FALL 2019 | September 9th - December 14th

(off week of November 25-30 and week of December 2-7)


Attendance Recommendations

As part of a comprehensive ballet education, we do have recommendations on how many classes each student should attend per level. These are not requirements, as we aim to serve and include all students and families, but they are guidelines to help enhance learning and ability. This includes ballet and speciality/acrobatic classes.

Ballet 1 - Two classes per week recommended

Ballet 2 - Three to Four classes per week recommended

Ballet 3 - Four to Six classes per week recommended

Ballet 4 - Six to Eight classes per week recommended

Ballet 5 to 8 - Seven or more classes per week recommended

Tiny Tots

Creative Movement and/or Tumble Bugs (ages 2-4)

This 30 minute class is perfect for a young child looking for ways to express their energy though dance in a creative, nurturing environment

Pre-Ballet (ages 3-4)

This 30 minute class is designed to introduce the ideas and movement specific to ballet. Students grow the strength and joy of dance in a creative atmosphere, which lays the groundwork for later levels. Pre-ballet follows the ABT® National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary level, introduced by ABT® Certified Teacher Kaytee Horton.

Basic Ballet (ages 5-7)

This 45 minute class continues the ideas of Pre-Ballet with advancement skill and musicality. At the end of this level students will have gained all the basic techniques needed to progress into our Beginning Ballet Program. Basic Ballet follows the ABT® National Training Curriculum Primary level, introduced by ABT® Certified Teacher Kaytee Horton.


Beginning Ballet Levels 1 – 3 (ages 8-13)

Abernethy Performing Arts in proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® NTC consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Taught by ABT® Certified Teacher Kaytee Horton, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® NTC.

Intermediate Ballet Levels 4 - 6 (ages 11+)

Intermediate Ballet classes are 1.5 hours long and broaden the students technique and dance education. Pointe begins around level 4 and is taught on a regular basis; advancement in technique and artistry are developed and varied ballet styles and traditions are introduced. Keith Walls instructs and is trained in the Russian and American styles, and has independently studied the French and Danish styles.

Advanced Ballet Levels 7 & 8 (ages 15+)

These two levels in our curriculum indicate advanced ballet technique and artistry; placement at these levels are strict. Pointe work is required for centre. At level 7, students increase pointe work and learn much of the RAD style from instructor Melissa Grant. At level 8, a new set of technique is introduced by Cynthia Tosh, a Balanchine trained dancer, teacher, and former Artistic Director.

Specialty Classes

Stretch and Strengthen 1 (ages 7+) and 2 (ages 10+)

This class is focused on lengthening and strengthening muscle to aide in dance and fitness, with a warm-up, light resistance or isometric training, and dance focused stretching. Recommended for all dancers at least once per week.

Beginning Jazz (ages 6+)  Jazz 1 (ages 10+)

This is a 60 minute beginning jazz dance class, introducing students to the style and movement of jazz which is now found in other styles such as hip-hop and contemporary dance. 

Intermediate Contemporary (ages 11+)

Today's contemporary dance borrows from ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles to create a unique pedestrian style of technique. This 60 minute class is for intermediate dancers.

Beg. Tap 1 (ages 7+)

These 60 minute classes are great for beginning students. Anyone who loves music and enjoys making a little noise will like these classes.



Moderate impact cardio, resistance training, yoga and stretch, and balance exercises tailored to active seniors.

Classes M-W-F from 9:30a-10:45a

Directed by Shirley Hall, with over 25 years experience in fitness - (503)752-5710