fall 2019 classes

**An updated registration form and our Google Calendar will go live on the website by the end of the summer.* *

PRE-BALLET (Ages 3 - 5*)

Time: Thursdays 3pm - 4pm

Dates: 9/5 - 12/5, Performance 12/6. (Skip 10/31 & 11/28)

Session: $225 | (15 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*- 7)

Time: Thursdays 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Class Dates: 9/5 - 12/5, Performance 12/6. (Skip 10/31 & 11/28)

Class Session: $150 | (10 classes at $15 / class)

Nutcracker Rehearsals: $180 | (12 hours at $15 / hour)

Drop-in (through 11/14): $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 sign-up separately for our extra rehearsals, and must commit to being present at all of them. Ballet I students will shine with featured roles in the production! But that requires extra practice time!

BALLET II (Ages 6 - 8)

Time: Thursdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Class Dates: 9/5 - 12/5, Performance 12/6. (Skip 10/31 & 11/28)

Class Session: $150 | (10 classes at $15 / class)

Nutcracker Rehearsals: $180 | (12 hours at $15 / hour)

Drop-in (through 11/14): $17 / class

Ballet II is only open to students who have had at least one full year of ballet equivalent to the Destination Art Ballet I level. (Previous classes equivalent to the Destination Art Pre-Ballet class do not count.) Students who enter Ballet II are expected to be comfortable with foundational technique such as Positions I - III, pliés, tendus, degagés, piqués, fondus, sautés, adagio, balancés, grande jetés, reverance, and similar. A review will be provided at the beginning of the session, but students should not be entirely new to most of the technique listed above. In Ballet II, we will reinforce positions and build new technique onto previously mastered skills from Ballet I. Ballet II also requires students to be incredibly focused and well behaved. Though we will still maintain a fun, positive environment as we do in all classes, Ballet II requires an advanced maturity level. Therefore, 6 and 7 year olds with previous ballet experience may still be asked to take Ballet I after a trial class if their attention spans aren’t quite ready for the challenge of Ballet II. Ballet II 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 II students will carry the production with principal roles! But that requires extra practice time!

TWEEN / TEEN BALLET (Ages 9 - 13):

Time: Thursdays 6:45pm - 8pm

Class Dates: 9/5 - 12/5, Performance 12/6. (Skip 10/31 & 11/28)

Class Session: $150 | (10 classes at $15 / class)

Nutcracker Rehearsals: $180 | (12 hours at $15 / hour)

Drop-in (through 11/14): $17 / class

Have you always wanted to take ballet, but never got the chance to put on your first tutu when you were little? Do you want a new, fun activity to do with your friends? Would you like to learn the art of classical ballet and perform in story ballet productions just like the professionals? Are you just curious what all the fuss is about? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Tween / Teen Ballet is for you! The level of the class will be tailored generally to each group, and specifically to each student, so all experience levels are welcome. We will follow the format of the five traditional parts of a classical ballet class in a positive environment, learning: stretches, barre work, center exercises, across the floor exercises, and reverance. Tween / Teen Ballet 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. Tween / Teen Ballet students will carry the production with principal roles! But that requires extra practice time!

TEEN / ADULT BALLET (Ages 14+):

Time: Thursdays 8:15pm - 9:30pm

Class Dates: 9/5 - 12/5, Performance 12/6. (Skip 10/31 & 11/28)

Class Session: $150 | (10 classes at $15 / class)

Nutcracker Rehearsals: $150 | (10 hours at $15 / hour)

Drop-in (through 11/14): $17 / class

Looking for a fun way to stretch out and stay in shape, all while learning how to be graceful through a classic art form? Whether you’re 14 or 999, whether you’ve never danced a step in your life or you used to be a prima ballerina, Teen / Adult Ballet is for you! The level of the class will be tailored generally to each group, and specifically to each student, so all experience levels are welcome. We will follow the format of the five traditional parts of a classical ballet class in a positive environment, learning: stretches, barre work, center exercises, across the floor exercises, and reverance. We will also emphasize the work-out component of ballet by focusing upon core strength (including Martha Graham contractions), floor barres, and core warm-ups along with our classical and artistic work. Teen / Adult Ballet students who wish to perform in The Nutcracker must sign-up separately for our extra rehearsals, and must commit to being present at all of them. Attending auditions is not necessary unless you would like to be considered for roles other than Ladies and Gentlemen in the party scene. If you would like to be considered for other roles, you are very welcome and encouraged to attend auditions! We can always use older dancers in principal roles!

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.

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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 Performances

The Nutcracker (Friday, December 6, 7pm)

Dress Code

Pre-Ballet:
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!

All Other Children's Classes (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.

All Other Children's Classes (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.

Teen / Adult Ballet: Dancewear or exercise attire. Formfitting clothing that the dancer can easily move in. Ballet slippers purchased from a dancewear store or website. Long hair pulled back. No jewelry.

*REGARDING FIVE YEAR OLDS

Five 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.

Download the registration form for more information