Ballet and Tap Classes

New students are welcome!


Grade Level and AgeDay and TimeClass Name and DescriptionTeacher
PreSchool and Kindergarten
Ages 4 and 5
Must be 4 by September 1
Monday 6:15-7:00 pmCreative Movement/ PreBalletAmy Tsui
Age 4
Must be 4 by September 1
Wednesday 3:15-4:00 pmCreative Movement/ PreBallet
Cindy Bragg
Age 5
Must be 5 by September 1
Thursday 1:30-2:30PreBallet with Intro to Tap
30 min. Ballet
30 min. Tap
Rachel Goldberg
1st grade
Ages 6 and 7
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pmBallet 1
(Beginning Ballet)
Cindy Bragg
2nd and 3rd grades
Ages 7 and 8
Thursday 4:45-5:45 pmBallet 2/3
(Advanced Beginning Ballet)
Rachel Goldberg
2nd through 5th grades
Ages 7-11
Thursday 5:45-6:30 pmTap 2
(Advanced Beginning Tap with a little previous experience preferred)
Rachel Goldberg
4th and 5th grades
Ages 9-11
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 pmBallet 4/5
(Intermediate Ballet)
Rachel Goldberg
6th grade and up
Ages 11 and up
Wednesday 6:15-7:00 pmTap 3
(Advanced Tap)
Cindy Bragg
6th and 7th grades
Ages 11-12
Wednesday 5:00-6:15 pm
Last 15 min. of class are on pointe
Ballet 6
(Advanced Ballet with Introductory Pointe)

Pre-pointe with 15 minutes of beginning pointe work on a case-by-case basis for 11-year-olds. Younger students do preparatory exercises during this 15 minutes of class.

Cindy Bragg
7th and 8th grades and up
Ages 12-17
Wednesday 7:00-8:15 pm
Thursday 6:30-7:45 pm

Last 15 min. of class on pointe

*This year, all students taking pointe must take twice per week: either Monday/Wednesday, Monday/Thursday, or Wednesday/Thursday

The Monday night class is on Zoom and is 45-minutes long.

Ballet 7
(Advanced Ballet with Pointe)
Students taking pointe are now required to take twice per week, adding either the Monday class on Zoom class or the 2nd Ballet 7 class in the studio.
Cindy Bragg, Wednesdays

Rachel Goldberg, Thursdays

7th and 8th grades and up
Ages 12-17
Monday 7:00-7:45

*on Zoom

Ballet 7 Pointe Strengthening
On Zoom

**This a required 2nd pointe class per week to strengthen feet and legs. Required for anyone in Ballet 7.

Elenaluisa Alvarez

Grade Level and Ballet Level Equivalent

School for Swans is a small, welcoming, neighborhood school that emphasizes the joy of dancing and performing. We provide enrichment classes for our students, which allow young dancers to learn alignment and technique and explore artistry in a nurturing environment.

We believe that dance is for everyone and that it’s never too late to start dancing! Our class progression allows for flexibility in age and experience levels. If coming from another school or with no experience at all, it may be necessary to try out one or more classes to find an appropriate placement.

Dancers will typically move up a level each year until they reach Ballet 6. By the time a dancer has reached Ballet 6, she or he has learned the fundamentals of Ballet. Dancers in Ballet 6 and 7 continue to refine their technique. These classes offer different and new challenges for the students each week. The intention is that dancers will remain in these classes for 2 or more years.

Dancers pursuing pointe work in Ballet 7 are required to take Ballet class twice a week. Taking Ballet class twice a week will make pointe work both safer and more successful. It is very difficult to build the necessary muscle strength to work on pointe when only training once a week. Building that strength in all areas of the body, but especially the feet, requires work both in and out of pointe shoes. For example, the relevés we do in regular Ballet slippers build muscle in our calves, ankles, and toes, which later supports the dancer when she goes on full pointe. Moreover, that dancer needs to instinctively understand how to hold her upper body so that she can balance. Dancers build that instinct through taking regular Ballet class.

Pointe work is a highly demanding art form. As an enrichment program, we aim to provide our dancers with the opportunity to *safely* explore basic pointe work. Advanced pointe work (turns, hops, etc.) requires a conservatory program with hours of training each week.

Required Class Attire and Hair Treatment

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