Our regular season starts at the beginning of September and ends at the end of May.
Our summer season takes place during June, July and August. Summer open classes are offered for teens and adults. Prices for classes are $18/class or $150 for a 10 class card.
Creative Movement is a fun, first dance class for dancers aged 3 and 4. This class introduces youngsters to movement with music.
Creative Movement dancers may wear dance clothes or just comfortable street clothes. They may wear traditional ballet slippers or dance in bare feet.
Lower School classes
Amherst Ballet’s pedagogical philosophy is based on the premise that dance training flows best from classical ballet. To that end we offer Pre-Training 1 for 5-6 year olds, and Pre-Training 2 for 6-7 year olds. Vaganova based methodology is begun with Level 0 for 7-8 year olds and older students with no prior training, or insufficient training. Students progress through Level 1 and 2 based on individual accomplishment.
Twice a year (the last class in December and the last class of the season) parents are invited into the studio to observe and monitor the progress of Lower School students at the teacher’s discretion; we urge at least one parent to attend to support their efforts.
Pre-Training 1 through Pre-Training 2 students perform in a class concert at the end of the season. Level 0 through Level 2 students participate in the end of season performance in the Lower School short-form ballet.
Dance uniform requirements for those dancing in the Lower School are noted in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Upper School classes
Upper School classes are generally attended by dancers in middle and high school. Study of Vaganova-based methodology continues in the Upper School. All ballet classes are 1.5-2 hours, and may include pointe. Amherst Ballet also offers training in Modern and Contemporary dance, as well as Contemporary Ballet and Jazz for Upper School students.
Dance uniform requirements for the Upper School are noted in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Teens who are new to dance or have had gaps in their dance training are also welcome at Amherst Ballet. They may take the Adult Beginning Ballet Class or choose to have a program of study tailored to them by the Artistic Director to enable them to catch-up with their peers. Beginning teen students follow the dress code in the Parent/Dancer Handbook.
Adult dancers are warmly welcomed at Amherst Ballet. Ballet classes specifically for adults are offered several times a week at different levels. Adults may also join Upper School classes with the permission of the instructor provided they have the necessary skills to participate. Adult dancers may wear traditional ballet clothes or comfortable clothes that will allow the dance instructor to see their muscles.
Dance Supply Stores
We recommend the following places to buy dance clothes. ALWAYS CALL BEFORE YOU GO as the stores may be open odd hours!
Fancy Feet Plus
67 East St
Mary Ann’s Dance Apparel & More
56 Cottage St (Rte 141)
New York Dancewear
Discount Dance Supply