Nantucket Ballet

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1. Pre-Primary is a ballet class for students ages 3 and 4. Pre-Primary is an introduction to dance using creative movement and basic ballet technique and terminology. Through movement games and activities children will learn and practice spatial awareness, rhythm, balance and coordination.

2. Primary ballet class is for students aged 5 through 7. This class introduces children to creative movement and basic ballet technique. We begin skipping in a circle, doing a series of stretches accompanied by music and visual imagery. Class will then move across the floor and focus on basic ballet steps and positions. Children will develop skills including musicality, balance, coordination and spatial awareness.

3. Level 1 is for students who are at least 8 years old and who have experience (minimum one year) in ballet training. In this class students begin working at the ballet barre with focus on proper technique and execution. Center floor exercises are designed to promote core strength, joy in movement and artistry. This class meets twice weekly for one hour.
Placement is at the discretion of the instructors and may change in the first weeks of classes.

4. Level 2 is a 90 minute class that meets twice weekly. Time is split between the barre and center floor. Students build on material from Level 1 and begin to develop a larger ballet vocabulary. This class is for students with at least 1-2 years of ballet experience.
Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors.

5. Level 3 is a 90 minute class that meets twice weekly. Time is split between the barre and center floor. Students build on material from previous levels and focus attention to strength, flexibility and artistry. This class is for students with at least 2-3 years of ballet experience.
Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors.

6. Modern – In this 60 minutes session students will learn the basic foundations of modern dance technique with a strong emphasis on creative movement. The class is split between a combination of warm-ups, stretch and strengthening exercises, improvisation, and phrase work.

Performance Opportunity: Nantucket Ballet students perform at least twice per year. The fall session culminates in an annual Nutcracker and the Spring Session ends with a recital at the Dreamland Theater. Select Nantucket Ballet Dancers have performed at the NHA’s Night of Holiday Magic. Performance opportunities are essential for young dancers to express their artistry and show what they’ve learned over the course of the semester.

Meet the Instructors

Richard Schafer, one time soloist with American Ballet Theater.

Michelle Birmingham studied all forms of dance focusing on Modern and Ballet Technique. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies.

Michelle Birmingham and Richard Schafer have successfully completed the ABT® National Training Intensive in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Tutu and Tiara Birthday parties

Tutu and Tiara Birthday parties are 90 minutes, and consist of the following:

  • 40 minute ballet lesson
  • 25 minute theme-related craft
  • 5 minutes for food/cake

Tutus and Tiaras provided for all guests (to be returned)
Very special theme-related dress and tiara for the birthday child

Caregivers are responsible for all food, drink, and paper products as well as decorations. Please let us know your food choices so that we may plan accordingly.

Cost: $250 for 12 children, $10 per additional child up to 15 children.

Here is the link to the waiver:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1beGanUCp9xGWJWRfkQz362aG9fNjNSYFDjVwPgOs2wU/edit?usp=sharing

Nantucket Ballet Schedule & Reservations

Select a class to make one-time or recurring reservations.

First time clients may make a reservation to reserve a space in class.

Standing reservations are permitted. Please be advised, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please include your name, phone number and time of class that you would like to attend. You may book a class as far in advance as you like.

Please print and complete the Go Figure Client waiver and information form and bring to your first class.