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Course Descriptions

Students in the Pre-Ballet programs are introduced to movement, rhythm, space and shape through the teaching of fundamentals of locomotive motor skills and dance exercises appropriate for their ages. The structured learning environment also helps the child to develop vital social skills in a creative environment. The 50 minute class consists of floor work, basic posture rules at the ballet barre and the study of mime excerpts from classical ballets such as Nutcracker, Coppelia and The Sleeping Beauty. Each semester culminates in an observation lesson open to family and friends.

Pre-Ballet: Ages 4-6

  • Tuesday: 3:45 To 4:35 p.m. OR Saturday: 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.  Tuition: $625.00/year (34 weeks)

Schedule subject to change. Program tuition is based on a 34 week semester.There is a $25.00 one time registration fee. Make up classes can be taken at any time as long as the student is registered.Easy payment plans may be discussed with the Registrar.  

Level 1/2: Ages 6-8

Level 1/2 actually begins the use of the Nutmeg ballet curriculum. The classes take the student through the study of classical ballet with concentration on technique, fundamental basic terminology and artistry. This progression helps to lay the foundation that is needed to develop into a stronger technique and allows the student to pass to the graded levels 2 and 3. These grade levels are usually analogous to the students’ grade in school. Level 1-2: Ages 7-8

  • Wednesday: 3:45 To 4:45 p.m. OR Saturday: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Tuition: $625.00/year (34 weeks)

Level 3: Ages 8-9

  • Thursday: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and/or Saturday: 9:00 To 10:00 a.m.
  • One Class per Week:  $625.00/year (34 weeks)
  • Two Classes per Week:  $1,250.00/year (34 weeks)
The Concentrated Programs offer students the opportunity to begin more serious training in Classical Ballet. More organized and serious dance study in ballet technique and fundamental pointe/men’s work will be presented. Through continued concentrated study, students working in Level 4/5/6/7/8 will gain strong technique based on the Vaganova Syllabus used at Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. This work will eventually service each student as they move onto the stage at Nutmeg Ballet performances. Non-Performing Program: includes Technique and Pointe Classes only. Proper placement options should be discussed with TSOB Director, Susan Szabo.

Level 4/5: Ages 8+

  • Tuesday: 4:45 To 6:00 p.m. and/or Saturday: 11:00 to 12:15 p.m.
  • One Class: $875.00/year (34 weeks)
  • Two Classes:  $1750/year (without pointe)
  • Two Classes + Pointe:  $1950/year including +1/2 hour pointe 2x/week
    • Tuesday 6:00-6:30pm
    • Saturday 12:15-12:45pm

Level 6: Ages 10+ (By Invitation)

  • Tuesday : 4:45 pm To 6:15 p.m. Technique; 6:15 To 6:45 p.m. – Pointe
  • Wednesday OR Thursday : 4:45 To 6:15 p.m. Technique; 6:15 To 6:45 p.m. – Pointe
  • AND Saturday: 11:00 To 12:30 p.m. Technique; 12:30 To 1:00 p.m. – Pointe
  • Three Day program including pointe  $2700/year (34 weeks)

 Level  7/8: Ages 11-13

  • Wednesday AND Thursday: 4:45 To 6:15 p.m. Technique; 6:15 To 6:45 p.m. – Pointe
  • Saturday: 11:00 To 12:30 p.m. Technique; 12:30 To 1:00 p.m. – Pointe
  • Two Day Program:  Technique $1750/year + Pointe $200/year
  • Three Day Program:  Technique $2400/year + Pointe $300/year

OPEN REGISTRATION.  Schedule subject to change. Program tuition is based on a 34 week semester (we will prorate based on starting date). There is a $25.00 one-time registration fee. Make-up classes can be taken at any time as long as the student is registered.Easy payment plans may be discussed with the Registrar.

Ages 8-12. Monday – Thursday.  June 29 – July 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Join us as we work to improve upon the “details” for four wonderful weeks of learning and growth.  Daily classes in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe/pointe work (according to level), and classical ballet variations.  The schedule will also include further enrichment including classes such as yoga for dancers, nutrition & wellness, ballet theory & history, and dance inspired arts & crafts. Tuition for each week of class is $250 + $10 registration fee.

*Children ages 10 and up with advanced level training may consider auditioning for the 2-week program at The Nutmeg Ballet June 14-27.  Summer Session 1:  Pre-Professional Training Program June 28 – July 26 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Ages 6 – 8.  Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. July 1 – July 22. This weekly class takes the student through the study of classical ballet with concentration on technique, fundamental terminology, and artistry.  Tuition for 4 weeks of classes $80 + $10 registration fee.

Ages 4 – 6  Mondays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. June 29 – July 20.  This weekly class is an introduction to movement, rhythm, space, and dimensions through the teaching of fundamentals of locomotive motor skills and age-appropriate dance exercise.Tuition for 4 weeks of classes $80 + $10 registration fee.



January 6 -17  – TSOB reopens.   Final 2 weeks of Fall Semester

January 19 – Children’s Program (TSOB) Second Semester Begins

February 21 – Children’s (TSOB) Auditions Spring Performances Level 3/4/5/6

March 2-6 Production Week – IMPACT2015  Ray and Carole Neag Performing Arts Center at the Warner Theatre Box Office, 860-489-7280 or online at

March 6, 7 – IMPACT2015  Performances; Saturday, 8 P.M. & Sunday, 2 P.M.

April 14 – 20 – TSOB Closed SPRING Break


  • Wednesday & Thursday, 7 pm performances
  • Friday, 8 pm performance
  • Saturday, 3 pm performance

May 16 – 10:30 am, Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony and 3 pm performance

May 18 – 22 – Last Week of TSOB Classes; Open Observation All Classes

This calendar is subject to change without notice.

Pre-Ballet – 

  • Royal Blue – Capezio Style CC400C

Level 1/2 -

  • Burgundy – Capezio Style CC400C

Level 3 -

  • Black (Cap-sleeve or Princess-cut) Capezio Style CC400C or CC202C

Level 4/5/6

  • Black Capezio Princess Cut – Capezio Style CC202C

Level 7/8

  • Blue Gaynor Minden, Black Gaynor or Princess, Light Blue Mirella


TSOB at The Nutmeg

58 Main Street, Torrington, CT

ALL new students should contact TSOB at The Nutmeg to arrange a placement evaluation prior to registering.


  • Thursdays August 21 & 28  4-6 pm
  • Saturdays August 23 & 30 10-noon
  • Thursday, September 4 from 4-6 pm
  • Saturday, September 6 from 10-noon

or call 860.482.7375 or 482-4413

Easy payment options available

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Performangel 2013ance Opportunities

Through an audition process, students in Levels 2 through 7 have frequent opportunities to perform in Nutmeg Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, plus spring and summer repertoire performances.


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Founded in 1969 by Sharon E. Dante, the Torrington School of Ballet is committed to training young people in the art of classical ballet.  A special syllabus for Pre-Ballet has been developed for students ages 3-7.  An adaptation of the Vaganova Syllabus is used for all ballet training which begin slowly in levels one through three.  Every student, whether participating in an appreciation class or concentrated level, receives quality training in technique and eventually, pointe.  Students in levels 2-8 also qualify to audition for Nutcracker and Spring performances.

The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory is the home of The Torrington School of Ballet.
Sharon E. Dante, Founder/Executive Director                                                           Victoria Mazzarelli, Artistic Director

Susan Szabo

Torrington School of Ballet Director/Children’s Ballet Mistress


Joan Kunsch, Ballet Mistress/Choreographer * Tim Melady, Ballet Master * Cassie Sprance, Ballet/Repertoire*
Kate St.Amand, Modern/Choreographer * Andrea Meharg, Yoga Instructor * Lori Pagano, Special Projects

Mary Dante, Registrar 860.482.7375
Lisa Lopez, Children’s Program Administrator
Email:   860-482-4413


Susan SzaboSusan
TSOB Director

Trained originally by Sharon E. Dante and the Nutmeg Ballet faculty, Ms. Szabo danced with the Nutmeg Ballet from 1978 to 1982.  Prior to that she graduated from the Teacher’s Training Program of the Albano Ballet and continued to hone her teaching with extensive pedagogical training in the Vaganova Syllabus which she uses as the basis of the children’s training program.  She has overseen the children’s rehearsals and training programs at the Torrington School of Ballet for the past 31 years.  She remains a mainstay of The Nutmeg Ballet and is known for her extensive knowledge of the children’s syllabus.

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Weather related closings are decided by noon. We will make every attempt to contact you by email and post announcements to social media such as Facebook and Twitter orthe TSOB weather line 860.482-4413 x315.  Classes missed due to weather may be made up during the semester.

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