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The Pharaoh's Daughter - Spring Performance
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Tickets $20 at the door

Acton School of Ballet
Chip Morris, Director
Melissa Morris, Administrator
3 Spruce Street
P.O. Box 796
Acton, MA 01720
Acton School of Ballet (978) 263-6572
August 01, 2012

Syllabus Notes

Photo by Mike Nyman
Level 7 Mazurka dancers from Coppélia

As we monitor the progress of our student body, we also look for ways to enhance the syllabus to both support and challenge every student.

Our class limits: 8 students for Fairy Tale Dance, 10 students for Dance Together and First Steps. Pre Ballet, Level 1, and Level 2 are capped at 14 students. All afternoon and weekend Lower School classes will again be taught by one head teacher and one assistant teacher. In the Upper School we evaluate class enrollment levels on a case-by-case basis.

Lower School

  • We have revised the former Creative Dance syllabus for three-year olds. It is now called Fairy Tale Dance and focuses on connecting story-based themes with early ballet movement and music. We continue to use our treasure chests filled with exciting props.

  • We now offer a new class, Dance Together, for children ages three and four with their caregivers. We recognize that for some children, their first dance class experience is happier with a favorite adult. The syllabus is celebratory in its sharing of early ballet movement, story telling and appreciation of music.

  • We offer four sections of First Steps (for four year-olds) and six sections of Pre-Ballet (for five and six-year olds). We now offer a slightly later afternoon pre ballet on Fridays for those who have had trouble making it to the 4 p.m. sections.

Upper School

  • We again offer three sections each of Level 3 and Level 4, to accommodate our large rising Level 2 and 3 student bodies. Levels 3 and 4 meet twice per week.

  • We offer two sections of *Level 5, which meets twice per week. One Level 5 meeting each week is an extra half hour long to allow for introductory pointe or pre-pointe.

  • Students in Level 6 are required to attend three classes per week but the options are more flexible this year. We offer two sections of Level 6, which are team taught. Students enroll in one of these sections of Level 6 which includes two classes, and then select one of two other Level 6 elective classes to meet their three-class requirement.

  • Level 7 is now team-taught. Students are still required to attend three classes per week but a fourth class is offered and students may select any three of these four classes for their permanent schedule. In the spring term we will require all students to come to the Friday class when choreography begins for the spring performance.

  • Level 8 attends four classes per week, three technique and one contemporary ballet class. Ballet History, a lecture course, is also required for Level 8.

  • Levels 9 and 10 are required to attend four classes per week plus a variations class.

  • Beginning Ballet for teens and adults continues on Sunday morning.

  • Advanced Ballet meets twice per week as a syllabus level (by placement for those at levels 7 and up). Qualified students from other levels may also elect to take one class as a supplementary technique class. This level performs on pointe.

  • Contemporary Ballet now may be taken as a syllabus level. Students at level 7 and above may opt to enter this syllabus, which meets twice per week. Students enroll in the Advanced Ballet non-pointe class (on Tuesday evenings) and the Open Contemporary class (on Thursdays). This syllabus level performs in our year-end ballet and does not require any pointe work. If there is space available, students in other syllabus levels may enroll in these classes. Please see the supplementary class list for details.

The list of supplementary classes has some amendments. We have have shifted some of their days and times. Each student’s registration form lists the supplementary classes in which she or he is eligible to enroll. As with all levels, we strictly adhere to class limits, and build waitlists when each section reaches its maximum enrollment. We operate on a fair, first-come, first-served policy and thank you for your understanding. Please enroll your child early to avoid disappointment.

School Notes


We are delighted to report that our entire teaching faculty is returning. We believe this is our strongest faculty ever and applaud their pedagogy, kindness, professional performance experience and ethics which support and enhance Acton School of Ballet’s mission statement: artistry, integrity and attention to every student. Please take a moment to read their faculty biographies.