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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Class Updates

  • Enrollment is open for summer virtual classes.
  • Summer classes will run month to month for four weeks at a time.
  • The last day to register for July classes is July 3, 2020.
Summer dance at Verb Ballets will be divided into three 4-week sessions:
  • June 1st through June 25th (deadline to register is May 29th)
  • July 6th through July 30th  (deadline to register is July 3rd)
  • August 3rd through August 27th (deadline to register is July 31st)

Looking for adult classes?

Verb Ballets offers dance classes for adults too!

Zoom Classes for Summer

Beginning June 1, 2020 we will offer weekly zoom classes for students 3-14. Learn from your favorite Verb teachers, get feedback and encouragement in real-time, and enjoy the company of other dancers all from your own home! Classes will be be delivered through Zoom’s online platform according to the schedule below. Each class session will run for four weeks. Students are welcome to sign up for more than one class! Registration is processed through MindBody online.

Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)

Ms. Kate

Mondays, 4:00-4:30pm
$30 for four weeks

It’s never too early to start dancing! This class enables young aspiring dancers to learn valuable tools such as spatial awareness, coordination, musicality, and basic ballet steps using fun imagery, games, and props. Ballet slippers are encouraged but not required.

PreBallet (Ages 5-6)

Ms. Kate

Mondays, 4:30-5:15pm
$30 for four weeks

In Pre-Ballet 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. Ashley

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
$40 for four weeks

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.

Jazz

Ms. Kenya

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
$40 for four weeks

Dancers will explore a whole new way of moving! Dancers will have the opportunity to learn basic jazz technique and vocabulary, all while enjoying a variety of music and movement styles. This class places special emphasis on learning musicality, dance combinations, and choreography.

Ballet II (Ages 8-11)

Ms. Kate

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
$40 for four weeks

For dancers with at least one year of prior ballet training, Ballet II will increase their levels of strength, flexibility, and coordination. This class focuses on expanding the classical ballet vocabulary of the student, and teaching dancers to dance in unison as an ensemble.

Ballet III (Ages 11-14)

Ms. Kate

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
$40 for four weeks

For our most advanced youth dancers, Ballet III places special emphasis on strengthening classical ballet technique and on properly executing more complicated steps. Students will further expand their ballet vocabulary, increase their strength and flexibility, and gain confidence in themselves as dancers and performers.

Virtual Summer Camp Kit

At Verb Ballets, we understand how important games, visual aides, and hands-on learning are for our tiniest dancers. That’s why we are offering Summer Camp Kits to each of our Creative Movement and PreBallet students this summer for just $10!

Each Kit includes:

  • A rubber “spot” to stand on and use throughout the class, just like the ones we use in-studio
  • A bouncy ball so that you can join in “ballet ball” and other favorite class games
  • A colorful dancing scarf
  • A ballet-themed coloring page
  • A special copy of Verb Ballets’ DVD “WiggleWords,” a super fun dance-along program aimed at combing a love of spelling, reading, and dance in small children ages 3-10 years old
  • A note from the teacher, hand-written with love

$10 for local pickup only

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

How are classes offered?

Classes 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 summer month.

How long are the summer sessions?

Summer dance at Verb Ballets will be divided into three 4-week sessions:
June 1st through June 25th (deadline to register is May 29th)
July 6th through July 30th (deadline to register is July 3rd)
August 3rd through August 27th(deadline to register is July 31st)

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.

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