The Creative Arts Council’s School of Ballet has been foundational to our educational programming since its formation in 1976 by Beth Lampton. Each year, we continue in our mission to offer proper classical ballet instruction to our students from teachers who have been trained in the fundamentals of classical ballet.
We offer classes in Beginning through Advanced Ballet and Pointe. Classes run from September through May with a culminating performance each spring. There are no extra costume fees for students -- those are added in to the regular ballet tuition. Past productions have included The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter and the Wolf.
View class descriptions below!
Adult Ballet (AB1): 18 and above
The adult ballet class is for adults of all ages. Participants may have previously done ballet and want to pick it up again, have never danced and want to give it a try, or are simply looking for a fun way to exercise and improve flexibility.
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Studio A
Kinderdance: age 5 by October 1
Kinderdance begins with the very basics of Ballet. The positions of the feet and arms and basic form at the barre are learned. The main focus is to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. Most of the lesson each day is done at the barre learning proper technique separated by fun, relaxing floor exercises.
Kinderdance (K1): Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Studio B
Kinderdance (K2): Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Studio B
Pre-Ballet (PB1): age 6 by October 1
Pre-Ballet builds on the basic form and technique that is taught in Kinderdance. Lessons at the beginning of the year spend most of class time at the barre, but by mid-year the lesson is divided evenly between barre and floor exercise with slightly less barre work. Students still stand facing the barre with two hands for balance. The main focus is still to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. In Pre-Ballet, students begin learning how the exercises we do at the barre can be combined together to form a dance.
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Studio B
Beginning Ballet (BB1): ages 7 and older
In Beginning Ballet students begin to transition to more difficult steps and technique. The year begins with students still facing the barre using two hands for balance, but by mid-year they begin facing the end of the barre using only one hand for balance. The barre begins to mirror the more rigorous exercises that students will be doing in the next level of classes. The main focus is still to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. Students begin adding balance and poise in their dancing.
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Studio A
Ballet I (B1A)
Ballet I begins as a review for students who have taken previous classes in ballet and it is also an excellent class for beginners. Students will learn basic foundational ballet technique including proper posture and placement, turnout, and musicality. As the year progresses, students will continue doing barre work and begin to transfer those steps in to center work. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class.
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Studio A
Ballet II (B2A)
Ballet II continues building on the foundations laid in Ballet I. Students begin to learn more complex positions and work on leg extensions while maintaining proper body placement. Petit allegro begins at the barre and eventually is brought to the center work. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class.
Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Studio A
Ballet III (B3)
Ballet III students should have a basic understanding of proper posture and placement and will continue to work to maintain that proper posture and placement while working more in the center. They begin learning about the body facings/directions and epaulement. Preparation for pirouettes and chaine turns are also taught in Ballet III. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class.
Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Studio A
Ballet IV (B4)
Students in Ballet IV build on the preparation work that was done in Ballet III. Students will learn pirouettes, chaines, and pique turns as well as adding more complex jumps to their petit allegro. The line of the legs and articulation of the feet is worked on extensively in the Ballet IV class. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class.
Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Studio A
Intermediate I Ballet (IB1)
Students in Intermediate I Ballet continue working on technique and artistic quality in their dancing while expanding their knowledge of more complicated steps. They will be working on more complex adagio combinations in the center as well as learning more complicated turns in the center and across the floor.
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Studio A
Intermediate III/Advanced Ballet (IAB1)
Students will continue to gain more experience in advanced level ballet technique. Artistry and performance style are also highlighted in these levels. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the similarities and differences between Cecchetti, Vagnonava (Russian), and French methods of ballet.
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Studio A
Students will be allowed on pointe only when the feet, ankles, and legs have developed the strength necessary to begin pointe work. Due to bone maturation, only students that are at least twelve years old will begin pointe. During the first year of pointe, students work mainly at the barre. Students will learn basic steps such as releves, bouree, echappe, etc. Second year pointe students will begin practicing steps in the center. As students progress, more steps will be added on pointe.
Pointe I (P1): Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:15 PM, Studio B
Advanced Pointe (AP): Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM, Studio A