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A & B Dance Company

Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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A & B Dance Company is a ballet studio in Virginia Beach. Students can take beginning to advanced ballet and pointe classes as well as jazz technique, contemporary, hip hop, and dance conditioning, and students can also participate in various competitions throughout the year. Creative movement classes are available for ages three to five, and individuals of all ages can sign up for recreational dance classes as well. The founder danced with the Milwaukee Ballet and with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York.

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Academie de Ballet and Dance Center

Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Academie de Ballet and Dance Center has been offering ballet classes to residents in Chesapeake since 1989. The school is one of the largest dance schools on the East coast with classes for ballet, pointe, adagio, character, lyrical and contemporary, Irish dance, tap, jazz, hip hop, conditioning, acrobatics, and even musical theater. Summer workshops are also available along with a competition team and the performing arts company Masterworks.

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Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance

Chesapeake, VA 23320
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The Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance has been a Chesapeake ballet studio for 30 years. Classes include intermediate to advanced ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop, modern, tap, and lyrical dance as well as a Kinderdance class. The owner and Artistic Director studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and today also directs the school's award-winning Fusion Dance Team.

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Dancespace Studio

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Dancespace Studio is a Virginia Beach ballet studio. The center prides itself on welcoming all ages and levels of experience with classes for ballet, hip hop, modern, tap, jazz, acro-dance, contemporary, and a variety of fitness classes including Zumba. All teachers focus on proper technique as well as learning through play for the little ones, and Dancespace also offers a performance group and summer camps.

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Denise Wall's Dance Energy Studio,

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Denise Wall's Dance Energy Studio has been teaching ballet in Virginia Beach since 1993. Highly trained instructors offer ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop, and flamenco, and all students are placed in the appropriate class after careful evaluation. Past students have gone on to perform with the American Ballet Theatre and Kirov, on Broadway, and on TV, and co-owner Denise Wall was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine and received the 2012 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Elevate Performing Arts Center

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Elevate Performing Arts Center is a ballet studio in Virginia Beach. Classes are available for toddlers to advanced levels in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, and tumbling, and the center also has an award-winning competition team, which is by invitation only. Individuals may review the past training and professional careers of all teachers on Elevate's website and can also learn about the school's Inspire Mentoring Program.

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First Landing Dance Center

Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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First Landing Dance Center handles ballet classes in Virginia Beach. Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in ballet technique, jazz, modern, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and contemporary, and additional offerings include adult ballet, musical theater, pre-ballet, and stretch and conditioning. The center also features the First Landing Dance Team, which focuses on a positive outlook, personal encouragement, and improved self-confidence.

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Inspiration Academy for the Performing Arts

Virginia Beach, VA 23453
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Inspiration Academy for the Performing Arts provides ballet classes in Virginia Beach. The center has ballet for ages four to six all the way to advanced students, and additional offerings include pointe classes, acro, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, Polynesian, and creative movement for little ones. Lessons are also available for art and music, and past students have performed with Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, and NFL Half Time Shows.

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Kelli's Dance Explosion

Chesapeake, VA 23321
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Kelli's Dance Explosion has been offering ballet classes in the Chesapeake area for almost 20 years. Students enjoy small class sizes for ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, tumbling, and hip hop, and certain students are invited to join the award-winning KDX Dance Company as well. The troupe even performed at Walt Disney World in 2013, and the center also offers summer adult classes in Zumba Fitness.

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Maureen's School Of Dance

Chesapeake, VA 23321
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Maureen's School Of Dance has been teaching ballet in Chesapeake for over 40 years. Boys and girls from the age of three to adult can sign up for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, lyrical, pointe, liturgical, and a ballet/tap/acrobatic combo as well. Summer workshops are also available, and the family-owned school is home to the Spotlight Dance Competition Team and a convenient dancewear shop.

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Music in Motion Dance Studio & Fitness Boutique

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Music in Motion Dance Studio & Fitness Boutique has been serving Virginia Beach with ballet classes since 1986. Dance lessons include ballet, pointe, creative movement, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary, tumble, hip hop, and acro, and Pilates, fusion fitness, and barre classes are also available. The center caters to all levels and capabilities with a focus on developing self-expression, creativity, and confidence.

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Quality Music and Dance

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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Quality Music and Dance has been a ballet studio in Chesapeake for 20 years. Lessons include ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, creative movement, adult dance, ballroom, and preschool dance, and students can also sign up for music lessons in the same location for numerous instruments. The 8,000 square foot space has a parent's lounge with WiFi and HD monitors, and students benefit from annual recitals, workshops, and master classes as well.

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Rants Ballroom Company

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Rants Ballroom Company has been offering ballet classes in Virginia Beach since 2004. Children's classes include junior ballet and jazz, pre-teen/teen ballet and modern, and Latin and ballroom as well, and the center also offers ballroom lessons for adults, wedding dance lessons, fitness classes with a certified instructor, and hip-hop classes. Individuals can rent the space for parties and special events as well.

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The Academy of Dance & Gymnastics

Hampton, VA 23666
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The Academy of Dance & Gymnastics is a Hampton ballet school. Classes available include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and gymnastics, and students can also audition for the school's competitive team, ShowBiz Kids, which has won over 800 national and over 1,800 regional awards in ballet, jazz, and tap. The school is certified by Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, and the Professional Dance Teachers Association.

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Twinkle Toes

Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Twinkle Toes teaches ballet in Virginia Beach. Boys and girls from the age of 18 months to 18 years are able to improve self-esteem, technique, and discipline in a fun environment, and the family-focused school offers creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet/tap, ballet and pointe, hip hop, tap, jazz, tumbling, lyrical, and musical theater. A boys-only class and volunteer performance group are also available, and interested parties are invited to tour the center and meet the staff as well.

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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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