Dance for Youth

Verb Ballets is excited to offer dance classes focused on opportunities for youth (ages 3-14)! These programs will 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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COVID-19 Update

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. To keep everyone safe all Dance For Youth classes and events are cancelled through the end of May due to the COVID-19 crisis. With so many unknowns, everyone’s safety is most important to us and we feel this is the best decision moving forward. Please email with questions. We are providing online class opportunities for students to continue to learn and grow for when we come back to the studio so we all can continue dancing together!

Looking for adult classes?

Verb Ballets offers an digital library of classes!

Facebook Live Classes for Spring

We are happy to announce that on April 6th we will begin Facebook Live classes in the Dance For Youth Facebook group for our current students. They will be live during the schedule below then will be saved in the group to view at your convenience. We are working on bringing them to the website as well soon! Click here to join the Facebook group.

Creative Movement/Pre Ballet

Ms. Kate

Mondays, 4:30-5:00pm

Ballet  II & III

Ms. Ashley

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Jazz

Ms. Kenya

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Ballet I & II

Ms. Kate

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Meet the Teachers

Kate Webb

Dancer and Teacher

Kate Webb grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she danced both as a student and as a trainee with Richmond Ballet. She trained around the country at numerous intensive programs such as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduating from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts, she attended Butler University on both dance and academic scholarships. While dancing with Butler Ballet, she performed in Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. After fulfilling her degree in three years, she graduated cum laude in May of 2015 with a BS in Dance-Arts Administration and high departmental honors. Kate joined Verb Ballets in 2015 and has been featured in works such as Peter Pan and Aposiopesis.

Kenya Woods

Teacher

Kenya Woods, a native of Cleveland, Ohio holds more than 20 years of experience in dance performance, choreography, teaching, and leadership. She holds a degree in Dance from Tennessee State University. Some of her dance education credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, and North Coast Ballet Theater. Madame Darvash, Dr. Diane McIntyre and Lynn Simonson have influenced her teaching style as well. She has worked in nationally and internationally at regional dance companies, universities and school systems as an educator, performer, and choreographer. Kenya teaches dance to students of all ages and continues to lead programs that help cultivate technique, artistry, body awareness and empowerment and appreciation for dance.

Ashley Forché

Teacher

Originally from Pickerington, Ohio, Ashley received her dance training from BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. She has trained with several other companies including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Orlando Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and BalletMet. In December 2019, Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Belmont University. Professional experience includes traineeships with Nashville Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. Works she has performed include The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Ashley is very excited and honored to be joining Verb Ballets as a trainee this season!

Frequently asked questions

Where are you located?

In The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights.

Is there parking?

Yes! We have a free parking lot on the north side of The Dealership Building, connecting directly to the Verb Ballets studio door.

Do I need to pre-register for class?

Yes, we ask that all students enroll for the semester. If you would like to see if a class placement is the right fit please email to arrange a free trial class. If it’s your very first class with us, we just ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can show you around!

Is there a uniform?

Yes, for all level Ballet I and up we ask the girls wear a black leotard with pink 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.

Can I stay at the studio?

Due to limited seating arrangement we ask all parents to drop off children in the lobby. The teacher will greet them and walk them to the studio. We ask parents arrive 10 minutes prior to the end of class.

Am I able to watch class?

We will invite all participants to invite guests on designated class observation days.  In order to allow the best class focus we ask that parents stay in the lobby. The teacher will walk them to the lobby for pick up.

Will they 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!