Enrollment and Information

The School of the Valley Dance Theatre supports dance in the Tri-Valley with studio classes for ages 2.5 to adult, taught by experienced instructors.

The students at the School are invited to audition for the Company's mainstage productions. Our students also perform in an annual Showcase for families and friends rather than recitals or competitions.

Summer Programs begin in June!

Summer Session  -  June 7 to August 8

For pricing please reach out to maddie@valleydancetheatre.com

Children's Division

The School of the Valley Dance Theatre offers a variety of year-round programs for boys and girls ages 2.5 - 12.  Students present a Showcase performance in the spring and are invited to audition for children's roles in the Valley Dance Theatre's annual production of The Nutcracker.

 

Our highly experienced and creative instructors make it fun to learn the basics of classical ballet.  

Discover Dance

Children ages 4 - 6 years

Children are taught the basics of movement, rhythm, and motor development skills in a fun and developmentally appropriate environment.  

Summer session I   - Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Summer session II  - Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Summer session III - Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Pre-Ballet

Children ages 5 - 6 years

Regardless if they are beginners or have taken prior ballet classes, this class will teach the basics of ballet terminology, body alignment, and proper ballet class behavior.  Rhythm, musicality, flexibility, and discipline are introduced. Advancement to Ballet I is at the recommendation of the instructor.

Summer session I   - Tuesday 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Summer session II  - Tuesday 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Summer session III - Tuesday 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Children ages 6 - 9 years

This class is for beginning students ages 8 and above OR for students who may be younger than 8, but have had at least one year of Pre-Ballet and have been advanced by their Pre-Ballet instructor. Students move more quickly beyond the basics and begin learning more difficult ballet movements.  Proper class etiquette and attire are required.  

Summer session I   - Tuesday 4:30 - 5:545 /Thursday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Summer session II  - Tuesday 4:30 - 5:545 /Thursday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Summer session III - Tuesday 4:30 - 5:545 /Thursday 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Ballet I

Ballet II

Children ages 7 -10 years

Students begin to experience the art of dance, and learn the commitment required to excel.  Students begin to demonstrate maturity in their movement, dedication, strength, technique and proper body alignment to prepare them for pointe.  

Summer session I   - Tuesday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Thursday 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Summer session II  - Tuesday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Thursday 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Summer session III - Tuesday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Thursday 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Combo Ballet II & III

Children ages 7 - 10 years

Students begin to experience the art of dance, and learn the commitment required to excel.  Students begin to demonstrate maturity in their movement, dedication, strength, technique and proper body alignment to prepare them for pointe.  

Summer session I   - Saturday 9:30am - 11:00am

Summer session II  - Saturday 9:30am - 11:00am

Summer session III - Saturday 9:30am - 11:00am

Ballet III

Children ages 10 years and up

Pointe work begins at this level when students demonstrate sufficient maturity, dedication, strength, technique and proper body alignment.  Students in this level are required to take three classes per week  (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). Wednesday and Saturday’s classes are taught in ballet slippers.

Summer session I   - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 5:45pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Summer session II  - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 5:45pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Summer session III - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 5:45pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Stretch/Strength or History Through Movies

Children ages 10 years and up

Focus on stretching and flexibility through movies!

Summer session I   - Wednesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Summer session II  - Wednesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Summer session III - Wednesday 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Upper Division

The Upper Division offers year-round classes focused on a dancer's development and progression toward becoming a member of the Valley Dance Theatre Company.  Instruction is offered in classical ballet and contemporary dance for ages 10 and up.   Attendance of class three times a week is strictly required when student advances to pointe work.  

Ballet IV- Pointe

Children ages 10 years and up

Pointe work continues at this level and increases in complexity and technical difficulty. Students in Ballet IV level are required to take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which includes one pointe class and two technique classes. 

Summer session I   - Monday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Wednesday 6:45pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Summer session II  - Monday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Wednesday 6:45pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Summer session III - Monday 5:45pm - 7:15pm /Wednesday 6:45pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am

Ballet V - Pointe

Director Permission

Pointe work and technical development continues in preparation for advancement to the Company. This level requires a significant time commitment, as dancers at this level may perform more serious roles in Company productions. Students may be invited to join beginning Partnering class at this level.

Summer session I   - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 6:15pm and, Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm

Summer session II  - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 6:15pm and, Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm

Summer session III - Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm - 6:15pm and, Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm

Beginning Partnering

Children ages 11 - 15 years

The class is to prepare dancers, both male and female, for the classical “pas de deux” work that classical ballet is so famous for.  Beginning Partnering is for Ballet V students that have not had prior partnering experience. Instructor recommendation is necessary.

Summer session I   - Monday 7:15pm - 8:15pm 

Summer session II  - Monday 7:15pm - 8:15pm 

Summer session III - Monday 7:15pm - 8:15pm 

Advanced Partnering

Director Permission

Advanced Partnering is for Company dancers that have had at least some Beginning Partnering or pas de deux experience.  They must have a strong recommendation from either of the two directors of the Valley Dance Theatre to participate in the Advanced Partnering class.

 

Summer session I   - Monday 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Summer session II  - Monday 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Summer session III - Monday 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Company Pointe

Director Permission

Significant movement quality and understanding of proper placement and alignment are required. Technical ability, strong work ethic, self-motivation, and self-discipline are also required.  Advanced technique and pointe work continue. Performance quality and partnering skills are refined.

 

Summer session I   - Monday/Wednesday 6:15pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Summer session II  - Monday/Wednesday 6:15pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Summer session III - Monday/Wednesday 6:15pm - 8:15pm and, Saturday 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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Valley Dance Theatre

2247 Second Street, Suite B

Livermore CA 94550

office@valleydancetheatre.com

925.243.0925

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