CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Youth Ballet Classes

Ballet Classes At-A-Glance

Class descriptions and requirements are available on this page.

Level 1 — 10-11 a.m. Saturday
Level 2 —
5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursday | 10-11:15 a.m. Saturday
Level 3 — 5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursday  | 12:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday
Level 4 — 5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Friday | 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday
Level 5 — 5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday | 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday
Level 6 — 5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday | 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday
Level 7 — 5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday

Pre-Pointe/Pointe 1 (Level 4) — 6:45-7:45 p.m. Friday
Pointe 1 (Level 4/5) — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday 
Pointe 2 (Level 5/6) — 7-8 p.m. Friday
Variations/Pointe 3 (Level 7) — 7-8 p.m. Thursday
Pas de Deux (Level 7) — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday

Beginning Ballet Classes

Level 1 Beginning Ballet

Ages 7-10
10-11 a.m. Saturday
Instructor:  Heather Cameron-Johnson
Tuition: $450

Students learn basic ballet vocabulary and begin working on musicality and phrasing movement. They will develop body awareness and begin to understand the importance of body alignment, technique and turn-out. This class introduces beginning students to the discipline involved in the learning of classical ballet and etiquette in the classroom as well as what they should expect of themselves as a student.

Ballet Classes by Level

Level 2 Ballet

Recommended for ages 7-10, placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursday - Instructor:  Heather Cameron-Johnson
10-11:15 a.m. Saturday - Instructor:  Judith Cantwell
Students are encouraged to take both classes.

Level 3 Ballet

Recommended for ages 8-11, placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursday - Instructor:  Heather Cameron-Johnson
12:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday - Instructor:  Ana Bird
Students are encouraged to take both classes.

Level 4 Ballet

Recommended for ages 9-12, placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday
1:30-3 p.m. Saturday
Instructor:  Ana Bird
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Level 5 Ballet

Placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday - Instructor:  Ana Bird
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday - Instructor:  Ana Bird
1:30-3 p.m. Saturday - Instructor:  Sergey Pahkarev
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Level 6 Ballet

Placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Level 7 Ballet

Placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

pas de deux class

Pointe and Partnering

Pre-Pointe/Pointe 1

Recommended for dancers in Level 4 & 5, placement/instructor approval required
6:45-7:45 Friday
Instructor:  Ana Bird

This class is not a pointe class but is intended to ready the dancers to begin pointe work.  The students are generally age 10 and 11 and in our Level IV ballet class.  In this class, students will work on strengthening their feet, legs and core areas.  They will learn stretches to increase flexibility in the feet, legs and lower back.  Dancers work with a theraband on the floor and do exercises standing at the barre.  Students are recommended to take this class for one year.  At the end of the year it is highly suggested that the student’s parent make an appointment to see a professional athletic trainer or orthopedic specialist to find out if they are physically ready to begin pointe work.  Sometimes it is suggested that they wait an additional 3-6 months for the student to mature or strengthen certain parts of their body.  Often, additional exercises and stretches are given to offset any physical imbalances in the body.  You must be enrolled in one CCM Prep ballet class to be eligible to register for this class.

Pointe 1

Recommended for dancers in Levels 4 & 5, placement/instructor approval required
7-8 p.m. Tuesday
Instructor:  Ana Bird

Most students going into the Pointe 1 are in our Level 4 or 5 ballet class so this class is their first encounter with pointe work. Depending on their natural ability and strength, they may take this class for one to two years.  Prior to this, most of the students have taken a year of pre-pointe which has readied them for the rigorous demands of pointe work. The goal of this class is for the students to become comfortable en pointe and in their pointe shoes. They should begin to learn how to balance en pointe and build additional strength and flexibility in their legs and feet.

Pointe 2

Recommended for dancers in Level 5 & 6, placement/instructor approval required
7-8 p.m. Friday
Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer

Pointe 2 readies the student to feel more comfortable en pointe. Students will begin simple pirouette turns and increasing strength en pointe during barre and center floor exercises.  During the year the student will begin harder pointe combinations  which should include petite allegro and grand allegro ballet vocabulary. Simple classical ballet variations will be introduced second semester.  In addition to this pointe class they have pointe work during their regular ballet technique classes.

Pointe 3 & Variations

For dancers in Level 7, placement/instructor approval required
7-8 p.m. Thursday
Inctructor:  Tricia Sundbeck

This class increases the student’s pointe strength and stamina allowing them to attain better technique and enhance their performance skills. This will be accomplished by the instruction of appropriate short classical ballet variations that stress phrasing, musicality and nuance particular to each variation.

Pas de Deux

For dancers in Level 6 and 7, placement/instructor approval required
7-8 p.m. Tuesday
Instructor:  Thomas Bell

Level 7 Students will learn the basics of working with a partner on elements such as balance, lifts and turns. Each semester students will learn on a traditional pas de deux from a classical ballet.

Modern Dance

Intermediate Modern Dance

Ballet Level 5 or higher, or with permission of instructor
12-1:30 p.m. Saturday
Instructor:  Ka-Ron Brown Lehman
Tuition:  $550

Ballet Auditions

New Student Placement Classes Levels 2-7

Placements are required for Levels 2 through 7. Most returning students have already received their placements. Placement auditions are as follows:

  • Ages 6-9 
    • 5:30-6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10
  • Ages 10-12
    • 6:00-6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 10
  • Ages 12-18
    • 5:15-6:45 p.m., Thursday, August 10 
      (Please bring pointe shoes if on pointe)

There is no preregistration for these placement classes; arrive 15 minutes before the class begins.

Returning students may attend these placement classes as "get in shape" classes.

Youth Ballet Companies

  • Junior and Senior Company auditions for students at Level 4-7 will take place on Saturday, August 26.
    • Auditions 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Mini Company does not require auditions though participation is by invitation from teacher.
    • First class is Saturday, September 9, 11:15 a.m.

Contact Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer at 513-556-3214 or by e-mail at jacobsji@uc.edu for further information on all ballet programs and auditions.