Children's Division - Pre-Primary & Primary


Toddler Dance - Early Childhood 

This class  provides a unique early childhood experience that develops fine and gross motor skills, coordination, listening skills, spatial awareness and musicality.  It's a place for the toddler to bond with Mommy or Daddy throught the magical world of dance that includes musicality, song and dance movement. 

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Pre-Primary children are introduced to dance with emphasis on nurturing the child's inherent joy for movement. The class is structured in nature, yet, allows for the child to explore their vivid imaginations through the magical world of dance. 
In tune with overall learning the curriculum incorporates dance in ways that increases cognitive skills, sensory contrasts, musicality development and spatial.  Basic dance movements are taught in a play-ful yet controlled environment.  The class includes the use of  props that assist with learning - an all-time favorite is galoping  with the colorful collection of hobby -horses, unicorns, giraffes and more.    

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Divided by age into three levels of study  the student is introduced to ballet positions, ballet exercises that are age-appropriate.  The student begins the study of ballet following the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.  The foundations of ballet are taught and with each level of study the student gains greater assimilation of movement, increased coordination, stamina, physicality, balance and strength.  The class is also structed to allow a short but important time for the student to move expressively through improvisitional dance, which develops artistry and a voice for an unspoken but important means of communication.  

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Conservatory Division - Levels 1 and Higher

Students age 8.5 and older begin refining skills as they increase their dance training through greater physicality and intellectual growth through the study of the solid AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ® National Training Curriculum (ABT NTC).  Female students in Level 2 begin pre-pointe work and in Levels 3 and higher pointe work is part of the training program.  In addition to ballet technique class, the students learn repertoire, contemporary dance, modern dance, character dance, dance conditioning.  Additionally the students learn ballet theory and the french terminology as well as they are introduced to history of dance.   Pre-professional students train in Pas de Deux.  

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Beginner Ballet
introduces the adult student to the elementary positions of classical ballet including barre work, center work and across the floor. The class is designed to develop foundations and fundamentals of ballet training with emphasis on posture, alignment, coordination, stamina and balance.

Intermediate Ballet
this class is suitable for the adult student able to move easily through a ballet barre, center and across the floor work.  the pace of the class is quicker than the beginner level and somewhat more complex it is suitable for an adult returning to dance.   


ABT Project Plié 

Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn is a Project Plié Partner Teacher. Project Plié Partner Teachers are ABT Certified Teachers that have committed to the mission of increasing diversity in the art form of classical ballet. The initiative started in 2013 and works to expand opportunities for students, teachers, and arts administrators currently underrepresented in the art form.

 Project Plié Partner Teachers are instrumental in the initiative through teaching master classes in Boys and Girls Clubs of America nationwide, identifying talented children for training, providing scholarships and support for identified children, and nominating teachers who work with diverse communities for scholarships for the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Teacher Trainings. For more information on Project Plie, please visit:


Lectures and workshops such as; Anatomy For Dancers, and History of Ballet, based on Frank Augustyn’s, Television Series, Footnotes, The Classics of Ballet. Lectures and workshops are presented by professionals in their given field such as Andrea Ward, PhD, Frank Augustyn, Hon. Litt. D. (2003, Trent), Hon. Litt. D. (1979, York) Hon. LL. D., (1979, McMaster)

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To complement the overall training of a dancer CSB students present performances on a bi-annual basis.