Ballet for Children

"Learning ballet is wonderful for children even if they never become dancers. It is wonderful because it teaches discipline, grace, and manners."   - Anna Paskevska

2021-2022 BALLET CLASSES

We are excited for our ballet classes to begin in the Fall!
Ballet registration is now open!

Leap 'N Learn Program - Ballet/Creative Movement

One class per week. Classes run September - May. Students must be the appropriate age by 10/01/2021 or by instructor approval. Class size is limited.

Leap 'N Learn Dancers wear pink tights and slippers and uniform leotard of a specific class color. Optional matching pull-on style ballet skirt, no "wrap" skirts please!!

We can provide a a link to our Studio dress code list and Studio number on the Discount Dance Supply website where you can order your dancer's uniform.

 

Leap 'N Learn Age 5 - These dance classes focus on pre-primary level ballet, creative movement concepts, and pretend play with greater complexity using the Leap ’N Learn curriculum. Students continue to learn French terminology of ballet terms. Exercises to increase musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross-motor development are practiced. 

  • Program & Ages:  Leap 'N Learn - Age 5
  • Dress Code:  LIGHT PINK leotard   
  • Day, Times & Class Length:  Wednesday 3:45 - 4:50 (65 minutes)   
  • Cost:  $67/month
  • Link:  Register your dancer below!

 

Leap 'N Learn Age 6 - These dance classes focus on primary level ballet with even greater complexity using the Leap ’N Learn curriculum. This class begins the transition into the study of classical ballet. Students are now asked to perform many of the exercises in ‘turn-out’ and to combine steps to form dance combinations. Each class will focus on French terminology, musical awareness, balance, agility, and gross motor development. Creative movement concepts and pretend play continue to be woven into exercises throughout class.  

  • Program & Ages:  Leap 'N Learn - Age 6
  • Dress Code:  LAVENDER leotard   
  • Day, Times & Class Length:  Thursday 3:45 - 4:50  (65 minutes)   
  • Cost:  $67/month
  • Link:  Register your dancer below!

 

Classes will begin the week of September 6, 2021 (our first class will be Tuesday, September 7) and run through the end of May, 2022, with a two-week break over Thanksgiving as well as over the Christmas/New Year holidays, and one week for Spring Break in March, 2022.

A recital will be planned for the first weekend in June, 2022.

Developpe Program

One ballet class per week. Classes run September - May. Class size is limited.

Developpe Dancers wear pink or black tights and slippers, black long- or short-sleeved ballet leotard, and optional black ballet skirt.

We can provide a link to our Studio dress code list and Studio number on the Discount Dance Supply website where you can order your dancer's uniform.

 

Level 1 Ballet - This class transitions young dancers into the study of classical ballet. The structure is formatted similar to a traditional ballet class, yet meets the developmental needs of children in this age range by combining formal technique training with creative movement. In this level, young dancers begin training at the barre!

  • Program & Ages: Level 1 Ballet - Ages 7 & 8
  • Dress Code:  BLACK ballet leotard
  • Day, Times & Class Length: Wednesday 5:15- 6:30 (75 minutes)
  • Cost:  $79/month
  • Link:  Register your dancer below!

 

Level 2 Ballet - Dancers in the level two recreational dance program at Rhythms of Grace Studio learn classical ballet technique. Emphasis is on correct posture, French terminology, and musicality in this dance class.   

  • Program & Ages:   Level 2 Ballet * - Ages 8 to 12
  • Dress Code:  BLACK ballet leotard  
  • Day, Times & Class Length:   Thursday 5:15 - 6:45 (90 minutes)
  • Cost:  $89/month
  • Link:  Register your dancer below!

* One year of Ballet 1 required or by instructor placement

 

TVCA Ballet - This ballet class is scheduled in conjunction with the Treasure Valley Classical Academy. This is the same level two recreational dance program as listed above where dances learn classical ballet technique emphasizing correct posture, French terminology, and musicality.           

  • Program & Ages:   TVCA Ballet ** - Grades 4+
  • Dress Code:  BLACK ballet leotard   
  • Day, Times & Class Length:   Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 (90 minutes)
  • Cost:  $89/month
  • Link:  Register your TVCA dancer (Grades 4+)!

** Reserved for Treasure Valley Classical Academy students (4th grade and up). Younger TVCA students may be enrolled in other Rhythms of Grace Studio ballet classes.

 

Classes will begin the week of September 6, 2021 (our first class will be Tuesday, September 7) and run through the end of May, 2022, with a two-week break over Thanksgiving as well as over the Christmas/New Year holidays, and one week for Spring Break in March, 2022.

A recital will be planned for the first weekend in June, 2022.

Little Leapers

Little Leapers is a "Grown Up and Me" class (8-week sessions) for children aged 3 & 4 years that captures the joy and wonder of ‘firsts’.

  • Their first dance outfit
  • Their first class
  • Their first gallop or first tip toe walk
  • Their first dance friend

Little Leapers celebrates the little wins and milestones that make these years so precious. Whether flying in outer space, going to the circus, playing in the park, dancing like zoo animals, or growing a magical garden, children will be captivated when they attend a Little Leapers class!

Our first 8-week session will run once weekly on Fridays from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m., September 10th - October 29th.

  • Session 1 - Sep.10-Oct.29
  • Session 2 - Jan.7-Feb.25
  • Session 3 - Apr.1-May20 

Tuition for this class is $60/month, with a one-time, non-recurring enrollment fee of $20 (register on or before August 15th and receive a $10 discount on your enrollment!).

Each dancer must be accompanied by an adult. (Please note: there is not a Sibling Add-On discount for this class, or for a dancer who is a sibling of this class, due to its seasonal nature. Thank you for your understanding!) We need a minimum of 6 dancers + their grown-ups to get this class up and going!

  • Program & Ages: Little Leapers - Ages 3 & 4
  • Dress Code:  Ballet or comfortable play clothes
  • Day, Times & Class Length: Fridays 10:45- 11:30 (45 minutes)
  • Cost:  $60/month
  • Link:   Register your Little Leaper!

 

I am so grateful for your ongoing support and involvement here at Rhythms of Grace Studio, and for the privilege of sharing the joy and beauty of ballet and music with your young dancers. I hope and pray that their time here at the Studio, practicing and learning skills for a lifetime through an early childhood dance education, will strengthen and serve them well as they grow!

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

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SIBLING REGISTRATION...  

There is a $10.00 per month discount for an additional sibling ballet dancer. Use the buttons above for the first child, and then the buttons below to register the sibling.

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DISCOUNT DANCE

Through Discount Dance, you should be able to get ballet dancewear for your student at a reasonable price.

This LINK will go to a list of items related to our classes.

Be sure to use my teacher ID# 134735 at checkout.

- Proven Programs by -
Leap 'N Learn Curriculum

Rhythms of Grace Studio is the Treasure Valley's exclusive licensed studio for the Leap 'N Learn ballet curriculum -- the leading early childhood dance program.

Leap 'N Learn is an effective, safe, progressive, and developmentally appropriate dance program for creative movement to beginning ballet. Designed by master teacher Beverly Spell and expert child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell, the curriculums combine the healthiest practices for teaching children ballet technique, while simultaneously encouraging pretend play amongst the youngest students to maintain a positive and nurturing environment.

Capitalizing on the naturally occurring cognitive and neural development of children, the Leap ‘N Learn curriculum provides tools and shares knowledge necessary for the creation of a successful learning environment. Through an appreciation and utilization of natural development, students in a Leap ‘N Learn program will acquire motor, cognitive, and social skills beneficial for life.

- Experienced Instructor -
Gayle Howard

Gayle Howard (Miss Gayle) is the best ballet dancer in the nation. Actually, in the world. In full disclosure, she is the best ballet dancer in the entire universe. But she is modest too, and she won't let me tell you that. I'm her husband (and in charge of the website), so I can tell you this. ...and now you know too.

What Gayle would like you to know is that at age 5, she attended a performance of Persephone, fell in love with ballet, and begged her mother to let her take ballet lessons. Her first role in a performance was as a court jester in Swan Lake. She danced ballet for 14 years with the Ballet Folk school and junior company in Moscow, Idaho under a number of gifted instructors, and for 2 years as a professional with the American Festival Ballet (now Ballet Idaho) in Boise, Idaho.

Gayle is a licensed Progressing Ballet Technique instructor bringing more than 16 years of ballet experience to the Studio, the Treasure Valley's exclusive licensed studio for the Leap 'N Learn ballet curriculum.

Gayle loves God and people, and loves sharing the joy of movement in ALL its many forms.

Please call Gayle at 2O8-739-7286 to discuss any questions you may have.