Ballet Class

As the foundation of many forms of dance, proper ballet technique is essential. Taught by Linette Doherty, Anna Collins, and Sarah O’Brecht, Ballet is both challenging and exhilarating. It not only develops strength and flexibility, but also grace, poise, and discipline. This classical art form is as athletic as it is beautiful, and male dancers are renowned for their strong jumps and masculine form. Many professional athletes take ballet to improve their balance, agility, and co–ordination, and we encourage boys as well as girls to pursue ballet.

While there are many different methods of ballet training, The SPACE offers dancers the opportunity to train and complete examinations in Cecchetti technique. The Cecchetti method is renowned for its clean lines and pure technique, and is studied all over the world. In open classes, dancers will have the opportunity to learn a variety of styles, including English and Russian techniques. Exposure to these major systems gives our dancers a unique, well rounded approach to ballet, and also prepares those interested in pursuing dance to meet the demands of today’s choreographers.

Beginner and Junior classes focus on musicality and telling a story through movement. Each class begins with a warm up at the barre, and stretching. Students are introduced to basic ballet technique, including proper posture and alignment. Technique is reinforced through repetition in the centre. Cecchetti syllabus work is introduced in the Junior levels, and students wishing to prepare for exams must take class twice a week.

Elementary and Intermediate classes continue to build on technique learned in Junior levels, and prepare students for the more advanced work of Senior classes. It is strongly recommended that students take class twice a week at this level.

Dancers wishing to progress to Senior classes and begin pointe work should be in ballet class four times a week – two syllabus classes plus two Elementary/Senior open classes per week – due to the increasing demands at this level.

At the Senior level the emphasis shifts to mastering more complex steps, including jumps and turns en pointe. A note on pointe: since everyone develops differently, some may take longer than others to acquire the skills and strength necessary for pointe. Students will be notified in writing when the teacher is satisfied that they are ready to safely meet the greater physical and technical challenges of pointe work. Adult Ballet is an open recreational class; adults of any age or level of experience are welcome to participate.

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Who can register?

For the serious ballet student as well as the beginner, ballet is for boys and girls aged 6–18, with a separate class for adults. Written approval required for pointe; please do not register for pointe without this letter (new students with sufficient ballet training will be assessed in class). Ballet is recommended for Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre students. Beginner/Junior Ballet is for children 6–8 years old, Junior ballet is for 9–11 year olds, Elementary/Intermediate Ballet is for ages 12 and up, and Senior Ballet is for those 14 or older with sufficient prior training. Adult Ballet is open to those 18 and older. Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre classes are also offered to enhance performance. Click here to download a registration form.

What do I wear?

Girls – black leotard, pink tights, and soft pink ballet slippers. Teachers will advise students when pointe shoes are required. Boys – fitted white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants or bike shorts, and black ballet shoes. Warm up clothing must be removed when class begins, and long hair pulled back neatly into a bun (not a ponytail, since we must see the line of the neck to ensure proper technique). Shorter hair may be kept out of the face with a band. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle; you’ll be working hard!

You will also need a pair of indoor–use shoes to wear in the studio. Long hair should be tied back off the face, and jewellery removed. You’ll be given a folder to keep scripts in; please bring it with you to each class. If you lose it, you are responsible for replacing it.

Scripts cannot be handed out to students without suitable folders.

How to register

There are three ways to register for our classes: In person, Online or By mail.

In person: please come by any time during studio hours; see schedule. By mail: print and complete the registration form and mail it along with payment (VISA, Mastercard, cheques) to: The S.P.A.C.E. 1324 Danforth Avenue, Toronto Ontario, M4J 1M9. Online: there are two ways of registering for a class at The S.P.A.C.E:
  • Print and complete the registration form by clicking Download Registration Form, then scan and email to linette@the-space.ca with payment (VISA, Mastercard, or email money transfer).

1. Our season runs from September to June, and is divided into two terms; students registered for the full season have priority over new students for placement in Term II.
2. Classes are limited to 12 students, and may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient registration.
3. We have two shows – a small Christmas show, and a full scale show in June. Additional costume fees are required for the June show, and there is a charge for tickets. We also arrange for professional photos to be purchased, if desired.
4. A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is required to reserve placement. All fees (including post dated cheques) must be received with registration. Additional payment plans are subject to an administrative fee of $15. A $35 charge will be added to any NSF cheque, and a late charge of $10 per month will be added to unpaid balances. Receipts are issued at the beginning of each term; there is a $15 administrative fee should you require an additional copy.
5. Full refunds of unused class fees will be issued up until the 3rd class of the term. There will be no refunds after the 4th class, or for classes missed due to lateness, absence, or being unable to participate in class for any reason.
6. Our staff is made up of working industry professionals. We may schedule make up classes or substitute teachers if staff members are absent due to professional obligations.
7. We do not schedule make up classes for scheduled studio closures or student absences. Please inform teachers in advance of lateness or absence, when possible.
8. Everyone is expected to be on time and follow the Dress Code, which helps ensure everyone’s safety. Those who are late or unprepared may be asked to observe class only.

ALL Classes: Hair must be tied back off the face and neck, and jewellery removed. No jeans (as they restrict movement), oversized clothing (since we must see the body to ensure proper technique), or street shoes may be worn in class. Gum, food, and drinks are not permitted in the studios (water bottles only).

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, soft pink ballet slippers (teacher will advise if pointe shoes are required). Please secure hair in a bun. Boys – white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants/bike shorts, soft black ballet shoes.

Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweat pants. Black jazz slippers or dance sneakers.

Tap: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweatpants. Hard black tap shoes with low square heel.

When is the class?

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9:15-10:00

Parents
+
Babies

3:00-10:00

Individual
Vocal

1/2 hr each

9:00-9:45

Creative
Movement

3 YRS

10:00-10:45

Parents
+
Tots

4:00-5:30

EL
Musical
Theatre

4:00-5:00

SR
Acting

9:45-10:30

Creative
Movement

4-5 YRS

4:30-5:30

BEG/JR
Tap

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:00

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

10:30-11:30

BEG
Ballet

5:30-6:15

Creative
Movement

3-5 years

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

5:30-7:00

BEG
Musical
Theatre

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

6:30-7:15

Stretch
open

11:30-12:30

BEG
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:15-7:15

Adult
Tap

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-8:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-7:30

JR
Ballet
grade 1

12:30-1:30

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

7:15-8:15

Adult
Ballet

7:30-8:45

EL/SR
Tap

7:30-9:00

SR
Musical
Theatre

 7:30-8:45

Lyrical
Contemporary
open

7:30-9:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

1:30-3:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

8:15-9:15

Adult
Jazz
Hip Hop

8:30-10:00

Adult
Musical
Theatre

2:00-3:00

JR
Ballet
grade 1

 

Beginner (BEG) - ages 6-8; Ballet = Cecchetti method grade 1 prep


Junior (JR)
- ages 9-11; Ballet = Grades 1-3 Cecchetti method

Elementary (EL) - ages 12 & up; Ballet = Grades 3-6 Cecchetti method
 
Senior (SR) - ages 12 & up; with sufficient prior experience; Ballet includes pointe
 
Adult - open recreational classes, all levels
 
 

      = NEW CLASSES / TIME!

3:00-4:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

4:30-6:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

3:00-6:00

Individual
Vocal
1/2 hr each

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