adult classes (ages 13+)

Enriching the lives of dancers at all ages and every level through open classes in a supportive, welcoming environment

 

BBT’s Adult Open Division offers over 30 classes each week, from absolute beginner to advanced/professional level. Each class is lead by a member of our celebrated faculty, and many classes have live accompaniment as well. By providing a rich experience that combines the highest level of ballet training with a positive atmosphere that both cultivates community and celebrates individuality, BBT’s Adult Open Division classes are ideal for dancers at all stages of their training.

In addition to ongoing AOD classes, BBT highlights the adult community in an annual spring showcase, “Collage.” Featuring performances by AOD dancers in original choreography by BBT faculty members, this program invites beginner through advanced dancers to experience the thrill of live performance in a professional and supportive environment. This performance opportunity is just one way BBT’s AOD community comes together to create lasting memories and meaningful bonds with one another.

To get started, simply create a MindBody account (or log into your existing account), sign up for the class that looks right for where you’re at in your ballet training, and join us at 1370 Tenth Street in Berkeley for an experience that combines artistry, mindfulness, and fitness unlike any other activity.

 

What to expect

For your first class: We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to get your bearings, sign in, meet your classmates, and prepare for class.

Clothing: There is no dress code for adult dancers. We recommend fabrics and tailoring that support comfortable, unrestricted movement. For introductory and beginning classes, many people wear standard gym clothes. Some dancers find themselves getting warm as class progresses, so we recommend layering to facilitate temperature control.

Footwear: Ballet shoes or socks are recommended for all classes.

Signing in: Please sign in upon arrival to the studio, using the MindBody application on the studio’s tablet in the front.

Class format: Ballet classes are divided into barre and center. Classes begin at a ballet barre for stretching and warming up; the final half of class involves short choreographed sequences in the center of the room or across the floor.

 

BBT manages the Adult Open Division through 'MindBody', an online application.  For information on how to manage your account, select the link below.

CLASS Credit PRICING

Barre $12

Single Class Credit $16

Single Class Credit (student/senior 65+) Discount $15

4-Class Credits $60

8-Class Credits $112

12-Class Credits $160

16-Class Credits $200

Unlimited $250 *Expiration 31 days from first use

Professional Rate $12 *Must be pre-approved, email info@berkeleyballet.org for application

 

Choosing a class level

Class descriptions are designed to help you choose an appropriate class. If you have questions, please email info@berkeleyballet.org for assistance in finding the class that’s right for you.

Introduction to Ballet 1: Have you always dreamt of learning ballet?  It’s not too late. Intro to Ballet 1 is recommended for students with little or no previous dance experience. Learn the basic elements of ballet broken down into simple exercises that ensure the development of proper technique. Develop good posture, presence, and strength in these introductory classes. No experience needed.

Introduction to Ballet 2: Are you ready for more of a challenge? Intro to Ballet 2 is recommended for students looking to continue to increase their knowledge of the basic elements of ballet and begin to use those steps in simple combinations. One year of Intro to Ballet 1 experience recommended.

Beginner Technique: Beginning technique is recommended for students with at least two years of ballet training who are interested in deepening their understanding of classical ballet. Explore new movement vocabulary while reinforcing the basics. Combine steps into more complex combinations that build your grace, strength, and artistry.

Beginner Pointe: Whether developing your pointe technique or making your dream of dancing en pointe come true, this class is a supplement to ballet technique classes and is designed for dancers with four or more years of ballet training who receive teacher recommendation. Dancers are expected to take the technique class immediately preceding a pointe class in order to be sufficiently warmed up.

Beginner–Intermediate Technique: Beginning–Intermediate technique classes expand your movement vocabulary, reinforce proper alignment, and increase strength and stamina as you develop a deeper understanding of musicality and artistry. Recommended for students with three (or more) years of ballet experience.

Beginner–Intermediate Pointe: Designed for dancers with four or more years of ballet training and at least one year on pointe, teacher recommendation is required for this class. Dancers are expected to take the technique class before a pointe class in order to be sufficiently warmed up.

Intermediate Technique: Intermediate ballet dancers are challenged to further continue developing musicality, strength, and proper technique while experiencing the artistry of live musical accompaniment. Recommended for students with at least four years of ballet training.

Advanced Technique: Experience exceptional instruction and live musical accompaniment in challenging ballet classes recommended for advanced students or professionals.

Pas de Deux: Expand your ballet vocabulary by learning elements of male/female partnering from classical ballet. This class is open to female students who have been en pointe for one or more years, and to Beginner through Advanced male students. Dancers are expected to take the technique class immediately preceding  a pas de deux class in order to be sufficiently warmed up.

 

 
 
  BBT Adult Open Division teacher Robert Greer  leads class at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT Adult Open Division teacher Robert Greer leads class at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez

  BBT Adult Open Division dancers  at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT Adult Open Division dancers at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez

  BBT Adult Open Division teacher Robert Greer  leads class at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT Adult Open Division teacher Robert Greer leads class at BBT, photo by Natalia Perez