Our Ballet Classes are structured to provide dancers with a solid base from which they can grow in an informed technical, yet positive environment. With a focus on understanding how ballet shapes and forms the body, as well as releases tension to allow dancers to move efficiently, dancers are prepared to approach the varying range of dance styles offered at DDS and elsewhere. The ballet faculty draws from the Vagonova, Ceccetti, and French Ballet traditions as well as knowledge gained from years of study in the American dance world where these traditions are blended to produce dancers who are unaffected by a particular style. We offer several performance opportunities including our annual holiday shows, Spring Concert, and festivals. Dancers who train in our program have been accepted to various summer and year-round programs as well as collegiate dance programs.

Ages 5-7

The Ballet program fosters musicality, body awareness and movement potential in a format that encourages individual artistry. Inspired by the Joffrey Ballet Children's program, the class explores the elements of dance; Body, Space, Force, and Time, through creative exercises that focuses on movement/technique as well as stories. The knowledge gained in these classes prepares the student for the attention to detail required in the study of formal ballet training. Research shows that children who begin training with informed creative movement classes are more successful when placed in a traditional technique class.

Classes are available on...

  • Tuesday 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm for ages 5-7

Ages 6-8

This level emphasizes correct postural alignment, principles of turn-out, balance, control and elementary barre exercises. Center work consists of a repetition of barre work, carriage of the arms, and positions of the body in relationship to the eight points of focus of the stage.

Classes are available on...

  • Wednesday 5:30-6:15 pm for ages 6-8

Ballet 1, Ages 9-11

Building on the foundation set by Basic Ballet, barre work exercises become more complex and of a longer duration to train muscle memory and increase flexibility. Special emphasis is placed on the dancer's ability to connect and link steps for fluid movement, memorize patterns, and move through space while maintaining proper alignment. At this level we encourage the dancer to examine the combinations and plan ahead for self-correction.

* Prerequisite: Basic Ballet

Classes are available on...

  • Wednesday 5:30 - 6:15 pm for ages 9-11

Intermediate Ballet

Classes are available on...

  • Monday 5:30 - 6:15 for ages 9-11
  • Monday 5:30 - 6:30 for pre-teen/teen

Ballet II

At this level there is a marked developmental leap, both in the technical aspects of class and in the seriousness with which training is taken by the dancer. Training intensifies to match this period of self-evaluation. All past work is repeated in more complex combinations increasing strength, endurance, stamina and ability to link steps together in a fluid manner. Understanding of motivation, movement goals, imagery and presentation are stressed in order to develop better artistic expression. Pre- pointe is introduced at this level.

Classes are available on...

  • Monday 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Ballet III

From this level forward the plasticity, coordination and smooth connection of movements of the arms, legs, feet, head and body is the primary developmental goal. Rhythmic patterns are emphasized and attention is given to aiding the dancer's ability to "tune in" to muscular feelings. Emphasis is placed on greater stability and complexity in study of adagio and developing the smooth, graceful and subtle qualities in movement. Study of turning in open positions is part of daily routine at this level, as is the study of battu, petite allegro and grand allegro. Regular and repeated reference will be made to facilitate the dancer's understanding of movement goals and ability to "self correct". Contact us for placement.

* Prerequisite: Ballet II