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About our Classes:
Summer Season Our summer season takes place during June, July and August. Summer open Upper School classes are offered for teens and adults. Prices for classes are $18/class or $150 for a 10 class card. We offer a three-week session of Lower School Classes during the month of June for students age 5-12. The cost for this session is $55 per child.
Creative Movement Creative Movement is a fun, first dance class for dancers aged 3 and 4. This class introduces youngsters to movement with music. Creative Movement dancers may wear dance clothes or just comfortable form-fitting street clothes. They may wear traditional ballet slippers or dance in bare feet. Creative Movement meets once per week for 45 minutes.
Lower School classes Amherst Ballet’s pedagogical philosophy is based on the premise that dance training flows best from classical ballet. To that end we offer Pre-Training 1 for 5-6 year olds, and Pre-Training 2 for 6-7 year olds. Level 0 is for 7-8 year olds and older students with no prior training, or insufficient training for higher class levels. Pre-Training 1 & 2, and Level 0 each meet once per week for 1 hour.
Students progress through Level 1 and 2 based on individual accomplishment. Levels 1 & 2 meet twice per week for 1.25 hours
Lower School Contemporary is offered to students in Levels 1 & 2, with occasional exceptions made for students in Level 0. This class offers supplemental training to the classical ballet offered in the Lower School, and prepares our younger students for more advanced contemporary work in the Upper School. Lower School Contemporary meets once per week, for 1 hour.
Dress Code: Pre-Training 1 & 2: Pink short sleeve leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Pink skirt optional - wrap skirts only please! Level 0: Blue short sleeve leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Blue skirt optional - wrap skirts only please! Levels 1 & 2: Black camisole or short sleeve leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Black skirt optional, wrap skirts only! *ALL dancers must wear their hair pulled back from their face in a bun, french braid, or other secure style. NO JEWELRY. Male Dancers in the Lower School should wear black pants, a black or white T-shirt or male leotard, and black ballet slippers. Lower School Contemporary: Jazz pants or leggings with a T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt. Bare feet or socks. Long hair tied back.
Twice a year (the last class in December and the last class of the season) parents are invited into the studio to observe and monitor the progress of Lower School students at the teacher’s discretion; we urge at least one parent to attend to support their efforts. Pre-Training 1 through Pre-Training 2 students perform in a class concert at the end of the season. Level 0 through Level 2 students participate in the end of season performance in the Lower School short-form ballet, or as part of the larger Amherst Ballet production.
Additional important information pertaining to Lower School classes can be found in our Parent/Dancer Handbook.
Upper School classes Upper School classes are generally attended by dancers in middle and high school. Study of classical ballet methodology continues in the Upper School. All ballet classes are 1.5-2 hours, and may include pointe. Amherst Ballet also offers training in Contemporary dance to Upper School dancers, from beginning to advanced levels.
Dress Code: All female Upper School dancers should attend ballet classes in a solid-color leotard, pink tights, and appropriate footwear (slippers and/or pointe shoes). Male Upper School dancers should wear form-fitting pants or shorts, form-fitting T-shirt in black or white, or male leotard, dance belt if desired, and appropriate footwear to ballet class. Dancers attending Contemporary classes are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have their knees and shoulders covered for ALL classes. Form-fitting leggings, pants, T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts or leotards. Hair must be pulled back securely for ALL classes. NO JEWELRY.
Additional important information pertaining to Upper School classes can be found in our Parent/Dancer Handbook.
Beginning Teens Teens who are new to dance or have had gaps in their dance training are also welcome at Amherst Ballet. Our Beginning Teen Ballet and Beginning Teen Contemporary classes provide training for teens that enables them to catch up to their peers if they desire. They may also take the Adult Beginning Ballet Class or choose to have a program of study tailored to them by the Artistic Director to enable them to catch up with their peers. Beginning teen students follow the dress code in the Parent/Dancer Handbook.
Dress Code: Beginning Teen students should wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing to all classes. Solid-color leotards, tights, leggings, form-fitting pants, T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts and appropriate footwear are expected for all classes. Hair must be worn securely tied back for ALL students. NO JEWELRY.
Additional important information pertaining to our Beginning Teen Classes can be found in our Parent/Dancer Handbook.
Adults Adult dancers are warmly welcomed at Amherst Ballet. Beginning-level ballet specifically for adults is offered weekly. Adults may also join Upper School classes with the permission of the instructor provided they have the necessary skills to participate. Adult dancers may wear traditional ballet clothes or comfortable clothes that will allow the dance instructor to see their alignment.