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Spring Recess Monday, April 16 - Sunday, April 22
Classes resume Monday, April 23

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

Supplementary Classes

In addition to the core syllabus classes (click here), we encourage students to take additional classes as supplementary training. Additional classes can increase basic strength, deepen the student’s understanding of the ballet vocabulary, and broaden the scope of her/his training.

In the Lower School (up to Level 2) students may take additional classes at their syllabus level as supplementary classes.

Beginning in Level 3 (Upper School) we suggest the following supplementary classes. See below for more detailed descriptions.

Primary Class Supplementary Class(es)
Level 3 Modern 1/2, Junior Repertory, other Level 3 section (1 or 2 classes)
Level 4 Modern 1/2, Junior Repertory, Ballet Conditioning, other Level 4 section (1 or 2 classes)
Level 5 Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Modern 1/2, Open Variations, other Level 5 section (1 or 2 classes), Supplementary Pointe (in spring only)
Level 6 Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Modern 1/2, Modern 3 (by audition or invitation only), Supplementary Pointe, Variations 6/7/8, Open Variations, other Level 6 section (1-3 classes)
Level 7 Advanced Ballet, Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Supplementary Pointe, Modern 3, Variations 6/7/8, Open Variations
Level 8 Advanced Ballet, Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Supplementary Pointe, Modern 3, Variations 6/7/8, Open Variations
Level 9 Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Level 8, Supplementary Pointe, Modern 3, Open Variations
Level 10 Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Level 8, Supplementary Pointe, Modern 3, Open Variations
Modern 1/2 Ballet Conditioning
Modern 3 Ballet Conditioning
Beginning Ballet Ballet Conditioning, Modern 1/2
Contemporary Ballet Choreography, Ballet Conditioning, Modern 3 (by invitation)
Advanced Ballet Open Contemporary, Ballet Conditioning, Choreography, Modern 3, Supplementary Pointe

Supplementary Classes 2017–2018

Choreography Thursday 3:00-4:00

Taught by Juliana Utz, the choreography class offers students an opportunity to learn basic principles and sharpen their skills for creating dances, including improvisation, casting and managing dancers, selecting music, and organizing and leading rehearsals. Using dancers drawn from variations classes and others in the choreography class, students will create a dance for presentation at the Variations recitals. Students in Levels 5-10, Contemporary & Advanced Ballet are eligible to enroll.

Supplementary Pointe Monday 6:00-7:15 and/or Saturday 11:45-1:00

Melenie Diarbekirian and Kathryn Stark offer vigorous classes aimed at students in Level 5 and up who have studied at least one term of pointe. Working throughout in pointe shoes, students study exercises to improve strength and alignment, and learn the specific ballet vocabulary for dancing en pointe. Each student receives instruction appropriate for her current level of technique.

Contemporary Ballet, Open Thursday 7:00-8:30

Taught by Juliana Utz, contemporary ballet celebrates the collaboration between classical ballet and modern dance. The syllabus enables students to explore the genre which has become a critical part of professional ballet dancers’ training. Students wishing to fully enroll in the Contemporary Ballet program take the open class on Thursday and Contemporary Ballet on Tuesday. Open Contemporary is available to students in Levels 6 and up as a supplementary class.

Advanced Ballet Monday 7:15–8:45 or Wednesday 7:00–8:30

For students working at an advanced level but who can’t make the time commitment of Levels 7-10. Classes meet two days per week, include pointe work. As of 2018, Advanced Ballet students will not perform on pointe in the spring ballet. One or both classes may also be used by students in Level 7 and above as a supplementary class. Taught by Melenie Diarbekirian.

Modern 1/2 Thursday 5:30-7:00
Modern 3 Thursday 4:00-5:30

As an important part of a ballet dancer’s training, these classes introduce and refine the grounded technique of modern dance. Taught by Juliana Utz and accompanied with live music by David Hero, classes begin with a thorough warm-up and proceed with combinations in center and across the floor. Modern dance is an excellent way to bring depth to a ballet dancer’s technique and performing. Modern 1/2 is open to students in Levels 3 and up; Modern 3 is by invitation or audition.

Open Variations Saturday 1:00-2:30
Variations 6/7/8 Friday 5:00-6:30
Variations 9/10 Monday 7:30-9:00

Students study the great classical variations in depth. These are wonderful classes for improving performance presence and obtaining a deeper understanding of ballet. Students in the Variations classes perform in a free Studio Performance at the end of each session. The Open Variations class is taught by Kathryn Stark, Variations 6/7/8 is taught by Christine Campbell, and Variations 9/10 is taught by Denise Pons. The Open Variations class on Saturday is open to all students in Levels 5 and above. The Friday class is for students in Levels 6, 7, or 8 and Advanced Ballet. Variations 9/10 is available to students in Levels 9 and 10.

Ballet Conditioning Monday 5:00-6:00

This class is specifically designed to improve student’s flexibility and extensions, strengthen abdominal and back muscles and to build stamina as required for ballet technique. Each student will receive individual instruction appropriate to her/his age and experience. Taught by Melenie Diarbekirian. For Levels 4 and up.

Ballet History Friday 6:30-7:00

Students round out their understanding of the history and significance of the art of ballet through viewing videos of important works and informative commentary by Christine Campbell. Required for Level 8.

Ballet Technique 8/9/10 Sunday 10:30-12:00

An advanced technique class which may be used to satisfy a Level 9/10 syllabus requirement, or taken as a supplementary or makeup class in the top three levels of the school. Taught by Melenie Diarbekirian.

Junior Repertory – NEW!! Saturday 1:00 -2:30

Students in levels 3 and 4 will learn some of the classic ballet group variations, with appropriate modifications for age and technique. This class will perform in ASB’s biannual variations recitals. Taught by Rebecca Shelton.

Photo by Mike Nyman
Modern 3 dancers in Coppélia

We also offer recreation ballet programs for adults (see Adult Program).