Ballet Class Offerings
Huntington Dance Theatre is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-primary through level 5 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Erin Stephens, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5.
We offer ballet classes at the following levels:
Creative Movement (One movement class per week)
Suggested ages 3-5. Students will learn basic body movement and locomotive movements. Basic pre-ballet instruction in the foot and arm positions is also learned. Students explore tempo change, space usage, creativity with props, and group work. We aim to teach students enjoyment of dance and foster a love of the art form. Creative Movement students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.
Beginning Ballet (One ballet class per week)
Suggested ages 6-7. Students build on the foundation of Creative Movement by beginning more technical training. Students move to the barre and learn the five basic positions as well as beginner barre technique including plie, tendu, degage, releve, and sauté. Beginner Ballet students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.
Intermediate (Two ballet classes per week)
Suggested ages 8-10. Students graduate into two ballet classes per week in addition to other course work. Students will build upon their previous studies with more complicated barre such as arabesque, battements and pirouettes, and changement, and center work including traveling turns, pas de bourree, bourree, jete, and sauté. Students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.
Junior (Three+ ballet classes per week - including pre-pointe and beginning pointework)
Suggested ages 10- 13. Students have three ballet classes per week in addition to other course work. Focus is on control and precision in both barre and center work. Students prepare and strengthen for pointe work and receive their first pair of pointe shoes. Students will begin their beginning pointe studies. Junior students perform in both Nutcracker and spring recital.
Apprentice (Three+ ballet classes including pointework)
Suggested ages 14-16. Students focus on intermediate pointework and becoming integrated into the performing company. Center work includes focus on the body directions and learning petite allegro, adagio, grand allegro and mastering traveling turns. Students have the opportunity to have role models and be the role models. Students perform in both Nutcracker and the spring concert.
Company (Three+ ballet classes including pointework)
Ages 16+. Company members attend a minimum of 3 technique classes weekly in addition to specialty classes and pointe studies. Students should be able to execute advanced pointe work with confidence. Company members are encouraged to explore choreography, different genres of dance, and teaching. Company members perform in all HDT shows as well as many community events.
Offering a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning the fundamental techniques of ballet. Adult ballet offers something for every age group, from young adult to seniors. Adults have the option to perform in the annual Nutcracker ballet.
Class placement is based on technique and is at the discretion of the directors and instructors. Ages are approximate, and it is not unusual for students to spend more than one year in a level.