Classes we offer:
Pre Ballet and Tap
is for 3 and 4 year old children, this class introduces children to the joy of movement and creative expression through music and use of imagination. Students will learn basic ballet
positions and steps in additional to developing coordination, listening skills and rhythm.
Pre- Primary Ballet and Tap
is for students 5 years of age. This class introduces the Royal Academy of Dance’s
Pre- Primary in Dance syllabus in additonal to basic tap
skills. Goals include developing coordination, listening skills, and motor skills required dance. Students will participate in exercises to increase flexibility and strength.
is for students ages 6 – 7. This class follows the syllabus of the the Royal Academy of Dance
Primary curriculum as well as the Cecchetti
Primary work. Students work to maintain correct posture, placement and body alignment throughout movements. Additionally dancers learn to tell a story through movement and use of expression. Students may take exams in this level.
R.A.D. Grades 1 – 8 Ballet
is for students age 7 and above. These classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance
Syllabi, which includes classical, character and free movement work. Dancers develop technical strength, placement, proper posture and artistic expression Students who wish to take the RAD Exams must attend classes a minimum of twice a week in the level being examined. There may be extra rehearsals with the pianist. Examination fees will be required of those students taking exams. These classes also cater to students who wish to progress through the Syllabus but not enter into the exams. Examinations must be taken in sequence.
R.A.D. Vocational and Cecchetti Professional Exams
These examinations are for the serious ballet
student. Students must take at least six hours of ballet
classes per week to be successful in these levels of examination. It is not possible to offer every level each year. If the level your student is working toward is not currently offered please speak with the office to make arrangements to be coached.
Developed by Maestro Enrico Cecchetti, the Cecchetti
method of ballet
breaks the technique of ballet
down to a science. Precise exercises are practiced in a set order each class, each building on the next. This method builds solid foundations in technique while instilling a lovely quality of movement at the same time. When ready, students are entered for examinations and must pass each level before moving on to the next level of study. Students are eligible to begin Cecchetti
Grade 1 at age 9 and work through to Grade 7.
Intermediate and Advanced Classes
dancers who have technically attained the level required are permitted to enroll in these classes. These levels are designed to provide an increase in a dancer’s challenges, and represents the progression in a dancer’s achievements and commitment to dance. All levels emphasize correct postural alignment, principals of turn out, balance, control and barre and center exercises that become more complex and challenging at each level. The principles taught in each level build upon one another to create a solid foundation for technical strength and proficiency. Dancers in the levels are required to take at least three technique and two pointe
classes per week.
Students begin pointe
only with permission from instructors. Pointe
is for serious ballet
students, In order to dance on pointe
proficiently students are required to take a minimum of three technique classes a week in addition to pointe
classes. Maintaining as well as improving technique is essential to progress with pointe
work. The Charlotte School of Ballet
only allows students to begin pointe
in the summer. All students on pointe
must study a minimum of three weeks during the summer. Please see the pointe
policies sheet for more information.
classes combine traditional classical and Broadway jazz
with the ever changing styles of today. These classes are full of energy and fun and at the same time challenging. Always age appropriate in style, music and, if applicable costumes.
Students of modern
dance are introduced to basic contemporary techniques including contractions, oppositional energy and improvisation. Students will explore dynamics in time and space and build understanding of rhythm, gestures and shapes.
classes focus on the development of a sharpened sense of rhythm, coordination, and clarity of sounds incorporating warm-up, rhythm sequences, across the floor, combinations and routines.
This All Boys dance class focuses on developing strength, flexibility and coordination through movement. The discipline and focus will benefit boys with sports as well as with dance. Scholarships are available as needed.
is offered for our dancers who love to perform. Auditions are held in the Spring for companies. These dancers have the opportunity to perform throughout the year in many different venues. Please let us know if you have performance opportunities available for any of the studio companies.
Adult Ballet and Tap
classes focus on developing strength, flexibility and coordination through movement. Special rates are available for parents of students currently enrolled.
can be arranged as requested. All private lessons must be set up through the business office There is a studio fee as well as the instructor fee. We kindly ask for 24 hour advance notice of any cancellations.