Class Descriptions

San Pedro Ballet School has a class for every dancer! Students are placed in classes based on age, maturity, and skill level. Need help picking the best class for your dancer? Please call us at 310.732.1861.

All students have the opportunity to perform in the school’s annual summer recital every June. This exciting production features costumes, music, and professional lighting, and is held at the Warner Grande Theater in San Pedro. Most rehearsals are held during regular classes (starting at the intermediate level, dancers may need to attend additional rehearsals).

Students age five and up are invited to participate in the San Pedro City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. This magical production has been a staple of the South Bay community for over 20 years, and features lavish costumes and set design as well as guest appearances by professional dancers. Auditions are held in September and dancers must attend weekly rehearsals in addition to regular classes.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ballet

Fundamentals of Dance I
This class is a toddler’s ballet class that provides beginning technique and is designed to inspire and love of dance as well as cooperation and classroom skills. Ages: 3 to 4 years old

Fundamentals of Dance II
This ballet class teaches foundational techniques for dance and choreography in a fun environment. Ages: returning 4 year old and beginning 5 year olds.

Children’s Ballet 1, 2, and 3
These classes teach basic skills through a combination of floor and barre work. Ages: 5 and up

Children’s Ballet 4
Students will continue to develop ballet skills, and focus heavily on technique. This class is a combination of floor and barre work. Ages: 7 and up

Beginning Ballet
Beginning/Intermediate ballet students with the permission of the instructor.

Intermediate Ballet
Intermediate ballet students with the permission of the instructor

Advanced Ballet
Advanced ballet students with the permission of the instructor

Pre-Professional Ballet
Advanced/Company level ballet students with the permission of the instructor

Pointe
All pointe classes are for advanced ballet students and require permission from their instructor.

Pas De Deux
Partnering class. Advanced ballet students with permission of the instructor.

Modern

Modern dance focuses on natural body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignmentas well as an increased focus on personal interpretation, self-expression, awareness of space and a strong use of established Modern Dance technique.  Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up to more elaborate movement sequences.

Beginning Modern
This class teaches basic modern dance techniques in a fun environment. Ages: 5 and up.

Intermediate Modern
Intermediate modern students with permission of the instructor.

Advanced Modern
Advanced modern students with permission of the instructor.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance borrows from jazz, ballet, funk, social dance styles and many modern dance styles of the 20th century. Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up to more elaborate dance routines.

Contemporary
Advanced students with permission of the instructor.

Jazz and Tap

Jazz is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

 

In Tap, dancers use specialized steps to create rhythmic beats and sounds with their feet. Special plates on the bottom of the shoes amplify the footfalls and create the distinctive sounds associated with tap dancing. At the same time, tap dancers use overall body movement to create a dance that is both a visual and an auditory experience for the audience.

Hip Hop

This upbeat class combines basic hip-hop technique and choreography with no suggestive lyrics/movements. In this fast-paced and fun class students will use hip-hop to develop their coordination, rhythm, flexibility and self-expression. Teenagers and adults alike will love building stamina and getting a great cardio workout in this high energy dance class. Dress code: comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Pre Professional Hip Hop
dvanced students with the permission of the instructor.