Ballet at Bement
Ballet at Bement offers quality dance instruction for area children ages 3 and up. Classes are age-appropriate, helping students discover the beautiful worlds of dance, music, and art while teaching them correct technique as they progress through the levels.
- In the Children's Division (Pre-Ballet and Ballet I), students will learn the very basic positions of the arms and legs and the beginning elements of ballet class, while also using their innately creative spirits to explore movement and music.
- In the Lower Division (Ballet II, III, and IV), students will begin to study ballet in the traditional class format of barre and center work, including basic jumps and turns, while slowly building the strength and coordination necessary for progression.
- Class work in the Upper Division (Ballet V and Advanced) increases in complexity and difficulty as the students become stronger and more sophisticated in their ability to move in an expressive, musical, and coordinated way. Female students will begin pre-pointe and pointework in this division.
All students of Ballet at Bement will have performance opportunities, including an end-of-year presentation.
Julia Chen graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and was a member of the National Ballet Company of China in the late 1990s. She also performed with Sono Dance Company in Connecticut in the early 2000s.
Ms. Chen has been a ballet teacher for nearly 20 years in Beijing, Connecticut, and Hong Kong, instructing students from 3 to 17 years old, as well as adults. She is familiar with Russian Ballet and Royal Ballet style and syllabi and is experienced with stage and performance. She has been an instructor with Beijing Dance Academy, Sono Dance Academy, Connecticut Ballet Company, and the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong.
At National Ballet Company of China, Ms. Chen participated in performances across the country, as well as in 33 U.S. cities during 1995, with various roles in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Serenade, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, and others.
- Be sure to purchase all items, particularly ballet slippers and pointe shoes, at a dance supply store, such as KDS in Greenfield (413-773-7816). There will be staff there who know how to properly fit children.
- Only close-fitting ballet sweaters are allowed to be worn, if desired, in colder weather.
- Students' hair must be neatly pulled off of the face at all times, in a ponytail, pigtails, or ballet bun for girls in the Children's Division, in a ballet bun for all girls in Ballet I and higher, or in a ponytail for boys with long hair.
- Please consult with the instructor for details specific to each division before purchasing leotards, shoes, tights, and other items.
- Parents and siblings are welcome to wait on our beautiful campus while ballet classes are in session. Please note that Bement is a nut-aware campus, so any food brought to our campus should be free of peanuts and tree nuts. Bement is also a dog-free campus (service animals excepted).
- Please respect The Bement School's campus by supervising your children at all times when not in a ballet class. The Polk Building houses the library and offices in addition to the dance studio, and the playground and athletic field are occupied by after-school programs and athletic practices, so please be mindful of these other programs.
- In order for your children to remain focused and engaged during class, visitors are not allowed in the dance studio except during Open Houses; please keep window “peeking” to a minimum as younger students are easily distracted.
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to each class so that your children will be calm and ready to dance. Dance classes are designed to warm up the muscles in a logical sequence, so students who are late may be asked to sit and observe in order to prevent possible injury.
- All classes for each level are mandatory; in case of an injury where students cannot practice, they should still come and observe class. If you know that your child will be missing a class due to illness or any other reason, please leave an email or phone message. Make-ups may be made in the level immediately below the student's level.
- If a student must permanently withdraw from classes due to a serious injury or other medical condition, pro-rated tuition may be refunded upon receipt of a doctor's note. Tuition will not be refunded for any other reason.