Students Welcome To Join CRYB Fall Classes

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is currently registering new and returning students for fall ballet classes.

An Open Registration Day where students may register in person and see the studio is scheduled for Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Class leotards and tights will also be available for purchase and students and parents may take one of the “ballet bun classes” scheduled throughout the afternoon.

Classes at the area’s premier school for classical ballet training which begin Sept. 9 will include:

BEGINNING DIVISION

Creative Dance (ages 3 1/2-5) Pre-Ballet A (ages 5-6) Pre-Ballet B (ages 6-7). In this division the primary focus is development of the child’s coordination, flexibility, listening skills and musical awareness. As the child progresses through this division there is a gradual shift to a more structured movement program. Classes meet once a week.

Ballet I and II classes emphasize proper body alignment while beginning classical ballet technique. Ages 7 and up.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Classes focus on understanding and executing classical ballet technique and on increased flexibility and leg and foot strength in preparation for pointe work. Two years of formal ballet training is a prerequisite and placement in this level is determined by ability.

ADVANCED DIVISION

Advanced level instruction is offered for students making a serious commitment to dance study. Emphasis is on improving technique & strength, flexibility & attack, stamina and stage presence, and preparation for a potential career in dance. Audition required for placement.

Special scholarships are available to male students. Financial assistance is also available to a limited number of eligible students. Eligibility guidelines mirror those used by the school system to determine free/reduced lunch recipients.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is a not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality classical ballet instruction to youth throughout the Chautauqua region. CRYB produces two major productions a year – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker each December and a spring performance featuring all the students of the program. Auditions for this year’s Nutcracker are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7. For more information, check the website at www.cryb.net or call the studio at 664-9766.