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Ballet

 

(Ballet for children ages 3 to 7, please see Creative Movement.)

Tuition fees include:

  • 31 weeks of instructions from Sept until June

  • MHSB uniform (bodysuit and tights)

  • An individual and class photo

  • A Costume

  • A recital kit with all the items your child will need for the year-end performance

  • A professional recording of the year end recital (Online streaming)

The following classes must attend twice per week:

At MHSB, once children reach 7 years of age they follow the more structured format of a traditional ballet class.

The Martha Hicks School of Ballet teaches the Cecchetti method of ballet. The solid unmannered Cecchetti base enables dancers to embrace any choreographic style.

Creativity continues to be encouraged as sense of presentation and artistry is developed. Emphasis is placed on the more technical aspects including posture, coordination and muscular awareness.

Every other year MHSB prepares eligible students for ballet exams in the Cecchetti syllabus.

Dedicated older students are required to come to class twice a week and will have the opportunity to be considered at 12 years of age or older for Pointe work. It is offered to advanced students when they have developed the necessary strength in the body, legs and feet.

For older, experienced students it may be necessary to undergo an assessment to ensure placement in the appropriate level.

Levels Offered

  • Ballet 2: 7 to 8 years of age

  • Ballet 3: 8 to 9 years of age

  • Ballet 4: 9 to 10 years of age

Regular Stream - must attend 2 times a week and will be eligible to complete an exam

  • Ballet 5: 10 to 11 years of age

  • Ballet 6: 11 to 12 years of age

  • Ballet 7: 12 to 14 years of age

  • Ballet 9: 13 to 15 years of age

  • Ballet 10: 14 to 16 years of age

  • Ballet 11: 15 to 17 years of age

  • Ballet 12: 15 to 18 years of age

recreational ballet

MHSB offers Recreational Ballet to dancers who have either little or no training, or those who wish to limit their ballet training just once a week, and prefer a slightly less serious approach to ballet. Basic technique is covered, with an emphasis on posture, musical interpretation and an appreciation for movement.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Junior Ballet 3R: 10+ years of age with 3+ years of experience

  • Senior Ballet 4R: 14+ years of age with 4+ years of experience

Pointe

Pointe work is an important addition to a ballerina's dance training. This is offered to the serious student who has reached at least 11 years of age. MHSB offers a introductory pointe class for dancers that have been in ballet twice a week for several years. Students are individually assessed for strength and control before being accepted into the Pointe program.

Levels Offered

All levels attend classes once per week

  • Beginner Pointe: 11+ years of age with little or no experience required - needs to be enrolled in ballet at MHSB

  • Pointe 1: 13+ years of age with 1 year of experience or more

  • Pointe 2: 14+ years of age with 2+ years of experience

  • Pointe 3: 15+ years of age with 3+ years of experience

  • Pointe 5: 16+ years of age with 4+ years of experience