Dance Classes

Distinctive and welcoming, the CCM Prep's Dance Program is proud to be housed within one of the few collegiate classical ballet programs in the United States and also the oldest college-affiliated dance program in the country.

The philosophy of this program is that every student deserves careful and individualized training from qualified instructors. Classes are small and instructors are specially trained to teach for appropriate ages and skill levels. Use the links below for detailed information about our ballet classes for early childhood, youth, teens and adults.

Contact Jonnie Lynn Jacobs with placement questions.

Early Childhood Classes

Our goal is to introduce young children to the performing arts and essential skills in a nurturing, creative environment. Offerings include multi-arts classes that incorporate music, movement and creative play. Learn more on CCM Prep's Early Childhood Programs website or the online registration website.

Very young dancers have fun in this creative introductory dance class learning basic ballet movements and terminology. Class activities include movement exploration, creative movement, moving in groups, improvisation and working with props. Primary Ballet invites students into the magical enchantment of classical ballet. It presents ballet as a fun and creative learning experience, but is structured enough so that the student begins to learn ballet technique through body awareness and become able to recall movement from memory. 

Continuing Primary Ballet invites students into the magical enchantment of classical ballet. It presents ballet as a fun and creative learning experience, but is structured enough so that the student begins to learn ballet technique through body awareness and become able to recall movement from memory.


Youth and Teen Classes

Youth and teens are introduced to movement and dance in a nurturing way that encourages and challenges without intimidation. As students progress, so do expectations as well as opportunities for training and performing. Learn more on CCM Prep's online registration website.

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.

This class increases the ballet vocabulary learned in Level 1 and puts more emphasis on musicality and the phrasing of movement. There will be an increase in the complexity of combinations at the barre and in center work with the incorporation of more ballet vocabulary. Simple head movements combined with the movement of the legs and arms will be introduced.

For fall 2020, the level 2 and 3 students will be combined into one class.

This class approaches more complicated ballet combinations for barre and center work. Additional port de bras, épaulement and the use of body directions are introduced at the barre. It continues the importance of proper ballet technique, alignment body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing as well as continued emphases on performance quality and phrasing. Increased flexibility, endurance and body strength are also stressed to allow for the development of higher elevations and leg extensions.

This class continues to approach more complicated ballet combinations for barre and center work. Additional port de bras and épaulement. Continued stress on the proper use of ballet technique, alignment, body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing. Continued emphases on performance quality, phrasing movement and connecting movement through the use of plié and breath. Students will continue to increase their body strength, stamina and flexibility. They will also continue developing higher elevations and leg extensions. Balance and body control especially in regard to pirouettes will be addressed.

This class continues to approach more complicated ballet combinations for barre and center work. Proper ballet technique, alignment body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing and self- discipline are stressed. The continued importance on performance quality, detail and phrasing are heightened. Students will continue to increase body strength, stamina and flexibility. Students will develop of stronger batterié, higher elevations and leg extensions. They will increase their physical endurance and stamina and increase their balance and control. This especially will be in the areas of turns and adagio movements. 

In this class students will continue fine tuning and enhancing their training in all the areas of classical ballet. They will develop stronger musicality, phrasing and performance qualities. Females should have pointe work incorporated into their ballet technique class two days per week in addition to a weekly pointe and pas de deux class. They should also begin simple variations from classical ballets to increase their pointe vocabulary and strength.

Students learn basic ballet vocabulary and the importance of the discipline involved in the learning of classical ballet and what they should expect of themselves as a student, including proper ballet etiquette in the classroom. 

This class is for the student who has studied ballet for at least two years or had studied ballet in length earlier in their life. Students will continue to develop the skills and technique found in classical ballet. The length of this class is extended to one and a half hours to allow the students more time to learn more advanced vocabulary, train and build endurance.

This level continues to approach more complicated combinations for barre and center work. There will also be an emphasis on proper ballet technique, alignment body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing and self- discipline. There also will be an emphasis on the importance of performance and phrasing movement.

  • Age group: Recommended for dancers in Level 4 and 5, placement/instructor approval required

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 three to six 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.

  • Age group: Recommended for dancers in Levels 4 & 5, placement/instructor approval required

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 in 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.

  • Age group: Recommended for dancers in Level 5 and 6, placement/instructor approval required

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.

  • Age group: For dancers in Level 7, placement/instructor approval required

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.

  • Age group: For dancers in Level 7, placement/instructor approval required

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. 

Dance Styles is an introduction to the steps, techniques and styles of dance commonly used in theatre arts. Classes consist of a jazz or ballet warm-up, floor stretches, isolations and center combinations incorporating jazz, tap, ballet, folk, social and lyrical dance steps in forms that are frequently used in musical theatre productions. The classes develop the “dancing actor” by working on characterization through movement and choreography.
  • Age group: For students in Level 5 Ballet and higher or with permission of teacher


This class is intended for the intermediate level dancer.  It is based on the traditional elements of modern dance technique; floor work, fall and recovery, spirals, concepts of space, time and force, developing technical proficiency, improvisational skills and musicality and rhythmic accuracy.  The class is also enhanced with elements of today's more contemporary dance. The goal of this class is for the student to gain a deeper understanding of modern dance and to explore their individuality as a dancer.


Adult Classes

Classes are open to adults who want to study dance for the first time and to those who have studied dance with passion their entire life. Learn more on CCM Prep's online registration website.

Students learn basic ballet vocabulary and the importance of the discipline involved in the learning of classical ballet and what they should expect of themselves as a student, including proper ballet etiquette in the classroom. 

This class is for the student who has studied ballet for at least two years or had studied ballet in length earlier in their life. Students will continue to develop the skills and technique found in classical ballet. The length of this class is extended to one and a half hours to allow the students more time to learn more advanced vocabulary, train and build endurance.

This level continues to approach more complicated combinations for barre and center work. There will also be an emphasis on proper ballet technique, alignment body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing and self- discipline. There also will be an emphasis on the importance of performance and phrasing movement.

This class continues to approach more complicated ballet combinations for barre and center work. Additional port de bras and épaulement. Continued stress on the proper use of ballet technique, alignment, body placement, body awareness, musicality and phrasing. Continued emphases on performance quality, phrasing movement and connecting movement through the use of plié and breath. Students will continue to increase their body strength, stamina and flexibility. They will also continue developing higher elevations and leg extensions. Balance and body control especially in regard to pirouettes will be addressed.


Required Dance Attire

Primary, Beginning Ballet and Levels 1-4:

  • Leotard #2100 by Motionwear in black
  • Pink tights and pink ballet shoes

Levels 5-7:

  • Leotard #207 by Mirella in black
  • Pink tights and ballet shows
  • Black ballet wrap skirt MS12

Ballet Company:

  • Leotard TBA
  • Pink-fotted seamed tights
  • Boys or mens black ballet tights
  • Dance belt
  • Solid white T-shirt
  • Thin white socks
  • White ballet slippers

Where to find dance attire

Where to find dance attire for CCM Prep classes
Store Location Contact
The Dance House 2341 Buttermilk Crossing, Crescent Springs, KY 41017

Phone: 859-344-6606

Email: info@dancehousenky.com

Diana’s Dance and Fitness Wear 8958 Blue Ash Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Phone: 513-792-0970

Email: dianasdancewear@outlook.com

Schenz Theatrical Supply 2959 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

Phone: 513-542-6100

Email: jjschenz@schenz.com