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At Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, girls and boys learn coordination, ballet vocabulary, and classroom etiquette in a progressive sequence based on their development. These classes help your son or daughter develop the life-long skills of focus, discipline, and confidence.


This foundational class encourages a child's sense of creativity and imagination, while introducing them to the fundamental elements of movement. Students will gain awareness of musicality and rhythm while exploring the concepts of space, time, force, movement, body, and form. Age-appropriate classroom activities develop gross motor skills, strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance while introducing students to the structure, etiquette, and discipline of dance in a fun and encouraging environment. Students will learn classical ballet terminology and practice exercises specifically designed to prepare them for future ballet training. 

Dancers may take one or two classes per week. Students must be potty trained.

Pre-Ballet provides a critical transition from Creative Movement to CPYB’s first level of classical ballet training. Foundational ballet techniques will be introduced in this course including barre work and basic ballet terminology. Elements of pantomime as it relates to classical ballet narration will also be incorporated in this class. Music, movement, and creativity will continue to be explored in Pre-Ballet to best suit the developmental needs of students and ensure an efficient transition from Creative Movement to Level I. 

To gain the most out of this training, it is recommended that Pre-Ballet students invest, at minimum, two ballet classes per week.

Tap class develops the student's rhythm and coordination. As students learn to put dance steps together in a variety of ways, they improve cognitive thinking skills. Precise musicality and classroom etiquette are emphasized.

 Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet and who meet their minimum ballet class requirements can enhance their dance experience with tap classes at no additional tuition cost.


Schedule

First Day of Class for Creative Movement: Monday, September 14, 2020

First Day of Classes for Pre-Ballet: Thursday, September 10, 2020

All Children’s Division classes will take place virtually via Zoom until further notice. Class times listed below are subject to change.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Creative Movement

4:30 – 5:15 PM EST

 

4:30 – 5:15 PM EST

 

Pre-Ballet

 

4:30 – 5:30 PM EST
TAP 5:45 - 6:15 PM EST

 

4:30 – 5:30 PM EST


Dress Code

Females

The following leotard styles are recommended but students may wear any solid color leotard of their choice while classes are held via Zoom.

Creative Movement: Mirella Girl's Cap Sleeve leotard, Lilac in color (M515C)**
Pre-Ballet: Mirella Girl's Cap Sleeve leotard, Blackberry in color (M515CD)**

with:

  • Ballet pink or flesh tone tights with feet worn in the shoes
  • Ballet pink or flesh tone ballet shoes with elastic straps
  • Pre-Ballet tap students only – black tap shoes
  • No skirts
  • Hair in a bun or similar style if possible; short hair secured with a band

**Mirella leotards available at the following locations:

  • 360 Dance Fitters, 22 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, Pa., 717.249.7313
  • The Dancer's Pointe 201 West Main Street, Hummelstown, Pa., 717 583.1820
     
Males
  • White leotard or plain white t-shirt tucked in tights
  • Black, opaque, male tights. Black shorts may be worn while classes are held via Zoom.
  • Black ballet shoes with elastic strap
  • White socks (short)
  • Hair neatly combed back out of face and secured