Dance for Youth

Verb Ballets Center for Dance Youth Divsion provides dance classes for ages 4-14! These programs aim to nurture a love of dance as an art form and healthy activity. Classes will help kids build a strong foundation for dance by improving coordination, strength, flexibility, musicality and good teamwork! Classes are available for a variety of different ability levels and age ranges.

Questions about placement please email Christina Lindhout Coordinator, Dance For Everyone & Dance For Youth Programs, at email.

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Class Updates

  • Enrollment is open for summer semester.
  • Classes will be in studio with masks for all.
  • Virtual class options available upon request please email for more information.
Summer Session 1: June 9-30, 2022
Summer Session 2: July 14- August 4, 2022

Looking for adult classes?

Verb Ballets offers dance classes for adults too!

Class Descriptions

PreBallet (Ages 3-5)

Ms. Andrea

Thursdays, 4:15-5:00pm $75/session

In PreBallet young dancers will learn the basics of ballet technique, including ballet positions, vocabulary, and general class structure. Students will enjoy using imagery, music, games, and props to increase their posture, coordination, flexibility, and musicality.

Ballet  I (Ages 6-8)

Ms. Andrea

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm $100/session

Ballet I is the beginning of classical ballet training. In this class dancers will learn proper ballet technique, follow a set class structure, learn basic ballet steps and vocabulary, and begin learning basic choreography. Ballet slippers are required.

Summer Semesters

Enrollment is now open! In-studio class sizes are limited to 12 students in-studio and masks are required. Students are encouraged to sign up for  both semesters! Registration is processed through Mindbody online.

Studio Policies

  • Tuition will not be prorated to accommodate for missed classes for any reason, and no make-up classes will be issued in the event your student misses a class.
  • Verb Ballets will allow each class ONE snow day/cancellation per semester.
  • If class is cancelled by Verb Ballets or the instructor for any reason (beyond the one allowed snow day/cancellation mentioned above), a make-up class will be scheduled.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

  • This year, our youth classes will all be primarily IN-STUDIO.
  • Masks are required, and classes will be limited to 12 in-person students.
  • A Zoom link will be provided (upon request- see email below) to any student feeling ill, or who would feel safer participating virtually on any given day.
  • We WILL be accepting students who would like to participate fully online. Please email school@verbballets.org to request your Zoom link for the semester! Tuition will be prorated by 50% for those students who have indicated that they would like to be a Zoom-only student for the entire semester. Requests must be received prior to the first day of classes (February 1, 2022) to be accepted as a Zoom-only student.

Meet the Teacher

Andrea Belser

Andrea is a Performing and Teaching Artist from Cleveland with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies, emphasizing in Dance and Applied Voice, from Wright State University. She teaches various dance, theater acting, and musical theater to all ages and abilities with theaters and companies around Northeast Ohio, including but not limited to Playhouse Square, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Play House, and DANCECleveland. Under the stage name Andrea Belser, she also continuously works on and off stage as an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, stage manager, and dresser.

Frequently asked questions

What saftey meaures are in place with COVID?

Verb Ballets has developed a Health and Safety Policy is to keep students, guests, dancers and staff of the Verb Ballets Center for Dance safe, healthy and to encourage confidence to return to our programs. All individuals including guests and teachers who enter will be required to wear masks at all times. Every student is also required to complete a contact tracing form prior to entering the studio. Click here to read all the safety measure in place at the studio.

How are classes offered?

Classes will be offered in-studio for small socially spaced groups of twelve students. All students must wear a mask. Classes also will be offered via Zoom. Students will need an internet connection, camera enabled device and access to zoom.com.

Do I need to pre-register for class?

Yes, we ask that all students enroll for the session.

How long are the fall sessions?

Summer Session 1: June 9- 30, 2022
Summer Session 2 :July 14-August 4, 2022

Are there payment plans available?

Verb Ballets does offer a payment plan of three equal installments over the course of the semester.  A valid credit card saved on file is required to set up a payment plan. Scheduled automatic payments (charged to the credit card on file) will be made on the day you sign up, then on October 4th, and on November 1st, 2021. Receipts for each payment will be sent to the email you provide upon registration.  To set up a payment plan, please call our front desk at 216-397-3757, option 1, or email school@verbballets.org and we will be happy to help!

Is there a uniform?

Yes, for all level Ballet I and up we ask the girls wear a black leotard with tights and ballet slippers. Hair must be secured off the face and in a bun. Boys are asked to wear gym shorts and a white shirt and ballet slippers.

Where are you located?

In The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights.

Am I able to watch class?

In order to allow for social distancing we ask that parents drop students at the door and the teacher will walk them to class. The teacher will walk them to the door for pick up.

Can I make up a class?

Tuition will not be prorated to accommodate for missed classes for any reason, and no make-up classes will be issued in the event your student misses a class. Verb Ballets will allow each class ONE snow day/cancellation per semester. If class is cancelled by Verb Ballets or the instructor for any reason (beyond the one allowed snow day/cancellation mentioned above), a make-up class will be scheduled.

Do I need a water bottle?

YES! Having water on hand is encouraged during every class you take with us. Feel free to keep your water bottle next to you in the studio for a quick sip whenever you need it!

Still have a question? Shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you!