Classes
Academy of Ballet Arts offers many levels of dance classes. We provide instruction in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet fundamentals, ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop, and character. We also offer acting classes as well as classes for just boys.

Students who attend character classes will be considered for performances with the St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble.

Each ballet movement involves many complicated muscular skills; therefore, certain levels may require multiple classes a week instead of allowing outside practice time without the benefit of an instructor. If a student wishes to take more or less weekly classes than are required, permission must be obtained from one of the Directors. Pointe and Character classes may be waived on an individual basis.

Classes Resuming at ABA

Hello ABA Families!

I hope you all are well and hanging in there. I am so happy to let you know that we will reopen Monday, May 11th. This will include Ballet I-VI, contemporary, & adult classes. We are so excited and have been busy cleaning and implementing appropriate changes to ensure we all stay healthy. The studio has also been sprayed with NISUS DSV, which is a hospital grade spray that is used against SARS & COV-2. After spraying at night and drying it continues to break down microscopic organic matter.

Below is a list of what we will be implementing along with the guidelines set by the CDC.

  • We are asking that everyone wear a mask
  • Sanitize as you enter the building
  • Come dressed for class, the dressing room will be closed
  • Do not come if you are sick
  • Wash hands after barre and wipe down barres with antiseptic wipes
  • Bring a water bottle and fill it only once before class begins
  • Drop off only so we do not have extra bodies in the lobby
  • Please talk to your kids about not touching each other and leaving space between each other
  • Sadly... no hugs for now

Classes will be kept at 10 or less. If you are in Pre-Ballet or Ballet Fundamentals, we will continue classes through Zoom. If you could please let me know if you plan on attending classes at the studio I can work on a schedule. I completely understand if some of you are not comfortable returning right now, so please let me know. I would like to figure out a way to keep the Zoom classes available if you can not attend at the studio. Classes will be available (at the studio) first to those who have attended via Zoom over the past seven weeks. I will work on invoices for May as I hear back from you. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m sorry that I can not start back with my little ones, but I think it is a lot to ask of them.

WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL!

Girls Dress Code

  • Pre-Ballet and Class I-V: footed pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and leotards of any style in the color assigned to each class level [See Class Descriptions for leotard color.] 
  • At the teachers’ discretion, girls will be permitted to wear ballet skirts during center work. 
  • Creative Movement: any color leotard, tights, and pink ballet slippers. 
  • Character: black circular skirt and black character shoes. 
  • Hair: The discipline of dance requires that long hair for girls in all levels be secured in a bun or pinned up in braids. This permits the teacher to see the correct alignment of the spine and neck. Loose hair can cause eye irritation during turns and is a distraction to both student and teacher. Girls will not be allowed to take class with their hair down or in loose ponytails.
  • Students are never permitted to wear loose-fitting shirts or plastic pants. The use of plastic pants can lead to dehydration and muscles which are artificially warmed up are easily injured. Baggy clothing does not permit the instructor to properly correct the student and can cause serious problems to go undetected. With teacher permission, students may wear tight-fitting wool warm-ups, which have been designed for the serious dancer. 
  • All students are required to wear street clothing over their ballet clothes when entering or leaving the studio. 

Boys Dress Code

  • Class I-V: plain tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, tights or biketards, dance belt, socks, and white or black ballet slippers. 
  • Ballet Fundamentals, Pre-Ballet, Boys Club, and Creative Movement: wear shorts, shirts, socks, and ballet slippers. 
  • Character: jazz shoes
  • Hair: The discipline of dance requires that long hair for boys in all levels be secured away from the face and neck. This permits the teacher to see the correct alignment of the spine and neck. Loose hair can cause eye irritation during turns and is a distraction to both student and teacher. Boys with long hair will not be allowed to take class with their hair down.