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Student Open Division
Ages 6-14

The Student Open Division classes are appropriate for students ages 6-14. Classes begin September 3, 2013 and conclude with the Spring Performances on June 7-8, 2014. Students age nine and up also have the opportunity to audition to perform with North Carolina Dance Theatre in Nutcracker.

This Division provides a program for students who choose to train under 4 hours per week, or who enter the School needing foundational ballet skills before entering the Primary Division.  Most students in this division, at the age of 14, will continue their training in the Adult Open Division.  Select students will be able to gain sufficient foundational skills to progress to training in the Primary or Intermediate Division.  A placement class is not needed for a student to join the Student Open Division.

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Beginning Ballet classes are recommended for students ages 6-9.   A traditionally structured ballet class which includes French Ballet terminology, that is for students with little or no ballet experience. Fundamental exercises of ballet are introduced while maintaining an emphasis on musicality, development of overall body strength, alignment and the enjoyment of moving.

Youth Ballet classes are recommended for students ages 10-14.  A traditionally structured ballet class for students with a variety of dance backgrounds:

  • Students who are new to ballet training
  • Students who have had little, or intermittent periods of, ballet training
  • Students who need stronger foundational ballet skills

Class emphasizes proper placement, familiarity with ballet vocabulary and French terminology, musicality, overall strengthening, and the joy of movement.

Class Schedule

Day Time Location Monthly Installment

Beginning Ballet
Ages 6-9
Saturday 11:00-12:00 PM Center for Dance $70

Youth Ballet
Ages 10-14
Required two days/wk
Tu/Th 6:15-7:45 PM Center for Dance $130

Dress Code
In the proud tradition of classical ballet and in encouragement of each dancer’s positive self-image, we strive to have a clean, uniformed appearance for all our students. Please help us achieve this goal by purchasing leotards, tights and ballet shoes that match our dress code requirements and by fixing your child’s hair for class in the appropriate manner as listed.

Morris Costumes (4300 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28205) carries School of Dance dress code attire. Tutu.com no longer stocks most School of Dance dress code, but may have overstock dress code items remaining for sale.

Girls Ballet Attire

Item Brand Style Color
Beginning Ballet Mirella Any plain black leotard.  Suggestions:  #MR515C (child) or #MR515L (adult) Black
Youth Ballet Mirella Any plain black leotard.  Suggestions:  #MR515C (child) or #MR515L (adult) or #MR207L (adult) Black
Skirts No Skirts
Tights Capezio #CP9C (child)
#CP9 (adult)
Classic Pink
Shoes Bloch #BL258G (child) or #BL208L (youth & adult) Pink Leather

Girls Hair
All Youth Ballet female students are required to wear a high bun on the crown of the head for class. No bangs, loose ends, ponytails or ornamentation is allowed. Please use a hair net to keep fly away ends in place.

Boy's Ballet Attire

Shirt M Stevens OR

Body Wrappers
#MS1441 (child) or #MS1442 (adult)

#B400 (child) or #M400 (adult)
Bike Shorts Baltogs OR

Boyd Wrappers
#BT1815 (child) or #BT815 (adult)

#B192 (Child) or #M192 (adult)
Ankle Socks Freed #FRSOX White
Dance Trunks JBB or

#JB8110 (child) or #JB8710 (adult)
#TB108C (child)

Shoes Bloch #BL205G (child)
#BL208L or #BL208M (youth & adult)
Black Leather

Boys Hair
Hair should be neat and tidy. Hair longer than chin length must be pulled away from the face in either a ponytail or headband.


Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Click here for a printable version of the Student Open Division schedule and payment plan details
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