Menu of Classes

Registration is open for students who seek intensive ballet training at a high level (by audition), and those looking for once- or twice-a-week classes in a wide range of styles – Hip Hop, tap, West African drumming and dance, Jookin, adult ballet or ballet fundamentals for teen beginners (no audition required).  New Ballet welcomes new and returning students to explore dance in a nurturing environment of excellence and diversity.

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Or call 901-726-9225 for registration information.

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Classes

Creative Movement

Children ages 3-4 explore new movement in these 45-minute classes, enhancing the development of motor skills by introducing basic concepts and rhythms. Classes are based on the celebrated BrainDance by Anne Greene Gilbert, which aligns movement lessons with children’s brain development. It’s a playful approach that uses nursery rhymes and free improvisation.



Creative Movement classes balance the freedom to create and the discipline and focus required for students to progress into the ballet classroom. Free movement (the opportunity to improvise) is an important ingredient of the class.



Tuesdays 3:30-4:15pm

Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

Students attend one class per week. Please choose 1 day only.

Pre-Ballet 1 & 2

Pre-Ballet is a natural progression from Creative Movement. The Brain Dance approach is continued and built upon. Students work in the center in very basic positions, following the structure of ballet class.



Free movement and "mapping the floor" are still important class components in Pre-Ballet, and class time is also devoted to beginning center work including plié, tendu, skipping, chasse, gallop and ballet walks. Students also learn basic French terminology of dance. Pre-Ballet 1 is for students who have never had Pre-Ballet; Pre-Ballet 2 is for second-year students who are still preparing for Level 1.



Pre-Ballet 1*

Mondays 3:30-4:15pm

Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

Pre-Ballet 2*

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

Saturdays 9:15-10:15am (new time)

*Students attend one class per week. Please choose 1 day/time only.

 

Ballet Level 1

This is the natural progression for students who complete Pre-Ballet 2. Student dancers are introduced to the basic principles of alignment and body placement, the language of ballet (French), rhythmic steps, ballet positions and coordination exercises.

Interested Level 1 students will be cast as "Mice" in Nut Remix.



Level 1 is a progression from Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet. Children will continue to develop line and form, but in a more measurable way. Be patient! This level can host children for two years until their bodies are developed enough for more advanced barre work and turned out positions.



Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm*

Saturdays 10:15-11:15am (new time)

Saturdays as called (1st semester): Nut ReMix rehearsals beginning in October

*Students attend one class per week. Please choose 1 day/time only

 

 

 

Ballet Level 2

Students ages 7-9 move into Level 2 based on their physical development and ability to perform the exercises in Level 1 with focus and intent. Students who have not studied previously at New Ballet will take a placement audition to determine readiness for the class.

Interested Level 2 students will be cast as "Soldiers" in Nut Remix



Students work at the barre in parallel, first and second positions. Ballet Level 2 dancers learn beginning “barre” exercises as recommended by American Ballet Theater, only in the center of the floor!Included are rhythmic jumps across the floor. In the spring session, this class focuses on a short piece of choreography incorporating the techniques learned in the fall semester. Students work at the barre on small jumps and begin work on spotting in preparation for turns.



Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm

Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm and Saturdays 10:15-11:15am (new times)

Saturdays 11:15am - 12:15pm(October-December) - Nut Remix rehearsals for Soldiers in both classes

Level 2 students attend 2 classes a week. Please select either Tuesdays and Thursdays OR Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Saturday 11:15am - 12:15pm rehearsals are only for students who choose to play “Soldiers” in Nut Remix.

 

Ballet Level 3

Acceptance into Level 3 is based on a child's development as well as mastery of the exercises in Level 2. Students who have not previously studied at New Ballet will take a placement audition to determine readiness for this class.

Students participate in the annual Nut Remix performance.



A progression from Level 2, students at this level practice with more turn out at the barre and increase their knowledge of steps, taking on challenges as they are developmentally ready. Triplets, jumps and spotting exercises prepare students for more complex center exercises in Levels 4 and 5.



Monday and Wednesdays 4:15-5:30pm

Saturdays as called (1st semester): Nut ReMix rehearsals

Ballet Level 4

Students in Level 4 have mastered Level 3 techniques and are ready for greater challenges. This class also begins Flamenco training in the second semester with Ms. Garcia Carmona to enhance dance knowledge and coordination.



Core work will strengthen the abdominals for higher jumps, more power and the faster footwork required of a more advanced dancer. It is expected that students will participate for two years in level four before progressing to Level 5 with rare exceptions.

Students in Level 4 Year 2 are eligible to audition for Level 5 Year 1 Summer Intensive. Two weeks of Intensive are not included in the Level 4 tuition and require a supplemental fee.



Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm - Enhancement Classes (includes: Flamenco)

Saturdays 3:30pm as called (1st semester): Nut ReMix rehearsals

Ballet Level 5

Students in Level 5 have mastered Level 4 technique and are ready for greater challenges and to begin pointe work at age 12 in Semester 2. Flamenco classes are included as well as the opportunity to study with New Ballet Guest Artists (included in annual tuition).

The Summer Intensive session is required to prepare for possible progression to Level VI the following season. Our annual tuition accounts for two weeks summer study and is non-refundable.

Students in Level 5 Year 2 are eligible to audition for Level 6 Year 1 Summer Intensive. Two weeks of Intensive are included in annual tuition. Level 6 requires three weeks study and therefore, a supplemental fee for that additional week.

 



Level 5 Year 1 dancers participate in CityDance during Summer Intensives. In addition to morning ballet, pointe and modern classes, dancers join others from all over the city in the afternoons to explore diverse styles with guest Master Teachers, including Hip Hop, West African, musical theater and improvisation.



Mondays      4:15-5:45pm - Ballet Technique

                    5:45-6:45pm - Flamenco

Wednesdays 4:15-6:00pm Ballet Technique (optional for 1st year Level 5 students only)

Thursdays    4:15-6:00pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays     11:15am-12:45pm - Ballet Technique

                    12:45-1:30pm Pre-Pointe/Pointe

                    1:30-2:30pm - Pointe or rehearsals

                    2:30pm - 5:00pm - Nut Remix rehearsals as called (Schedule posted weekly)

Ballet Level 6

Level 6 dancers begin a rigorous five-day-per-week schedule including classes and rehearsals for winter and spring performances. Flamenco and Master Classes are included. Mainstage New Ballet productions and community performances at a number of local institutions offer Level 6 students an abundance of opportunities to perform.



Level 6 is the year that dancers begin to participate in Nut Remix corps de ballet work, and in their second year, begin to learn “Waltz of the Flowers.” Our Springloaded production in April builds on corps de ballet training during the spring.



Mondays       5:30-7pm - Ballet Technique

                     7:00 - 8:00pm - Flamenco

Tuesdays      4:30 - 6:00pm - (first year only)

                   4:15 - 5:45- (second year only)

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm - Ballet Technique

                    7:30 - 8:30pm - Rehearsals as called

Thursdays    6:30 - 8:30pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays     11:15am - 12:45pm - Ballet Technique

                    1:00 - 5:00pm - Nut Remix rehearsals as called (1st semester)

Ballet Level 7

Students ages 15+ train at this level by invitation or audition. Level 7 requires a five-day-per-week commitment, including rehearsals for winter and spring performances. Flamenco and Master classes are included. These advanced students are featured in New Ballet main stage productions and special community performances throughout the year.



After many years of training, these dancers are ready to participate with their teachers in mainstage and community performances, travel abroad and serve as teaching assistants in classes. As New Ballet graduates complete their post-secondary education and/or prepare for a professional dance career, they will be eligible to apply for jobs as apprentice Teaching Artists.



Mondays     6:00-8:00pm - Ballet Technique and pointe

Tuesdays     4:15-5:45pm - Ballet Technique

                    6:15-7:15pm - Flamenco

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm - Ballet Technique

                    7:30-8:30pm - Pointe/Rehearsals as called

Thursdays    6:30-8:00pm - Ballet Technique

                    8:00-8:30pm - Pointe/Rehearsals as called

Saturdays     11:15am-12:45pm - Ballet Technique

                    1:00 - 5:00pm – Nut Remix Rehearsals as called

Ballet Fundamentals

This co-ed class is for ages 11-16 who are just beginning their dance training.  It’s great for students who want to start ballet with their own age group and those who want to fast track into a Level 1+ ballet class.



Fundamentals work begins at the barre, building foundational technique and progressing each week to new concepts. Regular attendance is the key to developing skills! Registration by semester is required for this class.



Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm

Boys Technique 1

This class is designed for boys ages 6-10. Fundamental techniques are drawn from several styles and include improvisation and free dance, pre-ballet basics and co-ordination exercises. Classes may end with Hip Hop choreography that immediately encourages young students to participate at this early stage.



In the process of learning a variety of techniques and engaging in free dance, students learn to be both self-directed and creative. The construction of this class is informed by work with the Luna Dance Institute.

Students are invited to perform annually in Nut Remix and at the Levitt Shell!



Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm

Boys Technique 2

For ages 12-18. This class begins in Level 6Y2. After level 6 barre, the dancers then move to a studio for center work and fundamentals associated with repertoire and male roles (preparation for tours, turns and jumps).



Girls are always welcome to attend this class. Please address any questions or concerns to mary@newballet.org.



Tuesdays 4:15-6:15

Beginning Tap

For those with no or very little tap experience - recommended for ages 8-12. This class will emphasize clean technique, not choreography, and will include a tap barre, across the floor traveling movements and center floor combinations. Street clothes are acceptable but tap shoes are required. Long hair should be fastened away from the face.



Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm (new time).

Intermediate Tap

This class focuses on more advanced techniques with emphasis on using techniques in multiple combinations. Students should be able to make adjustments quickly and remember longer combinations of steps. Performance skills will be introduced in this class . Permission of teacher required for admission to Intermediate Tap.



Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm (new time).

Advanced Tap

Students admitted to this class have mastered of most tap technique and have the ability to comprehend complex rhythms. It will focus on studying different styles of tap and learning choreography. Permission of teacher is required for this class.



Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm

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Youth Hip-Hop

This co-ed class for ages 6-9 is the perfect start for any boy or girl interested in dance! The class covers beginning basics of the origin of Hip-Hop along with fun rhythmic combinations to today’s music. Students learn discipline and isolated body placement. 



Saturdays 10:15 - 11:15am

Intermediate Hip-Hop

This co-ed class for ages 10-12 is good for those with some Hip-Hop experience and is a natural progression from Youth Hip-Hop. Students are invited to perform annually at the Levitt Shell!



Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Advanced Hip Hop

Experienced students of Hip-Hop can take their moves to the next level in this high-energy class!



Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00pm

Memphis Jookin

Memphis Jookin is a unique Memphis art form created by generations of dancers. It has become internationally recognized and influential through the work of New Ballet graduate Charles "Lil Buck" Riley. Jookin performers improvise to the music after learning basic elements including the “bounce”.



Thursdays  7:30-8:30pm

West African Dance (All Ages)

This class combines modern and West African movement traditions for multi-generational participants. Combining essential elements of dance and aerobics, West African Dance is a great class for beginners and more experienced movers who are looking for new forms and a great workout. All ages welcome! Bare feet preferred.



This exploration of West African dance techniques will include traditional rhythmic forms including KouKou, Joli, Sorsonet, and Kassa.



Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Ages 8-17 – Click here to register

Adults 18+ – Click here to register (you'll need to create an account the first time you visit)

Adult Ballet

Whether you took lessons in your youth or want to experience ballet for the first time, this is the place for you!

Fridays  5:30-6:30pm

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Adult Tap

Come tap with us! In adult tap, we will explore rhythms, dynamics, and stylized sounds. Challenge yourself mentally, physically, and rhythmically with exercises and combinations.  Produce clear sounds and make music with your feet. Everyone is welcome, whether you've ever tapped or not!

Fridays 5:30 - 6:30pm

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