Brooklyn Ballet School is a classical ballet conservatory and a community dance center. Our mission is to provide all Brooklyn’s talented youth access to quality ballet training and to offer open-level dance classes to students of all ages and backgrounds. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, our new state-of-the-art facility includes a beautiful column-free dance studio with a wood sprung dance floor and a multi-use performance space for student showcases and professional concerts. Our world-class faculty consists of highly trained and experienced dance teachers who provide a positive and nurturing experience for every dance student. From conservatory ballet to jazz, hip-hop and early childhood movement, Brooklyn Ballet School is where Brooklyn comes to dance.
Age 3: Pre-Ballet I gives children the opportunity to sing, stretch and increase self-confidence while being introduced to basic ballet concepts, locomotor skills and some free-form movement exploration.
Age 4: Pre-Ballet II is an introduction to ballet basics that uses methods designed for young imaginative minds and bodies. Students begin to work on body alignment and posture as well as develop self expression through creative movement.
Age 5: Elementary Ballet I teaches students the fundamentals of ballet technique. The teacher will emphasize placement, vocabulary and dance etiquette. Students will also explore ballet-based improvisation. Classes will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Age 6+: Elementary Ballet II focuses on fundamental concepts such as maintaining proper body placement, developing strength, building endurance and increasing flexibility. Classes will also explore ballet-based improvisation. Students will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Age 8+: Ballet I introduces a more traditional ballet class structure. Students will learn concentration and endurance, and become more proficient in fundamental technique concepts. Students will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Age 8+: Broadway Jazz is highly recommended as a secondary class to ballet. Jazz introduces students to syncopated rhythms, body isolations and a repertoire of standard moves. Broadway jazz focuses on strength building and flexibility as well as character development. Students will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Age 10+: Ballet II requires an audition or placement class. This ballet class focuses on intermediate barre work, center exercises and movement combinations. Students will learn technique and placement, while emphasizing musicality. We highly recommend students at this level take class twice a week for optimal growth. Classes will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Age 10+: Modern Technique is highly recommended as a secondary class to ballet. Modern dance builds on the foundation of ballet, with less emphasis placed on structured steps, and more on quality of movement. Classes cover movement combinations, center exercises and elements of floor work. Students will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Ballet III Level and Higher requires an audition or placement class. Classes work on advanced barre work, center exercises and movement combinations. Students will learn technique and placement, while emphasizing musicality. Teachers will also focus on professionalism and discipline. We highly recommend students at this level take class three times a week for optimal growth. Classes will perform in the Student Showcase Spring Semester.
Brooklyn Ballet's Conservatory Training Program consists of an extensive schedule for young dancers interested in a pre-professional experience in ballet training. Performance opportunities are available with Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble. All students in a Ballet I level or higher are eligible. For optimal training and the best overall experience, an entire school year commitment is requested for acceptance to this training opportunity. An audition or placement class is required for this special opportunity. Please contact Brooklyn Ballet for more information.
Young Professionals at Schermerhorn (YPS) is a highly selective, comprehensive program individually designed for the student who is ready to commit to pre-professional training. YPS includes daily Ballet Technique, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Repertory, Modern, Yoga, Hip Hop, Workshop classes and performance opportunities with Brooklyn Ballet’s Youth Ensemble. Student regimens will be individually designed to achieve the best possible results for the pre-professional dancer. Parents and students in YPS will have assessment meeting with Brooklyn Ballet's Directors to discuss their potential. This program includes 7 or more classes a week and semi-private or private lessons. Students placed in a Brooklyn Ballet level II class or higher are eligible to audition for YPS.
Adult/Teen Ballet allows students to gain flexibility, strength and endurance through ballet classes designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and physical abilities. These classes are part of a class card series. Please see schedule for rates.
Adult/Teen Hip-Hop/Popping was developed on the West coast in the 1970s, and is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a shock in the body. Students will learn dime stopping, robot, ticking, animation, hitting, waving and character development in this class. $10 per class.
Music Together® (for children) is a music and movement approach to early childhood music for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarden children and their parents, teachers, and other primary caregivers. The Music Together approach develops every child's birthright of basic music competence by encouraging the actual experiences of music rather than the learning of concepts or information about music. This class offers research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Learn more at www.musictogether.com