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Dance Offerings

Dance offerings

*Please note, you will notice an asterisk following some class titles.  This indicates that a faculty-supervised evaluation is required for new students ages 7+.  Please make arrangements with Jennifer Agbay, director of dance, before registering.  Call 508.471.1794 to schedule a class placement audition.

In partnership with Ballet Arts Worcester, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, pre-professional and recreational training and instruction.  We ensure small classroom size so that each student can accomplish goals both individually and collectively.

Ballet programs

Mommy & Me Dance (Ages 3-4)
An introduction to dance for girls and boys.  A fun, creative class where students learn to move with the music and enrich their coordination and listening skills.  Children and caregivers will learn basic postures, positions and spatial structures.  Props will also be introduced to help enrich the child’s expressive movement.  Please see dress code on website for children.  Parents are welcome to wear comfortable, movable clothing (no jeans).
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Instructor: Jennifer Agbay
Times: Wednesdays 11 AM – 11:45 AM

or Saturdays 12 PM – 12:45 PM  
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 weeks)
Tuition: $600


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Creative Movement (Ages 5-6)
Created for future dancers, this class focuses on body, space, force and time in order to further develop movements, musical awareness and creative expression.  It will develop a child’s coordination, flexibility, musicality and listening skills, while the students are having fun.  Creative materials such as hoops, balls, hats and scarves will be utilized to enhance a child’s creativity.
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Instructor: Katrina McCormick / Charlotte McNutt
Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 5:45 PM

or Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Dates: September 13 or 16 – May 16 or 19 (32 weeks)
Tuition: $600


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Pre-Ballet (Ages 7-8)*
Developed for more mature children, we will intensify the use of different levels of space, rhythm and qualities in movement.  We begin to work on skills used to create and remember dances for performance.  Stretch/flexibility exercises introduce movement patterns of classical ballet steps and basic ballet technique.  Creative materials and fun activities will still be part of the class.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Katrina McCormick / Charlotte McNutt
Times: Wednesdays 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

or Saturdays 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800


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Primary Ballet I (Ages 9-10)*
The children are introduced to classical ballet technique.  Elementary barre exercises with emphasis on correct posture, introduction to center and diagonal movements. Intensified work on strength and flexibility.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
or Saturdays 9 AM – 10:30 AM
Dates: September 12 or 16 – May 15 or 19 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Primary Ballet II (Ages 10-11)*
This class focuses on further development of control and balance with increased theory, including complete positions of the body.  Barre, center work and introduction to diagonal combinations.
Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week
Times: Tuesday 4 PM – 5:30 PM and Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $1920

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Pre-Pointe (Recommended for Primary 2 and up)*
This class focuses on further development of control and balance with increased theory, including complete positions of the body.  Barre, center work and introduction to diagonal combinations.
Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week
Times:  Tuesday 4 PM – 5:30 PM and Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $1920

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Primary Ballet III (Ages 12-13)*
The focus of this class is intense development of body awareness and special awareness in combination with control and balance of the body, in the standard ballet stance.  Increased knowledge of vocabulary and theory are taught, including complete positions of the body.  Barre, center work and diagonal combinations are longer and more complex in this level.  Epaulmente and coordination of the arms are introduced.
Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week
Times: Tuesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM and Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $1920

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Ballet Level A (Ages 13-14)*
Training intensifies with further study of the coordination and connection between movements.  Barre, center work and diagonal combinations.
Schedule: Three 90 min. class/week
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM 
Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM 
Fridays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $2304

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Ballet Level B (Ages 14-15)*
From this level forward, the plasticity, coordination and connection of movements of the arms, legs, feet, head and body are the primary developmental goal.  For those deemed ready, a pointe class is added twice a week.
Schedule: Four 90 min. class/week + two 45 min. pointe class/week
Times:
Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM 
Mondays 7 PM – 7:45 PM (pointe class)
Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM 
Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Fridays 5:30 PM – 7 PM 
Fridays 7:05 PM – 7:50 PM (pointe class)
Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $3360

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Ballet Level C (Ages 15-16)*
Emphasis placed on greater stability and complexity in the study of positions, adagio, jumps, turns and more.  Greater development of strength, flexibility and quality of the movement.
Schedule: Five 90 min. class/week including two pointe classes and one contemporary
Times:
Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM 
Tuesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM (pointe class) 
Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM 
Thursdays 5:30 – 7 PM
Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM (contemporary)
Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $3360

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Ballet Level D (Ages 16+)*
Emphasis placed on greater stability and complexity in the study of positions, adagio, jumps, turns and more.  Greater development of strength, flexibility and quality of the movement.
Intensified study of adagio, pirouettes and development of ballon (quality of jumping).  Use of space is emphasized and length of combinations are increased to develop stamina.
Schedule: Five 90 min. class/week including two pointe classes and one contemporary.
Instructor:
Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka / Charlotte McNutt / Jamie Brown
Times:
Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM  (pointe class)
Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Thursdays 5:30 – 7 PM  (pointe class)
Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM (contemporary)
Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $3360


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Beginner Pointe I*
This class begins pointe work from the very beginning.  Each student will learn the essences of the three quarter pointe and how it is vital to strong, safe, articulate training.  Students will learn how to manage their posture and turnout which are major components to the training and education of pointe work.  Students must be deemed ready for pointe work through an evaluation and recommendation of instructor/dance director.
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Instructor: Katrina McCormick
Times: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $720

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Beginner Pointe II*
This class is designed to help strengthen and secure all beginner pointe work plus challenge students in pace, music tempo and longer combinations.  Newer technical elements will be added, as well as weight transfer to one leg/one leg balances.  The class remains committed to safety, proper posture and the essence of the three quarter pointe training. 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Jennifer Agbay
Times: Tuesdays 7 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Boys Class (Ages 8+)
Finally a class created for BOYS ONLY! This class will give 75 min. of training in classical ballet in an athletic, building way.  Gain muscle, strength, endurance and agility, and learn to jump higher than before!  This class will also teach you classical vocabulary and terminology to heighten your experience and education. 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: TBD
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Teen Beginner Ballet I (Ages 12-18)
This class is designed to provide beginner to intermediate training and education to adolescents that are interested in the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Introduction to ballet terminology, ballet barre exercises, center work and ballet combinations from the diagonal are included in this beginner class.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Katrina McCormick
Times: Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 9 PM 
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Teen Beginner Ballet II (Ages 12-18)*
This class is designed to provide intermediate training and education to adolescents that are interested in the fundamentals of classical ballet.  Continued instruction in ballet terminology, ballet barre exercises, center work and ballet combinations from the diagonal are included.
Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Charlotte McNutt 
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Wednesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates: September 11 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $1920

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Enrichment classes

Ballet Clinic
This 30 min clinic for the first ten weeks of the fall semester will provide extra training, information and application to certain technical elements (i.e. ports de bras, petite allegro, flexibility, etc).  The age recommendation is 10 years to adult or Primary 2 to Level D. Students from other schools are welcome.
Schedule: One 30 min. class/week 
Instructor: Charlotte McNutt
Times: Saturdays 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Dates: September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $150

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Contemporary (Advanced Ages 14+)*
The study of current composition and improvisation further develop the dancer’s choreographic creativity and imagination.  Students must have prior experience in modern technique.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenna Robinson
Times: Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: September 15 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Dance Improvisation I
Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement.  Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamic structure.  Dancers can move freely and organically in a space that is supported and nurtured. 
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenna Robinson 
Times: Fridays 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Dates: September 15 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $720

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Dance Improvisation II
Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement.  Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamic structure.  Dancers can move freely and organically in a space that is supported and nurtured. 
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenna Robinson 
Times: Fridays 6:15 PM – 7 PM 
Dates: September 15 – May 18 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $720

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Focus Group (By Invitation Only)
Students selected by the artistic staff are invited to join this preparatory group for the Youth Ballet Company. 
Schedule: One 45 min class/week (after Nutcracker)
Times: Saturdays 12 PM – 12:45 PM
Dates: December 2 – May 19 
Tuition: $350

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Jazz I (Ages 8-10)*
This class introduces students to the basic concepts, techniques and styles of jazz dance.  Students will learn basic vocabulary and a warm-up specific to jazz technique, along with stretching and conditioning.  Simple jazz progressions across the floor and combinations allow students to experience this stylized way of dancing.  No prior knowledge/experience is required for this class.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenna Robinson
Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Jazz II (Ages 10-13)*
Class begins with a technical, center warm up of isolations, stretching and conditioning.  Correct body placement and terminology based on the technique of the instructor’s area of expertise.  Students go on to dance across the floor and learn center combinations, demonstrating technical elements and variety of jazz dance styles and movements.  Student must have prior knowledge/experience in ballet technique.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenna Robinson
Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Jazz III (Ages 14+)*
Class begins with a technical, center warm up of isolations, stretching and conditioning.  Correct body placement and terminology based on the technique of the instructor’s area of expertise.  Students go on to dance across the floor and learn center combinations, demonstrating technical elements and variety of jazz dance styles and movements.  Student must have prior knowledge/experience in ballet technique.
Schedule: One 75 min. class/week
Instructor:  Brenna Robinson
Times: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Modern (Intermediate/Advanced, Ages 11-13)*
This free form/style of dance allows the body to move in very expressive ways.  This class is designed to introduce students to dance and expression without boundaries and will explore techniques of the great modern dance masters.
Schedule: One 90 min class/week
Instructor: Amy Burns
Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Stretch and Strength (Levels Primary 2+)*
This 30 min class focuses on flexibility for many aspects of the body, turnout, splits, hamstrings and back.  Conditioning the body to obtain stronger core, back muscles, height in extension is a perfect complement for dancers and athletes. 
Schedule: One 30 min. class/week
Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 6 PM
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $480

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Theatrical Tap I (Grades 4-7, Grades 8-12)
Whether you’re seeking that “triple threat” title or want to brush up on your skills, this class is for you.  Tap is an exciting and challenging art form that developed out of African polyrhythms in America’s Jazz Age.  Elements of classic and Broadway-style tap will be taught.  Tap shoes required - see dress code for style. 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Instructor: TBD
Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 6 PM (Grades 4-7)
or Wednesdays 6 PM – 7 PM (Grades 8-12)
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Theatrical Tap II (Grades 8-12)
Intermediate students continue the study of classic and Broadway-style tap.  As students progress, musicality and rich percussive traditions are emphasized through fundamental skills and increasingly intricate progressions.  Tap shoes required - see dress code for style. 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: TBD
Times: Wednesdays 7 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $800

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Variations I*
Students are provided with training and coaching in some of the best known classical variations in dance.  Though a group class (60-minute) or semi-private class (30-minute), this experience will enable each student to practice and perform variations in front of the instructor individually.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Times: Thursdays 5:40 – 6:40 PM 
Dates: September 14 – May 17 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $960

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Variations II*
Students are provided with training and coaching in some of the best known classical variations in dance.  Though a group class (60-minute) or semi-private class (30-minute), this experience will enable each student to practice and perform variations in front of the instructor individually.
Schedule: One 30 min. class/week
Times: Tuesdays 7:30 PM – 8 PM 
Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $480

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West African Dance (Teens & Adults)
Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, students will get the opportunity to move their bodies to the fun and high energy music of West Africa.  They will learn principles of rhythm, fundamental movements and the ancient stories behind the traditional dances and rhythms of Mali.  The dance classes will be accompanied by a mix of recorded popular West African music and occasional live drums.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Times: Thursdays 7 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks)
Tuition: $375 
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YAGP Competition Prep (By Invitation Only)
The Youth America Grande Prix (YAGP) is an elite, international ballet and contemporary competition.  Students are selected and trained by the artistic staff to prepare for this unique opportunity.  This class is limited and requires regularly scheduled private sessions with a coach/choreographer.
Schedule: One 30 or 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Varies
Times: Tuesdays 8 PM – 8:30 PM (Ages 9 to 11)
or Wednesdays 7 PM – 8 PM (Ages 12+)
Dates: September 12 – May 16 (32 Weeks)
Tuition: $400 (youth) / $800 (teen)

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