Healdsburg Ballet’s program serves in the development of its students from their first encounter with music and movement to their emergence as young dancers. The curriculum is carefully designed to introduce the correct professional technique and instruction at the appropriate age and physical development of the student. The students acquire poise, discipline, and self confidence, all of which remain for a lifetime even if students choose not to pursue professional careers.
The focus of training is on the joy of dance and excellence of each level of achievement. We hope you will share our enthusiasm for the benefits that ballet and its interrelationship with the other arts will provide for your child. We also have a Summer Program which teaches regular classes and choreographic production.
Kinder-Dance - Pre-Ballet-Level 1:
For children 3-6 years old, introduces students to the dynamics of music and dance using the body and mind creatively and imaginatively in a structured situation. One class a week or more
Ballet Technique Level 2 to 4- for students 7-12 years of age, extends the creativity concepts into the fundamental movements of ballet training.
(It is recommended that dancers take two classes of ballet technique at this level)
Ballet Technique Intermediate - for students 10-13 years of age, guides the student through the structured syllabus designed to increase technique, stamina, and discipline in direct relation to mental and physical growth. As the young dancers gain proficiency, greater emphasis is placed on artistry and performance.
(It is mandatory that dancers at this level take 3 hours of ballet technique to remain in this level) Some dancers may get permission from the Director to add one advanced level class a week to get prepared for the Advanced level . Pointe work at this level is upon the Directors choice only.
Ballet Technique Advanced- for students 12-18 years of age, guides the student through the structured syllabus designed to increase technique, stamina, and discipline in direct relation to mental and physical growth. As the young dancers gain proficiency, greater emphasis is placed on artistry and performance.
(It is mandatory that dancers at this level take 6 hours of ballet technique and 2 hours of pointe to remain in this level)
Adult Division- open classes are offered for students, not necessarily pursuing a professional career in dance, who desire to begin or continue ballet classes.
Pointe- The development of feminine techniques en Pointe creating the fullest extension, greater mobility, and freedom.
Jazz- Jazz is a style of dance that explores a dynamic range, from lyrical to funk and blues emphasizing technique, alignment, musical dance and jazz combinations.
Hip Hop- Hip Hop is a funky and high stylized movement with roots in street dance, African and Jazz dance as well as others. It emphasized specific steps and rhythms in a high energy dynamic style.
Princess Ballerinas- We explore with dance with music, story and imagination through a magical fairy garden.