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Classes

Registration will be available very soon for our 2020-2021 season! We offer classes for ages 3 to adult, including a Pre-Professional Division for the serious dance student.

Our teachers foster a positive and supportive learning environment in each class, where students will be encouraged to build confidence through accomplishments in dance. To meet the needs of our students, we offer classes through our two-division system: Pre-Professional and Community. Students in both divisions may audition for our yearly production of The Nutcracker at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, as well as our annual Spring Ballet, and other productions that may occur throughout the year.

 

Pre-Professional Division – Register For Class »

This intense course of study is designed for the serious dance student with previous ballet experience. Placement of all students in this division is determined by audition. Classes emphasize the development of ballet skills with a focus on knowledge, proper placement, and alignment.

Students will learn ballet vocabulary through barre and centre work while building stamina, strength, flexibility, and musicality. In addition to Pointe work, classes in Variations, Repertoire, Tap, Jazz, and Modern are also given. Additional performance opportunities will take place throughout the year.

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is included in the class schedule for Pre-Professional Division students. This revolutionary supplementary dance training (developed by Marie Walton-Mahon) will sharpen technical precision and includes exercises to strengthen core stability, muscle control, and balance. Click here for more information about this exciting program! In this class, students will be working with various sizes of exercise balls (provided by BGLV) and resistance bands on a yoga mat. Each student may provide his/her own Resistance Band measuring 6” wide and 9 feet long; or may purchase one for $5.00 at the Ballet Guild. Yoga mats are available for use in the studio, or students may choose to bring his/her own mat.

Classes available In-Studio, or Online via the Zoom platform. There is a 10% discount for students registering for the Zoom online classes.

Please note that any makeups for these classes may be via our online method as space is limited because of the COVID health mandates by the governor of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Community Division – Register For Class »

Classes are offered for ages three through adult. The youngest students begin with an introduction to the basics of ballet; these include rhythm, dynamics, and terminology. Youth level classes are offered for the student who wishes to learn ballet or improve his/her technique without the commitment required in the Pre-Professional Division.

Students ages 6 & up also have the opportunity to audition for Ballet Guild productions. Adults with or without dance experience will find our classes fulfilling and will gain a greater sense of well-being while learning a method of exercise that will last a lifetime.

 

Classes available In-Studio for all levels, or Online via the Zoom platform for the following levels: Youth Ballet II, Youth Ballet III, and Adult Ballet. There is a 10% discount for students registering for the Zoom online classes.

Please note that any makeups for Youth Ballet II & above may be via our online method as space is limited because of the COVID health mandates by the governor of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Weather-related cancellations or closings

Announced via three media methods:

Sign up for WFMZ’s text message service on the following webpagehttp://www.wfmz.com/weather/stormcenter  You will receive a text message within moments after any cancellations are posted on the WFMZ-TV 69 website!

 

 

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN

 

IN ORDER TO TO ENTER THE BUILDING, ALL STUDENTS, AS WELL AS ANY ADULT ACCOMPANYING YOUNGER STUDENTS, MUST WEAR A FACE MASK OR FACE COVERING. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE EXHIBITING ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS SUCH AS SNEEZING, COUGHING, SNIFFLES, HAVE A FEVER, OR DON’T FEEL WELL. 

Special care has been given to clean and sanitize our facility for the safety of our dancers, staff, and families. 

  • Hand sanitizing areas have been set up.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing will take place between all classes.
  • Everyone entering and exiting the building must wear a face covering or mask.
  • Students must register in advance online via the BGLV website.
  • Students may enroll for either the In-Person or the Zoom Online classes (See Zoom information below) as offered.
  • Space in the classroom is limited for health reasons. Each student will have an assigned place for the duration of the class and must attend all classes as indicated or forfeit their reserved spot.
  • Students should not attend the Studio (In-Person) classes if they are ill or have COVID-19 symptoms. The office should be contacted immediately if a student is ill. Visit the following website for more information about COVID-19:                                                   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
    • SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:  Fever or chills, Cough, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,  New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  • ENTRANCE to the building will be by the front door only. Everyone entering the building must wear a mask. Young students may be escorted by one parent/guardian into the building to the second floor.
  • The Parent Lounge and Waiting areas are not available. Parents/Guardians should wait outside or in their car for optimum safety
  • EXIT FROM the building will be by the rear door (through the Sun Inn Courtyard) only. Community students in the youth programs will be escorted to the rear door by their teachers. Parents should be on time and waiting for their child outside the rear door in a safe distancing manner.
  • Teachers will remain 6 feet from students.
  • Students will remain in the same room for the entire class.
  • Students may not gather together in the hallway.
  • Dressing Rooms will be closed. Dance attire should be worn to the class with street clothing covering. Carry in ballet slippers/pointe shoes as needed. Community students should bring a bag to hold their street shoes after they’ve changed into their ballet slippers. This bag with child’s name clearly marked will accompany the student to the studio.
  • Dance bags will be placed in an allocated place in the studio.
  • Water bottle and snack sales from the office are not available this year.
  • Loaner shoes or leotards are not available this year.
  • Supplies to bring: (depending on the individual student’s age/division)
    • Water Bottle (Water filling station available on the 3rd floor; access limited to one student at a time)
    • Dance Supplies—shoes, etc.
    • Pre-Professional Division:
      • Yoga Mat for Progressing Ballet Technique class (as listed in the class schedule)
      • Resistance band — should measure 6” wide and 9 feet long for PBT classes
  • Online classes will be held via Zoom, a video conferencing application that is free and easy to install on a phone, laptop or tablet. After May 30, 2020, in order to join a Zoom meeting you are required to be on Zoom 5.0 or higher. If you have not updated your desktop or mobile client, you will have the choice to update or join via a browser.
    • Your device must have a working camera and microphone/audio, and you will need a high speed internet connection.  You will see and hear the teacher on your device screen and the teacher will be able to see you in order to provide corrections and feedback.
    • Invitations (web links) for admission to all classes and events will be password protected.
    • Only enrolled students will be admitted into our virtual classrooms. Students will pass through a Zoom waiting room so that the teacher can validate their  status.  BGLV/PYB will disable the recording for all attendees, and “spotlight” view will be turned on so that the teacher fills the screen.
    • If you do not have the necessary equipment or internet access for participation we recommend you postpone participation.
    • Students name (not parent) must be listed on Zoom for the teacher to address them during classes.
    • Uniform and hair requirements are the same as for the Studio (In-Person) classes.