Classes for the 2016/2017 Season at Ballet Arts start on Tuesday September 6, the day after Labor Day. If you are unfamiliar with our school, please check out the rest of the tabbed links for a look at our classes, our curriculum, our faculty and more. Since we see dance as a performing art, you might also want to look over some photos from past performances on our Performance links at the top tab.
Rehearsals have started for Nutcracker 2016 with the advanced dancers.
Welcome to Ballet Arts
Ballet Arts has provided dance education in the Conejo Valley for over 50 years (established - 1962). We have classes in many dance forms but specialize in ballet. Ballet Arts is does not promote sports-like competitions. Our dance education is centered around stage performance. Professional quality dance productions with Conejo Civic Ballet Company provide students with theater experience and the opportunity to refine their dance technique. In the process they develop technical and social skills needed for collective participation towards a common goal. We feel these skills are more valuable to the community and to the individual. And besides, even though preparing for a major full-length ballet performance is hard work, our students find out that it is a lot of fun - fun that they share with other dancers.
Check out the rest of the tabbed links for a look at our classes, our curriculum, our faculty and more.
Classes for tap, character and contemporary are one hour long. The ballet classes vary in duration and are listed in the class description below. The ages listed in the class description are approximate. All classes are taught by adult professional dance instructors and that includes our pre-ballet classes! We do not avoid the expense of professional instructors by using our students to teach.
A family discount of 10% applies when more than one family member signs up for classes. There are additional requirements for participation in our ballet productions. Students wishing to participate in CCBC productions must commit to taking all classes at their level and attend all rehearsals.
Pre-ballet (ages 3-4)
- 30 minute class -
A program developed for the young dancer that focuses on coordination and rhythm. Students learn basic class etiquette, learning to take turns and group participation. A portion of the class is set aside for stretching to develop flexibility and free dance encouraging students to respond individually to different types of music.
Beginning Ballet (ages 4-5)
- 1 hour class -
In addition to warm-up stretches on the floor, short barre exercises are introduced. Class etiquette and structure is emphasized. Students are exposed to ballet terminology such as plie, releve, chasse, and passe explained in simple terms the young dancer will remember.
At Ballet Arts our core ballet curriculum consists of six levels. Most students will spend 2 years at each level after Level 1, starting with learning the basic skills and etiquette of proper ballet training and advancing to levels of artistic expression only limited by their efforts. The 1st year at a level is labeled with a "B" for beginning and the 2nd year is labeled with an "A" for Advanced (thus level 2 has 2B and then 2A). Advancing to a higher level requires passing a proficiency test. Testing will be performed each year at the end of the academic term. Students ending their first year in a level are expected to take the test for evaluation of their progress so they can concentrate on improving performance on techniques that are causing them difficulty. New students to Ballet Arts will be placed based on an evaluation class.
Ballet One (ages 6)
- 1 hour classes, 1 class per week -
Students at Level One become familiar with basic ballet class structure (stretching, barre work, center exercises, and Reverance). These classes consist of simple stretches on the floor to develop flexibility. Students will spend approximately 20 minutes at the barre learning basic exercises of ballet positions such as demi plies, jetes, and tendus. Students in Level One start simple center exercises of ballet movement including port de bra and simple jumps. In addition students learn traveling steps such as Chasse and Bourees.
Ballet Two (ages 7-8)
- 1 hour, 2 classes per week -
Students at this level are now familiar with basic ballet class structure and etiquette. Training increases to 2 classes a week. Barre work is now a little longer and includes additional exercises that train the muscles for balance and coordination such as Frappes and Developes. Center exercises now include more difficult movements such as Assemble and beginning turns.
Ballet Three (ages 9-10)
- 1.25 hours (Ballet 3B) & 1.5 hours (Ballet 3A), 2 classes per week -
Students are now familiar with basic moves and ballet terminology. Training increases to 90 minute classes extending the stamina of the dancer. Stretching moves from the floor to the barre and barre exercises are now approximately 40 minutes. Combinations for the floor exercises increase in level of difficulty training the dancer in choreographic comprehension. Students at this level now learn to execute more difficult floor exercises without the teacher dancing in front of them.
Ballet Four (ages 11-12)
- 1.5 hours, 3 classes per week (1 class on pointe) -
Students become more proficient at putting steps together, improve balance and strength in turns. Female students start training on pointe and learn to adjust to the new balance required for pointe shoes. At this level pointe combinations are simpler so students may concentrate on proper form. Training on flat ballet shoes continues with more complex exercises such as fouette turns.
Ballet Five (ages 13-14)
- 1.5 hours, 5 classes/week (2 classes on pointe) -
Students now have a good command of ballet terminology. This level adds beats to petite allegro steps such as: assemble battu, jete battu, entrechate trios. We continue to develop elevation in the execution of grande allegro steps and concentrate on developing the smoothness of movements when transitioning from one step to another. Pointe exercises become more complex and students foot muscles become stronger.
Ballet Advanced (15+ yrs)
- 1.5 hours, 5 classes/week (2 classes on pointe) -
Students have progressed through the 5 levels or have been tested to be proficient in all techniques. Female students should be confident to dance on pointe any and all combinations. Students present a polished execution of steps and combinations. They have developed strength, stamina, and artistic expression which serves them well in stage performance. At this level ballet technique is refined and artistic expression is emphasized.
- 1 hour classes -
This class explores new and divergent choreography. Students take the technique and principles of ballet and form new interpretations to music outside the usual classical realm. Many ballet companies offer contemporary pieces in their repetoire. Contemporary Dance expands the education and performance opportunities of students with solid ballet training.
- 0.75 hour classes -
Pilates aids dancers develop their core muscle strength and improve flexibility and balance. This class uses mat pilates exercises and is open to students at Ballet 3A and above.
Tap dance is popular with young and not so young alike. It originated in England with influences from African stomp dance and is very different from most other dance forms in that tap dance also involves the generation of sound; the tap dance performer is both a musician and dancer. The sounds are made by rhythmic tapping of metal cleats called taps fixed to the bottom of the shoe. Ballet Arts offers tap instruction to beginners and advanced students. There are both children's classes and adult classes.
For our young students a popular class is our tap and ballet combination classes which may also include simple aerobatic skills such as somersaults and cartwheels. The classes are fun and the student is exposed to two different dance styles.
Ballet Arts offers dance classes from pre-school level to professional and adult level in many different dance forms. Our core programs are ballet. It is the most structured dance form and provides a basis for other dance forms. Our ballet classes are graded according to age and ability and each ballet level fulfills its own syllabus. For those entering our core ballet program with prior training, we require the new student to attend a class where they will be evaluated. The evaluation class is free and is designed to make the transition to a new school as easy as possible for the student.
Class offerings include:
- Classical Ballet
- Pointe Technique
- Contemporary Dance
All girls must wear light pink tights and pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes. Leotard colors are listed below. Dress code is strictly enforced. After two violations a student will be asked to leave the classroom.
|Pre-Ballet & Ballet/Tap Combo
||Pink (skirts encouraged)
||Choice of solid color leotard. Must have one black camisole.
||Pink Tights and Pink Ballet Shoes
- Men wear black ballet shoes, black tights or leggings and a white or black form-fitting T-shirt
- All warmup attire must be appropriate dancewear not streetwear
- Adults may wear any color leotard and tights. Pink ballet shoes are required.
- Hair must be securely pinned away from the face and neck. Long hair must be put into a bun and short hair confined with a hair band.
Students are required to wear a leotard of any color, black or pink footless tights. This class is performed in bare feet, however, foot mittens or dance paws are acceptable.
Black jazz pants or leggings, a leotard (any color) or form fitting tee shirt, and tap shoes.
Students are expected to conform to the rules and to maintain the standards of their class level, which include good attendance and a positive, courteous attitude in class. Undisciplined, disruptive or discourteous behavior will not be tolerated and the student will be expelled from class.
All classes begin promptly. Students are expected to be dressed and ready to start class on time. Latecomers not only disturb the class, but subject themselves to injury due to insufficient warm-up. Students who are more than ten minutes late may be refused entry.
We recommend that all clothing and shoes be clearly labeled. The studio is not responsible for lost items. If you do lose an item, check the lost and found container in the student's dressing room.
Schedule & Tuition
Class Schedule 2016/2017
Sept. 6, 2016 through June 30, 2017
The color coding of the table cells gives the studio location of the class.
Tuition for scheduled classes at Ballet Arts is charged on a monthly basis. You have to be enrolled as a student to attend classes and to get any proficiency at dance, you have to attend regularly. We do not have a per class (dance card) payment option.
||Cost per Month($)
|1 or more
||$65 x # hrs/wk
|3 or more
|4 or more
|5 or more
|6 or more
|8 1/4 or more
Dance classes for the 2016/2017 Season at Ballet Arts start this Fall on Sept. 6th right after Memorial Day. Registration for classes will be held Saturday, August 20th and 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Dancewear store will also be open at this time if you need to acquire dance supplies.
The quickest and easiest way to register
All registration materials are available to download in the links provided below. To enroll,
- Read the Information Booklet and make sure Ballet Arts is the school for you.
- Print out the Registration form, fill it out and sign it. Bring this with you when you come to Ballet Arts on one of the Registration days.
- Review the Class Schedule and choose your class selections. Bring this with you when you come to register.
- Print the ACH Authorization form, fill it out except for the monthly tuition amount. Bring this with you to registration.
- Bring the completed Registration form, Schedule with your selections marked and partially completed ACH form with you to Ballet Arts and we should be able to complete the registration in a matter of minutes.
- Finally, Email a message to Ballet Arts at Robin@BalletArts.org with Student Registration in the Subject line. Leave the message blank. We only want to capture your email address so we can include you in our address book for notifications throughout the year.
Ballet Arts Dancewear is located in Suite #102 of the Ballet Arts studio complex. Our normal store hours are:
|MONDAY - FRIDAY:
||3:00 - 6:30 pm
||9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ballet Arts Dancwear has a wide selection of essential clothing for your dance class. A basic uniform for ballet classes consists of leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes. In addition we have skirts, shorts, jazz pants, warmup items, and accessories. Shoes for Tap, Jazz, Character dance as well as ballet are in stock.
Leotards come in four basic styles: camisole (narrow straps), tank (wide straps), short sleeve and long sleeve. Ballet Arts Dancewear has these styles in a variety of colors (many schools including Ballet Arts have ballet class levels identified by leotard color) in basic cotton at a reasonable cost. Leotard with synthetic material that is more colorfast usually cost more than the basic cotton but many customers prefer them.
Dance tights come in two basic styles: footed and convertible. The convertible have a sewn hole in the sole so the tight can be rolled up over the foot if desired. This allows the foot to be attended to without removing the leotard and tights. More senior students appreciate the convenience.
We have tights in pink, tan and black for child or adult.
Ballet shoes comes in flats (used by beginning and advanced students alike) and pointe shoes (used only by students over the age of 11 with several years of training). The flat ballet shoes come in full sole or split sole. At Ballet Arts Dancewear pointe shoes must be fitted by appointment. We have ballet shoes manufactured by Body Wrappers, Grishko, Capezio and Danshuz.
Tap shoes come with metal taps on the sole and heel of the shoe and are meant to create a sound under the influence of the dancer. We have a selection of children's and adult tap shoes at reasonable prices from Danshuz.
Jazz shoes are usually either a boot made from thin leather or in some classes the teacher prefers a half shoe that covers the sole of the foot.
Other shoes such as character shoes are used in dance performances and character classes. We have a section of character shoes in 1.5 inch and 2 inch heels.