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Summer Ballet Explorations

A Popular Offering Returns!

Vanessa Watters
, Instructor

Our Mini-Dancers, Pre-Ballet, and Ballet 1 participants will explore some of the great ballet works of all time. This summer’s selections are The Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, Coppelia, Whipped Cream (a contemporary ballet choreographed by Alexander Ratmansky), Carnival of the Animals, and the all-time holiday favorite, The Nutcracker.

Each week will spotlight a different ballet story and its music, and students will have the opportunity to dance to the music as well as engage in fun activities like picture-drawing or coloring scenes from the ballets. Dancers will explore their creativity while learning about these wonderful stories and the ballets they have inspired.

Please Note: These classes are still the regular Mini, Pre-Ballet, and Ballet 1 Wednesday class times (please see below) only enhanced with these exciting themes! ...

Week I – The Sleeping Beauty  (music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
A princess and her kingdom sleep for a hundred years, and then everyone wakes up for a big celebration…

Week II – Peter and the Wolf  (music by Sergei Prokofiev)
Peter jumps over the garden wall and bravely faces a fierce wolf! Each of the seven characters in the story is represented by a different instrument in the orchestra.

Week III – Coppelia  (music by Léo Delibes)
Franz, a village boy, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Coppelia who sits and reads in the window of the toyshop. Coppelia turns out to be a doll!

Week IV – Whipped Cream  (music by Richard Strauss)
A child eats a lot of sweets at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirious state. While in the hospital, fantastical and delicious characters dance in and out …

Week V – Carnival of the Animals  (music by Camille Saint-Saȅns)
See what happens when a magic kingdom of animals emerges from behind a bookcase!

Week VI – The Nutcracker  (music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Clara receives the special gift of a Nutcracker at her holiday party, and a wonderful storybook journey begins …



Vanessa Watters, Instructor
Wednesdays, 4:00-4:35 pm

Ages 3-4

Girls and boys will have a blast (and blow off steam!) in this fun introduction to the world of ballet and creative dance! Through the use of games and songs, our Mini-Dancers will learn the names of arm and leg positions, as well as movements such as tendu, plié, relevé, and passé. 


Vanessa Watters, Instructor
Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30 pm

Ages 5-6

This class is designed to foster interest in pursuing more advanced ballet technique. Children will learn introductory ballet technique as well as body awareness and movement exploration through age-appropriate games and exercises.

Ballet I

Vanessa Watters, Instructor
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm

Ages 7-12

Develop coordination, grace, musicality, flexibility, and balance in this sequential program. Basic ballet technique and vocabulary will be introduced as well as barre work, adagio and allegro movements, and dancing in unison.


Dance attire for this class: 

  • Pink OR black footed tights 
  • Light pink, light blue or light purple leotard OR solid light or white t-shirt 
  • Sheer light-colored skirt permitted
  • Ballet slippers
  • NO street shoes on the marley floor
  • Hair pulled back (long hair in a bun)
  • No excessive jewelry


FEES for the above classes: $20 registration fee; $96* tuition. $51 if enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein during summer session (only one dance class or FUNdamentals class qualifies for discounted class rate). (Fees are as of Summer 2024.)


SPECIAL DANCE SAVINGS: Take one Ballet or Dance Styles class at full tuition, get a second (or more) Ballet or Dance Styles class at 50% off! 50% discount applies to the lower tuition fee. For students already receiving a discount for individual lessons, the second additional class is 50% of full tuition (not the discounted amount).

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Sign Up For Summer




Ballet I

Click here to download and print a registration form.

For more information, call 585.454.4596.