CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Not all classes are offered every season. Check registration link for selections. Classes offered are based on teacher availability and demand.

  • Students’ class placement is based upon skill level and age is also considered.
  • Contact us to schedule your free trial class to determine class placement.
  • For all interest in Ballet Academy North and Company, contact Kelly Yankle
  • Classes are subject to change based on enrollment.
  • Check class schedule for current offerings on each class.

Acro Mini's Class

Acro Mini’s class will focus on basic coordination and mobility while  introducing and continuously working basic acrobatic skills and tumbling. This class is designed to allow mini acro participants a solid foundation to move to Acro 1 or Acro Advanced when they turn 8 years old.  Attire:  leotard, black leggings, black  or white acro shoes, no bare feet allowed.  Hair pulled up with no hard head bands or bobby pins, for safety.

Acro

Acro 1 and Advanced Acro classes will teach stationary acrobatic skills, tumbling acrobatic skills as well as general tumbling. Participants can use all acrobatic skills in dances once mastered. Classes will have 10-15 minutes of conditioning & flexibility included with every class. Proper technique, strength and safety will be focused on continuously as participants learn and master acrobatic skills.  Attire:  leotard, black leggings, black acro shoes or foot undeez, no bare feet allowed.  Hair pulled up with no hard head bands or bobby pins, for safety.

Mommy and Me Classes (18 - 26 months)

Toddlers and parent or caretaker dance together while focusing on rhythm, movement, music and fun! This is a 30 minute class that provides an ideal first step to a dance class environment with the reassurance of someone special by their side. Class attire: comfortable clothing for student and parent/caretaker should be worn with bare feet.

TuTus for Tots (27 months - 3 yrs old)

This 45 minute class is designed to enhance your child’s motor, listening, and social skills.  Dancers will be introduced to basic ballet technique, learn fun songs with movement, and use their imagination to explore dance.

 

DANCE ATTIRE:  black leotard, light pink tights and pink ballet slippers.  No skirts unless attached to leotard are to be worn.  Hair secured up and off the face and neck.

Preschool Ballet and Tap (3 yrs to 5 yrs old)

This is 30 minutes of beginner ballet and 30 minutes of beginner tap. This class will concentrate on overall body awareness, alignment, and posture. It will develop flexibility, strength and coordination of movement. This class builds on skills needed for taking Ballet I or Jazz I.  Class Duration:  1 Hour.

 

DANCE ATTIRE: black leotard, light pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  No skirts unless attached to leotard.  Hair up and off the face.

Mini Hip Hop (4 - 6 yrs old)

Prerequisite to Beginner Hip Hop – Learn basic hip hop steps, poses, and style and have fun!  Gain self-confidence showing off your best moves in class.  Age appropriate music and moves!  Attire: Sneakers, comfortable clothing.

Intro Classes for ages 5 to 7 years

Intro classes are designed for the young dancer who has never taken a dance class.  We offer Intro to Ballet, Intro to Jazz, and Intro to Tap.  Perfect for igniting the love for learning dance with a great balance of sound technical training and FUN!

Ballet Academy North Classes

Academy classes are for the passionate and serious students who wish to be trained properly in ballet technique.  Students will learn proper ballet terminology, proper placement and all of the skills that pre-professional ballet training encompasses.  The minimum requirement for Academy levels 2-5 is two ballet classes per week, it is not an option to just take one, as the classes build off of each other.  If you want to take only one class per week, you must take studio ballet.  This will help them improve not only as ballet dancers, but in all forms of dance.  They will be exposed to repertoire from historic classical ballets, as this is another vital part of dance education. These classes are advanced, faster paced and more serious than that of Studio Ballet Classes.  There is a higher expectation concerning focus, technical and artistic ability, as these classes are meant to feed in to the Ballet Academy North Company.  Ballet Academy North Classes include levels 1-5. Ages 6 and up.  Class placement for the Academy is decided by our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, after a trial class.


DANCE ATTIRE:  Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, designated leotard (see below), pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes
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  • Level 1 – Light Pink
  • Level 2 – Light Blue
  • Level 3 – Burgundy
  • Level 4 – Tropical Green
  • Level 5 – Navy Blue
    • Leotards must be purchased through Movin’ Easy Dancewear (LINK)

Pre-Pointe / Pointe

Students interested in pointe must be age 11 to be considered. This is for physical safety and assurance of proper bone development and strength. Students must get approval from Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, before registering for pre-pointe/pointe 1. Pre-pointe is the first session of the class that consists of strengthening and stretching the feet  and ankle with a  theraband and foot intrinsics. The students also do exercises at the barre to gain the strength and the technical aspects necessary to dance “en pointe.” At the discretion of the Ballet Director, the girls will then learn how to sew their own pointe shoes and begin working on pointe. At this time the theraband exercises and the foot intrinsic part of the class will be expected to be carried out in the dancer’s own time to maintain strength, as the class will then consist of all pointe work. This is a beginner level pointe class, and majority of the pointe work is done at the barre.

 

DANCE ATTIRE:  Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, designated leotard (see below), pink footed tights, pointe shoes.

  • Level 1 – Light Pink
  • Level 2 – Light Blue
  • Level 3 – Burgundy
  • Level 4 – Dark Teal
  • Level 5 & Company – Your Choice
    • Leotards must be purchased through Movin’ Easy Dancewear (LINK)

Ballet Academy North Company

This is a preprofessional ballet company for the serious dancer wishing to focus on proper ballet, pointe and contemporary training. The majority of dancers in Ballet Academy North Company have aspirations of dancing in college and/or dancing professionally. It is a rigorous program designed to help the students be adequately prepared should they desire a future in dance. The students learn and rehearse professional, classical and contemporary repertoire, the same as professional dancers in a company would. They have opportunities to perform these roles, as well as compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, “the world’s largest international student ballet competition which awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to dance schools within the United States and internationally.” They are prepared to know how to audition for prestigious ballet schools and educated on what the life of a dancer is truly like from our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle(see full bio for details). In addition to technical and artistic training; dedication, discipline, strong work ethic and perseverance are expected from all Company Members. Grades in school must be kept up in order to be a member of the company. This program is a commitment.  The Company has two branches; First Company and Second Company. First company is typically made up of the older more advanced dancers. They have more required classes and rehearsals and must be at least age 11 and have had one year of pointe to be eligible for the 1st Company. 2nd Company was designed for the younger students in training with hopes of training and eventually getting into the 1st company. The ages usually range from 8-11. The 2nd company members are not yet on pointe, and do not have as many required classes and rehearsals. See Ballet Academy North Page for prerequisites and requirements. To try out for Ballet Academy North Company, please contact Director, Kelly Yankle to set up an audition class.

 

DANCE ATTIRE:  Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, your choice of leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes.

Teen Ballet Classes

Teen Ballet is for the student who demonstrates a love and passion for dance, but does not wish to have the more serious, rigorous, technical training expectations and demands of the Academy classes.  This is a perfect class middle or high school dancer who wishes to add more training to their public school dance experience.  Teen ballet only requires one ballet class per week.  Academy ballet requires two or more per week.

DANCE ATTIRE:  Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no ponytails, or hair hanging down, black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes.

Studio Ballet

Studio Ballet differs from Academy Ballet in curriculum and pace.  Academy Ballet moves more quickly as it requires that the dancer take two or more academy ballet classes per week.  Studio Ballet only requires one ballet class per week.  Studio Ballet is perfect for the older dancer who wants to take ballet but has little time on their schedule, or for the younger dancer who can only commit to one class per week.  We offer the same wonderful teachers for both Studio and Academy Ballet.

Tap I and II

Great for building rhythm and beat patterns.  Class duration:  1 hour.

 

DANCE ATTIRE: black tap shoes and any jazz pant or short, tanks or dance tops.

Teen Tap

Great for building rhythm and beat patterns.  Class duration:  1 hour.

 

DANCE ATTIRE: black tap shoes and any jazz pant or short, tanks or dance tops.

Jazz I, II, III, IV (Beg / Int / Adv)

Jazz Technique will incorporate fundamentals in jazz skills and focus on proper body alignment, posture, coordination, and flexibility. Different styles of jazz music and movement will be used. Style, dynamics, and expression will be examined for the individual dancer so they may reach their full potential.  Class duration: 1  or 1.5 hour

 

DANCE ATTIRE:  Black leggings and your choice of leotard with jazz shoes.  Hair must be pulled back.

Turns and Leaps

Great class that focuses on technique rather than choreography or artistry. The class will break down turns and leaps and work on progressions. Core strengthening will be the focus during the warm-up and the class ends with a combination each week incorporating a new skill. This is a great class for the dancer who is trying out for a school team or for solo choreography.  Class duration:  1 hour.

 

DANCE ATTIRE: Any dance attire of your choice. No mid-driffs.  Hair must be pulled back, jazz shoes.

Hip Hop

We offer Mini Hip Hop for ages 4-6, Beginner Hip Hop for ages 7-10, Intermediate and Advanced hip hop for older students and dancers with experience in this genre.  This class teaches the basics of hip hop technique. It’s high energy and fun for boys and girls! As skills advance, more advanced choreography and skills with new dance combinations will be incorporated.  Class duration:  1 hour.

Realm Hip Hop Company is offered to 1st through 12th graders in advanced levels.  They are competition teams that perform in local contests and some dance conventions. They also attend master classes together.  Call for more information.

 

 DANCE ATTIRE:  loose clothing, sneakers.

Contemporary

This class incorporates contemporary jazz movement and explores very personal emotion.  Choreography elements will be explored as a group.  Class duration:  1 hour.

 

DANCE ATTIRE:  Any dance clothes of choice, hair pulled back.

Modern

This class is offered to intermediate and advanced dancers only with at least 2 years of ballet and contemporary training.  It is an hour and a half of proper modern technique exercises and combinations.

Musical Theater

Learn acting, singing, dancing, and stage movement using music and concepts from musicals.  No dance experience necessary.  Instructor will place students in parts according to skills and abilities. Your student will have so much fun in this class!

Stretch and Conditioning

A full hour of stretching and techniques focusing on proper body alignment, injury prevention, and progress from week to week.  Incorporates conditioning with cross fit style exercises.  Open to ages 7 and up, however requires focus and attention for the full class time.

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BALLET ACADEMY NORTH COMPANY

This is a preprofessional ballet company for the serious dancer wishing to focus on proper ballet, pointe and contemporary training. The majority of dancers in Ballet Academy North Company have aspirations of dancing in college and/or dancing professionally. It is a rigorous program designed to help the students be adequately prepared should they desire a future in dance. The students learn and rehearse professional, classical and contemporary repertoire, the same as professional dancers in a company would. They have opportunities to perform these roles, as well as compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, “the world’s largest international student ballet competition which awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to dance schools within the United States and internationally.” They are prepared to know how to audition for prestigious ballet schools and educated on what the life of a dancer is truly like from our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle(see full bio for details). In addition to technical and artistic training; dedication, discipline, strong work ethic and perseverance are expected from all Company Members. Grades in school must be kept up in order to be a member of the company. This program is a commitment. The Company has two branches; First Company and Second Company. The difference between the two are only in the requirements, but both rehearse and take class together. Must be at least age 11 and on pointe or ready to begin pointe. To try out for Ballet Academy North Company, please contact Director, Kelly Yankle to set up an audition class.

FIRST COMPANY MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

SECOND COMPANY MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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    Ballet Classes

    3 Ballet Classes per week (4.5 hours, 1 of these being the Advanced Saturday Class)

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    Pointe Classes

    2 Pointe Classes per week (2 hours, 1 of these being the Saturday Pointe 2 Class)

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    Non-Ballet

    2 Non-Ballet Dance Classes (2-3 hours)

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    Availability

    Available for 2 hours of rehearsal on Saturday (a rehearsal schedule will be given at the beginning of each week so the dancer will know if she has rehearsal or not, and for how long)

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    Ballet Classes

    2 Ballet Classes per week (3 hours, 1 of these being the Advanced Saturday Class)

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    Pointe Classes

    2 Pointe Classes per week (2 hours, 1 of these being the Saturday Pointe 2 Class, students in pre-pointe 1, take this class on flat for strength and technical advancement)

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    Non-Ballet

    2 Non-Ballet Dance Classes (2-3 hours)

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    Availability

    Available for 2 hours of rehearsal on Saturday (a rehearsal schedule will be given at the beginning of each week so the dancer will know if she has rehearsal or not, and for how long)

STUDIO BALLET CLASS

Studio” classes are for the students who demonstrate a love and passion for dance, but do not wish to have the more serious, rigorous, technical training expectations and demands of the Academy classes.
 
       Studio Ballet Level 1 is a beginner level class.
       Studio Ballet Level 2 is an intermediate level class.

PRE-POINTE / POINTE 1

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    Description

    Students interested in pointe must be age 11 to be considered. This is for physical safety and assurance of proper bone development and strength. Students must get approval from Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, before registering for pre-pointe/pointe 1. Pre-pointe is the first session of the class that consists of strengthening and stretching the feet  and ankle with a  theraband and foot intrinsics. The students also do exercises at the barre to gain the strength and the technical aspects necessary to dance “en pointe.” At the discretion of the Ballet Director, the girls will then learn how to sew their own pointe shoes and begin working on pointe. At this time the theraband exercises and the foot intrinsic part of the class will be expected to be carried out in the dancer’s own time to maintain strength, as the class will then consist of all pointe work. This is a beginner level pointe class, and majority of the pointe work is done at the barre.

POINTE 2

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    Description

    Students interested in being considered for Pointe 2 must have had at least one year  in pointe training to be considered for this class. Students must get approval from Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, before registering for Pointe 2 as this is an intermediate/advanced level pointe class, that includes pointe barre and pointe center, and learning advanced, professional, classical variations.

CONTACT US

If you are needing additional information with our studio classes, teams or in general please contact below or complete the form and we will follow-up as soon as possible.

512.234.6640

info@thedanceacademytx.com

300 N. Bagdad Road, Leander, TX 78641