Classes

Graded Ballet Program

(Ages 6 1/2+)

Classical Ballet:

The following Ballet Classes are offered September through June. Studied in its traditional form and structure, these classes are graded by age and ability, levels 1 through 7. Proper body alignment, classical line, musicality and ballet vocabulary are emphasized at all levels. The ballet syllabus at SNHDT is based on the classical Russian tradition and is further enhanced by the ideas and concepts of several other major methods and syllabi of training (i.e. Balanchine, Bournonville, Ceccehetti, and RAD). Young students are taught the basic elements of classical ballet that are common to all major syllabi. Intermediate and advanced students (level 5 through 7) are later introduced to the number of varying styles that exist among some of the major methods of training. Additionally, students are exposed to several guest artists throughout the year to broaden their knowledge and to ensure versatility. This more universal approach enables our students to be prepared for the eclectic demands of the dance world today.

The following Ballet Classes are offered September through June.

Ballet Level 1 (Age 6 ½ and older)

Classes are once a week for 1 hour.

Ballet Level 2 (Age 8 and older)

Classes are once a week for 1 hour.

Ballet Level 3 (Approximate ages 8 to 11)

Classes are once a week for 1 1/4 hours.

Ballet Level 4A (Approximate ages 9 to 12)

Classes are once a week for 1 ½ hours.

Ballet Level 4B (Approximate ages 9 to 12)

Class meets twice a week. Each class is 1 ½ hours in length. The minimum required study for placement in this level is twice a week. A placement class is required for new students wishing to study at this level.

Ballet Level 5

Classes are 1 ½ hours in length. The required study for this level is three times a week, however, students moving up to level 5 for the first time may be granted permission to begin the year with two classes per week. Additional classes are strongly recommended at this level. A placement class is required for new students.

Ballet Level 6

Classes are either 1 ½ hours or 2 hours in length. The minimum required study for this level is four times a week. Additional classes are strongly recommended at this level. A placement class is required for new students.

Ballet Level 7

Classes are either 1 ½ hours or 2 hours in length. The minimum required study for this level is five times a week. Additional classes are strongly recommended at this level. A placement class is required for new students.

For additional guidance on placement please speak with our staff.

*SNHDT offers an "unlimited" tuition fee for students studying more than six classes per week. This fee is inclusive of all master classes offered during the regular school year.

Each program is customized and designed for the ability and attention span for the ages recommended. Children must be within the age range noted by September 30th of the current school year to participate.

Pointe Classes

Beginner Pointe is generally a 45-minute long class. Intermediate and Advanced Pointe classes are usually 1-hour in length. Participation in any pointe class requires permission from the instructor. The minimum required study for pointe class is three regular ballet classes per week in addition to the pointe class. Additional classes are strongly recommended. A placement class is required for new students.

For additional guidance on placement please speak with our staff.

What to Wear for Ballet Levels 1-7 and Pointe Classes:

Levels 1-6: Black leotard any style, pink tights and pink ballet shoes.

Level 7: Any color or style leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes.

Hair should be worn in a bun or similar style and short hair must be secured with a band.

Jewelry, gum and costumes are not permitted in class. No extra clothing may be worn in class. Leg warmers and skirts are allowed by permission of the instructor only.

Open Classes

At Southern NH Dance Theater, our goal is to provide both novice and experienced individuals the opportunity to study dance and/or exercise in a supportive environment, regardless of experience or prior training. We offer several classes for teens and/or adults who can only commit to studying ballet once a week.

There are no restrictions on the dance apparel worn in class.

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