Classes

Ballet Classes

The CPYB 5-Week Summer Ballet Program is designed as an intensive summer study. While we strive to maintain a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our 5-Week Summer Ballet Program students, students should be prepared for a demanding class schedule. Our goal is that at the conclusion of the Program, each student is able to see the results of his or her five weeks of hard work.

The schedule of required ballet classes for CPYB’s 5-Week Summer Ballet Program begins at either 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. (depending on assigned level), Monday through Friday, and ends between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., with time available for lunch and dinner. Required classes are also held on Saturday mornings for levels B2 and higher. Except for those students in Level A, students are required to take three technique classes daily, including pointe, men’s technique, modern and partnering for those who qualify. Level placement and class schedules will be available in the student's Family Portal the evening of Sunday, June 24, after all placement classes have concluded.

Optional, but highly recommended, evening classes are available at no extra charge from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday as follows:
• Ballet technique for all levels
• Partnering (by invitation or audition only)

The teacher-student ratio averages 1:20; however, some classes may have as few as 15 or as many as 26 students. 

It is important to note that even though a student may be taking pointe at her regular school, it is possible that she will not be scheduled for pointe classes at the CPYB 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. Pointe work can be harmful if the student has not learned to use the proper leg and foot muscles or does not have proper body placement. The most efficient way for most students to improve their pointe work is to improve their ballet technique. Young men placed in levels where female students take pointe will usually be scheduled to take men’s class daily.

Class Observation Policy

Class observation is not available during the first week of the 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. Following that time, class observation is available only at the CPYB Warehouse Studios and the CPYB Barn Studios with prior approval by the teacher. A visitor’s badge is required for all observers. Badges may be obtained at the customer support desk at the CPYB Warehouse Studios prior to observation. Photography, videography and recording of classes in any form is strictly prohibited both inside and outside the studios.

Evaluations

Many of our faculty members do not comment on the career possibilities of students they have known only in the classroom and for such a brief time. Therefore, CPYB’s policy is to not offer formal evaluations during the 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. We do recommend that each student write in a notebook at the end of each class all corrections made to him or her personally, or to the group in general. This list should be reviewed daily to remind the student what to think about and work on. This notebook will help the student in future classes and after the student returns home. If there is something the student does not seem to understand, he or she should ask the teacher who made the correction for clarification or help.