The 2012-2013 school year is divided into four 8-week-long quarters, numbered First-Fourth with the same class schedule. Our Summer Dance and Pilates Workshops are 4-week sessions with a separate schedule when all classes will meet twice per week. Tuition is the same as one quarter. Please see the calendar for quarter dates, tuition due dates and holidays.
Stockton Ballet School offers both youth and adult programs concentrating on the development of a well-rounded dancer. Although our name implies an emphasis on ballet training, our curriculum includes highly regarded Jazz and Tap programs, Pilates Body Conditioning, Zumba, Ballroom, and other specialty performing arts workshops throughout the year.
Dancers will be placed in dance classes according to their abilities and experience. Our director and faculty will make all decisions regarding placement. The ages shown are only guidelines.
The SBS Company class is opened to students who audition for The Stockton Ballet Company only.
Please understand that during the first week or two of classes, students may need to be moved to a more appropriate level. As space and time permit, we will offer subjects at the following levels:
Youth Adultages 16-up
Creative Movement ages 4 Beginning I (Intro)-II
Pre ages 5 Intermediate I-III
Elementary I-III ages 6-8 Advanced I-III
Basic I-III ages 9-12
Junior I-III ages 13-15
Teen I (beginning) ages 11-15
The SBS Competition and Performing Company dances at various community events and all SBS Shows and may travel to area workshops and competitions. The dancers are invited to participate by the faculty and are required to sign an attendance/conduct contract for the season September-June 2012-13. Company dancers are required to attend technique classes, company class and repertory rehearsals at SBS. Repertory dances will be taught by SBS faculty members and guests when available. Rehearsals will be scheduled by each choreographer. In addition to class and repertory tuition, Company dancers are responsible for repertory costume costs, workshop tuition and lodging, and competition fees. A new Guest Teacher Series open to only Company and Advanced Dancers has been scheduled. The Company divisions and requirements are:
Junior Company (ages 10 & up)
1 company and 2 dance classes per week:
1 jazz and 1 ballet. Tap, mat are optional third classes.
Senior Company (Ages 12 & up)
1 company and 3 dance classes per week:
1 jazz, 1 ballet, choice of 1 tap, pointe, or mat Repertory dances as schedule
Pilates Mat and Reformer Classes
Body Conditioning based on the work of Joseph H. Pilates is a unique full-body system of strength, stretch and toning exercises which unite movement and self-awareness for good postural alignment, physical fitness and the feeling of well-being associated with a fit body and mind. Group and Private Mat or Reformer sessions are available. Zumba® is the Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness party . Feel the music and let loose!
Kids Art is a weekly class to inspire the budding artist. We’ll explore drawing and painting, crafting and more. Projects may include mobiles, still life, self-portraits, collage. Materials provided, bring your imagination!
Please See the Calendar for dates for the following:
1-hour long ballroom workshops are scheduled to teach the basic steps, patterns, lead and technique of the popular partner dancing rhythms such as fox trot, waltz, swing, Cha Cha. Private lessons for couples and groups can also be scheduled.
Tumbling Workshop is for dancers to enhance their repertoire of tumbling moves. Work on tumbling basics, learn something new or work on getting better at something you can already do!
Acting Workshop explore acting techniques. For ages 8 & up. Hip Hop Workshops will be taught for Basic Level (9-12) Jr (13-15) and Int-Adv.
Lyrical Workshops for Int/Adv Jazz dancers will be given
several times in our Guest Teacher Series.
Time For Me Tap or Jazz Workshop is for adults who have waited to take their first tap or jazz classes in adulthood. Beginners only, please.
Dance Skills Intensives for Int/Adv dancers to work on specific dance steps and skills such as balance, turns, jumps.
Dance Appreciation Program
Because a dancer's development is enhanced by all that she or he sees, it is important that students attend performances by other dancers. During the year, SBS students and their families will be invited to participate in field trips to performances by local and regional dance and theatre companies. SBS will coordinate group ticket purchases and transportation to out of town events. The schedule of events, ticket and transportation prices and information will be available as they are arranged.
SBS offers our students several special performance opportunities during the year. In December, we invite our families and friends to attend our "Winter Show.” In addition, Stockton Ballet School dancers are invited to audition for a production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Capitol Ballet Company of Sacramento. In June, SBS continues its tradition of producing Stockton's "Ballet for children, by chil- dren". Act II showcases our Tap and Jazz dancers. Our Company Dancers will be featured in both our Winter Show and our June Recitals. We will also add performance opportunities throughout the year as they become available. Participation in productions is not a requirement, but offers the students a chance to extend their training and appreciation for Dance through performance. Details will be given to each student as soon as they are available.