Private and semi-private classes are available for students ages 8 and up to supplement regular classes, at instructor’s availability. Please inquire HERE.
Classes are open for ages three and up. The descriptions below give a general idea of the progression of technique, and age or other requirements and guidelines. Performing company members will perform in major productions in December and May, and will perform smaller scale productions in local schools in the spring, to educate elementary school children about the arts and dance, and other small performances as opportunities arise. Other students will be invited as appropriate. All students will participate in the Annual Spring Student Concert at the end of the season, in May, except for our Creative Movement students, who have class observations for parents and friends at the end of each 8-week session. Seasons run August through May, with separate classes/camps or intensives for summer study. Performing company members do not purchase costumes; however, a production fee and costume rental fee may be charged to participants in the major productions. Students not in the performing company must purchase the selected costumes for the Annual Student Concert, and will pay a nominal production fee.
Bristol Ballet's Creative Movement, Pre- Ballet, Pre-Primary, and Primary classes are preparatory classes that provide a structured and creative approach to dance education for preschool age children. Bristol Ballet proudly uses the Discover Dance program for its younger students. (Click HERE for more information about Discover Dance.) Class activities aim at developing an awareness of a dancer's own body and its capabilities as well as providing a foundation for the basic technique of any genre of movement. The classes combine skill development and self-expression through exploration of the elements or concepts of dance which will give dancers a way to eventually create their own way of dancing, Skills are developed in relation to the concept. As Bristol Ballet is primarily a ballet school and company, ballet terminology is modestly introduced as appropriate for each age level, however specific technique is not aggressively stressed for these preschool and lower elementary levels. In all techniques, proper body posture and proper execution of exercises or steps is always emphasized and should be mastered before progressing to the next level. Quality and proper development, as well as injury prevention, are the goals of every instructor at Bristol Ballet.
Creative Movement is taught in 8-week sessions that are designed for the flexibility of completing one session alone or multiple sessions with some progression. These students do not perform in the end of year Student Concert, but have a parent observation at the end of each eight weeks. The other levels are season-long classes that run from August through May. These levels will participate in the end of year Student Concert. Some levels may also be invited to perform in The Nutcracker if deemed appropriate for their level – Usually Ballet One and higher.