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Amherst Ballet is committed to teaching pure classical ballet technique, uncluttered by stylistic mannerisms or outdated methods, while fostering self-confidence and joy in self-expression.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.
Ballet classes will follow a structured classical ballet syllabus agreed upon by the faculty, that will cater closely to the students’ technical and physical needs, as well as enabling their continued progression. It is important for the acquisition of skills and overall accomplishment that students commit to training at the specified frequency. Students unable to fulfill this commitment will not be turned away, but their acceptance is with the understanding that they may need to spend more than one season in each level. Students are expected to attend 80% of classes to participate in the end of season concert unless otherwise arranged with the Artistic Director.
Amherst Ballet recognizes that students have different areas of interest and levels of commitment to dance. We are happy to enroll dancers who wish to study ballet intensely as well as those who wish to have dance as just one aspect of their lives. The number of weekly hours the dancer dedicates to dance may affect his/her performance opportunities at Amherst Ballet.
- 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 email@example.com
- Registrations for fall classes are accepted beginning in August. Open registration closes on September 30th. Any registrations or schedule changes after this date may require a placement class with the Artistic Director to determine the best level for the student.
- There is a one-time non-refundable $30 registration fee for all Season classes.
- The tuition amount is for the whole season unless otherwise noted. A monthly payment options are available.
- Tuition can be paid online through DanceStudio-Pro, which incurs a 3% service charge. It can also be paid by bringing a check or cash to Amherst Ballet. The check should be written to Amherst Ballet.
- There is 3% discount if paid in full by August 31.
- A second child in a family receives 5% discount and a third and fourth children 10% and 15% respectively.
- Discounted 5 and 10 class cards are available for in-studio drop-in classes.
- You can get a discount on tuition if you sign up for cleaning duty. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Scholarship is available for those in need. To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form and send it with necessary documents to Amherst Ballet, 29 Strong St., Amherst, MA. 01002 by September 15.
- The school holds the right to cancel classes if enrollment is too low.
- As with the season classes, drop-in classes have maximum enrollment limits. To take drop-in classes in studio, you must pre-register for the particular class through DSP.
- All students will be placed in the level that is developmentally and technically appropriate for them at the outset of the season. Instructors may recommend adjustment of placement during the season.
- Amherst Ballet is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation and prevention, which are subject to change. At the time of this printing, there is a mask mandate in place for the town of Amherst. All students and visitors are required to wear a mask inside the building and during class. Please see our current COVID-19 Safety policy here.
- Full policies and guidelines can be found our Parent-Dancer Handbook Amherst Ballet Parent-Dancer Handbook 2021-2022