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SUMMER TERM / June 23 – August 21, 2014 Summer Term 2014


Summer Term classes run from Monday, June 23 through Thursday, August 21, 2014 (10-week session)

$  16.00
$  75.00
(discounted to $15.00 per class)
Expiration: 2 months
(discounted to $13.00 per class)
Expiration: 4 months
  • Class will not be held: July 4, 2014 (Independence Day).
  • Drop-in class length is 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • A live accompanist is provided to enhance movement and musicality.
  • Single class and multiple class cards can be purchased immediately before class. Please allow time upon check-in. Check-in and payment must be processed before student is allowed in class.
  • Class cards are “virtual” cards.  We keep track in a computer program. You will not be given a hardcopy. 
  • Classes with an average attendance of less than 10 students may be canceled.


Absolute Beginning Ballet

Monday and Wednesday Nights
(Two 4-week sessions)
Session 1: June 23, 2014 – July 16, 2014
Session 2: July 28, 2014 – August 20, 2014
Each 4-week Absolute Beginning
Ballet Workshop: $96.00
Sign-up for both $168.00

Beginning Ballet Workshop

Tuesday and Thursday Nights
(Two 4-week sessions)
Session 1: June 24, 2014 – July 17, 2014
Session 2: July 29, 2014 – August 21, 2014
Each 4-week Absolute Beginning
Ballet Workshop: $96.00
Sign-up for both $168.00

  • Pre-registration by email is required for all workshops. Pre-registration begins Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Please send name, home phone/cell phone number, and workshop choice to schoolofobt@obt.org. All email pre-registrants will receive an email confirmation. 
  • Workshop class length is 1 hour, 15 minutes.
  • A live accompanist is provided to enhance movement and musicality.
  • New students will not be allowed to join a workshop in session after its third class unless approved by the instructor after a trial class ($16.00; non-refundable). If a student is given permission to join after the initial three weeks, all remaining classes will be prorated at $14.00 per class.
  • Drop-in students are not permitted in workshop classes. In fairness to the workshop participants, exceptions will no longer be made.
  • Workshop classes must have an initial enrollment of 15 students to continue.



Ballet 1

Once the dancer has the understanding of basic ballet terminology and steps, the student could be ready for this level.  Most students have had a minimum of two years experience or are returning to ballet after many years off.

This class consists of the repetition of exercises previously taught but greater in quantity and at a faster pace.  The development of strength is emphasized.  Big and small poses in croisé, effacé, écarté, and arabesque lines will be taught.  More jumps will be introduced, building an allegro vocabulary. Pirouettes are presented.  Center floor combinations will be executed, concentrating on the coordination of legs, head, and port de bras.  The class ends with a traditional révérence.

Ballet 2

The dancer is expected to be well versed in ballet terminology.  Barre work exercises are more complex, often ending with balances in more difficult poses.  This class level will work on more control of the body while developing agility and strength.  Pirouettes, en dedans and en dehors, are performed routinely in each class.  Adagio, petit allegro, and grand allegro combinations are practiced to develop power, sense of line, fluidity of movement, and grace. The class ends with a traditional révérence.


Absolute Beginning Ballet

This class is an introduction to ballet with an emphasis on body alignment for proper execution of ballet steps.  The student will learn the very basics of ballet technique in the structure of a traditional ballet class.

The class begins with barre work, consisting of pliés, tendues, jetés, and ronds de jambe.  These movements are taught slowly so the student understands the importance of muscle development for strength and rotation.  Barre work is concluded with stretching before class resumes with center floor work.  Center exercises reinforce the barre work, and port de bras is added.  Small jumps are introduced.  The class ends with a traditional révérence.

The completion of at least two workshop sessions is recommended to ensure student confidence before moving into Beginning Ballet.

Beginning Ballet

This class is a continuation of Absolute Beginning Ballet.  Students new to our Adult Program may begin this class only with instructor approval (please call for placement procedure).

Beginning Ballet’s class structure is always consistent, repeating and building onto prior knowledge of technique.  Port de bras is added to pliés, tendues, and jetés, and these movements are executed at a faster tempo and in 5th position.  Frappés, fondues, and grands battements are added to the barre work.  Sautés and échappés are first introduced at the barre and then executed in the latter half of center work.  Barre work always concludes with stretching.  Simple adagio exercises are added in center work.  Combining two or more steps make up exercises traveling across the room.  The class ends with a traditional révérence.

The completion of one to two years of Beginning Ballet is recommended to ensure student confidence before moving into Ballet I.



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