Ballet Theatre Ashtabula School of Dance

Ballet Theatre
Ashtabula School of Dance

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula School of Dance provides students with a strong technical foundation in ballet via expert instruction and personal attention, in a studio space designed with safety and artistic excellence in mind. Classes are held year-round, and there are annual performance opportunities for all student levels, which dancers are strongly encouraged to take part in. Special artistic development opportunities are also available for Senior Company Division dancers, who have the chance to work with guest artists in a variety of dance genres. Our studios have shock-absorbing, basket-weave construction sprung floors surfaced with state-of-the-art marley, enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury. Many former BTA students have gone on to dance professionally in companies such as Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, MOMIX, Alberta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Les Ballets Trockadero, Ailey II, Verb Ballets, and Elisa Monte Dance, or have danced professionally for major cruise lines and in national tours of Broadway shows. Others have gotten their degrees in dance from institutions including the Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Mercyhurst University, and Wright State University. BTA also offers recreational classes, for students who enjoy dance for fun and fitness.

From ages 3-6, students are part of the Young Children’s Division, consisting of Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet. Children are introduced to basic ballet concepts and vocabulary, and begin to learn about movement and self-expression. Classes at this level emphasize imagination, simple musicality, and coordination, along with early learning concepts like listening for directions, being kind and respectful to classmates, and trying new things.

At age 7, students move into the Junior Company Division, consisting of Ballet I & II. At this level, dancers are expected to develop a sense of teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence, learning and memorizing choreography and attending classes and rehearsals consistently. Once in Ballet I, all students are invited to perform in The Nutcracker and the Children’s Dance Recital. It’s important to note that entrance into Ballet I is the last time a student’s age determines their placement; advancement to subsequent levels happens when a student has shown sufficient growth in the skills and maturity needed to move on. This advancement is a unique journey for every student, focused on individual improvement, mastery of techniques, and self-confidence — not a timeframe.

Dancers advance to the pre-professional Senior Company Division, consisting of Ballet III & IV, when they demonstrate the levels of commitment, discipline, and focus required of young, developing artists. Senior Company Division dancers are encouraged to take extra classes beyond their requirements, take advantage of master classes and choreography workshops with guest artists, and are expected to be good role models to younger dancers. Missing classes or rehearsals at this level can quickly become a barrier to a dancer’s progress, so solid attendance is vital. While not all dancers at this level plan to pursue careers in dance, those who want to can get one-on-one support in researching programs, preparing for auditions, and creating individual training plans.

Summer 2024 Dance Classes

Ballet Master Class with Fredrick Davis
Monday, August 12
noon-1:30 p.m.
for ages 9 & up, all levels
$25
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Pilates
with Julia Kubec
8 weeks beginning June 10
9:30-10:30 a.m.
$90 class fee
A mat-based fitness class focusing on core strength and flexibility. This is an excellent class for dancers and individuals looking for a total body workout. Modifications will be given to accommodate different levels.
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Ballet I
with Julia Kubec
10:30-11:30 a.m.
8 weeks beginning June 10
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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Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson
10:30 a.m.-noon
8 weeks beginning June 10
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 and precision in skills.

Improv/Composition
for Sr Div or by invitation
with Avery Nank
8 weeks beginning March 11
12:45-1:45 p.m.
$90 class fee
Dancers will explore different textures and qualities of movement while learning to build arcs, structures, and spatial patterns. They will be exposed to their own creative minds and encouraged to push dynamic range along with illusion of time and space. Students who plan to choreograph will find this class helpful.

Musical Theater Dance
for ages 9 & up
with Trinity Stevens
8 weeks beginning June 10
5-6 p.m.
$90 class fee
Students will learn basic dance vocabulary in the musical theater genre while having the opportunity to learn combinations with classic Broadway music and great style.
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Teen/Adult Ballet
with Trinity Stevens
6-7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning June 10
$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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Creative Movement
for ages 3-4
with Violet LaSalle
8 weeks beginning June 11
10-10:30 a.m. p.m.
$56 class fee, $8 tutu/sash fee
This class focuses on the joy of movement, encouraging children to use and develop imagination through participation in dance, improvisation, & music. Students learn spatial awareness, musicality, teamwork, and develop social skills, coordination, and creativity.
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Ballet II
with Heather Burns
10:30-noon
8 weeks beginning June 11
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 Clover Robinson
10:30 a.m.-noon
see Monday’s description

Beginning Pointe
with Heather Burns
12:45- 1:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning June 11
The study of Ballet technique as applied to pointe work.

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
with Clover Robinson
12:45-1:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning June 11
The study of Ballet technique as applied to pointe work.

Rehearsal for YAGP 1:45-2:45 p.m.
with Clover Robinson

Ballet III & IV
with Trinity Stevens
10:30 a.m.-noon
See Monday’s description

Contemporary Dance
with Trinity Stevens
8 weeks beginning June 12
12:45-1:45 p.m.
Students will use elements of ballet, jazz, and modern dance to explore movement styles while having the opportunity for pushing boundaries, gravity, and imagery as they gain technical and artistic experience.

PreBallet
for ages 5-7
with Violet LaSalle
8 weeks beginning June 13
10-10:45 a.m.
$56 class fee, $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.
PREBALLET

Ballet II
with Heather Burns
10:30 a.m.-noon
See Tuesday’s description

Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson
10:30 a.m.-noon
see Monday’s description

Beginning Pointe
with Heather Burns
12:45-1:45 p.m.
see Tuesday’s description

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
with Clover Robinson
12:45-1:45 p.m.
See Tuesday’s description

Rehearsal for YAGP 1:45-2:45
with Clover Robinson

No Friday dance classes currently scheduled.

No Saturday dance classes currently scheduled.

Fairytale Prince and Princess Camp
for ages 5 & up
July 15 – 19 with Emma Van Norman OR July 22 – 26 with Violet LaSalle
noon– 12:45 p.m.
$50 (including souvenir cape)
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Have a simply magical time learning to dance in our Fairytale-themed dance camp! Students will explore movement and music inspired by popular fairy tales while learning basic dance vocabulary and engaging in imaganitive play. Dance games, activities, crafts, and choreography will let students bring their favorite prince or princess to life. On the last day of class, we’ll walk in a parade, and students will don their very own crowns and capes!

Dance Faculty Members

Pilates
Director of Dance