BRAVO to the cast of Alice In Wonderland! The show was beautiful and we are so proud of you all! See you in ballet class!
Alice in Wonderland
Classical ballet is the technical foundation for all other dance forms. Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality training in a supportive environment to all students. Our unique program includes 2 performance opportunities – a fully produced story ballet and a traditional dance recital in June. All ballet students dance in the story ballet and attend a few extra rehearsals in February. Ballet class levels are assigned based on students’ needs and do not always line up with the age groups of our other dance classes. Many students take one class per week; additional classes are offered for dancers who want more intensive training and/or are interested in dancing en pointe. We look forward to working with you and your aspiring dancer!
We are pleased to offer very ballet student participation in a full story ballet production in addition to the June recital.
Your ballet tuition for the year includes your scheduled ballet classes, a performance costume to keep and any additional rehearsals! Tuition for ballet classes is slightly higher than our other classes of the same length. By incorporating the ballet performance as part of the monthly tuition, we eliminate the large show fee that would be due around the holidays.
In order to incorporate all the elements of the ballet, there will be several mandatory rehearsals in addition to weekly classes. These include one Sunday rehearsal in January or February, a dress rehearsal at the studio the Wednesday before the show, and dress rehearsal in the theatre the weekend of the show.
We know dancers and families are busy and we work hard to create a show with the least inconvenience possible. Please make every effort to attend these rehearsals.
“Featured Roles” refers to the dancers who make our ballet production a real story ballet. They include all main characters as well as ensemble roles that are needed to tell the story.
Auditions are open to all dancers grades 5 and older who are interested in an additional part in the production. There is no extra cost for these featured roles – just a serious time commitment for dancers and their families. Parts are assigned based on dancing, acting, stage presence, ability to learn choreography quickly, attitude, commitment, maturity, and class attendance.
The dress code ensures safety for all students and allows the teacher to see dancers’ physical movement and make corrections. Students will feel more confident and dance better when properly dressed for class.
Ballet shoes should fit snugly, like a sock, without room to grow. Please purchase them through In Sync or a dance store. Discount store shoes are too stiff and will not allow students’ feet to point properly. Students are often frustrated by ill-fitting shoes because teachers cannot see their feet
Girls’ Dress Code: Pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black leotard, hip alignment belt as assigned by level. Underwear, if worn, should not be visible under leotards. No shorts, skirts or shirts. Ballet sweaters that wrap and tie and leg warmers will be permitted during barre only. For students’ safety, only stud earrings are permitted. No other jewelry may be worn. Convertible pink tights are required for Pre-Pointe and Pointe. Any solid color leotard may be worn in Pre-Pointe, Ballet Technique, and Pointe. Ballet skirts are permitted in Ballet Technique and Pointe only.
Hair must be in a neat, secure bun. Shorter hair should be secured off the face with clips or a headband. Hair must be secure so that students are not distracted by needing to fix it during class
Boys’ Dress Code: Fitted white t-shirt, black shorts, thin white socks, black ballet shoes.
Levels and Placement
Placement in ballet classes will be determined by ability rather than age. Age will serve as a guideline for students new to ballet but ability will determine the level of ballet class each student should register for. Placement in the proper class will ensure the most progress for each dancer and promote motivation to improve and move forward. Miss Maggie will send home a level recommendation for each current ballet student in the spring. New students can email or call the studio to schedule a time to try a class and be evaluated, or can attend a summer class.
The guidelines below give approximate average ages for each level.
Ballet 1: 3rd-4th graders
Ballet 2A: 5th graders, 4th graders who have taken Ballet 1 or the equivalent
Ballet 2B: 6th graders, 5th graders who have completed at least 1 year of Ballet 2
Ballet 3: 7th-8th graders, 6th graders with permission only
Ballet 4: 8th grade and up
Ballet 5A, 5B, 6 and Pointe: 8th grade and up by permission only.
Pointe and Technique Classes
These classes are to be taken in addition to a leveled ballet class.
Pre-Pointe (Fridays 4:00-5:00) is open to all female ballet dancers in 5th grade and up who wish to pursue pointe work. Class will include conditioning exercises, ballet barre and center work, with an emphasis on demi-pointe work, turns, and the alignment and flexibility required for pointe. Students will be assigned exercises to complete independently to augment this training. Students are required to purchase Lisa Howell’s The Perfect Pointe Book. Students who meet the requirements for pointe will be promoted to Ballet Tech and Pointe 1 at the instructor’s discretion.
Ballet Technique 1 (Fridays 5:00-6:00) is open to all ballet students in Level 4 and up who want an additional class. This class does not include choreography; instead focusing on technique, with lots of challenging center and across the floor work. Required for dancers enrolled in Pointe 1, may also be taken in conjunction with pre-pointe.
Pointe 1 (Fridays 6:00-6:30) offered by invitation only to students who have the dedication, strength, and flexibility to succeed at pointe work. Must be taken with Ballet Technique 1.
Ballet Technique 2 (Wednesdays 7:00-8:00) for advanced dancers who want an additional class, by permission only. This class does not include choreography; instead focusing on technique, with lots of challenging center and across the floor work, followed by pointe work at the barre and in the center. Required for dancers enrolled in Pointe 2.
Pointe 2 (Wednesdays 7:00-8:00) offered by invitation only to students who have completed at least a year of pointe work. Must be taken with Ballet Technique 2.
Ballet students are urged to continue their dance studies during the summer, via our weekly drop-in classes, week-long intensive, or classes elsewhere. Summer classes at In Sync offer personal attention, fun combinations, and new challenges. Students often progress faster in the summer, making it a valuable time for learning. Students who do not dance over the summer should not expect to keep up with their peers who do. Dancers are also encouraged to take advantage of summer classes in the Greater Boston area or while traveling – speak with Ms. Maggie if you would like suggestions.