Crystal River Ballet School
"Dancers are the athletes of God"~Albert Einstein
Scholarships: Some financial aid is available based on financial need. Older students may apply to instructor for work-based scholarships.
Make-up classes are available in cases if sickness, injury or family emergency. Classes must be made-up within 30 days of the date of the absence. You may make-up a missed class by attending another class of the same or a lower level.
All classes have a minimum enrollment of 3 students and maximum enrollment of 12 students. Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please see policies page for more information on the school’s policies and our dress code.

Young Children's classes: Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Beginning Ballet

Children's classes provide instruction specifically tailored to the special needs of young developing students ages 3 to 6.  Classes introduce students to skills necessary for classical ballet training.  Gentle discipline and encouragement are combined to nurture each child’s creativity.  Terminology and the basics of technique are gradually introduced.  Positive group relationships are encouraged.

Creative Dance
-Students must be 3 years old at the beginning of the session. NO EXCEPTIONS
~45-minute class once per week
~Parents are encouraged to stay within a cell phone calls distance during class-time but, are not allowed in classroom unless child needs extra attention as determined by the instructor.
~Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building a solid foundation helpful in the study of dance.  

~Students must be 4 1/2 years old at the beginning of the session
~45-minute class once per week
~Parents are encouraged to stay within a phone calls distance during class time but, are not allowed in classroom unless child needs extra attention as determined by the instructor.
~Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building a solid foundation helpful in the study of dance.
~Concentration is on establishing developmental skills needed to execute dance steps.

Older/experienced childrens' classes

Students age 8 to 12.  To help students’ develop to their fullest potential as a dancer, students are placed according to their physical ability, level of commitment, attitude and technical achievement.  Based on these factors, a student may be moved up or down a level during the year at the discretion of the instructor.  Advancement is based on the above not on the age or number of years involved.  Parents should encourage the students to commit themselves to the discipline involved in the art of ballet.  They should be encouraged to pay close attention to their teachers, apply all corrections given in class to them or other students, and focus on what is expected of them in class.  Class levels may be combined if enrollment necessitates

Ballet levels 1
~Beginners ages 6 and up; No previous training is required, and training before age 6 is not considered for placement.
~1 hour class once per week

Ballet level 2 & 3
~ 1 hour classes 2 days per week required
~Must have completed requirements as determined by the instructor to be placed in this level
Students at this level are challenged to work towards their own personal level of excellence.  The combinations become more complicated and rhythms of music more varied.  Pirouettes, adage, and intermediate jumps are added to center combinations which increase stamina, balance and strength.  Phrasing, movement dynamics and individual artistry are investigated to bring forth the uniqueness of the individual dancer.  

Teen & Adult classes

Both beginning and intermediate level adult classes are offered to students age 10 and over. The level is determined by the levels of the students enrolled and the determination of the instructors. Basic terminology, positions and classical principles of movement are covered. We focus on flexibility, strengthening, balance, control and grace in a relaxed and encouraging environment.

What can’t be done well in technique shoes is impossible to do well en pointe. Students are always eager to get their first pair of pointe shoes. Dancing en pointe is hard work and can only be attempted after having 3 to 5 years of consecutive training since age 8. Even then, not all students will be permitted to go en pointe. Eligibility is determined by the instructor. Each student is considered individually. I am concerned with providing the best training for all students and must be conscientious when it comes to placing students’ en pointe. Damage caused by attempting pointe work too early can result in life-long discomfort and deformity. Pointe work will be added to intermediate classes as deemed appropriate for each student by the instructor.

Contemporary classes

Contemporary Dance & Jazz is a style of dance adapted to the popular music of today.  Students learn to move energetically, in an age appropriate and wholesome way.  The study of contemporary dance gives students skills in another style of dance that will increase the dancer’s range of choreographic proficiency.  Because the terminology used is based on classical ballet, it is preferable for students to have a working foundation in ballet, but is not required until the intermediate level.  Ages 8 and up, teens and adults welcome; ALL|MULTI levels class. 

Located at The Launchpad~76 S 4th St., Carbondale, CO


Masks may be required based on current county, state, and CDC recommendations

Enroll based on age at beginning of session unless you have been directed otherwise by the instructor

CREATIVE DANCE:  ages 3 to 4  
Mondays 4:00-4:45
​$70 per month 

PRE-BALLET: ages 4 1/2 to 5 
Thursdays 4:00 - 4:45
$70 per month

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30
$75 per month

BALLET 2 & 3 ages 8 to 10 
Mondays & Thursdays 5:00-6:00​
$135 per month

Ballet 4 & up (Intermediate) ages 10 to ADULT
Mondays & Thursdays 6:00-7:30 
Saturdays 10:30-12:00
2 classes/week $135 per month
3 classes/week $175 per month

DANCE CONDITIONING ages 10 to ADULT     *starts fall 2022
open to level 2 and up
Tuesdays 6:30-8:00
$75 per month

multi-level class
​Wednesdays 6:30-7:30
Tuition $75 per month
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