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CHILDREN'S DIVISION
Ages 3-14 years

Children Division ballet classes are appropriate for students' ages 3 - 14 years. Classes meet once per week throughout the year. Students ages 14 and up who are new to ballet are encouraged to begin their dance training in the BRT Academy Adult Open Division.

Fall classes begin August 8, 2022.

Pre-Ballet and Children's Modern classes are based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2022.

Level A, B, and Men's classes are also based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2022 but previous training is considered and placement is determined by the BRT Academy staff.
 

Students age nine and up and take at least twice a week also have the opportunity to audition to perform with BRT’s company in The Nutcracker.







Class Descriptions

Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-6 years) BRT’s Pre-Ballet classes are specially designed to provide children with a strong foundation in dance. It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance: space and how to relate to it; locomotive skills; musicality; sequencing, patterns, and spatial relationships; opposites and directions; and elementary ballet positions. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of creative expression, self‑awareness, imagination, and teamwork. Through class participation, students learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, including how to take turns, following one another or leading the way, waiting patiently, working with others, and having a positive attitude.

Level A (Ages 6-9 years): At age 6, students move into a transitional level between early childhood classes and those for studying classical ballet, introducing classical ballet vocabulary. The Level A classes take the concepts learned in Pre-Ballet and begin to put them into the format used in an actual ballet class

Level B (Ages 8-14 years)At age 8, students are ready, both physically and mentally, to begin studying the disciplined and demanding art form of classical ballet. By committing to more classes per week the student is able to begin to seriously strengthen their commitment and physical strength. The BII level builds the foundation for acceptance into our Junior Division.

Children's Modern (Age 7 - 14 years) Modern dance technique helps dancers find their own quality of movement and core movement initiation with an emphasis on anatomical alignment and kinetic awareness of contemporary movement as well as assisting in the student’s expression through movement. 

Men’s Ballet (Age 8 - 14 years) This class caters to the young danseur and focuses on the basic technique of classical ballet with an emphasis toward developing the specific strengths needed as male dancers.

2022/2023 Class Schedule 

     
Pre-Ballet I (3-4 yrs)  Saturday 1:00-1:45pm
 
   
Pre-Ballet II (4-5 yrs) 
Saturday  
10:00-10:45am 
 
 
 
Pre-Ballet III (5-6 yrs)
Wednesday 4:45-5:30pm 
 
 
 
Level A (6-9 yrs) 
Thursday
4:40-5:40pm 
 
Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm 
 
 
 
Level BI (8-14 yrs)   
Saturday  
9:45-10:45am  
 
 
 
Level BII (8-14 yrs) 
Monday & Wednesday  
4:40-5:40pm  
required two classes/wk     
     
Men’s Ballet I (8-14 yrs) 
Tuesday 
6:00-7:00pm  
 
 
 
Children's Modern I (7-14 yrs)     Thursday  5:45-6:45pm 
     
     

BRT reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have five or more students.

BRT COVID Safety Protocols

To help us strive to provide dancers with a safe environment to learn and practice their art we continue to add the following safeguards to protect our students and staff while the Covid-19 Community level remains high.

  • Masks will be required to be worn while in the lobby and dressing room areas.
  • Starting August 8, 2022, BRT’s lobby and dressing rooms will be open again.
  • Also starting August 8th, Masks will be optional for dancers while dancing in the A, B, or C studios.
  • BRT’s faculty will continue to wear masks while teaching.
  • If you are not feeling well, have flu-like symptoms, or test positive for Covid-19, do not come to the studio. Many of the classes have options for making up a class or joining virtually. Follow local and CDC guidelines for isolation, testing, and recovery before returning to the studio.
  • Dancers will keep their ballet bags and street clothes with them during class (please do NOT bring more than you need for the class).
  • Class schedule has been staggered to limit traffic inside the building.
  • Students need to arrive no more than 10 minutes before their designated time. They must also be picked up promptly after their class finishes.
  • If the lobby does get crowded, we ask parents to please wait for your children outside the building.
  • High contact surfaces, including but not limited to barres, equipment, doorknobs, etc., will be wiped down between classes.
  • Hand sanitizer will be used before entering the studio and upon completion of class.
  • Dancers must bring their own water bottle. Food and gum are not permitted in the studio. 
 
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