Miami City Ballet | School - Open Classes
DARLEEN CALLAGHAN / SCHOOL DIRECTOR

 

Welcome to Miami City Ballet School’s Community Division, created for you!
 
Dance, fitness, and fun!
 
Our Community Division offers classes for everyone – from infants to adults, from first-timers to seasoned professionals – in a relaxed and welcoming environment.  Join us for ongoing drop-in classes, workshops and full-term programs. We invite you to come and experience Miami City Ballet School in a whole new way. 

Drop-in Classes
Workshops
Full-term programs

Please note: Miami City Ballet School will be closed on the following days:
Labor Day weekend: Saturday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 1
Columbus Day: Monday, Oct. 13


DROP-IN CLASS SCHEDULE:
(Current classes for ages 14+)

Monday:
Broadway Jazz*   All Levels   6:15-7:30 pm    taught by Julie Pappas Smith
Ballet                Int/Adv    6:45-8:15 pm    taught by Kris Kramer
Floor-Barre
®*    All levels    7:30-8:30 pm   taught by Julie Pappas Smith
*NOTE:  Starting Sept. 8

Tuesday:
Ballet    Int/Adv    10:00-11:30 am    taught by Kris Kramer
Ballet    Beginner    6:45-8:15 pm*    taught by Kris
Kramer
*NOTE:
Starting Sept. 2, class time will change to 7:00-8:30 pm

Wednesday:
Ballet                Int/Adv    6:45-8:15 pm    taught by Kris Kramer

Thursday:
Ballet    Int/Adv    10:00-11:30 am    taught by Kris Kramer
Pilates*  All levels    5:45-6:45 pm     taught by Emily Ricca
Ballet    Beginner    6:45-8:15 pm    taught by Kris
Kramer
*NOTE: Last class on Aug. 28

Saturday:
Ballet    Intermediate    9:00-10:30am    taught by Kris Kramer


DROP-IN CLASS PRICING:

Ballet and Broadway Jazz:

Single Class: $20

Pilates and Floor-Barre®:

Single Class:$15

Class cards:

10 Classes
$150
25 Classes
$350

MCBS Parent, Dance Professional, and College Student rate*

Single Class:$12
Dance card/10 classes
$100

*Must provide MCBS student name, proof of employment, or valid student ID to receive reduced rate


FALL WORKSHOPS:

Ballet 101
Have you always wanted to learn ballet, or regret quitting dance when you were 5?  Or do you just need a refresher course? Here's your chance to learn the basics of ballet technique, get in shape, and have fun in a relaxed and encouraging environment! This 7-class workshop is intended to give first-time dancers the extra attention they need, focusing on proper alignment, learning ballet vocabulary and class structure, and building strength to get them ready for Beginner Ballet.  As each class builds upon the last, it is recommended to attend all 7 classes during the workshop. It's taught by former Miami City Ballet dancer and current Miami City Ballet School teacher, Kris Kramer.  Feeling a little intimidated?  Don't worry, this class was created for people just like you.  Come join us to learn ballet!

September Series: Sept. 2-23, Tuesdays, 6:15-7:00 pm and Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 pm

Cost:  $105. Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org. Wondering what to wear?


Morning Pilates

Start your day off right by connecting to your center!  This 45-minute express Pilates class offered as a 6-week workshop can be taken as a stand-alone class or to prepare you for the ballet class immediately after.  Get warmed up for ballet, strengthen your core, and improve your dance technique!  Lighten and lengthen areas of your body that need flexibility and strength, while putting an emphasis on movement ease. Taught by Emily Ricca, a certified Pilates instructor, her exercises will enhance your ballet training or daily life practices.  Intended for people of all levels, this Pilates class will leave you with a smile and a pep in your step for the rest of the day!
 
Tuesdays, September 2-October 7, 9:15-10:00 am. 

Cost: $75.  Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org.


Beginner Pointe

Kick your ballet training up a notch!  This 6-week workshop is intended for dancers who have had at least 3-4 years of regular ballet training and who want to learn to dance on pointe for the first time OR who want to reintroduce themselves to pointe work.  Taught by Emily Ricca, you will learn the basics of properly tying your pointe shoe ribbons, breaking in and maintaining your shoes.  Class will focus on a series of exercises at the barre that will strengthen your calves, ankles, feet and toes.  Test your balance and newly-learned skills as you progress to the center to dance and move across the floor unassisted.
 
Visit Dancing Supplies Depot for a fitting and to purchase your pointe shoes. Their friendly staff will teach you about prepping your feet (toe pads are suggested), and sewing on the elastic and ribbons, which must be done prior to the first class.  Click here to receive 10% off your purchase

Thursdays, September 4-October 9, 11:30 am -12:15 pm. 
 
Cost: $105.  Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org


Int./Adv. Contemporary
Join Lara Tinari of the TOC project and former dancer with Twyla Tharp Dance, in this exciting and challenging 6-week Contemporary workshop.  Tinari’s class incorporates elements of both ballet and modern dance technique, focusing on the fundamentals of Ballet, Graham, Horton and Laban, as well as Ashtanga Yoga postures and Pilates core work.  Students will develop improvisational skills through the deconstruction of movement phrases and manipulation of tempo, time and space.  This workshop is intended for intermediate/advanced dancers who are well-versed in ballet and/or contemporary movements and are looking to explore new ways of moving to a unique and eclectic mix of music ranging from classical, jazz, avant-garde retro and modern pop.
 
Thursdays, September 4-October 9, 7:00-8:30 pm. 
 
Cost: $110.  Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org.


Beginner Latin Ballroom

Are you looking to spice up your Friday evenings with some sexy new dance moves?  Look no further!  Our Beginner Latin Ballroom class will give even those with two left feet the dance moves and confidence they need to go join the Latin dance parties all across town.  In this 5-class workshop, you will learn the basics of Cha Cha, Samba and Salsa technique, including proper hip and foot action, body placement, and rhythm.  Taught by Ballroom teacher and competitor, Edgar Chavarria, you are sure to have fun, melt the workweek away and get your weekend started off right!
 
Please note that heels or outside shoes are not allowed.  Jazz shoes are preferred, although ballet slippers or socks may also be worn.
 
Fridays, September 5-October 3, 7:15-8:15 pm. 
 
Cost: $75.  Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org.


Mommy & Me Zumbini
What is Zumbini?  Zumbini is a music and movement class for children, 0 to 3 years, to attend with their music-and-Zumba-loving caregiver(s).  Taught by Ashlee Cramer, class is fun, energetic, and full of contemporary music with world beats.   It is child appropriate, grown-up friendly, and of course, full of the “Zumba” flavor.  Children learn to dance, sing, and move through class using their bodies, rhythmic instruments, and scarves, to enhance the rhythm and feel of the music. 

Families enjoy singing and dancing together in this fun environment, free from performance anxiety, but rich with engaging energy! In this class the parent or caregiver can spend time and bond with their child in a truly fun way that they both enjoy.  

Mondays, September 15-November 24, 9:15-10:00 am.  *NO class October 13.

Cost: $180 per family. Pre-registration required. Email completed registration form to Kris Kramer at kris@miamicityballet.org.


Happy Hour Yoga -- Coming in October
Fridays, 6:15-7:15 pm
Check back soon for further information.


Variations/Learn a Dance -- Coming in the Fall
Wednesdays, 8:15-9:00 pm and Thursdays, 8:15-9:00 pm
Check back soon for further information. 


FULL-TERM PROGRAMS:
These classes go from September 2, 2014 - May 30, 2015.

Youth Ballet
Has your child had a late start in ballet or are they looking to continue their training in a more recreational way?  Join us for our exciting new class – Youth Ballet!

Youth Ballet is intended for students ages 9-13 who are either first-time ballet students or are continuing their training.  This level meets three times a week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from September through May and offers the opportunity for students to begin at the most basic level and advance up to an intermediate level.  This new class is unique because it is geared towards each student’s capabilities. Youth Ballet offers a structured environment to learn and improve ballet technique as well as have fun, stay fit, and develop an appreciation for the art of dance
 
School uniform is required.
 
Mondays:  4:45-6:15 pm
Fridays:  4:45-6:15 pm
Saturdays:  12:00-1:30 pm
 
Yearly Tuition: $2,200.  Non-refundable registration fee: $75.  To register, call Nagia Almeida, School Registrar, at (305) 929-7007, ext. 3, or email registrar@miamicityballet.org.
 
Broadway Jazz
A Broadway-style jazz class will have you flashing your jazz hands as you learn

some of the best Broadway styles and techniques from Luigi, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Matt Maddox. Class begins with a series of warm-ups that will strengthen your core, develop flexibility and prepare you for later class combinations.  Then, get ready to flash those jazz hands with fun across-the-floor dance steps and a special combination in center highlighting a different technique and style each week.

Youth Ballet students are encouraged to sign up for this class as well, but it can be taken as a stand-alone class for students ages 9-13. Teens 14+ and adults may take it as a drop-in class.

Mondays: 6:15-7:30 pm
 
Yearly tuition: $550.
Non-refundable registration fee: $75.  To register, call Nagia Almeida, School Registrar, at (305) 929-7007, ext. 3, or email registrar@miamicityballet.org.


 DROP-IN CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Ballet
:

Beginner Ballet: This class is recommended for students who have had some previous ballet training and are further developing their proficiency at beginner and intermediate steps and combinations. Expect to get stronger and work both your mind and body.

Intermediate Ballet: If you are a begginer ballet student who is ready to try a more challenging class, or an advanced student wanting to focus on the basics, such as clean technique and strength training, this is the class for you. Intermediate ballet is aimed at students transitioning between Beginner ballet and Intermediate/Advanced ballet. 

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet: This class is designed for students who have practiced ballet for many years.  It is perfect for ballet teachers, current ballet students, adults who have a strong background in ballet or those who need more of a challenge than the Beginner class.  There is a strong emphasis on mastery of technique and musicality.


Broadway Jazz:

Did you ever dream of dancing on Broadway?  Here’s your chance to shake things up, have fun, and get in shape. Broadway Jazz will introduce some of the best Broadway styles and techniques from Luigi, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Matt Maddox.

Class begins with a series of warm-ups that will strengthen your core, develop flexibility and prepare you for later class combinations.  Then, get ready to flash those jazz hands with fun across-the-floor dance steps and a special combination in center highlighting a different technique and style each week.

Taught by the light-hearted, welcoming and enthusiastic, Julie Pappas Smith, whose professional career spans the globe with Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, you are in for a treat!  Each class is “One Singular Sensation” – where everyone, from jazz newbies to seasoned Broadway babies, are welcome.

Starting Sept. 8, Broadway Jazz will be offered as a drop-in class for adults and teens 14+ and as a full-term program for students ages 9-13 (registration required).


Pilates
:

Get toned for swimsuit season, strengthen your core, and improve your dance technique!  This Pilates class will lighten and lengthen areas of your body that need flexibility and strength, while putting an emphasis on movement ease. Taught by Emily Ricca, a certified Pilates instructor and  a former professional dancer with Ballet de San Juan and Florida Dance Theater, her exercises will enhance your ballet training or daily life practices. Intended for people of all levels.  This Pilates class will make you feel energized and leave you with a smile!


Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®:

Floor-Barre® is a special, ballet-based technique in which students perform basic ballet movements while lying on the floor guided by verbal instruction.  Floor-Barre® exercises utilize the floor without the pressure of gravity allowing one to refine and lengthen body alignment, correct muscular-skeletal functions and strengthen joints.  This technique has been recommended as a valuable therapeutic resource to rehabilitate or retrain the body to avoid injury or misuse.

Taught by master trainer Julie Pappas Smith, this class is excellent to take prior to any dance class as a warm-up or as a complete workout in and of itself. Julie’s bright and bubbly personality will bring a smile to your face as she enthusiastically guides you through class. No dance experience is necessary. 


CLASS ATTIRE:

MCB School recommends the following class attire for open classes: 

Ballet and Broadway Jazz:
Proper dance attire and shoes should be worn; however, for first time students, fitted workout pants or longer shorts, a full-length shirt and regular socks are recommended.  Ballet slippers, jazz shoes and dance clothing can be purchased online at Discount Dance Supply or locally at Dancing Supplies Depot. Long hair should be pulled back and secured to head either with a clip or placed in a bun.

Example of Women's Dance Clothing: Leotard, tights, skirt and warm-ups.

Example of Men's Dance Clothing: Men's tights, dance belt, white T-shirt and warm-ups.

Pilates:
Fitted workout clothes.  No shoes are required for Pilates. Floor-Barre® students should wear socks. It is recommended to bring a mat or towel to lay on, but not required.  

 

Classes are held at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach). Metered parking is available throughout the area.

For further information call 305.929.7000, ext. 1303 or e-mail kris@miamicityballet.org  

 

 
 
 
Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs

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