduces more complex movements both at the barre and in the center.
Ballet III: Fundamentals 2
Ages 10 - 11
TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00 - 5:15 PM
Requires 2 - 4 years of previous experience.
Ballet III signifies a jump to a higher level of coordination and execution of form. In Ballet III we move from the "beginner" levels of ballet into the challenge of more intricate steps and patterns, requiring higher degrees of flexibility, coordination, strength, musicality and performance.
Ballet IV: Intermediate Ballet
Ages 11 - 12/13
MONDAYS 5:00 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAYS 4:00 - 5:30 PM
THURSDAYS 5:15 - 6:30 PM
Requires a minimum of 3 - 5 years experience.
Pointe work is often (but not always) introduced at this level, usually in the 2nd year and at the discretion of the teacher/director.
At the Ballet IV level a student benefits from a strong commitment to classes. Attendance is required 3 days per week and pointe work may be introduced. (see FAQ) Significant advances are made in the complexity of steps and the strength required to execute them. The dancers "vocabulary" of steps increases dramatically and they continue to progress in strength, flexibility, coordination and performance.
Ballet V: Advanced Ballet
Ages 13 - 18+
TUESDAYS 5:15 - 6:45 PM
WEDNESDAYS 5:30 - 7:00 PM
THURSDAYS 6:30 - 7:45 PM
SATURDAYS 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Requires 4 - 6 years of previous training. Pointe work and repertoire classes are required. Admittance to the advanced class is by permission of the teacher.
This class is for students with strong knowledge of technique and placement. Pointe Work and Repertory Classes are included in a 4-day per week schedule, and students are committed to deepening their understanding of ballet technique consistently and responsibly.
Jazz (Contemporary): Intermediate Level
Ages 11- 17
FRIDAYS 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Previous ballet or jazz experience required.
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz starts with a comprehensive floor warm-up featuring stretching, isolations, and strengthening exercises and continues into the center with short combinations focusing on jazz jumps, turns, and floor work. Each week's class combination will differ, exploring contemporary, emotionally driven movement with elements of modern dance or street jazz, incorporating pop and hip hop elements. Many different styles of contemporary and jazz movement are explored throughout the course, with emphasis on personal progress and performance.
Adult Jazz (Contemporary): Basic/Intermediate level
WEDNESDAYS 7:00 - 8:30pm
Some previous dance experience helpful, though not required.
Adult Basic Contemporary Jazz focuses on building a solid foundation of technique, strength, and artistry. Each class features a strengthening and flexibility enhancing warm-up, across the floor combinations focusing on mastering jumps and turns, and a long center combination that will vary each week, sometimes with more contemporary, emotionally cathartic movement and sometimes with faster paced pop/street jazz incorporating hip hop elements. Combinations will be tailored to accommodate different levels of experience and ability and set to fantastic music from Motown through today's best pop. An excellent class for former dancers wishing to step back into the world of dance and for anyone who'd like to explore contemporary jazz in an empowering, body-positive environment!
AGES 3 - 4
FRIDAYS from 1:30 to 2:15PM
*Parent Participation Optional
In Moving Munchkins, your child will be introduced to basic concepts they will explore in greater detail in pre-ballet classes. When a child enters pre-ballet at 4.5 to 5 yrs old, they are often having their first experience with group oriented movement, and often without their parent for the first time. This can be an overwhelming experience for the child. This pre-pre-ballet class is designed to orient your child to a group environment where for many, movement and body awareness may be new concepts.
Moving Munchkins is designed for 3- 4 yr old children, accompanied by a participating adult and taught by a NY certified Pre-K and elementary school teacher seasoned in helping little ones meet the challenges of a new experience.
BENEFITS of ELEMENTARY DANCE
Through an introduction to movement, gesture, musicality and body awareness, your children will benefit from development in all aspects of a child's growth:
Physical - Body Awareness, Balance, Coordination
Social - Working in a Group, Cooperation, Sharing, Respect for Others, Bonding with Peers
Mental - Musical Awareness, Focus and Concentration,
Emotional - Supportive Environment, Confidence Building
Adult Beginner: TUESDAYS 6:45 - 7:45 PM
Adult Basic: FRIDAYS 10:00 - 11:15 AM
Adult Intermediate: MONDAYS 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Comfortable dance clothing and ballet slippers - leather or canvas
Have you always wanted to take ballet but have thought you were too old to begin? Has it just been "many, many, years" but you could never quite get yourself to throw out those shoes?
Our wide range of Adult Ballet classes offers options for everyone- from the first time student to the seasoned professional. You can get your start with our Beginner "Blasts" (short 4 week intro to ballet sessions offered a few times per year) or join into our semester/or year long programs in Adult Beginner, Adv. Beginner and Intermediate Level Classes.
Adult Ballet classes are a unique place to begin ballet training. As adults, the challenges we face learning a new physical discipline and the resources we have to meet those challenges, are very different than those of a child. The classes are a fun, judgement free, "leave the stress outside the door" "workout"- where improvements in flexibility, strength, posture, coordination, musicality and the joy of movement become our ultimate goals.