Class Offerings

Spring 2013  Semester Classes & Schedule (For a grid version click here)

“The first step in becoming a dancer is to love to dance.”

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First Division

Creative Ballet is an age-appropriate introduction to classical dance using rhythmic games, simple steps and positions, imagery, props, and improvisation. The gently structured curriculum is based on the innovative “Leap ’N Learn™” syllabus which was developed by a former dancer in collaboration with a child psychologist.

Dress Code Girls: pink leotard, tights, and slippers, skirt optional, hair secured away from the face. Boys: white t-shirt, socks and slippers, black shorts or sweatpants.


Creative Ballet: Age 3
Mon 1:30-2:15 Posey
Sat 9:30-10:15 Posey


Creative Ballet: Age 4
Wed 4:10-5:00 Posey
Sat 9:20-10:10 Saur
Sun 9:30-10:20 Stamey


Creative Ballet: Age 5
Mon 4:05-5:00 Posey
Tues 4:00-4:55 Posey
Thur 4:00-4:55 Saur
“Ballet is important and significant, yes, but first of all, it is a pleasure.” — George Balanchine

Second Division

Basic Classical Ballet Technique with an Introductory Level for 6-year-olds

Classes are meant to inspire a love of ballet in a traditionally structured, yet nurturing environment. Ballet is considered to be the foundation of most Western contemporary dance styles and is strongly recommended for gymnasts, skaters, and competitive dancers. Classes include barre-work, basic vocabulary and positions, and simple combinations of steps in the center. Correct alignment, port de bras, turn-out, and footwork are taught as goals to reach for. We encourage all our dancers in Level  B to take at least two classes per week.

Dress code, Girls: tank-style black leotard, pink tights and slippers, long hair in a neat bun, short hair in a headband away from the face. No legwarmers, t-shirts or sweatshirts. Boys: White t-shirt, socks, and shoes, black tights or shorts.


Intro Ballet Technique: Age 6
1-2 classes per week are recommended
Tues 5:00-6:00 Giannelli
Wed 4:15-5:15 Kawalek
Thur 4:00-5:00 Kawalek
Sat 10:15-11:15 Posey


Level A: Ages 7-8
1-3 classes per week are recommended
Mon 4:00-5:00 Kawalek
Tues 4:00-5:00 Giannelli
Thurs 5:00-6:00 Kawalek
Sat 10:15-11:15 Saur


Level B: Ages 8-9
2-4 classes per week are recommended
Mon 4:00-5:00 Ballet Tech. Shea
Tues 4:00-5:00 Ballet Tech. Banu
Thur 4:30-5:30 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev
Sat 12:00-1:00 Ballet Tech. Kawalek
“Plié is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master.” — Suzanne Farrell

Third Division

Levels C through Intermediate and Advanced, ages 10 -17

Dancers continue to work on the fundamentals of classical ballet technique while learning steps and combinations of increasing difficulty. Third Division dancers are strongly encouraged to study at least three days per week. Pointe Fundamentals is open to Level C and Intermediate dancers, who must be at least 10 years old and taking a minimum of two ballet technique classes per week. Avanced Pointe is open to Advanced dancers. All Pointe classes must be preceded by a Ballet Technique class.  No exceptions! Contemporary/CharacterStretch/Tone, and Choreography and Production Workshop* are open to the Intermediate  and Advanced Levels. Elements of Balanchine Style® and excerpts of his ballets are introduced to Advanced dancers.

Dress Code: Female dancers Level C through Intermediate: black leotard, pink tights, pink shoes. Advanced Dancers: Any color leotard, pink tights, no sweatpants or baggy shirts, no shorts without tights in Ballet classes. Practice tutu for Variations optional.  Additional skirts or shoes may be required for Contemporary and Character Classes. Male dancers, any color t-shirt, no graphics, black tights, white or flesh-colored shoes.


Level C: Ages 10-12
Minimum 2-5 Ballet Technique classes per week recommended
Mon 5:00-6:30 Ballet Tech. Shea
Tues 6:00-7:30 Ballet Tech. Banu
Wed 4:00-5:30
Ballet Tech.
Pointe Fundamentals
Fri 4:00-5:30
Ballet Tech.
Pointe Fundamentals
Sat 12:00-1:00 Stretch and Tone Banu


Intermediate Ballet Ages 12-16
2-5 Classes per week recommended
Mon 5:00-6:30 Ballet Tech. Banu
Wed 5:15-6:45 Ballet Tech. Shea
Wed 7:00-7:45 Pointe Fundamentals Kazantsev
Fri 4:00-5:30 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev
Fri 5:30-6:15 Pointe Fundamentals Banu
Sat 12:00-1:00 Stretch/Tone Banu
Sat 1:15-2:45 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev

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Advanced Ballet Ages 12-17
3-4 Ballet Technique classes per week highly recommended
Mon 6:30-8:00 Ballet Tech. Stafford
Tues 5:00-6:30 Ballet Tech Shea
Tues 6:45-7:30 Pointe Shea
Thur  8:00-9:00 Contemporary
Fri 5:30-7:00 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev
Fri 7:00-7:45 Pointe and Variations Kazantsev
Sat 12:00-1:00 Stretch and Tone Banu
Sat 1:15-2:45 Ballet Tech. Banu


Fourth Division

Conservatory and Pre-Professional Division, ages 11-17

The Scarsdale Ballet Studio offers  unique opportunities for very committed ballet students who wish to make dance their primary after-school activity. Conservatory and Pre-Professional Dancers may aspire to a professional career in dance or plan to pursue their dance studies in college. They may simply love to dance! Our Conservatory dancers are consistently accepted into the most prestigious summer dance intensives. You may visit our Studio News and Alumni Page to see where our Pre-Professional SBS graduates are now.

Conservatory  dancers are required to take a minimum of four Ballet Technique classes per week and to take Pointe Fundamentals at least once a week. All Pointe classes must be preceded by a Ballet Technique class. No exceptions will be made! We encourage everyone to take advantage of Character/Contemporary, Stretch/Tone, and Choreography and Production Workshop*, as well as to participate in Concertdance. Conservatory  dancers must attend the required minimum of ballet technique classes per week at SBS, unless special permission has been obtained from the Artistic Director. The faculty of SBS will not accept new private students who are not full-time SBS students.

Dress Code:  Female dancers in Conservatory must wear a violet tank-style leotard with pink tights and pink ballet slippers.  They must also wear an elastic waist band.  More specific details regarding leotard style will be listed later in the summer.  Male Dancers: White t-shirt, black tights, white or flesh colored shoes.


Pre-Professional Level is a very challenging course for dancers aged 14 and up, who have had at least five years of training at SBS or the equivalent. Classical repertoire and Balanchine repertoire will be studied. Pre-professional dancers are expected to take class on a daily basis. However, we recognize the importance of academics, and suggest that you discuss your training program with Ms. White before enrolling. New students must be evaluated by a faculty member before being admitted to this level. Pre-Professional dancers are encouraged to take advantage of Pointe/Variations, Character/Contemporary, Stretch/Tone, Choreography and Production Workshop*, and Concertdance. On days when no Pointe  class is scheduled, Pointe will be incorporated into the technique class. Dancers must take a Ballet Technique class before a Pointe class. Exceptions may be made only with permission of Diana White and at your own risk.

*About Choreography and Production Workshop

We are launching an exciting new program on Friday evenings directed an supervised by Diana White, Kimberly Giannelli, and new faculty member, Marina Donderis. Students will work with faculty and guest choreographers, create their own works, and learn about all aspects of producing a dance performance, including costuming, programming, and promotion. Several Studio Performances will take place throughout the year in which SBS dancers of all ages may showcase works-in-progress, their own choreography, and any solos that they have been working on for an audience of friends and family. Dancers in Conservatory, Intermediate, Advanced, and Pre-Professional Levels are invited to enroll in the class. Adult dancers, faculty members, and younger students may be invited to perform in the Studio Showcases.

Conservatory  Ages 10-13
Must attend minimum 4 Ballet Technique classes per week
Mon 6:30-8:00 Ballet Tech. Banu
Tues 5:00-6:30 Ballet Tech. White
Wed 5:00-7:00 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev
Wed 7:00-7:45 Pointe Fundamentals Kazantsev
Thur 5:00-6:30 Ballet Tech. Shea
Thur 6:30-7:30 Contemp./Character  Banu
Fri 4:00-5:30 Ballet Tech. Banu
Fri 5:30-6:15 Pointe Fundamentals Banu
Sat 12:00-1:00 Stretch and Tone Banu
Sat 1:15-2:45 Ballet Tech. Kazantsev


Pre-Professional Ages 15-18
Must be admitted to level by Director
 Mon 6:30-8:00  Ballet Tech.  Stafford
 Mon 8:00-9:00  Pointe  Stafford
 Tues 6:30-8:00  Ballet Tech  White
 Tues 8:00-9:00  Pointe and Variations  Banu
 Wed 7:00-8:30  Ballet Tech  Shea
 Thur 5:30-7:00  Ballet Tech.  Kazantsev
 Thur 7:00-8:00  Pointe & Variations  Kazantsev
 Thur 8:00-9:00  Contemporary  Donderis
 Fri 6:15-7:45  Ballet Tech.  Banu
 Sat 12:00-1:00  Stretch/Tone  Banu
 Sat 1:15-2:45  Ballet Tech  Banu
 Sat 3:00-7:00  Concertdance


“Dance is for the people. I believe it came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” – Alvin Ailey

Concertdance # 11

“When you perform, you are out of yourself. Larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are, for minutes, heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours for the taking.” — Agnes de Mille

Rehearsals are on Saturdays from three to seven o’clock. Information will be posted in September.

Adult Classes

“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop dancing.” — Anon


Open Ballet Classes
Tues 10:00-11:45 Adult Int. Ballet w/ Pointe Laverdiere
Tues 7:30-9:00pm Adult Int. Ballet Sobel
Wed 10:00-11:30 Adult Beg. Ballet Donderis
Thurs 10:30-12:00 Adult Beg. Ballet Saur
Fri 10:00-11:30 Adult Int. Ballet White
Sat 10:30-12:00 Adult Int. Ballet  Donderis

Ballet Body

Your Ballet Body™ Workout will strengthen, streamline, and invigorate your whole body with exercises that target the same muscle groups focused on by ballet dancers. This is not a ballet class. No prior experience is required. Performed to an energizing beat, the routines incorporate isometrics, core strength training, and stretching – all while focusing on correct alignment and form. You will leave this challenging class feeling taller, stronger, more graceful and confident… just like a dancer!

Open Ballet Body Classes
“The only way to do it is to do it.” — Merce Cunningham


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