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Fall-Winter-Spring Class Descriptions

Our dance program is organized into four progressive categories that are based on a variety of factors including age, ability, and commitment level: Pre Dance, Elementary Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced Company, and Recreational Dance. For schedule and class times, see registration form.  

Our curriculum is designed to develop strong, expressive, and well-rounded dancers.  The progression of levels has been carefully structured to ensure the safest, most thorough development of the dancer and each level is planned as a year-long progression (at a minimum) with different semester goals and monthly objectives..  Students are carefully evaluated and placed in the appropriate level by the instructors and class placement decisions are made in the best interest of the student. Students must have reached minimum age for the class they are registering for by the first day of semester. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Pre Dance:

For young dancers ages 3 – 6.

creative movementCreative Movement (Ages 3-4) – 45 min class
No previous experience required. Must be potty trained.
A joyful introduction to movement through music and rhythms in a class structure. Students will develop physical skills and stimulate their imaginations.

Dress Code: Children should wear comfortable clothing that allows a full range of movement. Bare feet recommended. Hair should be pulled back securely and off the face in a ponytail or bun. Dresses and jewelry are not permitted.

Pre-Ballet I (Ages 4-5) – 45 min class
No previous dance experience required.
Introduction to ballet with careful attention given to the mastery of basic locomotive movements, rhythm, and muscular strength through creative and fun activities.

Pre-Ballet II (Ages 5-6) – 45 min class
Must have completed at least two semesters of Pre-Ballet I or placement by instructor.
Continuing study of ballet through fundamental movement and classical steps. Careful attention is given to the mastery of basic locomotive movements, rhythm, and student’s strength and flexibility.

Dress Code for Pre Ballet I & II:
Girls: plain black leotard (no embellishment), pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes with elastics sewn and strings tucked in. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair should be pulled back off face and tightly secured (ponytail or ballet bun). No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted.
Boys: Black tights, plain white T-shirt, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Elementary Ballet (Ages 6+)

Levels assigned by faculty. New students contact us for placement. 

Classical Ballet Levels I & II (Ages 6+) – 60 min class
Introduction to the formal ballet class with emphasis on theory, terminology, postural alignment, and rhythmic awareness. These classes prepare the student for placement in the upper Classical Ballet Levels.

Classical Ballet Levels III (Ages 8+) – 60 min class, 2 classes per week
Continuation of formal ballet class with emphasis on theory, terminology, postural alignment, and rhythmic awareness. This class prepares the student for entrance into Ballet Wooster Company and further study in the upper Classical Ballet Levels.

Dress Code for Classical Ballet Levels I-II-III: Girls: plain black leotard (camisole style preferred – no embellishments), theatrical pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather) with elastics sewn and strings tucked in. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair secured in a ballet bun with hairnet. No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted.
Boys: black tights, dance belt, plain white T-shirt tucked in, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Intermediate & Advanced Company (Ages 9+):

Levels assigned by faculty. New students contact us for placement. 

A pre-professional program for intermediate and advanced students ages 9+. Formal training in the Classical Ballet technique utilizing a structured syllabus designed to increase technical knowledge and understanding of theory. As students gain proficiency, strength, and confidence, emphasis is placed on artistry, movement quality, and performing skills. These pre-professional students are committed to multiple classes per week, including ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, contemporary, and variations; guaranteed roles in performances; have opportunities for additional master classes, workshops, and intensives; and receive discounts at local dance stores.

Minimum weekly class requirements for each level:
Classical Ballet Level IV – 75 min class, 2 classes per week
Classical Ballet Level V – 90 min class, 3 classes per week required, 4th class recommended
Classical Ballet Level VI – 90 min class, 3 classes per week required, 4th class recommended

Dress Code:
Girls: plain black leotard (camisole style preferred – no embellishments), theatrical pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather) with elastics sewn. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair secured in a ballet bun with hairnet. No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted. Dancers on pointe should wear convertible tights with split soles.
Boys: black tights, dance belt, plain white T-shirt tucked in, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Recreational Dance:

For a variety of ages, levels, and dance styles.

classical 1Introduction to Ballet (Ages 7-11) – 60 min class
No previous experience required.
Introduction to the formal ballet class with emphasis on theory, terminology, postural alignment, and rhythmic awareness. This class prepares the student for placement in the Classical Ballet levels.

Dress Code: Girls: plain black leotard, theatrical pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather) with elastics sewn and strings tucked in. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair secured in a ballet bun with hairnet. No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted.
Boys: black tights, dance belt, plain white T-shirt tucked in, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.

Beginner Hip Hop (Ages 8+) – 60 min class
No experience required. 
A fun and unique opportunity for students to explore the hip hop dance genre. Age appropriate material will be presented in a clean and tasteful manner.

Dress Code: Comfortable clothes to move in and clean socks or shoes that allow for movement such as pivoting and sliding. Hair secured off the face.

Musical Theatre I & II (I: Ages 8-12; II: Ages 13-18) – 60 min class
I: No experience required. II: Contact us for placement.
Students will learn jazz steps and basic acting skills while exploring past and present musical theatre and Broadway shows. Material will be presented in a clean and tasteful manner, and will challenge dancers to grow as performers while they develop personality and character.

Dress Code: Any colored leotard and pink or black tights. May wear tight fitting shorts over leotard.  Barefoot, black or tan jazz shoes. No baggy clothes please. Hair secured off the face.

Int/Adv Tap (Ages 13-18) – 60 min class
Contact us for placement.
Students will learn, explore, and refine their tap dance skills.

Dress Code: Any colored leotard and pink or black tights. May wear tight fitting shorts over leotard. No heeled tap shoes or baggy clothes please. Hair secured off the face.

Adult / Teen Ballet  (Ages 13+) – 60 min class
No previous experience required.
A perfect opportunity for adults and pre teens to begin ballet or for those who wish to return to the studio.  Classes will emphasize the joy of movement while working on flexibility, strength, balance and grace. No experience required. Choice of one or two classes per week.

Dress Code: Ballet shoes (leather or canvas), any style leotard and pink or black tights (dance skirts optional), OR comfortable clothes to move in such as yoga pants and a T-shirt. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and able to move freely.


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