ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Ballet at Bement, located on the lovely Bement School campus in historic Deerfield, offers quality dance instruction for all area children ages 3 and up. Classes are age-appropriate, helping students discover the beautiful world of dance, music and art while teaching them correct technique as they progress through the levels.
In the Children's Division (Pre-Ballet and Primary) students will learn the very basic positions of the arms and legs, and the beginning elements of ballet class while also using their innately creative spirits to explore movement, mime and music. In the Lower Division (Ballet-A and Ballet-B) students will begin to study ballet in the tradition class format of barre and center work, including basic jumps and turns, while slowly building the strength and coordination necessary for progression. Class work in the Upper Division (Ballet-C and Advanced) increases in complexity and difficulty as the students become stronger and more sophisticated in their ability to move in an expressive, musical, and coordinated way. Female students will begin pre-pointe and pointework in Ballet-C. All students of Ballet at Bement will have performance opportunities, including the end-of-year presentation.
- Be sure to purchase all items, particularly ballet slippers and pointe shoes, at a dance supply store, such as KDS in Greenfield (413-773-7816) – there will be staff who know how to properly fit children.
- Only close-fitting ballet sweaters are allowed to be worn, if desired, in colder weather.
- Note about hair: Students' hair
must be neatly pulled off of the face at all times, in a ponytail, pigtails
or ballet bun for girls in the Children's Division, and in a ballet bun
for all girls in Ballet-A and higher; in a ponytail for boys with long
Pre Ballet: pink leotard, pink ballet tights &
pink ballet shoes;
Primary: light Blue leotard, pink ballet tights & pink ballet shoes;
Ballet-A: lavender leotard, pink ballet tights & pink ballet shoes;
Ballet-B: burgundy leotard, pink ballet tights & pink ballet shoes;
Ballet-C: dark blue or black leotard, skirt (optional), pink ballet tights & pink ballet shoes;
Advanced: no specific requirement.
Please respect The Bement School's lovely, safe
campus by supervising your children and any of their friends at all
times before and after their classes. The Polk Building also houses the
library and offices; we ask that children not run or make excessive noise in
In order for your children to remain focused
and engaged during class, visitors are not allowed in the dance studio
except during Open Houses; please keep window “peeking” to a minimum as
younger students are easily distracted.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to each class so that your children will be calm and ready to dance. Dance classes are designed to warm up the muscles in a logical sequence, so students who are late may be asked to sit and observe in order to prevent possible injury.
All classes for each level are mandatory; if a
student is injured, he or she should still come and observe class; if
you know that your child will be missing a class due to illness or any
other reason, please leave an email or phone message. Make-ups may be
made in the level immediately below the student's level.
If a student must permanently withdraw from
classes due to a serious injury or other medical condition, pro-rated
tuition may be refunded upon receipt of a doctor's note. Tuition will
not be refunded for any other reason.
INSTRUCTOR: Julia Chen
Julia graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, and
was a member of National Ballet Company of China in the late 1990s. She
also performed with Sono Dance Company in Connecticut in the early 2000s.
Julia has been a ballet teacher for nearly 20
years in Beijing, Connecticut and Hong Kong, instructing students from
3 to 17 years old, as well as adults. She is familiar with Russian
Ballet and Royal Ballet style and syllabus, and is experienced with stage and
She was a teacher/instructor with Beijing Dance
Academy, Sono Dance Academy, Connecticut Ballet Company over the years.
She was a teacher at Jean M Wong Ballet School in Hong Kong for 8 years
At National Ballet Company of China, Julia
participated in performances nationwide in China, as well as in 33 U.S.
cities during 1995, with various roles in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre,
Serenade, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle,
Le Corsaire, The
Nutcracker, and others.
Ballet at Bement
94 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 8
Deerfield, MA 01342