School Year Programs

September 7, 2017 - May 4, 2018

Overview

Children are taught creative dance and pre-ballet until age 8. At age 8, they take classical ballet class twice a week. The bones in the feet are too soft to safely withstand turn out before the age of 8.

Dancers go on pointe when they are trained enough to rise on pointe with no shoes and no support while easily keeping their placement, but not before age 11. They are then accompanied by the teacher to the store to make sure the shoes fit properly. Free individual pointe instruction is given for several months to insure that the dancer's feet are safe.

Among the many benefits that our students enjoy are:

  • Large studio with sprung dance floor and soaring ceiling.
  • Live piano accompaniment in classical ballet classes on a Steinway grand piano.
  • Variety of classes including Pointe, Choreography, Variations, Repertoire, Pantomime, and Adagio
  • Performing opportunities including 6 performances of The Nutcracker in December, Ballet a la Modern in February, and 6 performances of a full-length classical ballet in June. No cost for costumes & make-up and no minimum ticket purchase.
  • SBT dancers have gone on to dance with professional companies including: Boston Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Chicago City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Laura Dean Dancers.
  • Located in a charming college town with easy parking, train and bus service.

Enrollment

Registration for new students opens on the morning of May 1 each year at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre starting at 7:00 AM. Most classes are filled by 8:00 AM that day.

Present students and their families may enroll in April by paying a non-refundable deposit or tuition for the first 10 weeks.

Please bring the completed and signed Registration Form with your payment to Swarthmore Ballet Theatre.

Registration Form

Dates & Holidays

  • School Year: September 7, 2017 - May 4, 2018
  • Holidays: No classes November 23-24, 2017; December 11, 2017 - January 2, 2018; March 26, 2018 - March 30, 2018
  • Tuition Due Dates: Tuition is due on September 7, 2017, November 15, 2017, and February 16, 2018. Full year payment of discounted tuition is due before September 1, 2017.
  • Parents may observe class from inside studio: April 30-May 4, 2018

Pre-Ballet Program — ages 3-7

Elegant movement, limbering, strengthening, balancing and improving stamina. Students learn how to use muscles correctly to achieve the best results. Class size is limited. There is a 5% tuition discount to 2 or more students in one family. No deduction or credit for missed classes.

Class by date of birth Total Hours per Week Class Times Discounted Tuition
if paid before 9/1/17
Tuition (3 payments)
due on 9/7, 11/15 & 2/16
Pre-Ballet: Prepares child for ballet without injuring feet.
Age 7 before 9/1/17 1 hour Fridays 4:30-5:30 PM 330.00 125.00
Age 6 before 9/1/17 1 hour Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 PM 330.00 125.00
 
Creative Dance: Develops child's artistic expression through movement. *
Age 5 before 9/1/17 1 hour Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM 330.00 125.00
Age 4 before 9/1/17 1 hour Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM 330.00 125.00
Age 3 before 9/1/17 1 hour Fridays 3:30-4:30 PM 330.00 125.00
* Creative dance students must be toilet trained

Dancewear for Pre-Ballet and Creative Classes

  • Female: Hair in a ballet bun or so it doesn't move. Footless tights and short sleeve or no sleeve PLAIN leotard or unitard, any color. No shoes.
  • NO sparkles, puff sleeves, ruffles, skirts, leg warmers or jewelry except stud earrings.
  • Male: Hair neatly controlled. White T-shirt and black footless tights (preferred) or shorts. No shoes.

Classical Ballet Program

Level is determined by Swarthmore Ballet Theatre. Ballet classes are accompanied on a Steinway grand piano. Class size is limited. There is a 5% tuition discount to 2 or more students in one family. No deduction or credit for missed classes.

Level Total Hours per Week Class Times Discounted Tuition
if paid before 9/1/17
Tuition (3 payments)
due on 9/7, 11/15 & 2/16
Ballet — 2 classes a week MINIMUM
I/II 2 hours Mon, Thurs 4:30-5:30 PM 650.00 250.00
III 3 hours Mon, Weds 5:30-7:00 PM 930.00 370.00
III/IV 4.5 hours Mon, Weds, Thurs 5:30-7:00 PM 1,340.00 495.00
IV 6 hours Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs 5:30-7:00 PM 1,750.00 640.00
V 4.5 hours Mon, Weds 7:00-8:30; Tues 5:30-7:00 PM 1,340.00 495.00
VI 6 hours Mon, Weds 7:00-8:30; Tues, Thurs 5:30-7:00 PM 1,750.00 640.00
VII 7.5 hours Mon, Weds 7:00-8:30; any 3 classes 5:30-7:00 PM 2,100.00 775.00
VIII 9 hours Mon, Weds 7:00-8:30; Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs 5:30-7:00 PM 2,430.00 835.00

Dancewear for Classical Ballet Classes

  • Female: Hair in a ballet bun. Pink ballet shoes (split soles preferred) and pink tights. Short sleeve or no sleeve leotard any SINGLE color EXCEPT light pink. Belt required, can be just a piece of elastic; belt color must contrast with leotard.
  • No puff sleeves, ruffles, sparkles or leg warmers. No skirts until level VII and no jewelry except stud earrings.
  • Male: Hair neatly controlled. Dance belt, white T-shirt and black tights (preferred) or shorts, white leather (no black leather) or black or white canvas ballet shoes.
Levels Total Hours per Week Class Times Discounted Tuition
if paid before 9/1/17
Tuition (3 payments)
due on 9/7, 11/15 & 2/16
Choreography — students must be enrolled in a Level III or higher classical ballet program
Levels III to VIII 1 hour Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM 330.00 ** 125.00 **
** Choreography is free to students taking 6 or more hours of ballet classes a week at S.B.T.

Choreography Dress Code

  • Short sleeve or no sleeve Leotard any SINGLE color EXCEPT light pink and footless tights.
  • No puff sleeves, ruffles, sparkles or leg warmers. No skirts until level VII & no jewelry except stud earrings.
  • Hair may be in a ponytail.
  • Male: Hair neatly controlled. Dance belt, white T-shirt and black footless tights (preferred) or shorts, no shoes.
Boys Ballet
Boys Ballet with William DeGregory 1 hour Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM free*** free***
*** Boys Ballet is free with the completed and signed S.B.T. Registration Form.

Dancewear for Boys Ballet

  • Hair neatly controlled. Dance belt, white T-shirt and black tights (preferred) or shorts, white leather (no black leather) or black or white canvas ballet shoes.
Class Total Hours per Week Class Times Discounted Tuition
if paid before 9/1/17
Tuition (3 payments)
due on 9/7, 11/15 & 2/16
Invitation-only Classes
Partnering class (invitation only) ½ hour Tuesdays 7:00 - 7:30 PM 330.00 125.00

Classical Ballet Classes for Adults

There is a 5% tuition discount to 2 or more students in one family. No deduction or credit for missed classes. $15.00 Single extra class, tuition must be paid up for 10 weeks.

Total Hours per Week Class Times Discounted Tuition
if paid before 9/1/17
Tuition (3 payments)
due on 9/7, 11/15 & 2/16
1 hour Mondays 9:00-10:00 AM 330.00 125.00
1 hour Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM 330.00 125.00
1 hour Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 PM 335.00 130.00
2 hours 2 morning adult classes/week 650.00 250.00
2 hours 1 morning, 1 evening adult classes/week 655.00 255.00
3 hours All adult classes 935.00 375.00

Dancewear for Adult Ballet Classes

  • Female: Pink (no black) leather or canvas ballet shoes any color. Tights (any color, pink preferred) and PLAIN leotard any one color (no patterns) any style, with a belt, contrasting with leotard color. Belt can be just a piece of elastic. Hair in a ballet bun or so it doesn't move. May wear skirt. No puff sleeves, ruffles or sparkles. No floppy jewelry.
  • Male: Dance belt, T-shirt, and tights or unitard or sweatpants or shorts. White (no black) leather or black or white canvas ballet shoes.

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