Dance Classes

 

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula Fall 2021 Dance Classes

Master Class in Contemporary Jazz
with Linnea Stureson Tolbert 
Wednesday, September 29
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Open to all levels age 9 and up
$20
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Linnea Stureson Tolbert began training at Lake Erie Ballet School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Lesley Bories-Scalise. She was later accepted and hired into the school-affiliated dance company, where she performed roles such as Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and Spanish Lead in their rendition of The Nutcracker. The majority of her ballet training has been a mixture of Balanchine, Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques.  Linnea established strong jazz, modern and tap techniques at various competitive and recreational dance studios. Through her competitive years she learned to value and excel in performance, expression, artistry, and musicality. She continued her training at Mercyhurst University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Performance in 2014 . She had an expedited experience at Mercyhurst that shaped her into a well-rounded, diverse, mature artist with a hunger for knowledge. Linnea looks forward to returning to school and working towards a Masters Degree after her performance career. She was proud to be a Company Member with Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original jazz dance company for seven seasons. In addition to performing, Linnea is a passionate dance educator and choreographer. She enjoys teaching at various schools across the Midwest and East Coast. In the summer of 2019, Linnea was honored to share her love and passion for the Giordano Jazz technique with her fellow students after completing her certifications in Basic, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Level of the Nan Giordano Certification Program. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and a trainer with P.volve, a functional fitness method.

MONDAY

PreBallet
for ages 5-7
with Avery Nank
8 weeks beginning Sept. 13
4:30-5:15 p.m.
$56 class fee (or $50 for donors)
$8 tutu/sash fee
Dancers at this level will learn posture, flexibility, and coordination using music and expression, developing a strong foundation of physical and mental understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training. Fun and beautiful basic ballet concepts are introduced. Dancers will learn vocabulary and build a foundation in ballet technique prior to entering into our leveled classes.

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Ballet I
with Heather Burns
8 weeks beginning Sept. 13
5-6 p.m.
Formal training in Classical Ballet begins at this level. We’ll focus on learning basic vocabulary, alignment, weight transfer, musicality, and coordination, while dancing in a fun and nurturing environment.

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Ballroom Dance
with Brenda Angle
6 weeks beginning Sept. 13
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Single: $68 (or $61 for donors)
Couple: $101 (or $91 for donors)

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Progressing Ballet
Technique (PBT)
with Clover Robinson
5:15-6:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept. 13
$90 class fee (or $81 for donors)
$85 for Sr Division Dancers
Open to Ballet II & up (any level II student registered for PBT is invited to take the barre and center of the following class free of charge)
Please bring a racket ball to class!
This is an innovative program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists. Students will use fitness and fusion balls as tools to find posture and weight placement, developing correct movement patterns by activating the correct muscles. Activation of these intrinsic muscles assists to prepare the feet, calves, and hamstrings for a safe and healthy transition onto pointe. Clover Robinson is a certified PBT instructor.

Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson
8 weeks beginning Sept. 13
6:15-7:45 p.m.
Dancers will study sustained barre and center work, along with adagio, pirouettes, and allegro combinations, and will be expected to work with greater emphasis on discipline, exactness and precision in skills.

Teen/Adult Ballet
with Heather Burns
8 weeks beginning Jun. 16
7:30-8:30 p.m.
$90 class fee
For the student who always wanted to take ballet, but never did. We’ll cover the basics of ballet: learning dance vocabulary, proper body alignment, and coordination. Dance for fitness & fun — it’s never too late to start!

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Nutcracker Rehearsal
7:45-8:45 p.m.

TUESDAY

Ballet II
with Clover Robinson
8 weeks beginning Sept. 14
4:30-6 p.m.
Ballet II students take two classes per week and focus on developing technical abilities as well as artistic expression, developing self-confidence, coordination, balance, and musicality, while learning the discipline of the art form.

Ballet III & IV
with Cassie Serdula
5-6:30 p.m.
See Monday’s description.

Beginning Pointe
with Clover Robinson
8 weeks beginning Sept. 14
6:45-7:45 p.m.
The study of Ballet technique as applied to pointe work.

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
with Cassie Serdula
8 weeks beginning Sept. 14
6:45-7:45 p.m.
The study of Ballet technique as applied to pointe work.

Nutcracker Rehearsal
7:45-8:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

 

Creative Movement
for ages 3-4
with Avery Nank
8 weeks beginning Sept. 15
4:30-5 p.m.
$56 class fee (or $50 for donors)
$8 tutu/sash fee (student’s to keep)
This class focuses on the joy of movement, encouraging children to use and develop imagination through participation in dance, storytelling, & music.

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Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson
5-6:30 p.m.
See Monday’s description

CLI Class (Sr Division or invitation only)
with Clover Robinson
8 weeks beginning Sept. 15
6:30-8 p.m.
BTA is very excited to offer this new class! CLI is a virtually-instructed class offering multiple genres of dance. Our faculty will assist in the instruction as dancers learn a variety of movement styles such as Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. Each class will focus on one technique and build upon the foundation our Senior Division dancers have developed. There are some live interactive classes available; dates/times TBA.

Nutcracker Rehearsal
8-8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY

Ballet II
with Clover Robinson
4:30-6 p.m.
See Tuesday’s description

Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson
6-7:30 p.m.
See Monday’s description.

Pointe
with Clover Robinson
7:45-8:45 p.m.
See Tuesday’s description.

SATURDAY

Yoga for Beginners – CANCELLED

 

Nutcracker Production Experience
for ages 7-adult (possible roles for both acts)
Participants age 12-adult must be vaccinated
Auditions: Saturday, October 9, 11 a.m. – noon
Season fee: $120 (includes costume fee)
Dancers, actors, and first-timers all welcome!
Everyone who registers/auditions will receive a role. Attendance at all rehearsals and at all performances is mandatory. Auditions are first come, first served, and are held to let participants experience the entire production process, as well as to give the dance director an idea of a participant’s level of ability.

Find information on pricing, policies, and divisions here.