Dallas Ballet Center, under the direction of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein, offers a ballet program designed to encourage students to enjoy the art and discipline of ballet, whether they are very young, or aspiring pre-professional dancers. Productions of professional quality allow students to participate in and perform the classics. Some of the ballets which DBC has produced are: The Nutcracker (performed annually with Dallas Ballet Company), Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Pineapple Poll, La Boutique Fantasque, Graduation Ball, La Fille mal Gardee, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, and Don Quixote.
Attire for Ballet Classes:
Girls – Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers
Boys – White T-shirt, black tights or bike pants, white socks, black ballet shoes
A cover-up should be worn over dance clothes and no ballet shoes should be worn to and from the studio.
Preschool Division (age as of Sept 1)
Mom & Tots (age 18 mos – 3 years)
Creative Movement (age 3)
Pre Ballet (age 4)
FALL SESSION: $10/class
Mom & Tots-Thursday (18 mos thru 3 years with a participating parent or grandparent)
WINTER SESSION: $10/class
Mom & Tots- Thursday (18 mos thru 3 years with a participating parent or grandparent)
SPRING SESSION: $10/class
Mom & Tots-Thursday (18 Mos thru 3 years with a participating parent or grandparent)
Beginning Ballet (age 5)
Beginning Ballet (ages 6-8)
Ballet IA (age 6)
Ballet IB (age 7)
Ballet IC (age 8)
Ballet IIA (age 9+; twice a week)
Ballet IIB (ages 9+; twice a week)
Ballet IIC (age 10+; student must be on pointe)
Ballet III (age 10+; student must be on pointe)
Teen Ballet (no pointe required for Teen Ballet)
Description of Ballet Levels
Ballet – Preschool Division
Our Preschool Division provides instruction specifically tailored for the special needs of young developing students, ages 2-4.
Mom & Tumbling Tots, Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet (ages 2-4)
Classes specifically tailored for 3 and 4 year olds which introduce the alphabet of movement through creative expression and prove to be an excellent foundation for students wanting to pursue the study of classical ballet. Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building a solid foundation helpful in future dance study. Taking the special characteristics of these age levels into consideration, their wonderful imagination and boundless energy, many of the exercises and skills are taught through story, song, and role-playing. Concentration is on establishing developmental skills needed to execute dance steps. Exercises enhance flexibility, coordination, strength, and muscle tone. Introduction and experimentation of movement with various styles of music develop musicality, rhythm and creativity. Gentle discipline and adherence to classroom etiquette promote self-discipline and self-esteem. Repetition of movements and combinations increases auditory and visual memory.
Ballet – ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Our Elementary Division provides instruction specifically tailored for the special needs of young developing students, ages 5-9. Classes introduce students to skills necessary for classical ballet training. Gentle discipline and encouragement are combined to nurture each child’s natural creativity. Terminology and the basics of technique are gradually introduced.
Beginning Ballet (ages 5-8)
Beginning Ballet uses similar principles and techniques that are taught in Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet. Correct placement and body alignment are now of utmost importance. Class structure greatly advances as barre work is introduced. All exercises, skills, and steps become faster and more complex. Many new steps are introduced at this level. Students are more disciplined and eager to learn at this level; therefore, more literal terminology is used, and basic ballet terms are introduced.
Ballet IA, IB, IC (ages 6-9)
The aim of Ballet I is to produce a proper understanding and execution of basic ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on the discipline and classroom etiquette required of all ballet students. Class work begins at the ballet barre. Students are guided through a series of exercises designed to strengthen the leg muscles and train the torso and upper body in order to maintain proper ballet placement. Simple conditioning exercises are begun to ensure suppleness in the muscles necessary in the years to come. Center combinations are kept simple and appropriate. Center work incorporates technique, coordination, awareness of space, and sensitivity to music – all vital to the understanding of classical ballet.
Ballet IIA & IIB
Once the student has completed the Ballet I level, more serious training can begin. Two technique classes per week are required with entrance into level IIA. More emphasis is now placed on proper “turn-out” of the leg, (outward rotation of the entire leg from the hip socket), lengthening of the muscles, and correct stance. Students continue the barre work and time is spent increasing the balance on one leg. Center combinations become more complex, focusing again on balance with the addition of two-footed turns. More attention is given to jumps through acquiring greater strength for increased elevation. Entry into the IIC level requires pointe work.
Teen Ballet (no pointe required for Teen Ballet)
Teen Ballet offers a pathway for students wanting to further their passion for dance and continue their ballet training on a recreational basis that does not involve pointe work. Teen ballet focuses on strengthening, conditioning, flexibility, and agility. As ballet is the foundation of all dance genres, teen ballet provides a solid technical platform for those studying multiple dance disciplines. Students in this class are given the option of participating in the June Production.
Ballet – STUDENT DIVISION
Ballet IIC & III (ages 10+; STUDENT MUST BE ON POINTE)
The Student Division continues to educate the dancer by increasing the complexity and length of classroom exercises. Basic adagio, pirouettes, and intermediate jumps are added to center combinations increasing strength, balance, and stamina. Coordination is challenged by the progression of combining different enchainments. In pointe class, the student continues to work on strengthening exercises to secure proper body placement and is introduced to all basic pointe combinations.
Ballet – PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Ballet IV, V, VI
Students enrolled in the pre-professional division are placed in each level on a basis of individual improvement, technical ability, and work ethic. Advanced students may be eligible to add pas de deux, variations, and men’s class, in addition to regular technique and pointe classes. Performance experience is highly valued as an integral part of each dancer’s training and pre-professional division students are featured in full-length ballets performed annually by DBC.
Ballet IV is a continuation of Ballet III with an additional class weekly. Combinations and rhythms become more intricate and a variety of pirouettes and big jumps are added to center combinations. Pointe work continues to build as the legs and body become strengthened for more complicated steps and turns.
Ballet V & VI are for dancers who desire to pursue the highest level of classical training at DBC. These levels are for the more serious dancer and lay a strong foundation for any student choosing ballet as a professional career. Student development is measured with particular emphasis placed on artistic growth, with continued focus on technical progression and physical aptitude.