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. We also offer two weeks of camp for 6 to 11 year olds, organized around a specific theme, that culminates in an end of camp performance.
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-year olds, and Pre-Training 2 for 6-year olds. Vaganova based methodology is begun with Level 0 for 7-year olds and older students with no prior or inferior training. Students progress through Level 1 and 2 based on individual accolmplishment.
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; we urge at least one parent to attend to support their efforts. Grandparents or out-of-town guests are welcome to observe anytime in the classroom with permission of the teacher.
Pre-Training 1 through Level 2 student participate in the end of season Lower School Class Concert.
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 Level 3 through Level 5. All ballet classes are 2 hours and include pointe. To complement the ballet training, Amherst Ballet also offers conditioning and a variety of non-ballet electives which vary from season to season.
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 study in the Adult Beginning Ballet Class or chose to have a program of study tailored to them by the director to allow them to “catch-up” with their age peers. Female beginning teen dancers wear black camisole leotards, pink tights, and ballet slippers. Male beginning teen dancers may wear traditional male dancer’s clothes or comfortable clothes that will allow the instructor to see their muscles.
Adult dancers are very welcome 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