Classical Ballet

Students continue their previous training by learning more complicated movements and combining them into sequences. Strength and flexibility are emphasized as new steps increase in complexity. Students progress to balancing on demi-pointe in preparation for learning the first pirouettes, then frequently add jumps to build the necessary leg and foot strength required for pointe work. By the time a student reaches Ballet 7 & 8, steps are combined into longer, more intricate patterns and performed at a variety of tempi, requiring precision, alacrity and developing each student’s musicality and artistic expression.

The benefits of ballet training extend far beyond the mastery of steps and positions. Classical ballet training also develops:

  • Beautifully-sculpted, strong, articulate, and flexible bodies
  • The joy of expressing oneself through movement
  • Commitment
  • Determination
  • An appreciation for the arts—as a performer and as an audience member
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-discipline
  • The ability to set & achieve goals in the quest for excellence

Fall Semester Announcement

The Ballet Memphis School will resume classes for the fall semester on August 24. In light of this ever-evolving situation, the Ballet School will follow Shelby County guidance and begin in-person or blended classes when the COVID-19 situation in Shelby County warrants the move to Phase III of the Back to Business Plan. While the City of Memphis and Shelby County remain in Phase II, the Ballet Memphis School will teach all classes virtually.

During this ever-evolving situation, we have put the health and safety of our students and their families, as well as our instructors and staff, as a top priority. Learn more about how we are keeping your child safe with our Ballet Memphis School Reopening Plan.

Ballet for Younger Beginners

  • Ages 8-10

  • $400/semester

Designed for older students who have little or no formal ballet training, these classes teach basic technique and terminology in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere with the goal of moving each student into the appropriate level.

Attire: light blue short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

Ballet for Younger Beginners Schedule

Monday 5:00-6:00 pm Virtual

Ballet for Older Beginners

  • Ages 11-15

  • $400/semester

Designed for older students who have little or no formal ballet training, these classes teach basic technique and terminology in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere with the goal of moving each student into the appropriate level.

Attire: purple short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

Ballet for Older Beginners Schedule

Thursday 6:30-7:45 pm Virtual

Ballet 1

  • Age 6

  • $400/semester

Attire: white short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

Age Requirement: Must be 6 years old on or before August 15th, 2020

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 1 Schedule

Choose one class per week

Tuesday 5:30–6:30 pm Virtual
Thursday 5:15–6:15 pm Virtual
Saturday 9:30–10:30 am Virtual

Ballet 2

  • Placement required

  • $400/semester

Attire: light blue short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes. See policies for placement information.

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 2 Schedule

Choose one class per week

Monday 5:45–6:45 pm Virtual
Wednesday 6:15–7:15 pm Virtual
Saturday 10:45–11:45 am Virtual

Ballet 3

  • Placement required

  • $640/semester

Students attend class twice weekly to learn more complicated movements and practice combining them into sequences.

Attire: lilac short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

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Ballet 3 Schedule

Two classes per week recommended.

Tuesday 5:00–6:00 pm Virtual
Thursday 5:00–6:00 pm Virtual
Saturday 12:00–1:00 pm Virtual

Ballet 4

  • Placement required

  • $640/semester

Students attend class twice weekly to learn more complicated movements and practice combining them into sequences.

Attire: purple short-sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

Ballet 4 Schedule

Two classes per week required.

Tuesday 6:15-7:15 pm Virtual
Thursday 6:15-7:15 pm Virtual
Saturday 9:00-10:00 am Virtual

Ballet 5

  • Placement required

  • $900/semester

In Ballet 5, strength and flexibility are emphasized and new steps increase in complexity. Students practice balancing on demi-pointe in preparation for learning the first pirouettes (turns). One-footed relevés and jumps also are given frequently to build the necessary leg and foot strength required for pointe work.

Attire: hunter green short sleeved leotard, pink or skin-tone tights and ballet shoes

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 5 Schedule

All classes required.

Tuesday 5:15-6:30 pm Virtual
Wednesday 5:15-6:30 pm Virtual
Saturday 10:15-11:30 am Virtual

Ballet 6

  • Placement required

  • $990/semester

Strength and flexibility are emphasized and new steps increase in complexity. Students practice balancing on demi-pointe in preparation for learning the first pirouettes (turns). One-footed relevés and jumps also are given frequently to build the necessary leg and foot strength required for pointe work. Ballet 6 students also take a conditioning class and, when ready, begin learning the basics of pointe technique.

Attire: burgundy camisole leotard, pink or skin-tone tights, ballet and pointe shoes

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 6 Schedule

All classes required.

Monday 5:15-6:45 pm Virtual
Monday 6:45-7:30 pm (pointe) Virtual
Thursday 5:15-6:45 pm Virtual
Thursday 6:45-7:30 pm (pointe) Virtual
Saturday 11:45 am-1:15 pm Virtual

Ballet 7

  • Placement required

  • $1100/semester

In addition to learning and perfecting the most challenging movements in the classical ballet syllabus, steps are now combined in longer and more intricate patterns and are performed at a variety of tempi—from very slow, requiring control and balance, to very fast, requiring precision and alacrity. Great emphasis is placed on these development levels and in refining each dancer’s musicality and artistic expression. To supplement the students’ training and broaden their versatility, Ballet 7 students take weekly classes in pilates. the commitment required to train at these levels develops self-discipline, confidence, attention to detail and determination. Whether or not ballet 7 students aspire toward a professional career, instructors challenge dancers to set and pursue goals that will help them achieve their maximum potential.

*Tuition includes one private lesson per semester.

Attire: solid-color leotard, pink or skin-tone tights, ballet & pointe shoes

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 7 Schedule

All classes required.

Monday 6:45–8:15 pm Virtual
Monday 8:15–9:00 pm (pointe) Virtual
Tuesday 5:00–6:30 pm Virtual
Thursday 5:00–6:30 pm Virtual
Thursday 6:30–7:15 (pointe) Virtual
Saturday 9:15–10:45 am Virtual

Ballet 8

  • Placement required

  • $1100/semester

In addition to learning and perfecting the most challenging movements in the classical ballet syllabus, steps are now combined in longer and more intricate patterns and are performed at a variety of tempi—from very slow, requiring control and balance, to very fast, requiring precision and alacrity. Great emphasis is placed on these development levels and in refining each dancer’s musicality and artistic expression. To supplement the students’ training and broaden their versatility, Ballet 8 students take weekly classes in pilates. The commitment required to train at these levels develops self-discipline, confidence, attention to detail and determination. Whether or not Ballet 8 students aspire toward a professional career, instructors challenge dancers to set and pursue goals that will help them achieve their maximum potential.

*Tuition includes one private lesson per semester.

Attire: solid-color leotard, pink or skin-tone tights, ballet & pointe shoes

Call for more information on this class.

Ballet 8 Schedule

All classes required

Monday 5:00–6:30 pm Virtual
Tuesday 6:45–8:15 pm Virtual
Tuesday 8:15–9:00 pm (pointe) Virtual
Wednesday 5:00–6:30 pm Virtual
Saturday 11:00 am–12:30 pm Virtual
Saturday 12:30–1:15 (pointe) Virtual

Classical Ballet

Instructors

Janet Parke

Director of School, Classical Ballet & Pointe

Janet Parke

Loren Williams

Classical Ballet & Pointe

Loren Williams

Ashley Hannah Davis

Classical Ballet

Ashley Hannah Davis

Megan McCusker

Classical Ballet

Megan McCusker

Brandon Ramey

Classical Ballet

Brandon Ramey

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Classical Ballet

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Tamara Prince-Parrish

Modern Dance

Tamara Prince-Parrish