Youth Division (ages 7-21)

Providing rigorous training in a nurturing and inclusive environment

BBT's Youth Division provides dancers with the opportunity to study classical ballet in a disciplined, professional atmosphere that is also supportive of each student's unique talents, passions, and creative voice. Bringing rigorous training into an inclusive space, BBT's Youth Division equips students with exceptional training that can carry them into a professional dance career or a lifelong, meaningful connection to ballet. The nurturing, encouraging, and body positive environment at BBT also gives students the confidence and persistence to make an impact in whatever life path they choose. 

Each student in BBT’s Youth Division matriculates through the curriculum at a different pace. Unlike academic learning, dancers often progress through their training in a non-linear fashion, experiencing bursts of growth that can be followed by seemingly long periods of plateau in which a deepening of core values is built up to support the dancer’s next leap forward.

A dancer’s journey is long and windy, but the skills learned along the way will serve students for the rest of their lives. Dedication, inclusiveness, curiosity, community, individuality, and appreciation are all values that BBT holds sacred, and the faculty’s commitment to these core values enables students to thrive as dancers and as people. Whether a dancer pursues a career in the arts or activates these values in other professional endeavors, BBT’s goal is for each student to unlock a deeper sense of self, connection to their community, and appreciation for the capacity of artistic expression to impact our world.

Dancers in the Youth Division have the opportunity to perform in BBT’s annual holiday production of The Nutcracker as well as its Spring Performance Series. Engaging lessons learned in the studio and sharing in the thrill of live performance, these opportunities are pivotal to the dancer’s growth and provide context to the students’ rigorous ballet training. 

Dancers accepted into Levels 8 and 9 are invited to enroll in BBT's Studio Company. Dancers accepted into Level 7 are invited to enroll as BBT Studio Company Apprentices.

BBT opens 2019–20 Season Youth Division enrollment 06/21/2019.

2018-19 Youth Division Schedule

Level 1a: Tues/Thurs 

Level 1b: Tues/Thurs

Level 2a: Mon/Wed

Level 2b: Mon/Wed

Level 3a: Mon/Thurs

Level 3b: Mon/Thurs

Level 4: Tues/Wed/Fri

Level 5: Tues/Wed/Fri

Level 6: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri

Level 7: Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri

Level 8: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat

Level 9: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat

In addition to BBT’s core Youth Division classes, students enrolled in Levels 6-9 are invited to register for "Elective" classes, a series of Level-based classes that are open to any student who desires to dive deeper into their training.

 

For enrollment information, contact Jordan Tilton: jordant@berkeleyballet.org

BBT's Youth Division dancers  in Christopher Lam's  La Bayadère,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers in Christopher Lam's La Bayadère, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Studio Company and Youth Division dancers  in Robert Dekkers'  Rhapsody,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Studio Company and Youth Division dancers in Robert Dekkers' Rhapsody, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers  in Robert Dekkers’  Rhapsody,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers in Robert Dekkers’ Rhapsody, photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers  backstage before a performance of Kaori Ogasawara’s  Midnight Waltz,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers backstage before a performance of Kaori Ogasawara’s Midnight Waltz, photo by Natalia Perez