Creative movement is the perfect introduction to the ballet studio. Classes last 45 minutes, and are taught by highly experience dance professionals. We nurture an exploration and enjoyment of movement through playful and imaginative classes designed for the developing minds and bodies of these young students.
We offer registration for this level in 4 sessions (8-10 weeks), or full year registration (which offers a discount). In place of a Spring Showcase, these students have a Studio Presentation.
Pre-Ballet classes meet once per week for 1 hour. This level fosters a love of ballet through imaginative classes built around age-appropriate material. Students learn to express music through dance, make beautiful shapes with their body, and move throughout space in a variety of ways.
Foundations I & II
2-3 days per week
Foundations I & II is generally a two-year program that lays the groundwork for the material covered in the pre-professional levels. Students work to perfect the essential elements of their technique, focusing on form, musicality, and expression. The second year accelerates as students begin the study of turns and ladies prepare for pointework with conditioning exercises specifically designed to strengthen and prevent injury.
Level A and Level B
4-5 days per week
Placement in Level A requires students to have completed Foundations or pass an equivalency assessment. Level A students start to increase familiarity with linking steps and allegro vocabulary, and also add in the study of Modern dance. Students in Level B begin a more thorough and advanced study of adage and allegro movements, working to build strength and stamina. The start of pointe technique for ladies and men's technique for gentlemen remains at the discretion of the Artistic Director, a decision based on strength and physical maturity. This frequently coincides with placement in Level B, but is done on an individual basis.
5-6 days per week
Classes in Level C prepare students for a professional program. In addition to more rigorous training classes, these dancers learn works from the classical repertoire and add in the study of contemporary movement and improvisation through a weekly modern class, as well as a conditioning and stretch/strength class. Enrollment requires the approval of the director, obtained either through a placement class or year-end assessment.
Daytime Training 6 days per week
The Bayou City Ballet Conservatory Program is a professional daytime training program for advanced students ages 13-18 pursuing a career in dance. Class size is limited to 10 students to allow for personalized attention. Selected students train 20-25 hours per week, Monday through Saturday. Classes include conditioning, ballet technique, pointe, men's technique, contemporary, modern, stretch/strength, pas de deux, variations/repertoire.
Adult Intro to Ballet
No experience needed! 8-week or 9-week sessions
Led by Bayou City Ballet School Founder/Director Alex Pandiscio, this series introduces adult learners to the basics of ballet starting from zero. Mr. Pandiscio developed and taught this class many times at the Houston Ballet Academy since 2016. The course gives participants the essential information and tools necessary to begin a lifelong journey as a student of ballet free of injury.
Ages 10 -14
A ballet class just for boys, taught by male faculty. These classes work on the technical elements specific to the male dancer, such as multiple pirouettes and tours en l'air, as well as building core and upper body strength. The all-male class setting helps build confidence and a sense of camaraderie among the young men.
Private lessons and coaching are available by appointment. To schedule, please contact the office at 713-280-3646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semi-private lessons are also available. The lesson fee is then split equally among two dancers.
We require 24 hours notice to cancel a lesson.
If you must cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will still be responsible for full fee.