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CHILDREN'S DIVISION
Ages 18 months-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 and our new year will begin September 8,  2021.

Creative Movement and Children's Modern I classes are based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2021.

Pre-Ballet, Level A, B, Children's Modern II, and Men's classes are also based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2021 but previous training is considered and placement is determined by the BRT Academy staff.







Class Descriptions

Creative Movement (Ages 3-5 years): This new class is designed to keep kids active and engaged and discover joy through music and movement while developing fine gross motor skills. Utilizing developmentally appropriate creative movement, children develop coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and spatial awareness. 

Pre-Ballet (Ages 4-6 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.

2021/2022 Class Schedule 

     
     
Creative Movement (3-5 yrs)
Saturday  10:30-11:06am 
 
 
 
Pre-Ballet (4-6 yrs) 
Saturday 
11:30am-12:15pm 
 
   
Level AI (6-8 yrs)
Saturday 
12:30-1:30pm
 
 
 
Level AII (7-9 yrs) 
Tuesday  4:40-5:40pm 
 
 
 
Level BI (8-14 yrs) 
Saturday
9:45-10:45am
 
 
 
Level BII (8-14 yrs) 
Monday & Wednesday
4:40-5:40pm
     
Men’s Ballet I (8-14 yrs) Monday 5:45-6:45pm 
 
 
 
Children's Modern I (7-11 yrs)   
Friday
6:00-7:00pm 
     
Children's Modern II (9-14 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

  • Everyone entering the building must wear a mask at all times.  A properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth, is secured to the head, and fits snugly against the side of the face.
  • If you are not feeling well, do not come to the studio. There will be options for joining virtually or making up a class. Anyone with symptoms, close contact, or known exposure to a positive COVID-19 case must also stay home and notify BRT.
  • In order to limit the amount of traffic inside the building, we ask that inside be limited to students and staff. Parents will need to wait for your children outside the building.
  • For our youngest students (ages 3-7) we will be allowing one parent or guardian entry to the front lobby with a maximum of 3 parents at one time.
  • Contactless payment is preferred. Choose a convenient monthly auto-payment plan or call us to process payment over the phone. 
  • Dressing rooms will be closed. Dancers need to arrive dressed for class.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everyone will need to maintain six-feet physical distance while in the lobby and in the studios. 
  • Dancers must bring their own water bottle. Food and gum are not permitted in the studio. 
 
BRT Home Studio Recommendations

Please make sure your Zoom username is your real name (student or parent) and not a generic name i.e. “iPad 2”. This is for attendance and security purposes.

Attend class in an area that has enough open space to move around in. We recommend at least 6’ x 8’ and make sure there is nothing breakable nearby. 

We recommend you place your device at a proper height for your instructors to see your full body. If your instructor cannot see your full body, they cannot correct you appropriately and you will not be able to progress as quickly in your classes. Before your Zoom class, check the position and angle of your device to insure it is in the best place possible. Your device should be in landscape mode (sideways). 

When possible, we also recommend Screen Sharing your device to a TV, so dancers have a larger image to look at. 

Internet Speed 

Run an internet speed test in the room you plan to use as your at-home studio. You can do this HERE. If speeds are slow, Zoom will freeze, and dancers may have difficulty fully participating in class. Wifi extenders can be purchased to help remedy this issue.  

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