CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Youth Ballet Classes

Ballet Classes At-A-Glance

Class descriptions and requirements are available on this page.

Primary Ballet 9-10 a.m. Saturday
Level 1 — 9-10 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. 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 (Level 4) — 6:45-7:45 p.m. Friday
Pointe 1 (Level 4/5) — 7-8 p.m. Friday
Pointe 2 (Bundled with Level 5/6/7) — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday | 7-8 p.m. Friday
Variations/Pointe 3 (Bundled with Level 7) — 7-8 p.m. Thursday
Pas de Deux (Level 7) — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday

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 7-10
    • 11:00-11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 25
  • Ages 11-13
    • 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25
  • Intermediate Level 5+ and Junior and Senior Ballet Company
    • 1:00-4:00 p.m.,  Saturday, August 25
      (Please bring pointe shoes if on pointe)

Location for all auditions: 3765 Corbett Center - Studio A

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.

Primary Ballet

For ages 4-6
9-10 a.m. Saturday
Fall Semester: Sept. 8 to Dec. 15
Spring Semester: Jan. 5 to May 18
Tuition: $225 per semester

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.

Beginning Ballet Classes

Level 1 Beginning Ballet

Ages 7-10
9-10 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:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
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. Friday
1:30-3 p.m. Saturday
Instructor:  Ana Bird
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Ballet Bundles

For Ballet Bundle registration, students will only need to register for the bundle in order to be registered for all appropriate level classes and pointe classes as listed.

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.They should also begin simple variations from classical ballets to increase their pointe vocabulary and strength. Technique classes are offered multiple days per week and students are encouraged to take at least 2 days per week (3 days per week at Level 7) in order to learn with more ease and retention, allowing them to advance more rapidly. The  bundles also include a weekly pointe class. Students are encouraged to audition for the Youth Ballet Company and sign up for Modern Dance and Dance Styles (and also Pas De Deux for Level 7 students) - please note these classes are not part of the bundle and have a separate cost.

Level 5 Ballet Bundle

Placement/instructor approval required. *Pointe 1 or 2 depends on audition/placement.

5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday Level 5 - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday Pointe 2* - Instructor: Tricia Sundbeck
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday Level 5 - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday Level 5 - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
7:00-8:00 p.m. Friday Pointe 1* - Instructor: Ana Bird
7:00-8:00 p.m. Friday Pointe 2* - Instructor: Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
1:30-3 p.m. Saturday Level 5 - Instructor:  Sergey Pahkarev
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Level 6 Ballet Bundle

Placement/instructor approval required

5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday Level 6 - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday Level 6 - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday Pointe 2 - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday Level 6 - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday Level 6 - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
7:00-8:00 p.m. Friday Pointe 2 - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday Level 6 - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
Students are encouraged to take two or more classes.

Level 7 Ballet Bundle

Placement/instructor approval required. *Pointe 2 or 3 depends on audition/placement.

5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday Level 7 - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Tuesday Level 7 - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday Pointe 2* - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
5:15-6:45 p.m. Wednesday - Instructor:  Isabele Elefson
5:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday - Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
7:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday Pointe 3/ Variations*: Tricia Sundbeck
5:15-6:45 p.m. Friday Level 6 - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
7:00-8:00 p.m. Friday Pointe 2* - Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday Level 7- Instructor:   Tricia Sundbeck
Students are encouraged to take three or more classes.

pas de deux class

Pointe and Partnering

Pre-Pointe

Recommended for dancers in Level 4 & 5, placement/instructor approval required


6:45-7:45 Friday
Instructor:  Ana Bird
Tuition: $450

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


6:45-7:45 Friday
Instructor:  Ana Bird
Tuition: $450

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. Tuesday
Instructor: Tricia Sundbeck

7-8 p.m. Friday
Instructor:  Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
Tuition: included with Ballet Level 5, 6 or 7 Bundle

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
Instructor:  Tricia Sundbeck
Tuition: included with Ballet Level 7 Bundle

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 7, placement/instructor approval required


7-8 p.m. Tuesday
Instructor:  Thomas Bell
Tuition: $450

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

(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.

12-1:30 p.m. Saturday
Tuition:  $550

Dance Styles for Acting and Musical Theatre

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.  

Please contact Dr. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs Percer with questions about CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement Dance Styles classes.

Dance Styles Level 1 & 2

Ages 10-18
9:00-10:30 a.m. Saturday
Tuition: $550

Dance Styles Level 3 & 4 (audition required)

Ages 10-18
9:00-10:30 a.m., Saturday
Tuition: $550

Audition Information for Dance Styles 3/4 for Acting and Musical Theatre

Saturday, August 25
10 - 11 a.m.
CCM Village, Corbett 3640

All students wishing to simply register for Dance Styles 1/2 may do so without auditioning. Placement auditions are for the more advanced class.

Please bring with you to the audition a completed Musical Theatre Dance Audition Form, click here to download.