Classical Ballet Classes

Classical ballet is characterized by its graceful and fluid movements. Being the foundation of many dance forms, ballet is a disciplined art form in which dancers are taught specific technique and movements. We follow the Cecchetti syllabus in our ballet classes. The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet was developed to educate and prepare dancers with material that is appropriate to their growing bodies. Dancers are required to learn concepts and theories of movement, through a syllabus that teaches the basic structure of each individual step and musical phrasing.  Students will learn syllabus from the Cecchetti method, which is a method that originated in Italy and is used as standard training in some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world.

2017/2018 Ballet Classes

Regular Division Classes
Beginner Ballet (Ages 5+) – Friday 6:15-7:00 OR Saturday 10:15-11:00am
Youth Ballet (Ages 8+) –
Teen Ballet (Ages 12+) – Friday 5:15-6:15pm



Cecchetti Technique & Syllabus Classes

Junior 1&2 Cecchetti Ballet Technique – Thursday 6:15-7:15pm
Junior 3 Cecchetti Ballet Technique – Wednesday 5:00-6:00 AND Thursday 5:15-6:15pm
* Pre-Intermediate 1 Cecchetti Ballet Technique – Monday 6:00-7:00 AND  Thursday 7:15-8:15pm
* Pre-Intermediate 2 Cecchetti Ballet Technique – Monday 7:00-8:00 AND Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
* Intermediate Cecchetti Ballet Technique – Monday 5:00-6:00pm AND Wednesday 7:30-8:45pm
* Senior Ballet Technique – Monday 8:00-9:15pm AND Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm

* previous dance experience required.
* must have director’s approval to register
* With the exception of Junior 1&2, classes are TWICE/week

NEW STUDENTS: Please contact us regarding appropriate class placements.



Pointe Classes

(*MUST be registered in two Ballet Technique & Syllabus classes and have director approval to register)
Pre-Point/Pointe 1Wednesday 7:00-7:30pm
Pointe 2 (14+) – Tuesday 6:00-6:30pm & Saturday 12:00-12:30pm

Performance Division Competitive Ballet Classes
* Must be registered in TWO Cecchetti Ballet Technique classes
Junior Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 10:00-11:00am
Pre-Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 1:30-2:30pm
Intermediate Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 11:00-12:00pm
Senior Performance Division Competitive Ballet – Saturday 12:00-1:00pm

* Please contact us regarding appropriate class placement, which is based on age and previous dance training

All ESD ballet classes from Junior 1 and up, have the opportunity to participate in external ballet exams, through the Cecchetti Society of Canada, at the faculty’s discretion and student readiness.  Students will take a Cecchetti Syllabus Class and prepare for the exam for 1-2 years and will take the exam once they are ready.  Students that take exams will have a higher education in ballet thus enhancing their overall performance abilities.  

External exams are an extra commitment and involve additional fees. There are two streams of Cecchetti exams: Standards and Graded. 
Students who wish to participate in an official Cecchetti Standards ballet exams must be taking 2 ballet classes a week: a ballet Technique class and a ballet Syllabus class.
Students wishing to pursue the Cecchetti Graded Intensive exam should be taking 3 ballet classes a week: ballet Technique, ballet Syllabus and Open ballet.
The additional fee of approximately $150-$250 cover the examination fee, practice classes with a pianist and a mock exam.  These exams are very rewarding for the dancer and once they pass the exam, they will be awarded with a certificate from the Cecchetti Ballet Society of Canada.

The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet was developed to educate and prepare dancers with material that is appropriate to their growing bodies. Dancers are required to learn concepts and theories of movement, through a syllabus that teaches the basic structure of each individual step and musical phrasing.  Students will learn syllabus from the Cecchetti method, which is a method that originated in Italy and is used as standard training in some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world.  Our focus is on DANCE EDUCATION, and as such, we firmly believe that following a syllabus will only continue to allow our students to grow and flourish as confident, skilled, creative, and educated dancers.