Classes

Philosophy

At Amherst Ballet, we train dancers of all ages, backgrounds, body types, and levels of experience, and offer a comprehensive dance education that draws both from traditional and contemporary schools. We strive to create an environment that nurtures each student’s creativity, talents, and well-being, while at the same time giving them the tools and training to become world-class artists. Our goal for each student is not necessarily the pursuit of “perfection,” but rather the achievement of fearlessness, joy, and confidence in her or his unique abilities. 

Amherst Ballet is committed to teaching pure classical ballet technique, uncluttered by stylistic mannerisms or outdated methods, while fostering self-confidence and joy in self-expression. Our diverse faculty of teachers draws from Vaganova method, Balanchine technique, RAD, Bournonville, and ABT Schools to give students the widest possible palette of artistry and technical dexterity. Our curriculum is designed to offer students a rich, well-rounded education that will include: Creative Movement, Classical Ballet Technique, Pointework, Pre-Pointe, Pas de Deux, Music Comprehension/Appreciation, Contemporary/Modern Dance, Hip Hop, and Nutrition Education.  

Classes

All the classes are offered both in person in the studio and online through Zoom.

Creative Movement

50 minutes per week           Wednesday 3:00-3:50 pm

Suspended for the fall semester due to COVID-19 concerns.

Ballet Fundamentals

1 hour per week              Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm

No previous dance or movement training required. Students will practice basic ballet positions, movements, and terminology, as well as learning to dance rhythmically with music, and with clear directions of the body.
Recommended for ages 5-6.
In-studio enrollment limit: 7

Level 1

2.5 hours per week (2×1.25 hour class)

Monday & Wednesday 4:15-5:30 
Madeleine Bonn

Some previous training preferable. Students will learn all classical ballet arm and foot positions, and begin practicing all traditional barre exercises. Dancers will gain an understanding of how to move rhythmically to a variety of musical tempi, and establish a foundation for advancing jumps and turns.

Recommended for ages 7-9.
In-studio enrollment limit: 5

Level 2

Combined with Level III; 3 hours per week (2×1.5 hour class)

Combined with Level III; Tuesday & Thursday 4:45-6:15 pm 
Madeleine Bonn

Some previous training required; Students will attain knowledge of all arm and foot positions (1st through 5th), and all directions of the body (i.e. Croisé, écarté). Dancers will be confident executing all traditional exercises at barre (i.e. plié through grands battements), as well as basic jumps, turns, and traveling steps in center.

Recommended for ages 9-11.
In-studio enrollment limit: 5

Level 3

3 hours per week (2×1.5 hour class)

Tuesday & Thursday 4:45-6:15
Madeleine Bonn

Some previous training required. Students will gain an understanding of all ballet positions, movements, directions, and terminology, and will concentrate on proper alignment, strength, flexibility, and turnout throughout all movements. Pre-Pointe exercises will be incorporated into class time.

Recommended for ages 11-13.
In-studio enrollment limit: 5

Intermediate

3 hours per week  (2×1.5 hour class)

Monday & Friday 4:45-6:15 pm
Madeleine Bonn

Extensive previous training required. Students will have a solid grasp of all ballet positions, movements, directions, and terminology, as well as possessing an understanding of proper classical technique, alignment and form. Dancers will gain confidence performing multiple turns, jumps with batterie, and advanced sequences.
In-studio enrollment limit: 7

Intermediate Pointe

1 hour per week (2×0.5 hour class)

Monday & Friday 6:15-6:45 pm
Madeleine Bonn

Men's Batterie

0.5 hour per week 

Monday 6:15-6:45 pm 

Advanced

3 hours per week (2×1.5 hour class)

Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm & Thursday 5:45-7:15 pm
Madeleine Bonn/Stephanie Shumway

Extensive previous training required. Students will have a strong grasp of all ballet positions, movements, directions, and terminology, as well as demonstrating the ability to maintain proper alignment, clear technique, and consistent turn-out throughout all movements. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening artistry, musical phrasing, expression, and nuance, as well as multiple turns, jumps with batterie physical stamina, and complex sequences.
In-studio enrollment limit: 7

Advanced Pointe

1 hour per week (2×0.5 hour class)

Tuesday 8:00-8:30 pm & Thursday 7:15-7:45 pm
Madeleine Bonn/Stephanie Shumway

Adult Advanced Beginner Ballet

1.5 hours per week 

Monday 7:15-8:45 pm
Madeleine Bonn
Drop in only

Adult Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

1.5 hours per week 

Monday 7:00-8:30 pm
Drop in only

Adult Intermediate/Mixed Level Ballet

1.5 hours per week 

Saturday 10:15-11:45 am
Drop in only

Rotating instructors. For the schedule of instructors, check the calendar here.

8-Week Intro to Ballet for Adults

1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks

Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm
Karen Michaels

This is an 8-week course designed to teach adults the beginning basics of ballet technique as well as proper and healthy bio-mechanical body alignment. Students will learn basic ballet positions, vocabulary, and class exercises with an emphasis on alignment and musicality.
In-studio enrollment limit: 5
The first session is September 10-October 29.

Modern I

1.25 hours per week 

Wednesday 5:15-6:15 pm
Iris Berkman

Recommended for ages 5-7

Modern II

1.25 hours per week 

Saturday 10:00-11:25 am
Adele Fisk

A class exploring the fundamentals and applications of classical modern technique. Moving through a codified class model we will learn the individualized movement vocabulary of classical modern while honing our ability to find freedom within discipline and individuality within uniformity. Wear long pants to protect knees during floor work and a tight fitting top.
Recommended for ages 8-14
In-studio enrollment limit: 5

Modern III

1.5 hours per week 

Saturday 11:45 am-1:15 pm
Adele Fisk

A class exploring the fundamentals and applications of classical modern technique. Moving through a codified class model we will learn the individualized movement vocabulary of classical modern while honing our ability to find freedom within discipline and individuality within uniformity. Wear long pants to protect knees during floor work and a tight fitting top. 
In-studio enrollment limit: 5

Hip Hop I

1 hour per week 

Saturday 12:00-1:00 pm
Allana Scudder

This class is a stepping stone into the realm of the Hip Hop genre, not merely the dance. Looking at various styles of hip hop including lockin and social dances to name a few, the goal of the class is to put a name to the iconic movements we know as characteristics of hip hop, such as the Biz Markie from the 90s and the Woah from the 2010s. Starting with a warmup to understand the nuances of the movement before jumping into the material at hand!
For ages 8+. No previous experience required.
In-studio enrollment limit: 7

Hip Hop II

1 hour per week 

Thursday 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Stephanie Shumway

Class starts with a warm-up, including an isolation break down of the body, abdominal and arm work, progressions across the floor and learning choreography weekly.
For ages 14 and up
In-studio enrollment limit: 7

Zumba

1 hour per week; offered two times 

Tuesday 10:00 – 11:00 am & Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Anna Plummer
Drop in only

Registration

  • Registration must be done through Dance Studio Pro. Click on the “Register” button below to go to Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal.
  • If you have never danced with us before, you need to make a free account at Dance Studio Pro. If you have danced with us but don’t have the login info, email info@amherstballet.org
  • The school holds the right to cancel classes if the enrollment is too low.
  • As with the season classes, drop-in classes have the maximum enrollment limit of 5 or 7. To take drop-in classes in studio, you must pre-register for the particular class through DSP or by submitting the form below. 
  • All students must follow the safety protocol when attending classes.

Dress Code

Ballet Classes: Female

Pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Leotard colors are as follows

  • Pre-Primary Primary: Light Pink
  • Level I: Lavender
  • Level II: Light Blue
  • Level III: Purple
  • Level IV: Emerald/Forest Green
  • Intermediate: Royal Blue/Navy
  • Advanced: Red/Burgundy

Hair must be up in a bun.

Ballet Classes: Male

Black ballet slippers, dance belt, black tights (suspenders optional), and a white short-sleeve shirt or white leotard.

Ballet Classes: Adults

Ballet slippers, comfortable clothes for exercise.

Hip Hop

Clean sneakers and leggings or sweat pants. No shorts. Any top that is comfortable.
Knee pads are not required but can be helpful for floor work.

Drop-in Class Pre-registration Form