Core Program

NEW STUDENTS must attend the placement audition class. This is for NEW students only to ensure proper class placement.

Please call 726-9225 or email kathy [at] newballet [dot] org to register.

New Ballet has a designated uniform for each level. Please purchase dancewear and shoes at New Ballet Ensemble front desk. In addition, no shorts or skirts are to be worn in class unless approved by NBE (available at front desk).  A uniform presentation assures equality and uniformity in the classroom.

Absence Request Forms

Click the links below to download absence request forms. 

General Absence Request

Academic/Religious Absence Request

Please see Student Handbook for our Attendance Policy and information on requesting absences. 

Creative Movement

Boys and girls ages 3-6 are given the opportunity to explore movement for the first time in these 45 minute classes. Creative Movement classes enhance the development of young children’s motor skills by introducing basic concepts, movement and rhythms. Children learn through play. In this introduction to the discipline of ballet class, play is incorporated into the lesson. New Ballet classes offer the balance between the freedom to create or and the necessary discipline or focus required for students to progress into the ballet classroom. Creative Movement classes are divided into two age groups: 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds. The 5-6 year old class is a preparation for Pre-Ballet. Free movement (the opportunity to improvise) is still an important ingredient of the class.

Mandy Possel teaches the Brain Dance by Anne Greene Gilbert  and has a very playful approach for the ages 3-4 students Nursery rhymes are incorporated in both classes. Boys also love this class and enjoy dancing across the floor as a T-Rex or any creature or character they choose.



Tuesdays 3:30-4:15pm

Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

*Parents/students choose 1 day/time only.

Pre-Ballet I & II

Formerly Creative Movement - Ages 5 and 6

Pre-Ballet is the natural progression from Creative Movement. The Brain Dance is still included in the curriculum and built upon. Students will stand at the barre in very basic positions, with little "turn out", but for the first time and will follow the structure of ballet class.  Although free movement (the opportunity to improvise) and "mapping the floor" are still important class components, remaining class time will be devoted to beginning barre work facing the barre only) and beginning center work including skipping, chasse, gallop and ballet walks in addition to learning basic French terminology of dance. Pre Ballet I is for students who have never had Pre Ballet; Pre Ballet 2 is for second year students who are still preparing for Ballet I.

THIS CLASS IS A NATURAL PROGRESSION FROM CREATIVE MOVEMENT for children who excel but who are not developmentally ready for Ballet I.



Pre-Ballet I

Thursdays 3:30-4:15pm

Saturdays 9:30-10:15am

Pre-Ballet II

Mondays 3:45-4:45pm

Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am

*Parents/students choose 1 day/time only.

Ballet I

A natrual progression for boys and girls who complete Pre Ballet II. Student dancers are introduced to the basic principles of alignment and proper body placement, the language of ballet (French), rhythmic steps and creative movement through improvisation, ballet positions and coordination exercises. This class is an extension of Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet and children will continue to develop "line" and form, but in a more measureable 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.

Students in Ballet 1 who are interested will be cast as "Mice" in Nut ReMix.



Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm

Saturdays 11:30am-12:30pm

*Parents/students choose 1 day/time only.

Saturdays 3:00-4:00pm or as called: Nut ReMix rehearsals October to December

Ballet II

Acceptance into Ballet II is based on a child's development as well as a demonstrated ability to apply the excersies in Ballet 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.

Students ages 7-9 begin work at the barre in parallel, first and second positions. Center work includes Ports Des Bras, rhythmic skips, polkas and chaser across the floor. In the spring session, a short piece of choreography is the focus of center work, incorporating the curriculum learned in semester 1. In addition, we return to the barre for small jumps and begin work on spotting in preparation for turns.



Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm

Saturdays 3:00-4:00pm or as called: Nut ReMix rehearsals October to December

Ballet III

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

A progression from Ballet II, students at this level practice with more turn out at the barre and increase their knowledge of steps, taking on challenges as developmentally ready. Triplets, jumps and spotting exercises prepare students for more complex centre exercise in levels IV and V.

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



Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:15-5:30pm

Saturdays 3:00-4:00pm or as called: Nut ReMix rehearsals October to December

Ballet IV

Students in Ballet 4 have progressed from Ballet III and are ready for a greater challenge. This class will begin 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.  These students look forward to pointe work in the 6th or 7th grade. Age eleven is the mean age; however, some students who progress quickly may find themselves in this level by age 9. Pilates classes will ready each student for pointe work. Core work will strengthen the abdominals for higher jumps, more power and the faster footwork required of a more advanced dancer.



Mondays 5:00-6:00pm - Ballet Technique

Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 2:15-3:00pm - Flamenco

Saturdays 3:00-4:30pm or as called: Nut ReMix rehearsals October to December

Ballet V

Ballet V are working in the center en pointe. Flamenco, Pilates and African classes are included as well as the opportunity to learn from NBE Master Guest teachers at no additional fee.

Summer session is mandatory in preparation for possible progression the following season.



Mondays 6:30-7:30pm - African *OPTIONAL but must attend to be cast in African pieces

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

Wednesdays 4:15-5:45pm Ballet Technique

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm - Flamenco

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

Saturdays 11:00-11:45am - Pilates

Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 2:00-4:30pm or as called - Rehearsals

Ballet VI

Students ages 14+ attend this level by invitation or audition. This class requires a five-day per week commitment, including rehearsals for winter and spring performances. Flamenco, Pilates and Master classes are included. Community engagement performance opportunities at institutions such as the Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis in May, as well as main stage NBE productions offer an abundance of performing opportunity.

*Ballet VI and VII will be combined for training; however, casting decisions and special performance opportunities may only be offered to one of the class levels.



Mondays 4:15-6:15pm - Ballet Technique

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm - African *OPTIONAL but must attend to be cast in Africna pieces

Tuesdays 4:15-6:15pm - Ballet Technique

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm - Jazz*OPTIONAL but must attend to be considered for casting in Smiling Faces or Green Onions

Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm - Ballet Technique

Wednesdays 7:45-8:30pm - Rehearsals as called

Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm - Pilates

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm - Flamenco

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 11:30am-4:30pm - Rehearsals as called

Ballet VII

Students ages 15+ attend this level by invitation or audition. This class requires a five-day per week commitment, including rehearsals for winter and spring performances. Flamenco, Pilates and Master classes are included. Community engagement performance opportunities at institutions such as the Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis in May, as well as main stage NBE productions offer an abundance of performing opportunity.

*Ballet VI and VII will be combined for training; however, casting decisions and special performance opportunities may only be offered to one of the class levels.



Mondays 4:15-6:15pm - Ballet Technique

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm - African *OPTIONAL but must attend to be cast in Africna pieces

Tuesdays 4:15-6:15pm - Ballet Technique

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm - Jazz*OPTIONAL but must attend to be considered for casting in Smiling Faces or Green Onions

Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm - Ballet Technique

Wednesdays 7:45-8:30pm - Rehearsals as called

Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm - Pilates

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm - Flamenco

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am - Ballet Technique

Saturdays 11:30am-4:30pm - Rehearsals as called