Class Descriptions & Schedule

The Tallahassee Ballet School provides students with a kinetic understanding of how their bodies move through space and build from the classical ballet principles and technique. Ballet is the foundation for all dances and assists in developing muscles and posture that allow dancers to move with grace and poise.

Instructors

The Tallahassee Ballet School follows the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Instructors Hope Eltomi and Naomi Lebhar are ABT Level 3 certified teachers. The Tallahassee Ballet school faculty are all classically trained instructors through various national dance companies and the FSU School of Dance.

More information about our instructors.

Enrollment

Enrollment in The Tallahassee Ballet School is limited. Registration is offered on a first come, first-served basis, therefore early enrollment is recommended. Excluding Early and Open Divisions, any new student is required to take a placement class. Following the evaluation, the school director will contact the student’s family to give a level placement for the school year. Drop-ins are not permitted.

After a student has been placed in a level, he or she may register online. The new-student registration fee for all divisions is $40. Registration fee and class tuition will be applied immediately upon registration.

To request a placement class, please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or 850.224.6917 ext 23.

Tuition

Tuition is $450 ($50/month) for classes less than one (1) hour; $468 ($52/month) for one-hour classes; and $486 ($54/month) for classes more than one (1) hour. Tuition for Summer Evening Classes is $100 per class for the six-week session. For more information, visit the registration page.

The Tallahassee Ballet periodically offers merit scholarships to deserving students. The deadline for the Helen Salter Scholarship application was May 31, 2018. Click here to download the application.

Dress Code

Level 2 and Higher are required to wear the TTBS Uniform Leotard for all TTBS Classes. The leotard is optional for jazz and contemporary class.

Mommy & Me and Open Division Classes: Comfortable clothing easy to move in. Ballet shoes or socks are allowed. No street shoes in the studio!

Creative Movement, Primary Levels A & B, and Level 1: Black or solid color ballet leotard, pink tights, pink canvas or leather ballet shoes for ballet, black jazz shoes for jazz class, black tap shoes for tap, hair pulled back neatly in a bun or small ponytail. No street clothing. Skirts are allowed but not required.

Level 2-4: Black TTBS Uniform Leotard, pink tights, pink canvas ballet shoes for ballet, black jazz shoes for jazz, hair pulled back in a neat bun. No skirts, warm-ups, or street clothes are permitted in the studio. Skirts may be worn with permission of the teacher during a Pointe technique class.

Level 5-7: Black TTBS Uniform Leotard, pink tights, pink canvas ballet shoes for ballet, black jazz shoes for jazz, footies or socks for contemporary. Hair must be pulled back in a neat bun. Leggings or jazz pants may be worn in jazz or contemporary with the permission of the teacher. Skirts may only be allowed for the Friday Pre-Professional Pointe/Variations class.

Boys Dress Code

For all ballet classes: black tights, black ballet shoes, and a white t-shirt

For all jazz classes: black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes, and any solid-colored t-shirt

For all contemporary classes: black jazz pants or tights, bare feet, and any solid-colored t-shirt

 

2018 Summer Schedule of Classes

Day & Studio Class Start Time
Monday Studio A Mommy and Me - Summer 2018 - Monday 5:15pm-6:00pm
Monday Studio B Creative Movement -Summer 2018- Monday 5:15pm-6:00pm
Wednesday Studio B Primary Level A - Summer 2018 - Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm
Wednesday Studio B Primary Level Jazz - Summer 2018 - Wednesday 6:15pm-7:00pm
Wednesday Studio A Primary Level B - Summer 2018 - Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm
Monday Studio B Level 1 - Summer 2018 - Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday Studio B Level 1 -Summer 2018 - Thursday 5:15pm-6:15pm
Thursday Studio B Level 1/2 Jazz - Summer 2018 - Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday Studio A Level 2 - Summer 2018 - Thursday 5:15pm-6:30pm
Tuesday Studio B Level 2 - Summer 2018 - Tuesday 5:15pm-6:30pm
Tuesday Studio B Level 2/3 Conditioning- Summer 2018- Tuesday 6:30pm-7:15pm
Thursday Studio A Level 3 - Summer 2018 - Thursday 6:30pm-7:45pm
Tuesday Studio A Level 3 - Summer 2018 - Tuesday 5:15pm-6:30pm
Wednesday Studio A Level 3 Pointe -Summer 2018 - Wednesday 7:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday Studio A Level 4 - Summer 2018 - Wednesday 6:15pm-7:30pm
Monday Studio A Level 4/5 Pointe - Summer 2018 - Monday 7:15pm-8:15pm
Monday Studio B Level 4/5 Summer 2018 - Monday 6:00pm-7:15pm
Tuesday Studio A Level 5/6 - Summer 2018 - Tuesday 6:30pm-7:45pm

 

2018-2019 Schedule of Classes

Day Time Class
Monday 3:30-4:30pm Level 1
Monday 3:30-4:30pm Primary Level B
Monday 4:45-6:15pm Level 3
Monday 4:45-6:15pm Level 5
Monday 6:15-7:30pm Level 4 Jazz
Monday 6:15-7:45pm Level 6
Monday 7:30-9pm Level 4
Monday 7:45-9pm Level 5/6 Jazz/Contemporary
Tuesday 3:30-4:15pm Creative Movement
Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm Level 1
Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm Level 1 Jazz
Tuesday 5:30-6:45pm Level 2
Tuesday 6:45-7:45pm Level 3 Pointe
Tuesday 7:45-9pm Beg/Int Adult Ballet
Wednesday 9:45-10:30am Mommy and Me
Wednesday 3:30-4:15pm Creative Movement
Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm Primary Level A
Wednesday 4:30-5:15pm Primary Level Jazz
Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm Primary Level B
Wednesday 6:15-7:30pm Level 2
Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm Beginner/Intermediate Tap (Ages 12-15)
Thursday 1:15-2pm Creative Movement
Thursday 3:30-4:30pm Primary B
Thursday 3:30-4:30pm Primary Level A
Thursday 4:30-5:45pm Level 2
Thursday 4:30-6pm Level 3
Thursday 5:45-7:15pm Level 4
Thursday 6-7:15pm Level 2 Jazz
Thursday 7:15-8:15pm Level 4 Pointe
Thursday 7:15-8:30pm Level 3 Jazz
Friday 3:30-4:15pm Mommy and Me
Friday 3:30-5:15pm Level 6/7 Pointe/ Variations
Friday 4:15-5:15pm Level 1
Friday 5:15-6pm Creative Movement
Friday 5:15-7pm Level 5 Ballet/Variations
Friday 6-7pm Level 3 Contemporary
Friday 7-8:15pm Level 4 Contemporary
Saturday 9-9:45am Creative Movement
Saturday 9-9:45am Mommy and Me
Saturday 9:45-10:45am Primary Level A
Saturday 9:45-11am Level 2
Saturday 10:45-11:45am Primary Level B
Saturday 11:45am-12:45pm Level 4 Pointe
Saturday 11am-12:30pm Level 3
Saturday 12:30-1:30pm Level 3 Pointe
Saturday 12:45-1:45pm Level 1

Class Descriptions

Children’s Division

The Children’s Division features classes that combine movement and music to help students develop coordination, body awareness, rhythm, and flexibility while learning ballet vocabulary. Classes will progress and introduce students to foundational ballet steps, terminology, and the basics of dance. Admission is open to current The Tallahassee Ballet students and the community. Classes are split by age and birth date.

  • Mommy & Me

    Take a fun class with your little one! Introduce them to the magic of dance while enjoying the company of other moms and babies in our studio. This 45-minute class focuses on coordination, direction, balance, dance movement, and rhythm concepts that are great for early development of kinetic skills. It will also introduce discipline to your little one while they learn to dance alongside other students. This class is perfect for moms, dads and other caregivers for exercise and bonding with their little one.

    • Ages: 18 months- 2 years old (Must be 18 months by October 1)
    • Attire: Students wear comfortable play clothes or leotards, barefoot or ballet shoes.
  • Creative Movement

    A bubbly fun class for three year old children without parent participation. This class consists of movement activities meant to develop coordination, direction, balance, and rhythm through fantasy and the utilization of colorful props. It is a perfect preparation for our Primary Level class as it introduces some very basic ballet vocabulary in a creative setting for your child’s imagination.

    • Ages: 3 yrs (Must be 3 years old by October 1)
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Primary Level A

    This ballet class for the young dancer focuses on coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, and basic kinetic skills, as well as creative expression through dance. The class is set to music and will introduce students to the foundational steps and vocabulary of ballet.

    • Ages: 4-5 yrs (Must be 4 years old by October 1)
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. The Tallahassee Ballet leotard optional. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Primary Level B

    This ballet class for the young dancer focuses on coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, and basic kinetic skills, as well as creative expression through dance. The class is set to music and will continue to reinforce the foundational steps of ballet and expand the classical vocabulary.

    • Ages: 5-6 yrs (Must be 5 years old by October 1)
    • Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. The Tallahassee Ballet leotard Optional. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Primary Tap

    This tap class will build strength, coordination, flexibility and rhythmic skills through the percussive influences of American tap. Students will learn basic tap vocabulary and steps.

    • Ages: 4-6 yrs (Must be 4 years old by October 1)
    • Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and tap shoes. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, tap shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Primary Jazz

    This class will build strength, coordination, flexibility and rhythm by introducing students to the basics of classical jazz vocabulary and steps.

    • Ages: 4-6 yrs (Must be 4 years old by October 1)
    • Attire: Students may wear any color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes and any colored solid t-shirt.

Student Division

The Student Division includes structured classical ballet classes focusing on proper posture, discipline, vocabulary, and technique. These classes ensure the student’s understanding of the fundamental movement methods. Students will advance according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, and flexibility. As students progress in the student division they will be presented with a more challenging ballet vocabulary and quicker pace. It is designed to elevate the dance student’s knowledge of ballet for those with aspirations of auditioning for The Tallahassee Ballet’s Youth Company. An instructor’s recommendation is required for student advancement.

Two classes per week are required for students in the Primary Division- Levels 1 and 2. Three classes per week are required for students in the Student Division- Levels 3 and 4.

The Tallahassee Ballet School Student Division is by audition ONLY. Current The Tallahassee Ballet students must be invited by the School Administrative Staff and display the readiness qualities to enter into the dedicated levels. Outside students must take a placement class. Experience is not required but will be taken into consideration.

  • Level 1

    This ballet class introduces basic classical movements while building strength, rhythmic skills, and discipline. Ballet vocabulary and technique is taught through barre and center floor work, including movements across the floor.

    • Ages: Age is taken into consideration however, students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, and flexibility appropriate to Level 1. Must be 7 years old by October 1st and either invited to the Student Division by the School Administrative Staff or take a placement class.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code is strictly enforced.
  • Level 2

    This ballet class continues to expand basic classical movements while building strength, rhythmic skills, and discipline. Ballet vocabulary and technique is taught through barre and center floor work, including combinations across the floor.

    • Ages are taken into consideration however, students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, and flexibility appropriate to Level 2. Students will be invited into the student Division of Level 2 by the School Administrative Staff or take a placement class to be enrolled*
    • Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code is strictly enforced.
  • Level 1 Jazz

    This jazz class is designed for young dancers who would like to add another type of dance to their vocabulary. This class will build strength, technique, movement quality, rhythm, balance, and jump by introducing students to classical jazz vocabulary and conditioning. It will include a warm-up, across the floor exercises, and a fun choreography combination that will be a culmination of each class’s content.

    • Ages: 7-8 yrs *Ages are taken into consideration however, students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the execution of the jazz vocabulary. Must be at least 7 years old by October 1st.
    • Attire: Students wear any color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes and any colored solid t-shirt.
  • Level 2 Jazz

    This jazz class is designed for young dancers who would like to further their jazz vocabulary. This class will build strength, technique, movement quality, rhythm, balance, and jump by introducing students to classical jazz vocabulary and conditioning. It will include a warm-up, across the floor exercises, and a fun choreography combination that will be a culmination of each class’s content.

    • Ages: 8-9 yrs *Ages are taken into consideration however, students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the execution of the jazz vocabulary. Must be at least 8 years old by October 1st
    • Attire: Students wear any color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes and any colored solid t-shirt.
  • Level 3

    This ballet class is designed for students wanting to develop and strengthen their ballet skills with aspirations of pointe work and auditioning for The Tallahassee Ballet’s Youth Company. Ballet vocabulary and technique is taught through barre and center floor work, including combinations across the floor. This class also begins to bring attention to the artistry of ballet movement and fluidly connecting steps, as well as preparing young dancers for auditions and performances.

    • Ages: *Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary that is appropriate for Level 3. Students will remain in this level for a minimum of 2-4 years
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code strictly enforced.
  • Level 3 Jazz

    This class will build strength, technique, movement quality, rhythm, balance, and jumping by continuing the students’ jazz vocabulary. It will include a warm-up, across the floor exercises, and a fun choreography combination that will be a culmination of each class’s content.

    • Ages: Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the jazz vocabulary that is appropriate for Level 3 jazz.
    • Attire: Students wear any solid color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes and any colored solid t-shirt.
  • Level 3 Pointe

    This class is by invitation only for dancers who are fully prepared to begin pointe work. The class will focus on the fundamentals of pointe work while building the strength necessary to progress en pointe. The class will include mainly barre work and will eventually advance to combinations in the center. Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Ages: *Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution pre-pointe and pointe work.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and are allowed to wear a solid colored skirt. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code strictly enforced.

Pre-Professional Division:

Advanced students are invited into the Pre-Professional Division due to their hard work and dedication to dance. This program is designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in dance and have aspirations to be a part of the TTB Main Company. An instructor’s recommendation is required for student advancement.

Students will partake in a rigorous dance schedule of at least 5 classes per week, extensive outside work, and conditioning, preparing them for the intense demands that professional dancing requires. The Tallahassee Ballet School Pre-Professional Division is by audition or invitation only. Students will be invited to enter into the rigorous training program or will be placed by a scheduled audition.

  • Level 4

    This ballet class is designed for students wanting to develop and strengthen their ballet skills with aspirations of auditioning for The Tallahassee Ballet’s Youth Company. Ballet vocabulary and technique is taught through barre and center floor work, including combinations across the floor. This class also continues to bring attention to the artistry of ballet movement and fluidly connecting steps, as well as preparing young dancers for auditions and performances.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary that is appropriate for Level 4. Students must remain in Level 4 for a minimum of 2 years.
    • Students wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code strictly enforced.
  • Level 4 Jazz

    This class will build strength, technique, movement quality, rhythm, balance, and jumping by advancing the students jazz vocabulary. It will include a warm-up, conditioning, across the floor exercises, and a fun choreography combination that will be a culmination of each class’s content.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the jazz vocabulary that is appropriate for Level 4 Jazz.
    • Attire: Students wear any solid color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes and any colored solid t-shirt.
  • Level 4 Contemporary

    This class is designed to further the concepts of moving through space, discovering movement capabilities that lie outside the classical ballet vocabulary, and learning the concept of being grounded. Drawing from the many various styles of dance and conditioning, this class challenges student’s technical awareness and promotes expression through movement where the body is the instrument.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the contemporary/modern vocabulary that is appropriate for Level 4 Contemporary.
    • Attire: Students wear any solid color leotard, tights or jazz/capri pants, and bare feet. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, any solid colored t-shirt, and bare feet.
  • Level 4 Pointe

    This class is by invitation only for dancers who are ready to advance their pointe work. The class will focus on the fundamentals of pointe work while building the strength necessary to progress en pointe and eventually execute classical variations. The class will include barre work, center and across the floor exercises.Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Students will advance from Level 3 Pointe to Level 4 Pointe according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of pointe work.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and are allowed to wear a solid colored skirt. Hair must be neatly pulled back in a bun for class. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt. Dress code strictly enforced.
  • Level 5

    This intermediate/advanced level ballet class is designed to expand the body’s movement capabilities through challenging and complex combinations that will prepare dancers for The Tallahassee Ballet’s Youth and Main Company. It will focus on the use of upper body, moving through space, and using artistry along with technical abilities. Pointe work will be performed both at the barre and in the center. This class is by invitation only.Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary and pointe work appropriate to Level 5. Students may remain in Level 5 for a minimum of 2 years.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and split-sole ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Level 5 Pointe/Variations

    This class is by invitation only. The class will focus on pointe technique, building strength and fluidity in the shoes, and artistry as a classical ballet dancer. The class will include barre and center floor combinations. The second portion of class will include learning and performing a Classical Variation. Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary and pointe work appropriate to Level 5.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pointe shoes. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Level 5/6 Contemporary

    This class is designed to get dancers moving through space, discovering movement capabilities that lie outside the classical ballet vocabulary, and learning the concept of being grounded. Drawing from the many various styles of dance and conditioning, this class challenges student’s technical awareness and promotes expression through movement where the body is the instrument.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the contemporary/modern vocabulary appropriate to Level 5/6 Contemporary.
    • Attire: Students wear any solid color leotard, tights or jazz/capri pants, and bare feet. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, any solid colored t-shirt, and bare feet.
  • Level 5/6 Jazz

    This class will build strength, technique, movement quality, rhythm, balance, and jumping by advancing the students’ jazz vocabulary. It will include a warm-up, conditioning, across the floor exercises, and a complex choreography combination that will be a culmination of each class’s content.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the jazz vocabulary appropriate to Level 5/6 Jazz.
    • Students wear any solid color leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes. Boys wear black jazz pants or tights, black jazz shoes, and any solid colored t-shirt.
  • Level 6

    This advanced level ballet class is designed to expand the body’s movement capabilities through challenging and complex combinations that will prepare dancers for TTB’s Main Company. It will focus on the use of upper body, moving through space, and using artistry along with technical abilities. Pointe work will be practiced at the barre and center. With a very enthusiastic and outgoing approach, you will leave this class feeling a sense of mental and physical accomplishment and enjoyment. This class is by invitation only. Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary and pointe work appropriate to Level 6.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and split-sole ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.
  • Level 7 Pre-Professional Pointe/Variations

    This class is by invitation only. The class will focus on pointe technique, building strength and fluidity in the shoes, and artistry as a classical ballet dancer. The class will include barre and center floor combinations. The second portion of class will include learning and performing a Classical Variation. Please contact our School Director Meagan Helman at classes@TallahasseeBallet.org or (850) 224-6917 ext. 23 to discuss this class.

    • Students will be considered for this level according to individual progress in obtaining technique, strength, flexibility, and the proper execution of the ballet vocabulary and pointe work appropriate to Level 7.
    • Attire: Students wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pointe shoes. Boys wear black tights, black ballet shoes and a white t-shirt.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Nutcracker

December 8 & 9, 2018
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall-FSU
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances – The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

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