Western Ballet is open to the public, offering more than 30 ballet classes a week for adults and teenagers who want to challenge and inspire themselves through dance. All of our classes and workshops are taught by professional dancers and choreographers. We offer classes at many different levels, from Absolute beginner to professional – the open program requires no auditions or placement.

Absolute Beginners I

  • Absolute Beginners I is an introduction to ballet for students who have had no previous training.
  • Students are introduced to ballet terminology, basic ballet positions, steps, and etiquette.
  • This level works at the barre with two hands before moving into the center.
  • This class is held in an 8 week workshop series in order to ensure the progression of all the students
  • This workshop can be repeated until students are comfortable with the material before moving to Absolute Beginners II

Absolute Beginners II

  • Absolute Beginners II builds upon the material that was taught in Absolute Beginners I
  • Students in this level should already be familiar with the basic ballet positions and steps
  • One-handed barre work is introduced
  • Students work on the basic steps and start to put simple steps together
  • Students work on the coordination of the port de bras with the legs

Beginning I

  • Students in this level are expected to know the basic positions, steps, and terminology
  • The barre work is done with both one hand and two hands
  • Students continue to work on the coordination of the port de bras with the legs
  • Students work on the basic steps as well as combining those steps into common phrases

Beginning II

  • Students in this level are expected to know the basic positions, steps, terminology, and be ready to piece them together
  • The barre work is done with one hand and two hands
  • This level focuses on the execution of basic steps as well as combining those basic steps into common phrases

Beginning III

  • Students in this level are expected to know the basic positions, steps, terminology, and be ready to piece them together
  • The barre work is done with mostly one hand
  • This level continues to combine known steps into a combination
  • This class serves as a bridge to the intermediate level

Intermediate

  • Students in this level are expected to know the basic positions, steps, terminology, and be ready to use their ballet knowledge to put together more complex combinations.
  • There is an emphasis on executing technique properly as well as the artistry within the epaulement.
  • Faster footwork and musicality is explored in more depth at this level

Pointe

  • This Pointe class is held at a Beginning/Intermediate level
  • Students interested in beginning pointe work should consult with one of our faculty members to see if they are ready for pointe work.
  • Students brand new to pointe work are recommended to take a few pointe privates before joining the class or should wait for the next beginning pointe workshop.