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 “New Moves” spring program. 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. 

Students accepted into Levels 7 and 8 are invited to enroll in BBT's Youth Company.

2018-19 Youth Division Schedule

Level 1: Monday/Wednesday 

Level 2: Tuesday/Thursday

Level 3: Monday/Wednesday

Level 4: Mon/Wed/Thurs

Level 5: Tues/Wed/Thurs

Level 6: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri

Level 7: Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat

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

 

In addition to BBT’s core Youth Division classes, students enrolled in Levels 4-8 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 and explore the various technique, pointe, contemporary, and choreography "Elective" classes BBT now offers.

 

For enrollment information, contact School Director, Liz Farotte Heenan:  lizfh@berkeleyballet.org 

  BBT Youth Division dancers  rehearsing Robert Dekkers'  Rhapsody,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT Youth Division dancers rehearsing Robert Dekkers' Rhapsody, photo by Natalia Perez

  BBT's Youth Division dancers  rehearse for Robert Dekkers'  Rhapsody,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Youth Division dancers rehearse for Robert Dekkers' Rhapsody, photo by Natalia Perez

  BBT's Artistic Director Emerita Sally Streets  coaching   Youth Division dancers in  Chopin for Two,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's Artistic Director Emerita Sally Streets coaching Youth Division dancers in Chopin for Two, photo by Natalia Perez

  BBT's 2017-18 Youth Company  ,  photo by Natalia Perez

BBT's 2017-18 Youth Companyphoto by Natalia Perez