Every summer Ballet Arts Academy offers August Open Ballet Classes. This is for our current dancers to keep up their training but allows for vacation time. It is also a great way for Spokane dancers to try out the studio to see what a ballet class at our studio is like. My own daughter was researching studios several years back and I remember her nervously attending an August Open Class. Many things in class were new to her but I remember her leaving class with flushed cheeks and a huge smile on her face. She had worked so hard and she looked so happy. She mentioned a few months later, "I had no idea I love Classical Ballet."
I asked two of our current students about their first experiences with BAA and this is what they wrote.
About a year ago I tried Ballet Arts Academy’s summer open ballet classes for the first time. I was looking to improve my training and become a more serious dancer. When I walked into the studio I was struck by the big chandeliers, framed paintings, and walls of schedules. In class, I watched the advanced dancers who knew exactly what they were doing and where they were going. The corrections Miss Mimi gave were direct and clear. After trying two weeks of classes I was sold. I wanted to be a Ballet Arts Academy student. I wanted to be a part of the community. A year later, I am so grateful for the opportunity to dance alongside all the lovely and talented students who are now some of my closest friends.
~ Grace Schneider ~
I first came to Ballet Arts Academy last year after wanting to take my ballet training to the next level. My first class with the studio was an open ballet class in August, and before hand I was very nervous about being in a different learning environment and meeting new people. However, after the first day of classes, my worries were gone and I knew BAA was where I wanted to stay. Not only were the classes fun and challenging, but the students and staff were very welcoming. In my first three open classes at BAA I made strong friendships, received professional training from very talented and experienced teachers, and improved more than ever before. We also worked on performance in the open classes, and learned a variation from the ballet "Paquita", which is included in the repertoire of many professional ballet companies. Since then, I have attended BAA year round and received amazing training from the proven CPYB curriculum, a system many professional dancers have trained through. I have also reached many of my goals, including being accepted to the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Summer Course. I have a new found confidence in myself and my dancing thanks to BAA, and I know that with the training they are giving me and other dancers I am on track to achieve my dreams.
~ Emme Schumacher ~
We have two weeks of Open Ballet Classes remaining in August. If you or your intermediate/advanced dancer is interested in seeing first hand the curriculum and training offered at BAA we invite you to attend.