First Steps Program

Tiny Steps, Creative Movement Levels 1 and 2 (ages 3-5/Pre-K)

At Mass Ballet we take what comes naturally to little ones and combine it with the study of
creative movement and ballet to help children develop a love of dance that can stay with them
for a lifetime. Through this 2 to 3 year program, dancers build a foundation for movement,
personal expression, creativity, musicality, and an understanding of basic dance principles and
terminology. Children will also learn to share time, space and ideas through monthly objectives
such as relationships with others, expressing emotions through movement, classroom etiquette
and musical awareness. At Mass Ballet we know not every child will continue dance training
forever or perform professionally, but the joy of music and movement can stay with them for a
lifetime if they learn in a fun, child-centric way. Children who turn three by September 1 should
enroll in Creative Movement 1. Children who turn four by September 1 should enroll in Creative
Movement. Our Tiny Steps class is for children who will turn three between September 1 and
March 1. This class is offered in the spring and is a preparation for Creative Movement 1.

Young Dancer Program

Pre-Ballet through Ballet 5 (Ages 5/Kindergarten and up)

This program starts with a Pre-Ballet class for children who are 5 years old (Kindergarten) by
September 1st. This program builds in intensity from the Pre-Ballet classes meeting 45 minutes
once per week to Ballet 5 classes meeting 1-2 times per week for 75 minutes. With kind and
experienced instruction, children learn age appropriate exercises, while still getting opportunities
to explore movement and their imagination. Though dancers in this program are receiving an
excellent foundation for more advance training should he/she choose to pursue pre-professional
training, the learning environment has a good balance of structure and fun. Children gain
coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and active listening skills along with a significant amount
of ballet/dance vocabulary. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is offered to this dance group.
Dancers in this program may also enroll in Modern and/or Jazz. All dancers are required to take
a minimum of one ballet class a week, but may opt to take more.
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Pre-Professional Program

Intermediate and Advance Ballet (Based on experience. Ages 12 and up)

This program is for dancers whose passion for dance is beyond that of a hobby. Dancers must
be willing and able to commit themselves to attending the minimum number of classes required
each week by level. Students in these levels dance approximately 6-12 hours per week. Classes
include ballet, pointe, variations, modern and jazz. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is
offered to this group with other techniques and methods layered in. Dancers who have trained in
this program have gone on to be accepted and train at prestigious dance programs such as Alvin
Ailey Dance Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, American Academy of Dance in Paris, Ballet Pensacola,
Toronto Dance Theatre, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill School for the Arts
and many more.
We encourage dacners who are considering our pre-professional program to come to our school
on a trial basis (paying open class fees). Not only will this give the dancer time to see if he/
she enjoys our program, but also allows our staff time to build a program that fits your individual
needs.

The Extension:

The Extension at Mass Ballet is a pre-professional jazz and modern dance performing group
open to dancers ages 11-18. Students rehearse weekly and perform at different events and
benefits, as well as participate in master classes from guest artists and at a dance convention
each year. Students are accepted by audition only and must be enrolled in a ballet class, jazz
class and modern class to eligible.

Community Program:

Our community program is for teens and adults who love to dance but cannot commit themselves
to the training and time requirements of our more intensive programs. Through the Community
Program we offer Hip Hop classes, Pilates and an Adult/Teen Drop in Ballet Class.

Fitness Classes:

Mass Ballet hosts many other dance and fitness classes including Zumba and Metro West
Bootcamp. We encourage you to take a look at our community bulletin board and advertisements
in the waiting area for a complete listing of classes and associated fees.

Performance Opportunities:

Mass Ballet has two optional performances each year for students in Pre-ballet and up. In the
winter we present The Nutcracker (auditions held in September) and in the late spring each
class presents a piece in our annual Spring Demonstration. There is a small audition fee for the
Nutcracker. Students wear their class uniform for the Spring Demonstration. While students may
need to purchase an appropriate leotard and tights, most costume pieces and any extras such
as hair accessories or props for both performances are provided by Mass Ballet. All classes host
a “Peek Week” at the end of the first semester to allow parents, friends and family a chance to
come into the classroom to see what the dancers have been working on. An additional “Peek
Week” is also held for the “First Steps” class in the spring at the conclusion of the second
semester.