Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)
Children ages 3-4 are given the opportunity to explore movement in this 45 minute class. Creative Movement classes enhance the development of young children’s motor skills by introducing basic ballet concepts, movement, and rhythms. These classes offer a balance between the freedom to create and the necessary discipline and focus required for students to progress into the ballet classroom. Free movement (the opportunity to improvise) is an important component of the class.
Pre Ballet (Ages 4-5)
Pre Ballet is the natural progression from Creative Movement. Although free movement (the opportunity to improvise) is still an important class component, the remaining class time will be devoted to beginning ballet technique and stretching in addition to learning the basic French terminology of dance.
Ballet 1 (Age 5 and 6)
Ballet 1 bridges a student's transition from Pre Ballet into a more structured class environment. Students are introduced to an increased level of formal training. Posture, placement, flexibility, and musicality of classical ballet will be emphasized.
Ballet 2 (Ages 6 and Up)
The goal of Ballet 2 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, and musicality. The exercises introduced at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination will develop a strong foundation of physical and cognitive understanding necessary for classical ballet training.
We are excited to offer a new training track for our Ballet 2 dancers. In the Ballet 2 Company Track, dancers six and up can opt to take two Ballet 2 classes a week instead of one. This is an excellent option for young dancers who have their eye on long-term training in ballet and who aim to progress to the company level one day.
To follow this track, register your dancer for two Ballet 2 classes on the portal. Because you will be registering for two classes, a 20% discount will be applied to your balance when you check out. Dancers in this track will have the opportunity to perform two recital dances. Please note that there is an additional $50 fee for an additional recital costume. I know quite a few of our Ballet 2 dancers are eager for more classes, and I am so excited to offer this opportunity for them.
Ballet 3 (Jr. Company - Ages 8 and Up)
The goal of Ballet 3 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, and musicality. The exercises introduced at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination will develop a strong foundation of physical and cognitive understanding necessary for classical ballet training.
This class meets three times a week.
Senior Company - (Ages 10 and Up)
TNB's Senior Company students are required to have at least three years of ballet training prior to enrollment. Students in Senior Company meet twice a week for 90 minutes and once a week for 1 hour. This class is a pre-pointe class, and the students will be working towards getting their pointe shoes in the coming months. In Senior Company, students will work on proper spine alignment, strength in the knees and ankles, ability to hold turn-out from the hips, a high releve on demi pointe with straight knees, and correct distribution of body weight both on two legs and on one leg. Students should be working toward the maturity level necessary for the discipline and commitment that pointe entails. The dancers will have various opportunities throughout the year to perform.
Toddler and Me
Toddler and Me dance classes are for children 18 months up to the age of 3 years. Music, movement, balance and the basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This type of class includes mom or dad or another loved one participating in the class along with the little dancer. Our teachers will keep the music and curriculum moving along while parents take an active role in encouraging, supporting and keeping the little dancer on track.
Students are placed in levels according to age so that they are learning in a developmentally appropriate environment. As students advance in their training, they are placed according to individual potential, strength, and technical proficiency. Level advancement is decided by evaluation and is considered on an individual basis. Placement within a level is subject to change at the discretion of the artistic staff.