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Our studio doors open wide for all sorts of students –– those who want intensive ballet training at a high level, 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. Our classes welcome everyone, from age 3 to as old as you feel like dancing! New Ballet welcomes new and returning students to explore dance in a supportive environment of excellence and diversity.

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Classes

CHILDREN & YOUTH CLASSES

Creative Movement

Children ages 3-4 explore movement for the first time in these 45-minute classes, which enhance the development of young children’s motor skills by introducing basic concepts, movement and rhythms. Children learn through play as they are introduced to the discipline of ballet class.



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.

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.



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 at the barre in very basic positions and begin center work, 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 barre work (facing the barre with little "turn out") and beginning center work including 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.

 

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. and 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

 

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. Center work includes Ports Des Bras, rhythmic skips, polkas and chasers across the floor. In the spring session, center work 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.

 

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.

Performance in the annual Nut Remix production is open to this group.



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

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 ports des bras (the use of the arms) as well as complex footwork.



Level 4 students look forward to pointe work in the 6th or 7th grade. Age 11 is the mean age in this class but some students who progress quickly may find themselves in this level by age 9. Core work will strengthen the abdominals for higher jumps, more power and the faster footwork required of a more advanced dancer. Please expect to dance two years in level four before progressing to Level 5.



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

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

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

Level 5

Level 5 students work in the center en pointe. Flamenco, Pilates and African classes are included as well as the opportunity to study with New Ballet Guest Artists (included in annual tuition).

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



Level 5 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 (new time)

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

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

                    2:30pm - 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00pm - Nut Remix rehearsals as called (Schedule posted weekly)

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 (new time)

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

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 perform 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

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

                    6:00-7:00pm - Flamenco

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

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

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

Saturdays     11:15am-12:45pm - Ballet Technique (new time)

                    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 6:00-7:00pm

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00pm

Boys Technique 1

This class is designed for boys ages 6-10 who are more comfortable starting their dance training in a class with other boys. Fundamental techniques are drawn from several styles and include ballet barre, modern center, Horton technique and jazz isolations. 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 sequences, boys learn to pick up choreography, memorize sequences and patterns and are able to engage dance right away. Once they learn the fundamentals of technique, boys may decide to progress to a ballet Level class or add a Hip Hop, African or Flamenco class to their studies.

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 5 with a 45 minute barre with the Artistic Director. The male dancers then move to a private 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, too. Please address any questions or concerns to mary@newballet.org



Thursdays 5:00-6:00

Youth 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



Fridays 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 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.



Fridays 4:00PM-5:00pm  (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 10:30 - 11:30am

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 Hip-Hoppers can take their moves to the next level in this high-energy class!



Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00pm

Memphis Jookin

Memphis Jookin was born here in Memphis. It has become internationally recognized and influential through the work of New Ballet graduate Charles "Lil Buck" Riley. Jookin performers improvise to the music, originally rap, but Lil Buck has expanded its soundtrack to include classical, jazz, and other genres. Class is taught by Shamar Rooks, a veteran Jooker and longtime New Ballet collaborator



Mondays  7:00-8:00pm

ALL AGES CLASS

West African Dance

This class combines modern and West African movement traditions. 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.



Fridays 5:30 - 6:30pm

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

ADULT CLASSES

Adult Beginning Ballet

For those who want to experience the world of ballet for the first time, this is the place!

Fridays  6:45-8:00pm

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Adult Intermediate Ballet

Intermediate class is for those who have had experience with ballet in the past, whether as children or in college, and want to renew their practice! 

Fridays  5:30-6:45pm

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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 6:30 - 7:30pm

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