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Preparatory Ballet provides exceptional introductory ballet classes for male and female children ages 5 to 11. Careful and detailed instruction teaches students the fundamentals of ballet technique and gives them the tools they need to succeed in higher levels of dance training. Previous experience in our Preschool Ballet program is helpful, but not required. Preparatory Ballet is a full school year course meeting from September to April. Class meets once per week for forty-five minutes. The cost of the full Preparatory course is $325 annually, with a $50 deposit due at registration.
Preparatory Ballet is the beginning of formal classical ballet training. Children will spend the year building a foundation for their classical technique. The Preparatory Ballet classroom is extremely focused and children will be taught proper ballet etiquette in addition to ballet technique.
Who is eligible?
Preparatory Ballet classes are for male and female children 5-11 years old.
A full calendar of classes will be provided to each family at the first class of the year and a copy will also be posted in the lobby waiting room. We follow a Thanksgiving, winter and spring break schedule similar to the local school districts. We also do not have class during our performance weeks.
Observation is permitted twice per year - the last class before Christmas break and the last class of the year.
The course is $325. A minimum $50 deposit is due at enrollment. The balance may be paid in an installment plan with the total due by the first class of the year. Enrollment is considered an agreement to complete the course and pay the entire tuition amount. All tuition is non-refundable and payment plans cannot be cancelled.
Preparatory Ballet female students may wear any simple black leotard (no tutus, skirts, shorts, etc), footed pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Male students should wear plain black shorts, plain white t-shirt, white socks and black or white ballet shoes. No jewelry except stud earrings, please. Items may be found at Standing Ovation Performance Apparel on Coliseum Blvd., or at Walmart, Target, Payless, etc.
Special Opportunity for Male Students
Male dancers should enroll in a normal Preparatory class and then will have the opportunity to attend an additional complimentary all-boys class. The complimentary all-boys class is only available to those who are also enrolled in a normal Preparatory class. After enrolling, parents of male dancers will be contacted regarding the all-boys class schedule.
All students enrolled in Preparatory Ballet will have the opportunity to sign-up to participate in the Nutcracker. The registration period for Nutcracker will be in September and registration must be completed in person at the Project Ballet front desk. There are a limited number of spots available for the Nutcracker and all spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost to participate in the Nutcracker is $100, which must be paid at the time of Nutcracker registration. Practices for the Nutcracker will be on Saturday afternoons starting in October. A full list of Nutcracker policies and procedures will be handed out at the first class so you can have a chance to review them before Nutcracker registration opens.
Preparing My Child for Class
- Make sure your child uses the restroom before class.
- Please stop at the front desk before every class to get your child's name tag, which serves as our means of taking attendance and also identifies your child for safety purposes when they are inside our facility.
- You and your child can wait in our waiting room until their class is called back. Children will line up together and walk back to their class with their teacher, or the teacher's aide.
- On the first day we will briefly invite parents into the classroom before we start class to introduce you to your child's teacher and to allow you to see the studio space where class takes place. After a short orientation, parents will be dismissed back into the lobby. There is no observation permitted until the last class of the first semester before Christmas break. Your child must be prepared to participate independently.
- Parents are not required to stay in the waiting room during class, but you must wait until your child's class is called back, and plan on returning a few minutes before their class is dismissed.
- Invite Grandma or Grandpa, siblings, etc. to come and watch the two observation classes. The children love to perform for a big audience of family and friends. Photography and video recording is permitted and encouraged during the observation classes.