Continental Ballet School is the official school of Continental Ballet Company. Our emphasis is on technique, rather than memorization of routines. Our instructors are professionally trained, and are motivated to teach because of their love of ballet, as well as their desire to share their knowledge and experience. We offer our students opportunities to see the progression of ballet from studio to rehearsal to stage though Company performances. Several of our students have gone on to become professional dancers with our own performing company. A student recital is held in June to showcase the students’ yearly progress.
Class Level Structure – Starting in fall 2019, ballet class levels will be set-up based on school grade levels, to simplify student level placement (from Pre-ballet for Pre-K through Ballet 3 for grade 3 students; Ballet 4T Technique for grades 4 and above). Students in grades 4 or above should attend the Level Placement Class on August 15 at 6:00, where staff will determine the appropriate level for each student individually (in either Ballet 4T Technique, Ballet 4P Pointe, or Ballet 5). In every class, technique will be taught in an age-appropriate, structured, and professional manner. Each Student is encouraged to progress individually, while continuing their development of technique, strength, and poise.
Training on Pointe – When ready to train in pointe shoes, after being assessed by the instructor (as in Ballet 4P Pointe class), the student has had two or more years of proper ballet training, has strong feet, ankles, legs, and technical skills. Generally a student should be at least 12 years old. Training on pointe too early can cause serious injury.
Enrollment is ongoing, students may register for class throughout the season. However, they are encouraged to start classes in September. Students can register for class based on the current grade-level they are in school. Registrants are required to pay an annual registration fee.
Each level has a designated color of leotard they must wear (listed under class descriptions). Additionally, as part of their uniform, girls wear pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair should be secured in a bun, completely away from the face. Boys should wear black tights, black ballet slippers, and white t-shirts.
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.