classes at the mill ballet school
The Mill Ballet School offers classes throughout the year. Registration occurs on an ongoing basis. New students must schedule an appointment to meet with the directors and discuss their appropriate placement in classes. In addition to our full school year schedule of classes, we offer an amazing array of dance programs and classes over the summer. We have a dance program or class for you regardless of your ages or skill levels. Below you will find a partial list of classes.
Kinderdance (ages 3-5)
This class touches on the child's expression through movement often as a first movement experience. This class an essential building block for development into ballet classes.
Pre-Ballet (ages 4.5-6)
Rhythms, patterns, and form are covered, along with basic movements to prepare students for classical ballet technique. This class is a level two building block for development into a full ballet classes.
Ballet Level 1 through 7
The focus at these levels is to develop and refine the student's solid and strong ballet technique. Focus is placed on technique, Por De Bras, Placement, Body Awareness, Vocabulary, and an overall artistic sense. Each level builds upon the last. Students entering the Mill from another school must be evaluated for correct placement at the school.
An all boys ballet class for those over 8 years of age. This class will cover the fundamentals of ballet technique while allowing the boys to build a brotherhood.
Open Adult Ballet Class
The focus of this fun and energetic class is to offer our adults a strong ballet technique, placement and artistic sense while enjoying their love for dance and specifically ballet. The class is designed to create long lean muscle tone and increase coordination, memory, flexibility, agility, and overall feeling of energy and renewal. You do not need to be a ballerina to take this class. You just need a desire to enjoy dance and music. Injured professionals are encouraged to attend this class. Pay what you can to drop in for this adult ballet class.
Contemporary Ballet 1 & 2
Elements of Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Urban styles meld together to advance the students' knowledge of their bodies and movement vocabulary. Freedom of movement, rhythm, and intricate movement patterns are the foundation of this class. Popular themes and trends are explored in this offering.
Home Schooler's "Dance 2 Learn".
A 10 week session that teaches students the concepts of dance as well the the basics of choreography. This class is for students age 8-12, with as well as without prior dance experience.
All elements and styles of jazz dance are covered. This is an essential style for ballet dancers to study.
Musical Theater 1 & 2
Students will build on their dance technique as used in theater, voice and projection, as well as acting. Both levels will present a musical performance in the spring. In addition students will work on audition preparation through mock auditions.
Mini Musical Theater
A Musical Theater class for our youngest students ages 5 - 8. Students will work on dance technique, voice, and acting through learning simple choreography and song.
A class designed for the student dancer wishing to pursue pointe work. Emphasis is placed on lower leg strength and flexibility. This class builds the dancers skills for entrance into Pointe 1.
This class covers the basics of pointe work at a level 1.
This class is a progression from Pointe 1 and builds the dancer's skills, strength and line.
Further progression from Pointe 1 and Pointe 2 for the highest practicing students.
Tap 1, 2, & 3
An exploration of the fundamentals of classic tap at all levels. Adult students are welcome.
Progressing Ballet Technique 1 & 2
This class targets the muscles used for dance. PBT is a technique specifically designed to strengthen the unique muscles used in classical ballet dancing. The objective is to strengthen as well as improve flexibility and prevent injury.
Acro 1, 2, & 3
Acro works to fuse acrobatic movements and elements into classical dance styles. This class will be taught by Lester Holmes. He has an extensive dance career in performance, teaching, and choreography and is excited to bring his knowledge and joy of Acro Dance to our students!
INTEGRATED DANCE CLASSES (All Ages)
Dancers with all types of disabilities are welcome to take classes at the Mill Ballet School. We are a fully inclusive school with over 25 years of experience in the field of integrated dance education. Sit-down dance students regularly take ballet classes together with stand-up students. Children with developmental disabilities are welcome and encouraged to join our programs at the Mill Ballet School. Please contact the school director Melissa Roxey for additional details and placement instructions.
A private class can be given to any student who wishes to receive help in an area of a dance class, for performances, weddings, talent shows, or any other reason. These classes are offered in all styles and levels. This service is designed for students at all levels and must be approved and arranged by the director.
Pre-Professional Trainee Division
(Junior 10-13) (Senior 13-up)
This program offers a unique and intensive training program for the career- minded dance student. This program is available to career minded students by invitation only. Dancers work with a variety of outside choreographers in the staging of new works, perfecting rehearsals skills, and learning crafts and techniques a dancer must possess to be considered for a professional career in the performing arts.
Each week, the trainee dancers are mentored alongside professional artists as they experience a variety of performance engagements throughout the year. The trainees develop a unique body of repertory that is performed throughout their 4-6 years in the program. They will also make special appearances with the professional Roxey Ballet Company, the official company of the Mill Ballet School. The dancer is expected to be professional in skills years before they work in a professional company. This program bridges the gap between student and professional artists.