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Ballet for Children and Teens

Ballet classes for kindergartners through teens.  All levels available.  Limited class size. Expert instructors.

Boys and girls are educated in the art and discipline of ballet through a safe, hands-on, methodical curriculum based on a well-established syllabus.  All classes are taught by professionals in the field of ballet.
Levels 2-5  require a minimum of two years each to complete.
Live piano accompaniment adds an important element of musicality and passion to many of our ballet classes.

2020-2021: Dates TBA

**We offer online open registration for our entry level classes. Registration in all other classes for all new students requires an evaluation by our Dance Director, Kristen McGrew. Please click here to request an evaluation so that we can ensure your child is placed at an appropriate level.

Beginner Ballet – Teens

beginner ballet for teens

12 years and up. It’s never too late to begin classical ballet training. For the teen/young adult interested in learning ballet basics, this class includes barre work, vocabulary, stretching, and center floor. This is a great class for teens involved in musical theatre productions or just wanting to begin ballet lessons. Dress Code: (Girls): Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. Simple skirts are permitted. Hair must be pinned up off neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Instructor: Camille Rodriguez


Ballet for K

Kindergarten. This class is for kindergartners to learn basic ballet steps, positions, vocabulary and movement. Successful completion of this class will prepare students for Ballet Fundamentals. Dress Code: (Girls): White leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Simple white skirts permitted (no tutus). Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Gina Bergamini

Fridays, 3:45 – 4:30pm
Instructor: Anna Wroclawski


Ballet Fundamentals

fundamentals class 2018

6 years (must be in 1st grade). Children explore a more sophisticated use of movement and imagination as they learn ballet fundamentals. They will discover the joy of communicating ideas through movement as they develop self-esteem and social skills. Barre work introduced at this level. Dress Code: (Girls): Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No tutus or skirts permitted. Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Wednesdays,  5:15 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Gina Bergamini

Fridays, 4:30 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Anna Wroclawski

Introduction to Classical Ballet

intro to classical june 2018

7-10 years (2nd grade and up). Girls and boys begin formal ballet training, while increasing their basic ballet vocabulary, strong focus on barre work and correct body placement. Students are taught strength and flexibility exercises needed for beginning levels of ballet. Class consists of barre, center work and large jumps. Dress Code: (Girls): Light blue leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No tutus or skirts permitted. Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Wednesdays, 4:15-5:00pm
Instructor: Violeta Katz

**Registration in the following classes for all new students requires an evaluation by our Dance Director, Kristen McGrew. Please click here to request an evaluation so that we can ensure your child is placed at an appropriate level.

Ballet: Level 1

8 years and up. Placement audition required for new Dance School at the JCCMW ballet students. Must have completed Introduction to Classical Ballet, or at least one year prior ballet experience. Children are moved to next level at the discretion of the instructor. Dress Code: (Girls): Light pink leotard, pink footed-tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts. Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Camille Rodriguez

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:45pm
Instructor: Melissa Bartucci


Ballet: Level 2

9 years and up. Must have at least two years’ prior ballet experience.  Dancers are strongly encouraged to enroll in two weekly classes. Dress Code: (Girls): Navy leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts. Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Mondays, 5:15 – 6:30pm
Instructor: Camille Rodriguez

Wednesdays,  5:00 – 6:15pm
Instructor: Jayne Santoro

Fridays,  4:00 – 5:15pm
Instructor: Camille Rodriguez


Ballet: Level 3

10 years and up. Aspiring Level 4 dancers must come twice weekly and are strongly urged to attend at least three weeks of Summer Dance Intensive at the JCC. Dress Code: (Girls): Hunter green leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts. Hair must be pulled back off the neck. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Wednesdays,  6:15 – 7:45pm
Instructor: Jayne Santoro

Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:45pm   
Instructor: Kristen McGrew


Level 4 Unlimited

Level 4 Ballet students may sign up for any level 1 – 4 ballet classes and the modern class. This includes adult ballet classes, which the student may take during school holidays and on Saturdays. Hip Hop and tap classes are included as well but the teacher must approve the student’s level.  

Students must register for their chosen classes at the beginning of the year/semester in order to maintain proper class sizes. Classes will be closed when they reach the maximum number of students.  
Price for the Dance School year: $5800

Ballet: Level 4

11 years and up. Students MUST take all three technique classes for Level 4 Pointe (see below). Dress Code: (Girls): Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00pm   
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00pm  
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Instructor: Melissa Bartucci

Pointe: Level 4

Pointe class is the ultimate goal for many young dancers. Our training is slow, methodical and syllabus based. Pointe classes are offered for Level 4 and above after careful evaluation by the student’s  teachers.

Variations class is a dancer’s chance to learn the classical repertoire from many of the great story ballets.  Level 5 takes the class en pointe. Level 4 is invited to take this Level 5 class off pointe on Saturdays.

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11 years and up. All three Level 4 technique classes are required, as well as both Tuesday and Thursday pointe classes.  Placement is at the discretion of the instructor. Dress Code: Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts.


Tuesdays, 7:00 – 7:30pm   
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:00pm 
Instructor: Melissa Bartucci

Level 5 Unlimited

Level 5 Ballet students may sign up for any/all level ballet classes and the modern class. This includes adult ballet classes, which students may take during school holidays and on Saturdays. Hip Hop and tap classes are open to Level 5 students as well but the teacher must approve the student’s level.  

Students must register for their chosen classes at the beginning of the year/semester in order to maintain proper class sizes. Classes will be closed when they reach the maximum number of students.  
Price for the Dance School year: $6200

Ballet: Level 5

14 years and up. For advanced dancers, with permission of instructor. Students must take all three Level 5 technique classes and two pointe classes. Dress Code: (Girls): Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. Simple skirts are permitted. (Boys): White shirt, black tights or leggings, white socks, black or white ballet shoes.

ballet level 5

Mondays, 5:00  – 6:30pm 
Instructor: Mimi Wallace

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm   
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30pm   
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

ballet level 5

Thursdays, 5:45 – 7:15pm    
Instructor: Kristen McGrew

Pointe: Level 5

14 years and up

Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm   
Instructor: Mimi Wallace

ballet level 5

Thursdays, (pointe & variations) 7:15 – 8:15pm   
Instructor:  Kristen McGrew

Saturdays, (pointe & variations), 11:30-12:30pm
Instructor: Kristen McGrew