The Children’s Program is divided into Preschool for ages 2–4, Rhythm and Movement (incorporating tap) for ages 3-6 and Creative Movement for ages 5–6. These programs are a lead-up to formal ballet and tap instruction and introduce children to music and movement through a structured progression that emphasizes creativity and group interaction.
Our Duet class for our youngest dancers encourages children to explore music and movement with a caregiver.
Enrollment in the Children's program is based on a 9-week session. Enrollment in consecutive sessions is encouraged but not required. Enrollment in the "D" session is required to participate in the June recital.
Our Youth Program begins at age 7 with Pre-Ballet and at age 8 with Level I Ballet and Level I Tap. Level placement is determined in May for returning students, taking into consideration testing and input from the previous year's instructor. New students will be evaluated in a placement class during the first week of the August session. Enrollment is for the year, split into 4 session of 9 weeks each. Registration for leveled classes closes 6 weeks into each semester unless a student has previous dance experience.
In-studio Performances will be scheduled the last or second-to-last Saturday of the first three sessions.
Children's Program Classes
Duet (Parent/Child): Children walking to age 3 will explore movement and music with a parent or caregiver. Emphasis is on stimulating the child's mind and body through the use of music, instruments and props.
Preschool Dance: Children ages 3 and 4 will dance and move in a stimulating environment focused on creativity, group interaction and the joy of self-expression.
Rhythm and Movement: Children ages 3 and 4 will explore movement, music and rhythms in a stimulating environment focused on creativity, group interaction and the joy of self-expression.
Class includes 20 minutes of Creative Movement and 20 minutes of Tap.
Creative Movement: Children ages 5 and 6. Creative Movement classes encourage imagination, self-expression and group interaction while introducing basic ballet movement and music concepts. Students must turn 5 by December 31st.
All Children's Program Classes:
Classes meet once a week for a 9-week session.
Students must be ready to participate in class without parental supervision, as class observation is limited to designated watch days.
Youth Program Ballet Classes
Pre-Ballet: At the end of Pre-Ballet the children will have been introduced to ballet steps and terminology and the basics of dance. Classes meet once a week for 1 hour. Students must turn 7 by December 31st.
Level I: Classes meet for 1 hour 15 min once a week. Students must turn 8 by December 31st.
Level II: Classes meet for 1 hr two times per week. Students must turn 9 by December 31st
Level III: Classes meet for 1 hr 30 min two times per week. Students must turn 10 by December 31st.
Level III Pre-Pointe: Classes meet 45 min once per week. Students must be approved for pre-pointe class and attending Level III or higher.
Level IV: Classes meet for 1 hr 30 min three times per week.
Level V: Classes meet for 1 hr 30 min four times per week.
Level VI: Classes meet for 1 hr 30 min five times per week, including company class.
All Youth Program Classes:
Classes meet the specified number of times per week. Enrollment is for the whole 18 week session. Enrollment for the year is encouraged to ensure adequate progression through the levels.
Youth Program Tap & Jazz Classes
Level I Tap: Children 6+ will learn the fundamentals of tap including learning rhythm, sounds and coordination in a fun class.
Level II Tap: Children 8+ will expand on the rhythms and steps learned in Level I.
Level I Lyrical Jazz: Children 8+ will work on flexibility and basic jazz steps, with age-appropriate choreography and music.