Bay Area Ballet Conservatory (BABC) offers ongoing adult dance classes. Whether you are starting from scratch or have a background in dance, we have something for you! Taught in a warm and non-competitive environment, our classes are designed to promote proper technique, build strength, increase flexibility, and explore the joy of dancing. 

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ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE


Monday

Intermediate Jazz

6:30PM-8:00PM

Tamara Shuttle

Tuesday

Intermediate Ballet

6:45PM-8:15PM

Edgar Lepe

Thursday

Beginning Ballet

6:30PM-8PM

Edgar Lepe

Thursday

Beginning Ballet Workshop, 6/20-8/8

6:45PM-8:15PM

Elizabeth Anne Bertolino

Thursday

Pointe*

8PM-8:30PM

Chelsea Hix

NEW WORKSHOP | Absolute Beginning Ballet

June 20 - August 8

Designed to introduce the basic positions and movements of ballet, this 7 week workshop aims to lay the foundation needed to progress to our Beginning Ballet drop-in classes. This workshop includes thorough explanation of terminology and steps, introduction to basic barre work, as well as center exercises that establish balance, strength, and placement. Gentle stretching exercises are included in each class.

This workshop begins June 20 and will run through August 8, with classes held every Thursday except July 4 from 6:45PM - 8:15PM.

Workshop Fee | $140 ($20 per 1.5 hour class)

Workshop Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


UPCOMING CLOSURES & SCHEDULE MODIFICATIONS

Thursday Pointe Class is on hiatus until August 22.

Monday, July 29 | Intermediate Jazz Cancelled


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Absolute Beginner Ballet Workshop: Designed to introduce the basic positions and movements of ballet, this workshop aims to lay the foundation needed to progress to our Beginning Ballet drop-in classes. This workshop includes thorough explanation of terminology and steps, introduction to basic barre work, as well as center exercises that establish balance, strength, and placement. Gentle stretching exercises are included in each class.

Beginning Ballet: The perfect class for those who have recently completed our Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop, those who wish to refine their basic technique, or those who have taken a long break from dancing. The class begins and progresses through a simple and traditional barre. Following barre, center includes tendue, jete, basic adagio, basic pirouettes, traveling phrases, and small jumps. Petite and grand allegro as well as coda turns are introduced.  Linking steps into larger movement phrases is also workshopped. After one to two years in this class, students often feel ready for our intermediate classes. Experienced adult students en pointe may also join and take as a great pointe class!

Intermediate Ballet: A faster paced class for those who are comfortable with our Beginning Ballet level and wish for more of a challenge. Class begins with a traditional barre. Center work includes tendue, jete, adagio, pirouettes, traveling waltzes, small jumps, petite and grande allegro, and coda turns.  Students continue to improve technique, expand movement capacity, increase strength, and improve flexibility.

Intermediate Jazz is an energetic class that teaches a multitude of popular jazz styles - from classic Jazz, to Jazz Funk, to Lyrical. Class begins with a warm-up, followed by center and across the floor exercises, and culminates with learning a short routine. This class is structured to aid in muscular strength, endurance and flexibility training - all while having fun!

Pointe: Our pointe class is held at a beginning/intermediate level for adults who have some recent experience dancing en pointe. If you are interested in starting pointe for the first time, please request a consultation with one of our faculty members. For participant safety, the adult ballet class that is scheduled just prior to pointe class must be taken. Pointe class includes pointe exercises at barre and center. Modifications are made by the instructor to accommodate any varying level of ability within the class.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How do I know which level of ballet I should try? 

To start, try our Beginning Ballet class on Thursdays. If this class proves to be too much of a challenge, sign up for our next Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop, which is offered seasonally. If our Beginning Ballet class is too little of a challenge, try our Intermediate level classes offered Monday – Wednesday and Saturday. If you are comfortable with the level of our Beginning Ballet and/or our Intermediate Ballet, you should be comfortable in Jazz class as well! The best way to gain confidence in dance class is to keep coming! 

What do I wear to class?

Acceptable attire includes, but is not limited to: leotards and tights, t-shirts, yoga pants, or leggings. Please have your hair pulled away from your face. Ballet shoes must be worn in ballet classes. Jazz or ballet shoes may be worn for Jazz class. 

What is the minimum age to take open adult classes?

Our minimum age for our Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop is 14. All other classes the minimum age is 16, unless special permission given by Artistic Director.

How do I know if class is being held during holidays, etc?

Check our UPCOMING CLOSURES & SCHEDULE MODIFICATIONS section above to view up to date closures, cancellations, and teacher changes. Additionally, join our Bay Area Ballet Conservatory Adult Program group on Facebook and follow BABC's social media accounts to stay up to date.

Where can I buy dancewear?

BABC carries a limited supply of ballet shoes, tights, and leotards, available for purchase.

The closest dancewear store is Dance Theatre Shop, located in both San Mateo and Mountain View. View website for address and hours |  http://www.dancetheatreshop.com/

Our recommended online retailer is Discount Dance Supply | https://www.discountdance.com/