Youth Ballet Classes

All Ballet programs run on a 32-week session that begins September 12, 2016.  For Ballet II and up, all new students must schedule a placement audition.

We also offer ballet and dance workshops in Fairy Tale Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, and more!

2016/2017 Ballet Programs

Creative Dance (Ages 3-4)
Instructors: Clara Mills
Class Times:  Thursdays 3:15-4:00pm or Saturdays 9:00-9:45am
Class Description: Designed for the youngest students, this class stimulates coordination, large motor skill development, musical awareness, spatial awareness and listening skills.

Pre-Ballet I (Ages 5-6)
Instructor: Clara Mills
Class Times: Thursdays 4:00-4:45pm or Saturdays 11:00 – 11:45 am
Pre-Ballet I Description: An early introduction to classical ballet. Includes learning basic ballet hand and foot positions in conjunction with short improvisation and set dances.

Pre-Ballet II (Ages 6-7)
Instructor: Jennifer Lester-Rubin and Clara Mills
Class Times: Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:15pm (Jennifer Lester-Rubin) or Wednesdays 4:00-4:45pm (Clara Mills)
Pre-Ballet II Description: An early introduction to classical ballet. Includes learning basic ballet hand and foot positions in conjunction with short improvisation and set dances.

Ballet I, first year (Ages 7+, 3 years experience)
Instructor: Jennifer Lester-Rubin
Class Times: Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Class Description: This class develops the beginning ballet movement skills with the addition of the basic ballet positions, primary steps and movement combinations. Students will later move to the barre, working with two hands on the barre, facing the barre.

Ballet I, second year (Ages 7+, 3 years experience)
Instructor: Jennifer Lester-Rubin and Lori Nowak
Class Times: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm (Lori)* or Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 am (Jennifer)
Class Description: This class develops the beginning ballet movement skills with the addition of the basic ballet positions, primary steps and movement combinations. Students will later move to the barre, working with two hands on the barre, facing the barre.
*Students must be enrolled in the Saturday class.

For Ballet II and up, all new students must schedule a placement audition. 

Ballet II, second year
Instructor: Lori Nowak, Cosmin Marculetiu
Class Times: Mondays 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Lori), Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Lori), and/or Saturday  1:30pm-3:00pm (Cosmin)
Class Description: Students accelerate in their vocabulary and move on to one hand on the barre during second part of the year. Close attention to the arms and feet positions. Two or more classes recommended. 

Ballet III/IV
Instructor: Cosmin Marculetiu
Class Times: Mondays 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm, and/or Saturday  1:30pm-3:00pm
Ballet III Description:
Students will emphasize the practice and understanding of etiquette necessary of a productive dance student. Students will try to achieve 90 degree leg extension with proper body placement and alignment at the barre and in the center. Various pirouettes, small and big jumps will be introduced. Three or more classes recommended. 

Ballet III, Ballet IV and Ballet V
Instructor: Kseniya Melyukhina
Class Times: Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm

Ballet IV/V
Instructor: Cosmin Marculetiu
Class Times: Mondays 5:30 – 7:30pm, Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00pm, Fridays 4:30-6:30pm (by invitation only), and/or Saturdays 11:45am-1:15pm
Class Description: Class includes longer, more complicate combinations of ballet movements at the barre and in the center with an emphasis on clear understanding of musicality. Students will become familiar with different time signatures and learn how to count music accordingly. Students will be encouraged to improve leg extension (above 90 degree) and turn out, placement, and alignment. Various multiple pirouettes will be taught and practiced in combination form. Four or more classes are recommended.

Boys Ballet
Instructor: Cosmin Marculetiu
Class Times: Fridays 3:30-4:30 pm
Class Description: An early introduction to classical ballet, especially designed for boys. This class focuses on exercises to strengthen and improve coordination, flexibility, musical rhythm and counting, direction and space use. Very basic ballet hand and foot positions are learned in conjunction with short improvisation and set dances. Dance training offers children a unique combination of demanding physical challenges and creative expression. It also promotes self-discipline and spatial awareness, which promotes total mind-body athleticism.

Youth Contemporary
Instructor: Doug Kolakowski
Class Times: Saturdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Class Description: Explore movement through leaps, turns, contemporary choices and lyrical movement.  Students will start with the most basic contemporary movements and core techniques then work their way into creating their own motions with the use of independent creativity and musicality. Dancers will combine techniques from other styles of dance such as modern, ballet, and jazz paired with more natural and free motions. (Dancers must be 11+ with previous dance experience.)

Stretching
Instructor: Kseniya Melyukhina
Class Times: Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm