Beginner classes introduce basic ballet vocabulary, strength, musicality and class etiquette and advanced classes build upon these concepts. Participants are part of NMS’s one-of-a-kind Collaborative Choreography Initiative, and work on creating dance pieces together in a friendly, collaborative way with fellow students, working towards a year-end dance recital. Classes available for dancers of all ages!
For dance class attire, please visit our Dance Department page under “FAQs”
Please note: some dance classes are closed to new enrollments mid year as the students begin work on
collaborative choreography for their spring concert.
Ballet age 6-8 is structured to build a foundation of basic ballet vocabulary and technique. This 60-minute class will focus on introducing vocabulary, alignment concepts, strength building, musicality and ballet class etiquette. Students in this class will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where basic choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year-end dance concert.)
Ages 9 - 12, 12 - 15, 15 - 18. Ballet classes are structured to continue to build upon basic ballet vocabulary. This 60-minute class will focus on alignment concepts, strength building and musicality. Students in these classes will be part of the Collaborative Choreography Initiative, where choreography techniques will be introduced. (Students will have an opportunity to create a dance piece and perform in a year-end dance concert.)
Ballet – Level 2
Ballet age 6-8 for students with 2 years experience or instructor approval
Experienced dancers take practicing and performing to a new level in our ensembles, which meet regularly to practice pieces choreographed by the students themselves, showcasing their ingenuity, creativity and spirit of collaboration! The goal of our dance ensembles is to prepare for a series of performances in the community.
Ballet Fundamentals Adults
This Beginner class is for students with LITTLE or NO prior ballet experience. This slow moving class will focus on basic ballet terminology and proper alignment in a friendly environment . This class will be scheduled as half year course. Students are encouraged to enroll in consecutive seasons of this course.
Dancers must have prior ballet training, be at least 12 years old and go through an evaluation to determine readiness, given by the Dance Dept. Chair. Students will learn the basics about pointe shoes, from going to the fitting, purchasing proper accessories, sewing on ribbons and elastics and caring for their shoes. This class will be a slow moving, methodical introduction to pointe work, focusing on proper alignment, technique and building strength.
Contemporary Ballet for Adults
Contemporary Ballet for Adults is a mixed level class, some ballet knowledge & experience is recommended. This class will move at a moderate to quick pace. It is at the discretion of the teaching artist and students whether these will classes will perform in the spring concert.
Pre-Ballet is an introduction to the very basics of dance and ballet vocabulary. This class is designed for children with the ability to sustain 30 (for ages 3-4) or 40 (for ages 4-5) minutes of focused activity. Children will discover creative expression and experience the fun of exploring the elements of dance: shape, size, speed and levels in space. Scarves, ribbons and hoops add to the joy of hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping. Students will share their discoveries in a fun year-end, in-class performance.