Programs & Classes

Classes at Berks Ballet Theatre are organized by curriculum or level, which is assessed by age group.


Tiny Dancers

18mo-5yo

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For 18 months – 3 years old. Mommy + Me class is a wonderful bonding experience and a great way to expose your child to music and movement! This will be a 6 week class starting September 9, running through October 14, 2017. There will be a Winter and Spring sessions as well. It’s $75 per session.

Overview
Creative Movement is about cultivating each students natural tendencies to move / dance. It’s channeling those energies into fun, but lightly structured movement to begin to get ready for Pre-Ballet and Beginning Tap.

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Lavender Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

  • Tuesday 4:45 – 5:30 | Miss Marguerite
  • Thursday 4:45 – 5:30 | Miss Marguerite
  • Saturday 10:00 – 10:45 | Miss Kristina

Young Dancers

5-8yo

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Overview

In Pre – Ballet 1 we begin to build the foundation of classical ballet. Learning the proper French terminology for each step and instilling the structure of a ballet class. All the while still keeping the class energetic and fun. We also introduce them to the basics of Tap dancing which helps them to build rhythm.

Details:

  • This class meets once a week.

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Cerise / Magenta Pink Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes and tan tap shoes.
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

  • Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45pm | Miss Marguerite
  • Saturday 10:45 – 12:00pm | Miss Kristina

Overview

In Pre – Ballet 2 we continue to build upon the foundation for classical ballet that we started in Pre – Ballet 1 while introducing more French terminology and expanding their knowledge of ballet steps. Beginner Tap 2 expands on what they learned in Beginner Tap 1 and takes their tapping skills to the next level.

Details:

  • This class meets once a week

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Dark Teal / Jade Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes and tan tap shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Time:

Monday 4:30 – 5:45pm | Miss Marguerite
Thursday 5:30 – 6:45pm | Miss Marguerite
Saturday 12:00 – 1:15pm |  Miss Kristina

Overview

In Pre – Ballet 3 we continue to build upon the foundation for classical ballet while introducing more French terminology and expanding their knowledge of ballet steps. Beginner Tap 3 will teach them more intricate patterns and Beginner Jazz will be introduced laying the foundation for complicated jazz combos.

Details:

  • This class meets once a week

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Burgandy Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes and tan tap shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Time:

  • Monday 5:45 – 7:15pm | Miss Marguerite

Overview

Ballet 1 follows a syllabus outlined by Conservatory Director Nathan Bland. It’s designed to train each student properly in classical ballet, keeping in mind their natural skeletal structure. By properly training the young dancers muscles we are able to elevate to the next level of ballet training at a healthy, structured pace. We have added an optional second ballet class, which is highly recommended. 

Details

  • Class meets once a week – there is an optional second class highly recommended
  • Tap + Jazz 1 follows ballet

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Navy Blue Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes, tan jazz and tap shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

  • Monday 6:00 – 7:15pm | Miss Kelly
  • Monday 7:15 – 8:15pm | Miss Marguerite (Tap+Jazz)
  • Wednesday 5:45 – 7:00pm | Miss Lilly *Optional / Alternate class

Overview

Ballet 1a is a continuation of Ballet 1 following a syllabus outlined by Conservatory Director Nathan Bland. It’s designed to train each student properly in classical ballet, keeping in mind their natural skeletal structure. By properly training the young dancers muscles we are able to elevate to the next level of ballet training at a healthy, structured pace. We have added an optional third ballet class, which is highly recommended. 

 Details:

  • Attends class twice a week – Optional third ballet class highly recommended.
  • Tap + Jazz follows ballet on Monday

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Dark Teal / Jade Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes, tan jazz and tap shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class times:

  • Tuesday 5:45 – 7:00pm | Miss Kelly
  • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00pm | Miss Marguerite(Tap+Jazz)
  • Thursday 7:15 – 8:30pm | Miss Kelly
  • Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45pm | Miss Lilly *Optional / Alternate class

Overview:

Ballet 2 is a continuation of Ballet 1a following a syllabus outlined by Conservatory Director Nathan Bland. It’s designed to train each student properly in classical ballet, keeping in mind their natural skeletal structure. By properly training the young dancers muscles we are able to elevate to the next level of ballet training at a healthy, structured pace. Ballet 2 attends class twice a week to build upon the foundation laid in Ballet 1a — We have added an optional third ballet class, which is highly recommended. 

Uniform RequirementsOrder Uniform Online

  • Burgundy Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes, tan jazz and tap shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.Class Times:
  • Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45pm | Miss Kelly
  • Thursday 6:00 – 7:15pm | Miss Kelly
  • Thursday 7:15 – 8:15pm | Miss Marguerite (Tap+Jazz)
  • Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45pm | Miss Lilly *Optional / Alternate class

Pre-Professional

8-18yo

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Overview

Ballet 3 is the first level of the Conservatory’s Pre-Professional Division. Once you have completed the previous levels, or been placed in this level, we feel you are ready to take your training to the next level.

In Ballet Level 3  attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance.

Jazz will be continued in this level and Modern 1 will be introduced into the schedule.

Students will see an increased difficulty at the barre and in the center combinations. Students begin focus on repetition and retention. This class meets three times a week.

Details

  • This class meets three times a week.
  • Jazz is continued in this level.
  • Modern 1 is incorporated into the schedule.

Uniform Requirements

  • Rose Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

Overview

In Ballet Level 3a attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance.

Pre-Pointe is incorporated into the syllabus when the faculty feels a dancer is strong enough and is at least 11 years of age.

Students will see an increased difficulty at the barre and in the center combinations. Students begin focus on repetition and retention.

Details

  • This class meets three times a week.
  • Modern is incorporated into the schedule.

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Magenta Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

  • Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Miss Kelly
  • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30pm | Miss Kelly
  • Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00pm | Modern
  • Thursday 4:00 – 5:30pm | Mr. Nathan

Overview

Ballet 4 training becomes much more serious. Classes will focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps.

Details

  • This class meets three times a week. Once a week is a two hour class that incorporates pointe work into the class.
  • Order Leotards through the Conservatory
  • It’s strongly suggested to take Open Class on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30*

Uniform Requirements: Order Uniform Online

  • Jade + Orchid Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Split-sole leather pink ballet shoes
  • For your convenience all uniform requirements are purchased through the Conservatory.

Class Times:

  • Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Miss Kelly
  • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30pm | Miss Kelly
  • Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00pm | Modern
  • Thursday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan

Overview

Once you reach Ballet 5, training becomes much more rigorous. Classes will focus on pointe work(with full classes on pointe), multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps.

Details

  • This class meets 3 times a week with multiple classes on pointe.
  • It’s strongly suggested to take Open Class on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30*

Uniform Requirements

  • Light Pink, Dark Blue + Emerald Green
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Split-sole pink ballet shoes

Class Times:

  • Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm | Modern
  • Thursday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan

Overview

Ballet 6 classes are for the advanced ballet student. Only those who have a strong mastery of pointe work are placed in Ballet 6. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps.

Details

  • This class meets 4 days a week with all classes at 2+ hours in length.
  • It is strongly suggested students take Open Class on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30*

Uniform Requirements

  • Navy, Fuchsia/Rose + Lilac Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Split-sole pink ballet shoes

Class Times:

  • Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm | Modern
  • Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 | Miss Kelly

Overview

Ballet 7 classes are for the advanced ballet student. Only those who have a strong mastery of pointe work are placed in Ballet 7. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps.

Details

  • This class meets 4 days a week with all classes at 2+ hours in length.
  • It is strongly suggested students take Open Class on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30*

Uniform Requirements

  • Navy, Fuchsia/Rose + Lilac Leotard
  • Ballet Pink Tights
  • Split-sole pink ballet shoes

Class Times:

  • Monday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mr. Nathan
  • Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm | Modern
  • Thursday 4:00 – 6:00pm | Miss Kelly

Adult Open Classes

All ages 18+

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Dress code — wear something you can move comfortably in.

Mondays 7:15 – 8:45 pm | Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Dress Code – wear something you can move comfortably in.

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