Preparatory Ballet (Ages 5-11)
Careful and detailed instruction teaches students the fundamentals of beginning ballet technique and gives them the tools they need to succeed in higher levels of dance training. The Preparatory Ballet classroom is extremely focused and children will be taught proper ballet etiquette and terminology. Previous experience in our Preschool Ballet program is helpful, but not required.
Open to male and female children ages 5-11 years old. Children must be willing to participate independently without a parent. Enrollment will be limited to twelve students per class. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as children with previous experience in our preschool classes, or mini summer camps.
Note: Five year old children have the option of enrolling in Preschool Ballet or in our school-age Preparatory Ballet classes. Five year old students must be in kindergarten to enroll in Preparatory Ballet. Five year old students who are not yet in kindergarten must enroll in Preschool Ballet. Some five year old kindergarten children may also prefer to choose Preschool Ballet if their attention span is better suited to a 30 minute class, if the class time works better for their family schedule, or if they would like to be in the same class as a younger sibling or friend.
Male students are also encouraged to enroll concurrently in our tuition-free Boys Ballet class on Saturdays mornings.
Classes meet for ten weeks. We just concluded our fall session which met from September through November. We are now enrolling for our winter session, to begin in January 2022. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to enroll!
FALL SESSION - BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
WINTER SESSION - BEGINS IN JANUARY
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Parents should bring their child into the Project Ballet lobby and wait for class to begin. Please plan to arrive about five minutes early to change into ballet shoes and take off your coat, etc. A minute or two before class is scheduled to start, our staff will take attendance and have the children line-up in the lobby to head into the classroom. Once the children have left with their teacher to begin class, parents are free to leave or you may wait in our lobby for the duration of the class. Please make sure to return promptly at the end of class. Your child's teacher will bring them back out to the lobby when class is over. Please contact us if you and your child would like to schedule a time to come in during our normal business hours to tour our facility. We want to make sure that your child is comfortable attending class independently.
The last (tenth) class of the session will be open for parent observation. Due to Covid precautions, we will strictly limit observation to just TWO attendees per family. (The observation attendees will be able to video record and take photographs during class, to later share with other family and friends who were not able to attend.)
Female dancers are required to wear pink ballet slippers, pink ballet tights and a black leotard. Pink tights must have feet. Black leotards may be any style, however leotards may NOT have attached skirts, shorts, or tutus. Just a plain bathing-suit style leotard, please. Simple rhinestones or bows, etc. are permitted, and any style sleeves are permitted.
Male dancers are required to wear a plain white undershirt style short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt, black basketball shorts, white socks, and black or white ballet slippers. Please select a t-shirt size that is not too baggy or oversized, so that the teacher can easily see your child's movements.
Ballet slippers can be purchased at Standing Ovation Performance Apparel, at stores such as WalMart or Target, or online.
Long hair should be pulled back off the face in a ballet bun, pony tail, or similar style.
Please see our Covid Policies listed below, for policies regarding masks.
Each 10 week session is $110. Your child will receive 10 classes for $110. Tuition is non-refundable. In the case of quarantine or illness, there will not be a virtual option and your child will not receive a make-up lesson.
Please note: If government Covid restrictions or close contact exposure were to prevent us from gathering in in-person, a virtual option will be offered at the same date and time as your normal in-person class. Likewise, if Project Ballet would need to cancel the class due to low enrollment, your full tuition will be refunded.
- Students may not attend if they are ill or if they have been placed under quarantine. In the case of quarantine or illness, there will not be a virtual option and your child will not receive a make-up lesson or a refund.
- Our facility is professionally cleaned each night, and is disinfected between each group of students. Hand sanitizer is readily available.
- If government Covid restrictions were to prevent us from gathering in-person, a virtual option will be offered at the same date and time as your normal in-person class.
- Project Ballet currently encourages, but does not require, masks. However, if the government were to issue a mask mandate, we would comply. In the case of a government mask mandate, age-mandated children would be required to wear a mask or forfeit their spot in the class without a refund.