Continental Ballet School instructors are professionally trained in trained in French/Russian (Vaganova) techniques. They are motivated to teach because of their love of ballet and their desire to share their knowledge and experience. Our emphasis is on technique, rather than memorization of routines. We offer our students opportunities to see the progression of ballet from studio to rehearsal to stage though Company performances. A student recital is offered in the middle of June to showcase the students’ yearly progress.
Each level has a standardized color of leotard listed under class descriptions. Girls should wear pink tights and pink soft ballet shoes and hair should be secured in a bun. Boys should wear black tights, black shoes and white tee shirts.
Training on pointe too early can do very serious damage to students’ knees, ankles and back. Generally, a student should be 12 years old with two or more years of classical ballet training.
Students are required to pay an annual registration fee. We do accept new students throughout the year. Staff will assist students in determining which classes are appropriate for their age and ability.
Continental’s studio is located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. This is a beautiful facility with a comfortable lobby for parents to wait, and convenient FREE parking. The studio has a suspended Marley dance floor and is properly equipped with barres and mirrors.