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

Beg. Combo
This class is a combination tap and ballet class that provides beginning technique and is designed to inspire a love of dance. Ages: 3 to 4 years old.

Combo 1
This class is a combination tap and ballet class that teaches foundational techniques in a fun environment. Ages: returning 4 year olds and beginning 5 year olds.

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

Ballet 4
Students will continue to develop ballet skills through a combination of floor and barre work. Ages: 6 and up.

Ballet 5
Students will continue to develop ballet skills through a combination of floor and barre work. Ages: 7 and up.

Ballet 6
Intermediate ballet students with permission of the instructor.

Ballet 7
Intermediate / advanced ballet students with permission of the instructor.

Ballet 8
Advanced ballet students with permission of the instructor.

Pointe
All pointe classes are for advanced ballet students and require permission of the instructor.

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

Modern

Moderndance focuses onnatural 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

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.

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.

Beginning Tap / Jazz
This class teaches the fundamentals of jazz and tap dancing in a fun environment. Ages: 6-10.

Intermediate Tap / Jazz
This class is designed to refine tap skills, while moving beyond the fundamentals of tap. Students will put the fundamentals to work by learning new steps, rhythms, patterns, and combinations. Students will also learn different styles of tap such as Stomp, Showboat, and Rhythmic. Ages: 9 and up.

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.