Ballet Programs

2013/14 Student Registration & Information

Student Information Download Download Registration Forms

Returning students may register during the priority registration period, which ends on June 15. After that, all registration is open and ongoing on a space-available basis.

Please download the registration packet for complete information on placement, tuition, class schedule and general information.

General Info & Dress Code for Ballet Students

Please call or email for availability†.

†Classes highlighted in YELLOW are currently: FULL – Waiting List

Creative Movement (2.5 years old)
FRI  10:00-10:30* Greenfield

Rhythm & Dance (3 years old)
MON  9:45-10:25 2nd St. Studio
MON  1:00-1:40 2nd St. Studio
TUE  10:00-10:40* 2nd St. Studio
THUR  12:30-1:10 2nd St. Studio
FRI  9:45-10:25 2nd St. Studio
SAT  9:00-9:40 2nd St. Studio

Intro to Dance (4 years old)
MON  10:45-11:25 2nd St. Studio
MON  1:50-2:30 2nd St. Studio
TUES  10:50-11:30* 2nd St. Studio
TUES  1:30-2:10 2nd St. Studio
THUR  1:30-2:10 2nd St. Studio
FRI  10:45-11:25* 2nd St. Studio
SAT  10:00-10:40 2nd St. Studio

Pre Ballet 1 (5 years old)
MON  2:40-3:30 2nd St. Studio
TUES  2:30-3:20 2nd St. Studio
WED  1:30-2:20 2nd St. Studio
THUR  2:30-3:20 2nd St. Studio
THUR  2:50-3:40 Greenfield
SAT  11:00-11:50 2nd St. Studio
SAT  11:10-12:00 2nd St. Studio

Pre Ballet 2 (6 years old)
MON  3:40-4:30 2nd St. Studio
TUES 3:30-4:20 2nd St. Studio
WED  2:30-3:20 2nd St. Studio
WED  3:55-4:45 2nd St. Studio
THURS 3:30-4:20 2nd St. Studio
SAT  12:00-12:50 2nd St. Studio

Pre Ballet 3 (7 years old)
WED 3:30-4:20 2nd St. Studio
WED  4:30-5:20 2nd St. Studio
THUR 3:45-4:35 2nd St. Studio
FRI 3:30-4:20 2nd St. Studio
SAT  1:00-1:50 2nd St. Studio

Ballet 1 (8 years old)
MON 3:50-4:50 2nd St. Studio
TUES 3:45-4:45 2nd St. Studio
THUR  4:45-5:45 2nd St. Studio
FRI  3:30-4:30 2nd St. Studio
SAT 9:30-10:30 2nd St. Studio

Ballet 2 (9 years old)
MON  5:00-6:00 2nd St. Studio
WED  2:45-3:45 Greenfield
FRI  3:45-4:45 Greenfield

Ballet 3 (by placement)
MON  4:00-5:00 Greenfield
TUES  5:30-6:30 2nd St. Studio

Ballet 4 (by placement)
THUR  4:30-5:45 2nd St. Studio
FRI 3:45-5:00 Greenfield

Ballet 5 (by placement)
MON 3:45-5:15 Greenfield

Ballet 5/6 (by placement)
TUE 3:45-5:15 Greenfield
FRI 4:45-6:15 2nd St. Studio

Ballet 6 (by placement)
THUR  5:30-7:00 Greenfield

Advanced 1 (by placement)
TUES 5:15-6:45 Greenfield
FRI 5:00-6:30 Greenfield

Advanced 2 (by placement)
MON 5:15-6:45 Greenfield
TUES  3:45-5:15 Greenfield
THUR  3:45-5:15 Greenfield

Advanced 3 (by placement)
MON 5:00-6:30 Greenfield
TUES  5:15-6:45 Greenfield
WED 5:15-6:45 Greenfield**
THUR  5:15-6:45 Greenfield
FRI 4:45-6:15 Greenfield

Apprentice 1 Company
TUES 4:30-5:30 2nd St. Studio
THUR  3:30-4:30 Greenfield

Apprentice 2 Company
WED 2:40-3:40 Greenfield
THUR 4:30-5:30 Greenfield

Pre Junior Company
WED 3:45-5:15 Greenfield

Junior Company
WED 3:45-5:15 Greenfield

Senior 1 Company
WED 5:15-6:45 Greenfield

Senior 2 Company
SAT 9:00-10:30 Greenfield

Senior 3 Company
SAT 9:00-10:30 Greenfield

Musical Theatre (8-12 year olds) – NEW!
MON 5:00-6:15 2nd St. Studio

Musical Theatre (13 + up) – NEW!
WED 6:00-7:15 2nd St. Studio

Beg/Int Teen Ballet
WED 4:45-5:45 2nd St. Studio

MON-FRI 8:45-9:45am Greenfield

Adult Ballet
WED 11:00-12:15 Greenfield (Beginning)
TUE 11:30-12:35 Greenfield (Int Floor Barre)

Adult 30 Minute Abs* - NEW!
In conjunction with Ballet classes marked with *
TUES 10:10-10:40 2nd St. Studio
TUES 11:00-11:30 2nd St. Studio
FRI 10:00-10:30 Greenfield
FRI 10:55-11:25 2nd St. Studio

**Returning A3 only

Dictionary of Ballet & Dance Terms

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Ballet Division

The Stapleton School ballet division features a unique, specialized curriculum developed by Virginia Stapleton and honed over the past twenty-two years. The primary goal is to instill a love of dance while offering professional, quality instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. Children are placed in class based on their age on Sept. 1 of the school year. New students, ages 9 years and older, are placed depending on experience and ability.

Please call to arrange for a placement class if necessary. For additional information, tuition rates and student registration form; download our Student Registration Packet.


2013/14 Stapleton Brochure | 2013/14 School Calendar | 2013/14 Tuition Rates / Quarter


Ballet Curriculum

Early Childhood (2.5 – 4 years)

Creative Movement (2.5 years), Rhythm & Dance (3 years), Introduction to Dance (4 years)
Creative movement begins the journey of dance. With a carefully structured class and gentle exposure to socialization skills, the children are introduced to large loco-motor movement (e.g. hopping, sliding, marching, prancing and leaping). Music, imagination and fantasy are the tools to explore movement and dance. As the child's motor and social skills develop, more challenges are presented. Upon completion of Intro to Dance, the child is capable of counting music, sequencing steps and memorizing sequences. More difficult loco-motor movements such as skipping and polkas are mastered, and the child has developed an ability to work cooperatively through dance. Classical music and use of ballet terminology inspires young children to become dancers.



Pre Ballet Division (5 – 7 years)

Pre Ballet 1 (5 years), Pre Ballet 2 (6 years), Pre Ballet 3 (7 years)
The dancer will be introduced to basic ballet positions (arms, hands, feet and legs) and some of the fundamental steps with a strong emphasis on moving to music. As with our Early Childhood curriculum, freedom to explore the physical possibilities without restraint is still an important part of the curriculum. Creative and imaginative exercises allow the dancer to explore freedom of imagination through movement. The main objective at this level is to keep the child excited about the journey of dance without frustrating them with the strict physical and technical demands of ballet. Upon completion of Pre Ballet 3, the dancer has been exposed to basic ballet positions and steps; memorization of 2 to 3 minute choreography; and has knowledge of a basic ballet vocabulary. The earlier playful aspects of instruction have instilled a joy for movement and now transition into more formalized instruction. The student is now ready to build the foundation of classical ballet technique and achieve their dream of becoming a dancer.



Ballet Division (8 – 11 years)

Ballet 1 – Ballet 4
At this age, the student is ready to accept the rigors and discipline of classical ballet training. In Ballet 1 to Ballet 4, there is a strong focus on posture, body alignment and placement; as they play a key role in laying the foundation of classical technique. Specific steps and combinations to various rhythms help the dancer to develop a strong sense of musicality. These exercises also help the dancer to develop the memorization skills needed to master choreography. The principles and technique of ballet are very carefully and accurately presented to the student in an environment that continues to support and encourage all students. Although not required, students that are committed and dedicated to ballet may begin to take more than one class per week.



Advanced Ballet Division (12 – 18 years)

Ballet 5 – Advanced 3
At the upper levels, the ballet training builds on the established foundation with a focus on skill. There is a continued emphasis on carriage, placement and body alignment. Stretching, strengthening and increasing flexibility are significant components to achieving success. These classes maintain high expectations for ballet technique and the execution of combinations. The dancer's skills are expanded to include petite and grande allegro, adagio as well as speed and accuracy in various turns (i.e. chainnes, multiple pirouettes, and fouettes).  Pointe readiness is determined on an individual basis; typically dancers at Ballet 5 have begun their pointe training and these classes include a significant amount of work on pointe.  Additional areas of focus include developing personal style, expression and performance skills. Longer ninety-minute classes allow for building strength and endurance.



Youth Company (9 – 18 years)

The Stapleton Youth Company is designed to meet the needs of students that wish to pursue an intensive, accelerated and rigorous training path. Participation in the Youth Company provides the dancer with high technical standards and performing skills. Youth Company dancers take multiple classes per week and must be very motivated; as they work hard to develop skills that lead and inspire younger students. Company dancers perform in the annual Nutcracker. Participation in the Spring Ballet production is exclusive to Youth Company dancers and the production typically offers the opportunity to work with world class guest artists. Youth Company packages offer discounted tuition and workshop fees, as well as a year-end individual dancer assessment, performance opportunities, and field trips.



Teen Beginning Ballet (13 years & up)

This is a perfect beginner class for teens that have had no experience in ballet; or a limited amount of experience (0-3 years). Class focuses on barre work to develop strength, moves to center floor work teaching positions of the body, and introduces students to ballet dance steps-broken down to simplest form. With commitment from students, this class will prepare students to move into higher levels of ballet at Stapleton School. This class also offers significant benefits to those pursuing other types of dance and activities such as gymnastics, musical theatre, etc.



Adult Ballet

The benefits of ballet include improved coordination and posture and increased flexibility. We offer two Adult Ballet classes: Beginning and Intermediate/Floor Bar. The Beginning class provides a gentle introduction to this fine art form in a supportive environment. It is perfect for students that have not had any prior ballet training; as well as those that may have taken dance in the past. Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles, and this beginning class will offer great benefits for those interested in other performing arts disciplines. The Intermediate class includes floor work which will strengthen your back, abdomen, buttocks, hamstrings and upper body; extended barre to enhance body awareness, posture and placement; and some center work.



Adults: 30 Minute Abs

Wondering what to do with yourself while your young child is in dance class? You can do 30 minutes of core/abdominal work right next door! Why not take advantage of those 30 minutes and get your core/abs done while your child is having fun dancing? It couldn’t be easier and if your child needs you, you are in the next studio. No more excuses. Easy, convenient…finally a multi-task that is actually good for YOUR health. Come and enjoy – yes ENJOY – 30 minutes of core/abdominal strengthening TODAY!



Musical Theatre Class (8-18 years)

Musical Theatre (taught by Jenny Rand) introduces students to Broadway-style dance, song and theatre. Students will have the opportunity to develop all three essential musical theatre skills – acting, singing and dancing – at the same time! The class will include fundamental techniques such as voice and dance warm ups; the integration of singing, dancing and acting; large ensemble group numbers as well as exploration of solo performing. Each session will culminate with an informal performance for family and friends. Class meets on Mondays and is designed for students ages 8-13 years. Class size limited to 12 students to insure individual attention. (download Musical Theatre Curriculum)




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2013/14 School Calendar

Session 1 : Aug. 24 – Oct. 26

Sep 2: Labor Day, no classes
Sep 3: Mandatory Nutcracker Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Sep 4: Nutcracker Meeting, New performers, 7:30 p.m.
Sep 5: Nutcracker Auditions: Clara, Snow, Sugar Plum
Sep 9 & 12: A Christmas Carol Auditions, 6:30 p.m.
Sep 11: Nutcracker rehearsals begin
Sep 23: A Christmas Carol rehearsals begin

Session 2: Oct. 28 – Jan. 18

Nov 25 – Dec 7: Thanksgiving (2 week class break)
Dec 6: Nutcracker DanceReach Shows
Dec 7 & 8: Nutcracker at Marin Center, 1:00 & 5:00 p.m.
Dec 19 – 22: A Christmas Carol at Drake HS Little Theater
Dec 23 – Jan 5: Holiday Break, no classes

Session 3: Jan. 21 – Mar. 29

Jan 20: MLK Day, no classes
Jan 23 & 27: OLIVER! Auditions, 6:30 p.m.
Feb 6: OLIVER! Rehearsals begin
Feb 15 – 21: Mid Winter Break, no classes
Mar 1: Deadline to pay Demo Fee
Mar 29 & 30: Spring Repertory Concert at Playhouse

Session 4: Mar. 31 – Jun. 7

Apr 14 – 19: Spring Break, no classes
May 9 – 18: OLIVER! At Playhouse
May 26: Memorial Day, no classes
May 31 – Jun 7: Dance Demonstration rehearsals
Jun 1 & 8: Dance Demonstrations

2013/14 Tuition Rates / Quarter

(Annual non-refundable registration fee $40)

Creative Movement (2.5 years) (30 minute class) $125
Rhythm & Dance (3 years) (40 minute class) $140
Intro to Dance (4 years) (40 minute class) $140
Pre Ballet 1, 2 & 3 (5, 6 & 7 years) (50 minute class) $150
Ballet 1, 2 & 3 (8, 9, & placement) (60 minute class) $160
Teen Ballet (11 years & up) (60 minute class) $160
Ballet 4 (placement) (75 minute class) $180
Ballet 5 (placement) (90 minute class) $205
Ballet 5/6 (placement) (90 minute class) $205
Ballet 6 (placement) (90 minute class) $205
Ballet 6/Adv 1 (placement) (90 minute class) $205
Advanced 1, 2 & 3 (placement) (90 minute class) $205
Nutcracker Performance Workshop (6 years & up) $275
Musical Theatre (75 minute class) $180
Adult Ballet $48/4 classes or $15 drop-in
30 Minute Abs $65/8 classes or $10 drop-in


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Administrative Offices are located at 118 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960, tel. (415) 454-5759, fax. (415) 454-5769