Ballet

Students learn Classical Ballet highlighting the various disciplines within the genre. These classes train proper posture, technique, vocabulary, strength, balance and flexibility with increasing skill level as they progress.  Ballet students will advance through three groups in each division as they develop technical demonstration and understanding.  Register

Fall Classes (by placement)

Junior Division ages 7-12

Ballet I – Monday’s 4:15pm or Wednesday’s 5:30pm
Ballet II – Monday’s 5:00pm or Tuesday’s 4:00pm
Ballet III – Monday’s 6:00pm

Senior Division ages 11+

Ballet I – Monday’s 7:00pm
Ballet II – Monday’s 6:00pm
Ballet III – Monday’s 8:00pm
Conditioning – Thursday’s 5:00pm

Required with Senior Ballet II & III are Senior Conditioning classes to provide additional training for strength, flexibility and technical fine-tuning.  Once students reach the Senior Division groups they will start to be evaluated in readiness for Pointe

What to Wear

Junior Division

  • Black Leotard
  • White tights
  • Pink ballet slippers
  • Hair worn in a bun
Senior Division

  • Black Leotard
  • Pink tights
  • Pink ballet slippers
  • Hair worn in a bun

How-To: Learn How to Make a Hair Bun

Most dance classes require that all your hair be pulled back out of your face. In ballet, a simple bun is the traditional style. Have the ladies at the Anaheim Ballet teach you how to create a bun for all hair types. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ywgUDBpnX0

Ballet Terminology

Ballet: A theatrical work or entertainment in which a choreographer has expressed his ideas in group and solo dancing to a musical accompaniment with appropriate costumes, scenery and lighting.

Tutu: This is the short classical ballet skirt made of many layers of tarlatan or net. The romantic tutu is the long skirt reaching below the calf.

Pirouette: Whirl or spin. A complete turn of the body on one foot, on point or demi-pointe. Pirouettes are performed en dedans, turning inward toward the supporting leg, or en dehors, turning outward in the direction of the raised leg. Correct body placement is essential in all kinds of pirouettes. The body must be well centered over the supporting leg with the back held strongly and the hips and shoulders aligned. Theforce of momentum is furnished by the arms, which remain immobile during the turn. The head is the last to move as the body turns away from the spectator and the first to arrive as the body comes around to the spectator, with the eyes focused at a definite point which must be at eye level. This use of the eyes while turning is called “spotting.” Pirouettes may be performed in any given position, such as sur le cou-de-pied, en attitude, en arabesqueà la secondeetc.

Terminology and definitions from American Ballet Theatre.

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