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PREPARATORY BALLET PROGRAM for young dancers age 4 through 8 years
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM for students age 8 and up
TEEN PROGRAM - a special drop-in program for busy teens who want to study recreationally or augment other dance or performing arts training
ADULT PROGRAM - a drop-in program for adults at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of ability
BOYS - we offer a special Boys-only class taught by Robert Kelley to augment the training of boys in our Professional Program with specialized attention
A complimentary trial lesson is available for each of our programs. Contact our Registrar to schedule. Dancers interested in Pre-Ballet, Professional Training or Extended Dance Programs can take this free lesson as your evaluation class. See our Enrollment page for more information.
Preparatory Ballet Program
The Preparatory Ballet Program encompasses our Pre-Ballet and Primary classes. For ages four through eight, our Pre-Ballet program builds your child's confidence, posture, coordination and flexibility, while nurturing a joy of dance. Skills such as cooperation with others and following directions are developed as concentration is increased. The Pre-Ballet Program prepares young boys and girls for the challenges of our Professional Training Program.
Professional Training Program
Professional training for aspiring dancers age eight and up. Dancers begin in Level Ia and move up through the syllabus level by level as skills are mastered. Dancers with previous experience are evaluated for level upon enrollment. Our comprehensive syllabus is based on the Russian Vaganova teaching method, with influences from the Royal Academy of Dancing, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet syllabus, and the Directors' combined vast teaching and performing experience.
The Professional Program curriculum is set up to encourage students with professional aspirations to take additional classes below their own level each week — free of charge. As each student gains technical prowess, the basics remain ever so important to their steady growth. Serious students in Levels III and up are especially encouraged to take advantage of extra training. We recommend that students in Levels V and VI take three or four classes each week, in addition to their own required curriculum; these classes should be taken en pointe as often as possible.
Students in Advanced levels also have a weekly Modern Dance class with Lyndsey Loosely. Based on Horton Technique, this class also features influences from José Limon and Graham techniques as well as Ms. Loosley's extensive experience at the Alvin Ailey School.
Adult Ballet Program
Have you always wanted to try ballet? This program is for you. No experience necessary. Our staff offers professional guidance in developing skills in older dancers. Enjoy learning and perfecting the exacting details of classical ballet technique, including posture, core strength, alignment, flexibility, grace, and coordination in an encouraging and professional atmosphere. Though consistency will aid your progress, this program allows busy adults have flexibility of coming to class on a drop-in basis. Start in our beginning class and move into intermediate and intermediate/advanced levels when you are ready. Your class card is kept in the office and a payment record is posted at the office door for easy reference.
Teen Ballet Program
Our professional faculty teaches students who wish to study on a recreational level with the same knowledge offered our Professional Program students. Teens who are interested in pursuing acting, singing, or other forms of dance are encouraged to learn the basics of all dance forms, which is classical ballet. This unique drop-in program offers flexibility for teens with a busy schedule. Though consistency is important for steady progress, this program does not have attendance requirements. Pay only for classes attended. Your class card is kept in the office and a payment record is posted at the office door for easy reference.
Refer to Course Descriptions on the right side bar of this page for each of our programs.