Camp / Clinic Category: Dance
Our classes have been specially designed by Royal Academy of Dance qualified, Northern Ballet School graduate Nicola Ciotta. Dancers can start from walking age through to 4 years of age, and have been developed to encourage confidence whilst learning the ballet basics in a fun and nurturing atmosphere. The fully structured 30 – minute classes offer a magical introduction into the World of ballet, engaging children in age-appropriate dance, whilst learning rhythm, posture, co-ordination and balance through a fun, structured class. Teachers are encouraging and positive and family and friends are very welcome to come and watch. It’s all part of the performance!
Watch your child interact with others, make new friends, work as a team and discover new ways to communicate and create.
Ongoing Sessions – check our website for upcoming sessions!
About our classes
Mommy and Me: An Introduction to Ballet.
Ages: Walkers through to 2.5 years
Through fun filled, ballet based exercises, imagery and a mixture of
classical music and song , this 30 minute structured class will have your
dancer pointing their toes, learning to plie and tip toe-ing out of the door.
Its a perfect introduction to dance and helps develop and instill physical and
emotional confidence while learning a foundation in ballet.
Advanced Toddlers Ballet.
Ages: 2.5 – 4 years
Now that you are older its time to learn some of the ‘Grown Up’ stuff!
On the list? Positions of the arms, positions of the feet, correct form, arabesque
and attitude, pirouettes and sautes (jumps) to name a few. This is the best
gift you can give your aspiring dancer as they will use their Baby Ballet Long Island
training for the rest of their life. We teach it right, right from the start!
Use of ballet terms in both English and French are also used.
A caregiver is allowed to stay in the room to watch.
What age can my child start?
As long as your little one is walking then they are ready for our classes. Mummy and Me classes involve the parent/guardian for support in all exercises however to get the most out of the class it is important that they are on their feet.
Is it just Moms or can Dads join in too?
Moms, Dads, Aunts, Baby Sitters, whoever your little one is comfortable with. Family/Friends are also very welcome to come and watch although please note that as nice as it is for them is can also be a distraction for your child.
Do they need to wear anything specific?
At the Mommy and Me level, no. Just comfortable clothes, dance wear or a tutu. Anything they can move around in comfortably. Soft soled shoes, socks with grips or ballet shoes are required for footwear. For the Advanced toddler class – ballet shoes are required and can be purchased from most dance wear stores or from your Baby Ballet Long Island teacher for $20.
Why is the class only 30 minutes long?
Baby Ballet Long Island classes are fully structured from the warm up to the curtsey. There is no ‘free play’ or ‘go and explore’ time during class. The locations with Open Play facilities offer open play after the class included in your fee, therefore 30 minutes is a long time for full concentration. Your child will learn more in our 30 minute classes than most other 45-60min classes.
It seems a little repetitive, is that not boring for them?
Not at all. Children actually love the repetiveness as they learn the exercises, look forward to their favorites and work on perfecting the skills that challenge them. Both you and the child will able to see the progress over the weeks and be proud of accomplishments. Ballet is an art form and a sport, although at a younger age it is important to keep it fun and enjoyable, it is important to work on the basic foundations and technique so they are able to build on them as they get older and more advanced. And even then they will still be doing Plies, even when they get a Soloist career with the NYCB!
Make Up classes can be done only at the location you have booked the session at, and if there are other classes offered.
Please contact us to request the possibility of a make up on a desired date or for any individual special requests.
If another class isn’t possible, an Open Play pass can be provided to be used at your convenience.
Emergency Closing Policy
We generally will not hold class if the local school districts are closed due to severe inclement weather or other emergency school closings (school closings can be found on www.news12.com). However, this is not always the case so please check by calling the location or Baby Ballet Long Island. Class cancellations and/or delays will be announced on our Facebook page and by the location.
If classes are cancelled, they will be rescheduled at the end of the session.
In the event that you need to cancel your registration, refunds will be granted as follows:
After the 1st day of class held and prior to the second class held: Tuition less $25 cancellation fee.
After the 2nd class: Tuition less $50 cancellation fee.
No refunds after the 3rd class unless advised by a Doctor and supported with a medical note.
PLEASE NOTE: If the location you booked your session at has different policies, those over-ride these rules.