Ballet School


Tacoma City Ballet School, founded in 1955, provides excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction offering a complete course of study in the technique of classical ballet and professional performance. Tacoma City Ballet School provides outstanding classical ballet training for those who wish to prepare for a professional career or for those who simply love to dance. A complete professional curriculum comprising the Techniques of the Danish, English, French, Italian, and Russian Schools of Classical Ballet is taught with emphasis placed on the development of body strength, flexibility, and correct alignment of the body or aplomb. In accordance with traditional classical ballet instruction, live piano accompaniment is featured in all ballet classes.

Divisions of Study in Classical Ballet

  • TACOMA CITY BALLET SCHOOL OFFERS FOUR DIVISIONS OF STUDY IN CLASSICAL BALLET AND AN ADULT OPEN BALLET DIVISION
  • 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
    Elementary For Beginners for Ages 6-8
    Pre-Elementary for Age 6
    Elementary 1 for Age 7
    Elementary 2 for Age 8-9
    PLACEMENT CLASS IS NOT REQUIRED
  • The Intermediate Division
    Pre-Intermediate Ballet Technique Class for Ages 10-12
    Intermediate Ballet Technique Class for Ages 12-16
    Beginning Pointe for Ages 11-12
    Intermediate Pointe for Ages 13-15
    Intermediate Boy’s Ballet Class
    PLACEMENT CLASS IS REQUIRED
  • The Company Division
    Ballet Technique Class and Advanced Pointe (By Invitation of The Artistic Director Only)
    PLACEMENT CLASS IS REQUIRED
  • The Adult Open Ballet Division
    Ballet Technique Class
    PLACEMENT CLASS IS NOT REQUIRED

Annual Six-Week Summer Intensive

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 Performance Workshop, and the Company Ballet Performance Workshop. An immersion in ballet technique, choreography, and performance technique and etiquette presents the opportunity for creative and concentrated study during the Annual Summer Intensive.

Performance Opportunities

Because classical ballet is a performing art, Tacoma City Ballet School offers instruction in performance technique and etiquette along with the opportunity to perform in a professional theater accompanied by live professional orchestra. Beginning at Age 4, participation in the Annual School Demonstration allows the exhibition of the technique and knowledge acquired throughout the year. Beginning at Age 6, the opportunity to audition for specific Children’s Roles in Tacoma City Ballet’s season productions is offered. Having achieved a certain level of technique, artistry, and professional etiquette, Tacoma City Ballet Company performs in the Corps de Ballet, as well as being offered the opportunity to audition for Principal Roles in Tacoma City Ballet’s season productions. Tacoma City Ballet Company studies classical ballet technique daily, rehearses daily, and participates in the Company Ballet Performance Workshop offered during the Annual Summer Intensive. Additionally, Tacoma City Ballet Company performs throughout the season upon the invitation of various other arts and community organizations. Acceptance into Apprenticeship for Tacoma City Ballet Company is at the invitation of the Artistic Director.

Scholarships

TACOMA CITY BALLET SCHOOL OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ELIGIBLE DANCERS

  • ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 31ST
  • ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED AUGUST 31ST FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON SEPTEMBER THROUGH JUNE
  • SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AWARDED FOR THE ANNUAL SUMMER INTENSIVE

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE UPON REQUEST

  • Application for The Jan Collum Memorial Scholarship (Award Based Upon Financial Need)
  • Application for The Kabby Mitchell III Scholarship (For Young Men and Boys of Color)
  • Application for The Lt. Colonel Rudolph Ceragioli Military Scholarship (For Active Duty Military Personnel)
  • Application for The Weatherby Scholarship for Dancers of Color (For Dancers of Color)

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.