Ballet is a beautiful art form, and a great way to have fun, make friends, and get the experience and confidence that comes with performing in front of people. Our ballet isn’t the ballet-style lyrical that is taught at so many other studios. This is true, classical ballet that is studied throughout the world. It’s the real deal, with good technique that I learned as a member of Mountain West Youth Ballet Company, and as I studied ballet at BYU.
Dancers can join our youngest pre-ballet class at four years old. They are way too young for a full, classical ballet class, so we teach them a lot of ballet basics in a fun, creative environment. As dancers get older, we transition them to a full, classical ballet program. As dancers progress through our ballet classes they develop muscle tone and better flexibility, better posture and musicality, and gain more confidence. When our dancers are ready they’re invited to go on pointe. This is a fun, challenging, beautiful, art form!
Our pre-ballet class meets once a week for 45 minutes. Our younger ballet classes meet once a week for an hour. As dancers get older they come twice a week, and dance for 3 to 4 hours total, including a strength and conditioning class. That really isn’t enough hours or days per week in an ideal ballet world, but it fits in with busy schedules and tight budgets. We ask that the dancers practice and work out at home in addition to their classes each week.
We accept dancers that are at any ability level, beginning through advanced. This includes teens and pre-teens that have never danced before. So many girls missed out on the opportunity to dance when they were younger, and they think it’s too late for them. It’s NOT too late! Everyone is welcome at our studio, regardless of their previous experience. And we accept any body style or size. We don’t produce dancers that go on to professional careers, but we help everyone learn and enjoy ballet! And we make sure they’re taught it correctly so they’re prepared to enter dance programs at universities, or work as teachers if that’s something they desire.
Our ballet students perform at The Festival of Trees in Idaho Falls in November and in our studio’s Spring Concert in April. Each class performs one dance at The Festival of Trees, and in our Spring Concert they do that same dance and also a new one. We help the dancers to feel confident with the choreography, so at performances we don’t have our teachers out in front helping them or coaching them. The dancers know what they’re doing, they walk out by themselves, do their dance by themselves, and they do a great job! We believe that children are smart and capable and we help them be successful.
We purchase beautiful tutus for the dancers then make alterations, if necessary, to make sure they’re modest and fit well. The costumes and concert fee are included in the monthly payment amounts, and ballet students get to keep both of their tutus after concert.
Our Pre-Pointe/Pointe class is invited to attend a professional, full-length ballet performed by Ballet West in Salt Lake City each year. It’s a wonderful experience for our girls and their moms (if they’re available) to see some beautiful performances like Swan Lake, Cinderella, etc. The Salt Lake trip isn’t included in the monthly tuition payments and it’s optional.
*BALLET CLASS DRESS CODE: hair in a bun, black short sleeved leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Please leave jewelry and big hair accessories at home. OPTIONAL ITEMS: a black ballet skirt or black trunks may also be worn if desired. ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Ballet students might also like to have a tan leotard to wear under their costumes for modesty when changing at performances. If they get a tan leotard it needs spaghetti straps or tank straps. Older girls will also need a tan bra with regular straps (no sports bras) for performances.
Where to purchase items needed for class:
PINK BALLET SHOES: Please don’t get the “ballet shoes” that are sold in stores like Walmart, Target, and Payless. They’re poorly made and dancers end up being frustrated with them. The “leather” doesn’t bend when the dancers pointe their feet, and they just don’t fit well. (If our youngest little pre-ballet students want these shoes, that would be fine, but nice ones are the same price and are much easier to dance in.) The best place to buy ballet shoes is The Dance Shop 1550 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls. 208-523-3731. They have weird hours sometimes so you might want to call before you go. Please take your dancer with you when purchasing shoes! If you mention you’re from Dance Conservatory they give you a 10% discount.
BLACK LEOTARDS: Sometimes the dancers need to wear their black leotards under their costumes, so please have them get a short sleeved, plain black leotard without an attached skirt. Younger dancers can find them at Walmart. Older dancers can order leotards from me at our Parent Meeting/Shoe Swap Day, or you can order them online. Just make sure the leotard covers the bra in the front and back, has short sleeves, and NO cutouts.
PINK TIGHTS: I have nice, convertible foot ballet tights at the studio if you’d like to purchase them at the Parent Meeting/Shoe Swap Day, or throughout the year. Younger dancers can also get basic, pink tights at stores like Walmart. Just don’t get the shiny ones.
BLACK BALLET SKIRTS: Dancers can choose to wear a simple, short, black ballet skirt if they’d like to. We have nice ballet skirts for sale at the studio, or you can get them at The Dance Shop or Walmart. Please DON’T send your dancer to class in tutus or dress up clothes.
BLACK TRUNKS: These are little shorts made out of leotard fabric. Dancers can choose to wear a pair if they’d like to. You can order some at our Parent Meeting/Shoe Swap Day, and they sell them at The Dance Shop.
TAN LEOTARDS: Dancers can choose to wear a tan leotard under their costumes for modesty when changing, if they’d like to. You can order one at our Parent Meeting/Shoe Swap Day, or they sell them at The Dance Shop. Please make sure the leotard has spaghetti straps or tank straps so it won’t show under the tutus.
BALLET CLASSES OFFERED 2019-2020
*Price listed is an equal monthly payment plan which includes their tuition, both costumes which they get to keep, and their concert fee. Your payment is the same every month, even in November and December when we have fewer classes (those months, less of your payment goes towards tuition and more goes towards the costume/concert fees).
Pre-Ballet approx. ages 4-5 45 min/week $50/month
Ballet 2 approx. ages 6-7 1 hour/week $50/month
Ballet 3 1.5 hours/week $55/month
Ballet 4 2 hours/week (on one night, dancers will have class for 1.5 hours followed by a fun strength and conditioning class) $60/month
Pre-pointe/Pointe 4 hours/week (split between two nights) $85/month