Carrollton Ballet
We offer two tracks for dancers – a Recreational Track and an Academy Track.  The Recreational Track is for dancers that enjoy dance as a leisure activity or dancers that are being introduced to dance for the first time.

The Academy Track is designed to introduce and develop skills and knowledge needed for the student’s development as a dancer.  This curriculum-based program centers on traditions rooted in Russian technique and the Vaganova Method of ballet. This training requires taking ballet multiple times per week. Dancers that consider ballet their main training activity and possible career choice should join this track. In this program, dancers are introduced to and trained in specialties such as Pre-Pointe, Pointe and Character Dance. Evaluation by Artistic Director Jurijs Safonovs, is required to join the Academy Track.

Classes begin the week of August 13, 2018. 

Toddler & Me
Music, interactive games and basic dance-related movements are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive atmosphere. This class welcomes mom, dad or another loved-one to participate along with their little dancer.  Play with your baby — an important part of learning — bond with them and get moving!

Instructor:           Jennifer Safonovs
Dates:                  Saturdays, August 18 – December 8, 2018
(Class will not meet on September 1 & November 24)
Times:                   9am – 9:30am
Ages:                      1 – 2
Class Size:             Up to 10 dancers
Member Fee:          $65 per semester or $13 per month.
Non-Member Fee:  $90 per semester or $18 per month.

Creative Movement & Tap
Welcome to the wonderful world of dance! Guided by our loving and professional faculty members, our 3 & 4 year old students are offered a tender first experience in motion. Through movement, children learn about their bodies, develop coordination, sense of rhythm and awareness of space around them. Through these activities – such as musical games, storytelling in movement and mimicry of our natural environment children learn to give physical expression to their visualization, while developing their gross motor skills. Tap is also introduced as part of Creative Movement. Ballet and Tap shoes are required in this class.

Tuesday Classes:
Instructor:                 Shawn Megorden
Dates:                        Tuesdays, August 14 – December 11, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 20)
Times:                       3:15pm – 4pm
Ages:                         3 – 4
Class Size:                Up to 10 dancers
Member Fee:           $95 per semester or $19 per month
Non-Member Fee:   $125 per semester or $25 per month

Saturday Classes:
Instructor:                 Shawn Megorden
Dates:                        Saturdays, August 25 – December 15, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 24)
Times:                        11:30am – 12:15pm
Ages:                           3 – 4
Class Size:                 Up to 10 dancers
Member Fee:             $90 per semester or $18 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $120 per semester or $24 per month

Pre-Ballet & Tap
Pre-ballet classes, for children ages 5 and 6, awaken the child to music and dance, coordination and spatial/motor skills and introduce basic classical ballet positions. Children discover more ways of self-expression within a framework of classical ballet. Tap is also introduced as part of this class. Ballet and tap shoes are required in Pre-Ballet.

Instructor:                  Shawn Megorden
Dates:                         Thursdays, August 16 – December 13, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 22)
Times:                        3:15pm – 4pm
Ages:                          5 – 6
Class Size:                 Up to 12 dancers
Member Fee:             $95 per semester or $19 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $125 per semester or $25 per month

Children’s Ballet
Children’s Ballet introduces students aged 7-9 to classical ballet, teaches the basic elements of ballet and combines them into simple steps. Students with any level of experience are welcome to join this class. Ballet attire and shoes are required.

Instructor:                  Shawn Megorden
Dates:                         Tuesdays, August 14 – December 11, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 20)
Times:                        4pm – 5pm
Ages:                          7 – 9
Class Size:                 Up to 12 dancers
Member Fee:             $125 per semester or $25 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $160 per semester or $32 per month

Youth Ballet
Youth Ballet is designed to introduce students aged 10-12 to classical ballet, teach the basic elements of ballet and combine them into simple steps. Children with any level of experience are welcome to join this class.  Ballet attire and shoes are required.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Wednesdays, August 15 – December 12, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 21)
Times:                        4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ages:                          10 – 12
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers in each class
Member Fee:             $125 per semester or $25 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $160 per semester or $32 per month

Teen Ballet
Teen Ballet is designed to introduce students aged 13-17 to classical ballet, teach the basic elements of ballet and combine them into simple steps. Teens with any level of experience are welcome to join this class.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Wednesdays, August 15 – December 12, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 21)
Times:                        5:30pm – 6:30pm
Ages:                          13 – 17
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers in each class
Member Fee:             $125 per semester or $25 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $160 per semester or $32 per month

Intro to Tap
Tap exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankle, coordination and speed of movement and simple choreography is explored. Tap shoes are required in this class.

Instructor:                  Shawn Megorden
Dates:                         Thursdays, August 16 – December 13, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 22)
Ages & Times:           Ages 7 -11 @ 4pm – 4:30pm
Ages & Times:           Ages 12 – 17 @ 4:30pm – 5pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $65 per semester or $13 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $90 per semester or $18 per month

Intermediate/Advanced Tap
Students with prior experience in tap and ability to perform tap combinations at medium and fast speeds are welcome to sign up for this class.  Tap shoes required.

Instructor:                  Shawn Megorden
Dates:                         Fridays, August 17 – December 14, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 23)
Times:                        4pm – 5pm
Ages:                          10 and up
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $125 per semester or $25 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $160 per semester or $32 per month

Jazz
A variety of jazz steps, Broadway-style choreography and different stretches are explored. Dancers are required to wear any color leotard, tights and jazz shoes.

Instructor:                  Shawn Megorden
Dates:                         Fridays, August 17 – December 14, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 23)
Times:                        5pm – 6pm
Ages:                          10 and up
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $125 per semester or $25 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $160 per semester or $32 per month

Ballet Academy Program

Academy I, Ballet Technique
Development of ballet technique, strengthening of the body, leg and arm muscles, development of the jump, pirouettes, balance and stamina needed for performing classical variations and more advanced choreography. (Evaluation by Artistic Director, Jurijs Safonovs, is required to join the Academy Track)

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Tuesdays & Thursdays
(Class will not meet on November 20 & 22)
Times:                        5pm – 6:30pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $285 per semester or $57 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $335 per semester or $67 per month

Academy II, Ballet Technique
High intensity and speed of exercises are parts of the excitement and mastery of skills offered in Academy II. This level emphasizes expanding the vocabulary of ballet technique to include all of the grande jumps and multiple pirouettes. (Evaluation by Artistic Director, Jurijs Safonovs, is required to join the Academy Track)

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
(Class will not meet on November 19, 20 & 22)
Times:                        Mondays; 4:30pm – 6pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5pm – 6:30pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $385 per semester or $77 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $445 per semester or $89 per month

Specialty Academy Classes

Pre-Pointe
Pre-Pointe classes further develop and strengthen the leg and foot muscles necessary to advance to Pointe. To qualify, students must receive a recommendation from the Ballet Coordinator to begin Pre Pointe. Thera-band (5 ft) is required in this class.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Tuesdays, August 14 – December 11, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 20)
Times:                        6:30pm – 7pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $80 per semester or $16 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $100 per semester or $20 per month

Pointe I
This class begins exercises on pointe. To qualify, students must demonstrate solid ballet technique and receive a recommendation from the Ballet Coordinator to begin Pointe I.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Thursdays, August 16 – December 13, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 22)
Times:                        6:30pm – 7pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $80 per semester or $16 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $100 per semester or $20 per month

Pointe II
Students are expected to have learned basic pointe technique before joining Pointe II. The class’ focus shifts from barre to center floor to master balance, turns, hops on pointe and other advanced pointe technique elements. To qualify, students must be taking ballet at least 3 times per week, demonstrate solid ballet technique and receive a recommendation from the Ballet Coordinator to begin Pointe II.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Mondays, August 13 – December 10, 2018
(Class will not meet on September 3 & November 19)
Times:                        6pm – 6:30pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $80 per semester or $16 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $100 per semester or $20 per month

Character Dance
Character dance is integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire. It helps develop the acting skills of a dancer, proper body positions for folk dance, sense of rhythm and pure joy of dancing. To qualify, the student must be enrolled in Academy II level.

Instructor:                  Jurijs Safonovs
Dates:                         Mondays, August 13 – December 10, 2018
(Class will not meet on September 3 & November 19)
Times:                        6:30pm – 7pm
Class Size:                 Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:             $80 per semester or $16 per month
Non-Member Fee:     $100 per semester or $20 per month

Drop-In Classes

Core Strengthening
This class is open to all fitness levels and focuses on developing core muscle strength and increasing flexibility.  Exercises are designed to improve posture, balance and awareness of breath to make everyday movement stronger and more functional.  Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Instructor:                  Jennifer Safonovs
Dates:                         Tuesdays, August 14 – December 11, 2018
(Class will not meet on November 20)
Times:                        9am – 10am
Ages:                         18 years and older
Class Size:                Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:          $125 per semester or $25 per month or $6 per class.
Non-Member Fee:  $160 per semester or $32 per month or $8 per class.

Adult Ballet
Adult Ballet Class at Carrollton Center for the Arts welcomes any adult aged 18+ who wishes to take ballet, return to a passion for dance or is looking for a new form of exercise. This class offers participants a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and tone the body and increase flexibility, musicality, balance and coordination.

Instructor:                  Jennifer Safonovs
Dates:                         Saturdays, August 18 – December 15, 2018
(Class will not meet on September 1 & November 24)
Times:                        10am – 11:15am
Ages:                         18 years and older
Class Size:                Up to 15 dancers
Member Fee:          $160 per semester or $32 per month or $8 per class.
Non-Member Fee:  $190 per semester or $38 per month or $10 per class.
Special Note:  Holiday Showcase is on December 15th at 7pm. A $25.00 Performance Fee is required to participate in the Holiday Showcase.  

Thriller/Zombie Dance Parade
So, you want to become a “Zombie” and dance in our “Thriller” parade.  This year will start a new tradition at the center.  Anyone – young, older, young at heart, families, or even organizations – can participate in this free program. Dancers will learn choreography and perform their dance skills at two downtown events during the holiday season.  Participants will be required to provide their own costume.  Make-up workshop will be provided on a date TBD. We ask that dancers register on our website for the program.

Rehearsal Dates:              October 3, 10, 17, & 24
Times:                                6:45pm – 7:45pm
Ages:                                 10 years & older
Performance Dates:         October 27 & 31

Other Dance Programs

Beginning Clogging
Clogging is an expressive style of dance with origins in folk dances of the British Isles, Africa, & pre-Columbian America. Settlers in the American South took elements of these styles to form a unique American dance style, Appalachian clog dancing.  The Art Center is proud to bring out of retirement Peggy Robinson.  Ms. Robinson has taught clogging for 25 years at her studio – Peggy’s School of Dance.  We are happy to have Ms. Robinson back on the dance floor.

Clogging Schedule
Date:                                Tuesdays
Times:                              5:30pm – 6:10pm
Ages:                                3 – 4 years old
Member Fee:                   $35 per month
Non-Member Fee:           $45 per month

Date:                                 Wednesdays
Times:                               3:30pm – 4:15pm
Ages:                                 3 – 4 years old
Member Fee:                    $35 per month
Non-Member Fee:            $45 per month

Date:                                 Wednesdays
Times:                               4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ages:                                 5 – 7 years old
Member Fee:                    $40 per month
Non-Member Fee:            $50 per month

Date:                                Wednesdays
Times:                              5:45pm – 6:45pm
Ages:                                8 – 12 years old
Member Fee:                   $40 per month
Non-Member Fee:           $50 per month

Note: Private and Semi-Private Lessons can be coordinated with Instructor.