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 Ballet Mistress, Lauren Hernandez, is an American Ballet Theatre® (ABT) Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. The Tallahassee Ballet School instructors are classically trained by the Ballet Mistress to teach the ABT Curriculum as well as with the FSU Dance Department or various national dance companies.

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 25.

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. 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, 2017. 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 pony tail. 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 clothing 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.

2018 Summer Schedule of Classes

Stay tuned for information on our Summer 2018 Class Schedule!

2017-2018 Schedule of Classes

Day and Studio Class Time Instructor
Monday Studio A Primary Level A 3:30-4:30
Monday Studio A Level 5 4:30-6:00 Meagan
Monday Studio A Level 6 6:00-7:30 Meagan
Monday Studio A Level 5/6 Jazz/Contemporary 7:30-8:45 Cozy
Monday Studio B Primary Level B 3:30-4:30 Hope
Monday Studio B Level 3 4:30-6:00 Hope
Monday Studio B Level 4 Jazz 6:00-7:15 Cozy
Monday Studio B Level 4 7:30 - 9:00 Meagan
Tuesday Studio A Level 1 3:30-4:30 Lauren
Tuesday Studio A Junior Company Class 4:30-5:45
Tuesday Studio A Senior Company Class 6:00-7:15
Tuesday Studio A Rehearsals 7:30-9:00
Tuesday Studio B Creative Movement 3:30-4:15 Mary Rebekah
Tuesday Studio B Level 1 Jazz 4:30-5:30 Kelly
Tuesday Studio B Level 2 5:30-6:45 Lauren
Tuesday Studio B Level 3 Pointe 6:45-7:45 Meagan
Tuesday Studio B Adult Ballet 7:45-9:00 Meagan
Wednesday Studio A Mommy and Me 9:45-10:30am Mary Rebekah
Wednesday Studio A Primary Level B 3:30-4:30 Lauren
Wednesday Studio A Apprentice Company Class 4:30-5:45
Wednesday Studio A Senior Company Class 6:00-7:15
Wednesday Studio A Rehearsals 7:30-9:00
Wednesday Studio B Primary Level A 3:30-4:30 Mary Rebekah
Wednesday Studio B Primary Level Jazz 4:30-5:30 Mary Rebekah
Wednesday Studio B Creative Movement 5:30-6:15 Mary Rebekah
Wednesday Studio B Level 2 6:15-7:30 Meagan
Thursday Studio A Creative Movement 1:15-2:00 Mary Rebekah
Thursday Studio A Prmary Level A 3:30-4:30 Mary Rebekah
Thursday Studio A Level 2 4:30-5:45 Lauren
Thursday Studio A Level 4 5:45-7:15 Lauren
Thursday Studio A Level 4 Pointe 7:15-8:15
Thursday Studio B Level 1 3:30-4:30 Hope
Thursday Studio B Level 3 4:30-6:00 Hope
Thursday Studio B Level 2 Jazz 6:00-7:15 Kelly
Thursday Studio B Level 3 Jazz 7:15-8:30 Kelly
Friday Studio A Level 6/Pointe/Variations 3:30-5:15 Janet/Meagan
Friday Studio A Primary Level B 5:15-6:15 Mary Rebekah
Friday Studio A Level 4 Contemporary 6:15-7:30 Julie
Friday Studio A Level 3 Contemporary 7:30-8:30 Julie
Friday Studio B Mommy and Me 3:30-4:15 Mary Rebekah
Friday Studio B Primary Level A 4:15-5:15 Mary Rebekah
Friday Studio B Level 5/Variations 5:15-7:00 Meagan
Saturday Studio A Level 3 9:00-10:30 Naomi
Saturday Studio A Level 2 11:00-12:15 Hope
Saturday Studio A Level 4 Pointe 12:15-1:15 Hope
Saturday Studio B Mommy and Me 9:00-9:45 Katerina
Saturday Studio B Creative Movement 9:45-10:30 Katerina
Saturday Studio B Primary Level A 10:30-11:30 Naomi
Saturday Studio B Primary Level B 11:30-12:30 Naomi
Saturday Studio B Level 3 Pointe 12:30-1:30 Amanda
Saturday Studio B Level 1 1:30-2:30 Amanda

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 25 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. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 25 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. 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. 25 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.
  • 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. 25 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 25 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.
  • 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. 25 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.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Nutcracker

December 16-17, 2017
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

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