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Ballet School

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Founded in 1955, Tacoma City Ballet School provides excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction for Dancers in the Puget Sound Region. The School offers ballet classes and professional performance opportunities for Dancers who wish to pursue a professional career, as well as for those who simply enjoy dancing. Under the direction of Miss Erin Ceragioli, a complete professional curriculum comprising the techniques of the Danish, English, French, Italian, and Russian Schools of Classical Ballet is taught while emphasizing the development of body strength, flexibility, and correct alignment or aplomb. Live piano accompaniment, in accordance with traditional classical ballet instruction, is featured with all ballet classes.

Divisions of Study in Classical Ballet

Tacoma City Ballet School offers Four Divisions of Study in Classical Ballet, as well as an Adult Open Class Program. Division Placement is based on age, physical development, and strength of classical technique.

  • The Pre-Ballet Division
    • Pre-Ballet 1 for Age 4
    • Pre-Ballet 2 for Age 5
    • PLACEMENT CLASS IS NOT REQUIRED
  • The Elementary Division
    • Pre-Elementary for Age 6
    • Elementary 1 for Age 7
    • Elementary 2 for Age 8
    • Elementary 3 for Ages 9-10
    • PLACEMENT CLASS IS NOT REQUIRED
  • The Intermediate Division
    • Ballet Technique Class for Ages 11-15
    • Beginning Pointe for Ages 11-12
    • Intermediate Pointe for Ages 13-15
    • PLACEMENT CLASS IS REQUIRED
  • The Company Division
    • Ballet Technique Class and Advanced Pointe for Ages 12-Adult
    • PLACEMENT CLASS IS REQUIRED
  • The Adult Open Ballet Class Program
    • Encompasses Beginning through Intermediate Ballet Technique
    • PLACEMENT CLASS IS NOT REQUIRED

Annual Six-Week Summer Intensive

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Tacoma City Ballet School conducts the Annual Summer Intensive. Offering Pre-Ballet Division, Elementary Division, Intermediate Division, and the Company Division for both new and continuing study, as well as the Children’s Ballet Theatre Workshop, and the Company Ballet Performance Workshop. The Annual Summer Intensive presents the opportunity for creative and concentrated study, immersing the Dancer in ballet technique, choreography, and performance technique and etiquette.

2017 Annual Summer Intensive Class & Workshop Schedule

2017 Annual Summer Intensive Enrollment Form

Performance Opportunities for Dancers

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Because classical ballet is a performing art, Tacoma City Ballet School offers Dancers instruction in performance technique and etiquette, along with the opportunity to perform in a professional theatrical atmosphere. Beginning at Age 4 and continuing to Age 15, Dancers may participate in the Annual School Demonstration where they demonstrate the technique and knowledge they have acquired throughout the year. Beginning at Age 6, Dancers are offered the opportunity to audition for specific Children’s Roles in Tacoma City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut. Dancers, Ages 8-12, are offered the opportunity to become members of the Junior Performing Company. In addition to a regular class schedule, Junior Company Dancers are required to rehearse on Saturdays throughout the season, and they are also required to participate in the Children’s Ballet Theatre Workshop offered during the Annual Summer Intensive. Junior Company Dancers are offered the opportunity to audition for specific Children’s Roles in all of Tacoma City Ballet’s annual season productions. Senior Company Dancers perform in the Corps de Ballet, and are offered the opportunity to audition for Leading Roles in all of Tacoma City Ballet’s annual season productions. Additionally, Senior Company Dancers perform throughout the season upon the invitation of various other arts and community organizations. Dancers, Age 12, may be accepted into the Senior Performing Company as Apprentices at the invitation of the Artistic Director.

Financial Assistance

Tacoma City Ballet School offers Full and Partial Financial Assistance to Dancers who demonstrate both financial need and artistic potential. Financial Assistance is awarded from September through June for eligible Dancers in the Intermediate and Company Divisions only.

  • APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Tacoma City Ballet School admits students of any race, color, creed, ethnic origin, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally accorded to students of Tacoma City Ballet School.