Elective Classes

Boston Ballet School Classical Ballet Program

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Boston Ballet School offers a variety of optional classes in technique and subjects other than ballet. These elective classes are designed to enrich ballet training and help foster a well-rounded and versatile student. Please note that elective classes are additional classroom hours and therefore carry an additional cost. 

Electives are offered only to students enrolling or who have already enrolled in a core ballet class.

Adaptive Dance (Newton & North Shore Studios)
Fully Inclusive Adaptive Dance classes welcome all students ages 8-18 with and without disabilities. Students will make new friends and have fun as they explore creative movement, learn ballet technique, and develop musicality together. Each class includes a lead teacher, teaching assistant, physical therapist and live musical accompaniment. Learn More

Elective class options vary by level/season. Class avilability options and registration links are available at the bottom of the page. You must be enrolled in the corresponding Classical Ballet Program class to register for an elective.
Character (Boston, Newton & North Shore Studios)
Character Dance is based on national and folkloric traditions that have been stylized and included in many classical ballets including Swan Lake and Don Quixote.  Character dance is a valuable addition to a student’s classical ballet training and helps with musicality, rhythm, épaulement and style.
Jazz (Newton Studio)
Jazz is a high energy class focused on technique, style and performance. Class begins with a technical warm up, followed by across the floor progressions and ending with original stylized choreography. Jazz will help you discover new ways to use your Ballet technique. 
Modern (Boston, Newton & North Shore Studios)
This class focuses on developing the connection between technique and artistry, drawing from traditional modern dance forms. Expanding beyond the physical discipline, students will grow through the exploration of movement, space, musicality, and creativity. Modern dance builds on the strength and coordination developed in classical ballet training, and provides the students an opportunity to make connections from one style of dance to another.
Stretch & Strengthen (Newton, North Shore Studio)
A class that focuses on stretching and strengthening exercises that are specifically geared to support the development of our Intermediate and Advanced level students. Students learn about properly warming up before class, and crucial exercises to improve both strength and flexibility with a focus on the student’s core, turn-out, legs, feet, and upper body strength for port de bras.

Elementary Levels
Elementary Character (Boston, Newton, North Shore) | Register
Elementary/Intermediate Jazz (Elem 3/Int 1 Students only, Newton ) | Register
Elementary/Intermediate Jazz (Elem 3/Int 1 students only, Newton ) | Register
Intermediate Jazz (Int 2/3 students only, Newton)  | Register
Intermediate Modern (Boston, Newton, North Shore) | Register
Stretch & Strengthen (Newton, North Shore) | Register
Flex Elective | Register 
Advanced Jazz (Newton) | Register
Advanced Stretch & Strengthen (North Shore) | Register

Dress Code:

Elementary 1:
Tank Leotard - Motionwear Style #2602, Butter #522
Elementary 2:
Tank Leotard - Motionwear Style #2200, Candy Pink #539
Elementary 3:
Tank Leotard - Motionwear Style #2200, Light Blue #592
Skirt - Motionwear Style #1028, Light Blue #063
Character Shoes (for optional elective) - Black character shoes
Character Skirt (for optional elective) - BodyWrappers character skirt, Style #511 
All Girls:
Tights - Ballet Pink BodyWrappers tights, Style #C80 or C81
Pink Ballet Slippers Recommendation - BodyWrappers leather slippers with pink elastic, Style #201C or #201A
Modern tights (for optional elective) -  BodyWrappers black footless tights,Style #A33 or #C33
All Boys:
White Short-Sleeved Leotard - Motionwear Style #2104
Black Bike Shorts - Motionwear Style #7110
White Ankle Socks - Students may wear any plain, thin socks
White Ballet Slippers Recommendation - BodyWrappers slippers with elastic, Style #246C or #246A
Character Shoes (for optional elective) - Black jazz shoes


Get answers to all of your Classical Ballet Program questions on our FAQS page.

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director