fall 2019 classes & REHEARSALS
**An updated registration form and our Google Calendar will go live on the website the first week of September.* *
PRE-BALLET (Ages 3 - 5*)
Time: Thursdays 3pm - 4pm
Dates: 9/12 - 11/21, Performance 11/22. (Skip 10/31)
Session: $195 | (13 hours at $15 / hour)
Drop-in: $17 / class
Your pre-schoolers will learn to twirl, leap, and express themselves in this fun
introduction to ballet! We will play fun dance games that introduce technique,
musicality, etiquette, and following directions. We will even perform in the Destination Art Ballet School Fall 2019 production of The Nutcracker!
BALLET I (Ages 5*- 8)
Time: Thursdays 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Class Dates: 9/5 - 11/21, Performance 11/22. (Skip 10/31)
Class Session: $135 | (9 classes at $15 / class)
Nutcracker Rehearsals: $180 | (12 hours at $15 / hour)
Drop-in (through 10/24): $17 / class
Ballet I introduces children to the art of classical ballet in a fun, positive environment. We will learn the five parts of a traditional ballet class and foundational technique, as well as musicality and terminology. This class will also teach and emphasize the
importance of proper ballet etiquette. Ballet I students who wish to perform in The Nutcracker must attend auditions, must sign-up separately for our extra rehearsals, and must commit to being present at all of them. Ballet I students will carry the production with principal roles! But that requires extra practice time!
Saturday 9/21 @ 11am - 1pm: Nutcracker auditions for Ballet I
**All students are guaranteed roles! Auditions simply help the instructor determine the best place for each dancer.**
Pre-Ballet students will have pre-determined roles, and will not need to attend auditions.
nutcracker rehearsal schedule:
EXTRA BALLET I REHEARSALS:
Monday 11/11: 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Thursday 11/14: 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Monday 11/18: 4:15pm - 7:15pm
Thursday 11/21: 4:15pm - 7:15pm
ALL DANCERS REHEARAL FRIDAY 11/22:
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Pre-Ballet Rehearsal
3:45pm - 4:45pm: Ballet I Rehearsal
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Entire Cast Rehearsal
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Dinner Break
6:30pm - 7pm: Get into costume and make-up
7:45pm: Cast Party!
About the instructor
Suzanne Halka was a company member of the Lynchburg Regional Ballet Theatre of Central Virginia under the direction of Colin and Sylvia Worth, of the Royal Ballet of Great Britain and the National Ballet of Canada. With them and other directors, she performed in eight Nutcrackers and multiple spring ballets, including: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and more. Though she has also trained in other styles of dance, ballet has always been Suzanne’s love, passion, and primary focus. For fifteen years, she has brought a love of dance and movement as well as proper classical technique to students in both Virginia and San Francisco, ranging in age from 3 years to adult. She enjoys choreographing story ballets and new pieces, as well as paying tribute to Mr. Worth’s beloved choreography. Since moving to San Francisco, Suzanne has taught dance for The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, The San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and Destination Art. Suzanne also teaches and directs youth theatre in San Francisco (for The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts Junior Acting Troupe and The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others), and performs with her all-women improv troupe, The HAMAZONS. Along with dancing, Suzanne loves reading, writing, costume design, green spaces, and figure skating.
Please note that unless accompanied by an adult care giver, children under the age of 5 years old may only attend one class per week up to 4 hours a session.
Upcoming PerformancesThe Nutcracker (Friday, November 22, 7pm)
Clothes the child can easily move in and bare feet or ballet slippers purchased from a dancewear store or website. Hair pulled back. No jewelry, props, or toys in class. Dancewear encouraged!
Ballet I (Girls): Leotard, “ballet pink” tights, and pink ballet slippers purchased from a dancewear store or website. Skirts / shorts optional. All hair pulled back; long hair in a bun. No jewelry, glitter ballet slippers, or props. All skirts / small tutus must be above the knee. Ballet I (Boys): Leggings or tights, T-shirt, and black or white ballet slippers purchased from a dancewear store or website. Shorts optional. Long hair pulled back. No jewelry or props.
*REGARDING FIVE YEAR OLDSFive year olds who have started kindergarten or training kindergarten during the fall 2019 semester may take Ballet I with instructor approval. Some five year olds are still developmentally better placed in Pre-Ballet.
The instructor will determine the best place for your child after a trial class.