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Artistic Dance Company

Boise, ID 83705
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Artistic Dance Company is a Boise business that serves kids up to adults. The classes the business offers include ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, creative movement, and contemporary. Artistic Dance Company gives students the chance to perform in recitals and offers summer classes and camps. Adult classes include hip hop, Zumba, and high fitness. Owner and Director Jaime L. Moore-McLean teaches jazz at Boise State University and has a lot of choreography and modeling experience.

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Backstage Dance Center

Meridian, ID 83642
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Backstage Dance Center is a Meridian business that has been serving students three years of age up to adults for over 25 years. Classes include ballet, lyrical, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, acrobatic, and combo classes. Backstage Dance Center also has dance teams. Anne Sakolsky-Basquill is the owner and director and she has over 38 years of teaching experience. The business offers free trial classes and discounts for multiple family members. Parents remark on the positive environment and the quality of instruction.

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Becky’s Dance Co.

Middleton, ID 83644
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Becky’s Dance Co. is a Middleton business that has been providing classes for children two years of age up to adults for over 15 years. The business provides beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction. Classes include ballet, hip hop, clogging, lyrical, tap, competition clogging, adult clogging, solos, duets, and trios, and gymnastics. Becky’s Dance Co. also offers summer camps and different payment options. Parents remark on their knowledge, variety of classes, attentiveness, encouragement, and patience.

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Boise Dance Alliance

Boise, ID 83706
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Boise Dance Alliance is a business that has been serving pre-kindergarten students to adults for over five years. Classes include pre-ballet, ballet, tap, contemporary jazz, hip hop, creative movement, and ballet/tap combo. Owner and instructor Jenn Smart has over nine years of dance coaching and teaching experience. Owner and instructor Ashley Maggard has over eight years of choreography and teaching experience. Parents remark on their talent, work ethic, and the environment. Parents appreciate their organization and the fun and welcoming environment.

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5.0 / 5 (16)
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4.6 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Canyon Dance Academy

Caldwell, ID 83605
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Canyon Dance Academy is a Caldwell business that serves students of all levels and ages. Classes for students three to five years of age include kinderdance and creative. Classes for students six years of age and up include ballet, pointe, hip hop, tap, and jazz at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Canyon Dance Academy also offers summershops and performing companies. The business provides discounts including for the enrollment of multiple family members.

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Capital City Ballet Center

Boise, ID 83704
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Capital City Ballet Center is a Boise business that has been serving children up to adults for over 17 years. Classes include ballet, pointe, kinderdance, and boys ballet. Levels are beginner to advanced. Capital City Ballet Center offers private lessons. Owner and director Melissa Strader has over 24 years of combined dancing and teaching experience. She is the director and choreographer for the Capital City Youth Ballet pre-professional company.

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Dance Arts Academy

Meridian, ID 83642
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Dance Arts Academy is a Meridian business that has been serving students for over 40 years. Classes include ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, pointe, ballet and tap combo, and hip hop. Dance Arts Academy also offers summer camps for students three to eight years of age as well as performance teams. The business offers studio space rentals for meetings, parties, classes, receptions, workshops, and other events.

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Dance Unlimited

Boise, ID 83713
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Dance Unlimited is a Boise business that has been serving students two to 18 years of age for over 32 years. Classes for boys and girls include ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and contemporary. Dance Unlimited has eight competition teams and classes for them. The business also offers birthday parties. Director Christina Shell has won several awards for her choreography. Director Tamra Nefzger is a member of Dance Unlimited and has many years of choreography and teaching experience.

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4.6 / 5 (38)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Eagle Performing Arts Center

Eagle, ID 83616
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Eagle Performing Arts Center is a business that has been serving students for over 12 years. The business offers classes for children and adults. Eagle Performing Arts Center offers a pre-ballet program, a ballet program that has different levels, and tap and Broadway. Adult classes include ballroom, Scottish country dancing, and Zumba. The business offers a discount for full payment. Eagle Performing Arts Center offers hourly studio rentals. Co-directors Cathy Giese and Jeff Giese have over 49 years of combined teaching experience.

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ECHO School of Dance

Boise, ID 83709
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ECHO School of Dance is a Boise business that has been serving students for over five years. The business offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. ECHO School of Dance’s classes include ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, tap, breakdancing, parent and tot, combo classes, and stretch and condition. Adult classes are ballet, ballroom/swing, hip hop, tap, and stretch and condition. Founder and Director Echo Waldron-Noble has performed and worked with Ballet Idaho, Off Center Dance Project, Dance Theatre, Drop Dance Collective, and Ballet West. ECHO School of Dance offers a free trial class. Parents appreciate Echo’s way with children, professionalism, and knowledge.

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Elevated Dance Project

Eagle, ID 83616
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Elevated Dance Project is an Eagle business that serves children and adults. The business offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes which include ballet, modern, tap, Mommy and Me, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, tumble, and combo classes. Elevated Dance Project also has a competitive dance team. The business offers family rates and discounts for multiple classes.

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Inspired Dance

Meridian, ID 83642
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Inspired Dance is a Meridian business that teaches dancers three years of age and up. They offer classes including ballet, jazz/lyrical, hip-hop, and dance therapy, with new classes added regularly. Inspired Dance's mission is to provide a curriculum that trains the body, educates the mind, and enlarges the soul in a way that only dance can. Their program emphasizes the importance of modesty in music, movement, costumes, and pricing. Inspired Dance is focused on the art of dance and performance rather than the competition of dance. Inspired Dance provides community outreach and hosts recitals for its students. Founder and director Amy Merrill has a BA in Dance Education and is certified as a Barre Biz instructor.

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Kennedy School of Dance

Nampa, ID 83651
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Kennedy School of Dance is a Nampa business that has been serving students in Meridian, Caldwell, Treasure Valley, Boise, and Nampa for over 42 years. The business serves pre-school age students up to adults. Kennedy School of Dance provides classes in pre-ballet, classical ballet, jazz, pointe, and tap. The business also has dance teams. Anne Kennedy Calhoun is part owner and has choreographed several Music Theatre of Idaho productions. Lisa Kennedy Cowman is the President of the Boise Dance Teachers Association.

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The Dance Academy

Star, ID 83669
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The Dance Academy is a Star business that has been serving students for over 10 years. Classes include core ballet, ballet, jazz, pointe prep, pointe, tumbling, tap, and combo. The Dance Academy offers sibling discounts. Owner and instructor Amber D. Barnes has more than 33 years of experience in dance and has studied with top choreographers. She is the Eugene Ballet Company’s children’s rehearsal director.

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Treasure Valley Ballet Academy

Meridian, ID 83646
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Treasure Valley Ballet Academy is a Meridian business that serves students in West Boise, Eagle, and Meridian. The business offers small class sizes and multiple levels of pre-ballet, primary ballet, ballet, variation, and pointe. Treasure Valley Ballet Academy provides students with performance opportunities including the winter showcase. The business offers a family discount and a discount for advance payment. Parents appreciate the instructors’ friendliness, quality of instruction, knowledge, and prices.

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Xpressions Dance Academy

Nampa, ID 83687
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Xpressions Dance Academy is a Nampa business that teaches students two years of age and up. Classes include Mommy/Daddy and Me, ballet/pointe, ballet/jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, and tumbling. Xpressions Dance Academy offers discounts for the enrollment of two or more family members. The business is a member of the Boise Valley Dance Teachers Association.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Ballet is an intense and beautiful sport. It can help people learn how to be more creative, as well as become physically stronger. And while most people who intend to become professional ballerinas start at a young age, people can take up ballet at any time. To learn ballet, you'll have to take professional lessons at a ballet studio, either privately or as part of a class. Of course, if you've never taken dance lessons before, you may be uncertain about how to decide which studio to choose. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions about ballet classes, so you can make an informed decision when selecting a studio.

What is ballet?

Ballet is an artistic dance form characterized by light, fluid, graceful, and precise movements. Ballet dancers wear pointe shoes that allow them to stand on their toes and twirl. This type of performative dance can tell a story to an audience. Ballet is very technical, often taking people years to master.

Where did ballet originate?

Ballet originated in Italy in the early 1500s. In fact, the word ballet stems from the Italian word "ballare," which means "to dance." Although it originated in Italy, ballet was introduced to the French and Russian courts, where it was really transformed. By 1850, Russia had become the leader in creating and transforming ballet into what it is today.

How long are ballet classes?

The length of a ballet class depends on the student's age. Children aged three to eight will only take a 30-minute to one-hour class. From there, class length increases with age:

  • Nine year-olds take one-hour classes
  • Ten year-olds take one-1.5 hour classes
  • Eleven year-olds take 1.5-hour classes
  • Twelve to eighteen year-olds take 2-hour classes

Can you learn ballet as an adult?

You can absolutely learn ballet as an adult. In fact, ballet is a great way to get physical exercise and increase your strength as an adult. Of course, starting as an adult means it's unlikely you’ll become a professional ballet dancer, but it does mean you can do it for fun!

Can adults learn ballet en pointe?

There's a benefit to learning to dance ballet en pointe in your younger years. As your feet develop, dancing ballet helps ensure they gain the strength, flexibility, and shape to dance en pointe. However, it’s not impossible for adults to learn en pointe. It will just take a lot of time and dedication.

How do I become better at ballet?

Ballet is all about dedication and practice. You should be committed to going to your classes every week (multiple times a week is ideal), warming up before classes, and wearing the right shoes. You can also improve your ballet by staying fit and taking part in other types of physical exercise.

Is ballet dangerous?

Ballet is a form of physical exercise, and like any activity, it can come with an element of danger. Most notably, ballet can cause foot pain, foot injuries, and even permanent foot damage. Additionally, ballet dancers may be susceptible to falling and breaking bones in their arms, legs, ankles, and feet.

Is ballet good exercise for adults?

Yes, as ballet is incredibly intense, it’s a great form of exercise for adults. Ballet is a weight-bearing exercise, so it provides a workout for the entire body. Adults taking ballet classes will burn calories and fat, as well as strengthen their muscles.

What should I wear to ballet class?

Ballet is often about precise and graceful movements, so you don’t want loose clothing getting in the way. Women are encouraged to wear form-fitting leotards, tights, and ballet flats. Men should wear black footed or footless tights, a form-fitting white T-shirt, and ballet shoes.

How do I make a bun for ballet class?

Ballerinas often opt for a bun hairstyle, so their hair is up and out of their face and doesn't distract them. There are various styles of buns, including sock buns, high buns, low buns, etc. You can find tutorials on YouTube that will guide you through making a bun in a style you like.

What should you wear to your first ballet class?

Consider wearing ballet flats, a fitted shirt and leggings to your first class, Once you're sure you want to continue with the classes, you can invest in ballet tights and leotards.

What should you eat before ballet class?

Your body will need fuel for an intense ballet class, but you can't eat too heavy a meal, as you may be spinning and moving around a lot. Instead, opt for calorie-dense food that's not too filling. Some great examples are nuts and seeds, protein bars, granola bars, hummus and crackers, cheese and crackers, and fruit.

How many calories are burned in ballet class?

How many calories you burn during a ballet class depends on various factors, including your body mass index and metabolic rate. However, on average, an individual burns 462 calories during 30 minutes of a ballet class. More calories are burned during ballet classes than with many other types of dance, such as the waltz, samba, and Zumba.

How can I learn ballet at home?

You can try to learn basic ballet at home with video tutorials or virtual lessons from an instructor. However, nothing can replace in-person training where a teacher can adjust your form and show you how to improve. Consider starting with video tutorials and progressing to in-person classes.

Can I make a ballet barre at home?

Yes, you can make a ballet barre at home. You can purchase the supplies a home improvement store and watch a video on how to install the barre at the right height. This barre can help you practice and improve your ballet skills at home.

How much do ballet classes cost?

Ballet classes can vary in cost depending on the student's age, the school's location, the class size, whether it's beginner's or advanced instruction, the school's reputation, and other factors.
In general, you can expect to pay:

  • $40 per class for a toddler
  • $40-$50 per class for a child
  • $50 to $85 per hour, and average of $60 per hour, for an adult class

How much are ballet shoes?

The price of ballet shoes will depend on the brand, quality, and other factors. Typically, a pair of ballet shoes can cost between $45 and $125. However, if you’re purchasing a popular brand, prices are likely on the higher side at $65 to $90, on average. 

Who painted the ballet class?

The ballet class is a famous painting by Edgar Degas. It’s estimated that Degas painted it between 1871 and 1874. The painting was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Faure and showcased young dancers at the end of a ballet lesson with French master Jules Perrot.

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