Get your start in ballet with our 12-week Beginner Ballet Overture Program
If you’ve always wanted to learn ballet, this is the place to start! We start from the very beginning in this program and help you through every step of the way.
It takes about 3 months to build up a new habit, fit ballet into your schedule, and to learn enough to get to a point where you feel like you know what you’re doing. The beginning of learning a new skill is always the hardest, so we’ve designed our Beginner Ballet Overture Program to help you make it through the toughest 12 weeks with an even greater love for ballet and a feeling that you can achieve your dreams.
Over the 12 weeks of weekly 90-minute sessions, we will build fundamental vocabulary alongside strength and flexibility. We’ll equip you with strength and stretch exercises to take home to keep improving on your own. We’ll culminate the program with a little snippet of a ballet (called a variation) so you can see how things come together.
What is an overture?
An overture in the ballet context is typically a piece of music played by the orchestra at the very beginning of the ballet to set the stage and prepare the mood for what the audience is about to see. Often the curtain is down during the overture and no dancers are visible. The music of the overture typically includes many of the themes and tunes that will be in the whole ballet to give the audience an idea of what to expect. Think of it like a synopsis or a movie trailer, except in musical form.
Our Beginner Ballet Overture Program is designed in the same way — to give you a taste of many aspects of ballet and set the mood for what is to come.
Who is this program is for?
This program is for dancers ages 18+ who have never taken ballet before, or dancers who took ballet so long ago that they don’t remember anything. We start at the very beginning!
If you have done ballet in the past enough to remember what you’re doing, but are interested in the Overture program, we request that you come meet us for a free 30-minute preview lesson to determine if this is the right fit for you. It can be intimidating for brand new dancers to be in class with experienced dancers because they feel like they should be able to keep up with the dancers with experience, so we ask that any dancer who has knowledge of ballet meet us to evaluate the possibility of joining an Overture program.
About the program
Twelve (12) 90-minute sessions, once weekly, with a maximum of 3-4 dancers. Sessions include:
15 mins of ballet specific strength exercises to get in touch with the particularly difficult muscles to find: turnout muscles, core, lower legs/ankles/feet, and upper back.
60 minutes of ballet technique, including barre work and a little bit of ballet vocabulary away from the barre.
15 minutes of stretching, with special focus on hips, hamstrings, and back.
During the last 3 weeks of the program, during the 60 minutes of ballet technique, we’ll learn a little snippet of a ballet (called a variation) so you can see how things come together. Typically we learn a little bit of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker.
Additionally, to help you get up to speed and start seeing results during the very beginning of your journey, the Beginner Ballet Overture Program includes:
Online practice content to reinforce what you’re learning at home and enable you to practice between classes.
Three (3) free Broche Ballet Stretch Classes to take during the timeframe of your Overture program.
Early registration bonus of one (1) free Stretch Class per month between your registration date and the start of your Overture. For example, if you register in January and your Overture begins in March, then you would receive two (2) Stretch Classes as a bonus for early registration, PLUS your three (3) Stretch Classes for the Overture.
The cost for the Overture program is $500. Contact us to pay by bi-weekly installments. Full balance due prior to first day of the program.
Continuing beyond the Overture program
After the 12 weeks, if at least two (2) dancers would like to continue ballet in the same timeslot, we will keep the same spot open and class will become one of our regular ongoing month-t0-month ballet classes. Click here to see all class types. Tuition is billed monthly and is $165/month for Ballet Technique 90 or Low Impact 90 classes, or $108/month for Ballet Technique 60 or Low Impact 60 classes. Click here to read about our month-to-month class program. If just one (1) of the dancers would like to continue, we will work with that dancer to find a spot in another class that is already running, or in another simultaneous Overture session that will continue past the final date.
We will reach out to all of the dancers requesting a decision if they would like to continue with classes by the start of the Week 10 of class so that we can arrange continuation of class for those who would like to continue with us.
Meet the founder of Broche Ballet
Julie Gill began dancing as an adult and is proof that it is never too late to live your dreams. She excelled quickly under the careful and exacting eye of Beth Kurtz in New York City, achieving pointe work within a short 2 years, and attending youth summer intensives where she danced alongside pre-professional ballet students.
She has always loved to teach and has taught many different subjects to many different audiences throughout her career. When Ms. Kurtz fell ill and was unable to continue teaching, Julie learned from her how to teach and pass along her methods.
As an adult dancer herself, she understands the differences in training adults and children, how to take adult dancers seriously, and she has the unique advantage of remembering how she figured things out which she passes on to her students.
Julie loves to break things down, solve problems, and help people understand the technique of ballet. She founded Broche Ballet so she could share the joy of ballet with all who wish to learn.
Meet our Overture instructors
All of our instructors are kind, knowledgable, and encouraging. We’re so excited to help you achieve your dreams!
Can Grownups even do ballet?
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH CLASS?
All classes have 5 or fewer dancers for personalized, individual instruction, and a close community in your classes.
What if I will need to miss some of the sessions?
That’s ok! You may make up any missed sessions by attending another Overture program that is running simultaneously. We typically run three Overture programs at the same time so that there will be ample opportunity for makeups. Makeups can be scheduled by clicking here.
We request that whenever possible, makeups for missed classes be completed within 2 weeks of the missed class so that you don’t fall too far behind. All makeups must be completed by the culmination of the Overture program. If you are unable to find a makeup class that fits your schedule, get in touch.
I am interested in Low Impact classes. Can I join the overture program?
Yes! The Overture program is Low-Impact-friendly. We don’t do any extensive jumping, turning or sharp movements during this program. We focus on strength, alignment, flexibility, and vocabulary during this session and dancers with delicate bodies are absolutely welcome to join.
WHAT Should I WEAR?
We recommend wearing any kind of tight fitting athletic wear such as yoga pants and a tank top or even tights and a leotard and skirt - that decision is completely up to you and your level of comfort. The key is that your instructor needs to see the form of your body to be able to ensure proper alignment while doing the exercises.
For footwear, you may wear socks for your first class, but we prefer to have our students in a pair of traditional ballet slippers. You can view an example of this type of slippers on Discount Dancewear here. You can get any similar ones that you find on Amazon or Discount Dancewear. You'll see a couple of different options for canvas vs leather, split sole vs full sole, and 1 elastic or 2. It's very much a personal preference, but our team prefers canvas shoes, split sole with 2 criss-cross elastic. The full-sole gives you a little more support, but doesn't look as pretty. And the leather lasts a bit longer but doesn't breathe as well and isn't as great for the Marley flooring that we have in the studio.
I’m nervous to start ballet!
That’s ok! Most people are nervous to start! That’s why we offer a free 30-minute preview lesson to get a feel for what ballet is like and see how friendly and approachable our studio and staff are. We really love beginners and can’t wait to help you get your start with ballet.
Minimum Number of dancers in class
Each session has a minimum of two (2) dancers.
We must have 2 dancers registered in order to run the session. If 2 dancers don’t register by the deadline (1 week prior to the start date), then we will push the start date back by 1 month. During the month, all dancers will receive an extra free Stretch Class to take while waiting for the program to begin.
If you are no longer able to join due to the start date being pushed back, let us know within 48 hours of the announcement of the date change and we will issue you a full refund.
If after that extra month of time, we still cannot fill the Overture program (this is a very rare event!), we will cancel it and try again with the next set of Overture programs in 3 months. We will notify registrants and you can choose if you’d like to defer your registration to the next 3 month program or receive a full refund.
If you register for an Overture Program and can no longer join for any reason other than Broche Ballet changing the date of the class (see above), we will issue you a refund ONLY if we are able to fill your spot in class prior to the start date of the program. We will do our absolute best to fill your spot if you can no longer attend, but if we are unable to fill your spot, then we cannot offer you a refund.
We understand things come up and sudden schedule changes or issues sometimes happen. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs and preferences. Due to the group nature of our overture program, cancelations can only be requested 10 business days prior to the first day of class, so we can try and fill your spot.
If you find the class time you have enrolled in no longer works for you and you need to switch to another class, please let us know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we can only offer a switch if a) we find someone to take your spot or b) we have extra students in another class, or c) we have 2 other students who would like to start a new class time.
Refunds or Transfers will be pro-rated for the number of sessions that we are able to re-fill. For example, if we are able to refill your spot in the 3rd week of the program, we will refund you for 10 of the classes, or allow you to transfer to another Overture Program for the pro-rated cost of those 2 weeks of the program.
Our Overture Program starts from the very beginning and typically meets over 12 weeks. But, over the summer, we offer the option of an Overture Program Intensive to immerse you in ballet right from the start. We cover all 18 hours of the program content in just 1 week! The intensive consists of 2 90-minute classes daily over 6 days.
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