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Mission

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 level 2-6 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/Artistic Director
  • Susan Szabo, The Torrington School of Ballet Director
  • Mary Dante, Registrar

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2014 Spring Session

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: $600.00

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

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: $600.00

Level 3: Ages 8-9

  • Thursday: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and/or Saturday: 9:15 To 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuition-1 or 2 classes: $600.00/$1,200.00
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.

Two Day Concentrated Training Program: 

Level 4/5: Ages 8-12

  • Tuesday: 4:45 To 6:15 p.m. and Saturday: 11:00 to 12:15 p.m.
  • One Class: $825.00
  • Tuition: $1,700.00

Three Day Concentrated Training Program:

 Level 6/7/8: Ages 9-13

  • 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
  • Tuition: $2,400.00 Includes Pointe

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.

 January 20 TSOB spring semester begins

February 22 TSOB AUDITIONS spring performance (levels 3/4/5/6/7)

April 14- 20  TSOB on Spring Break!  (NO classes or rehearsals during this time.)

May 14-17 Graduation Performances (W&Th 7pm, Friday 8pm, Sat 3pm)

May 19-24 ’ Observation ALL classes

Pre-Ballet – Tuesday 3:45 pm, Saturday 9:00 am

  • Royal Blue – Capezio Style CC400C

Level 1/2 – Wednesday 3:45 pm, Saturday 10:00 am

  • Burgundy – Capezio Style CC400C

Level 3 – Thursday 3:45 pm, Saturday 10:15 am

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

Level 4/5 – Thursday 4:45 pm, Saturday 11:00 am

  • Black Capezio Princess Cut – Capezio Style CC202C

Level 6/7/8 –  Wednesday & Thursday @ 4:45 pm, Saturday at 11:00 am

  • Black and Garnet Capezio Princess Cut – Capezio Style CC202C

 NEW STUDENTS


Visit The Nutmeg Ballet to register for the 2014 summer term.
58 Main Street, Torrington, CT

Registration:  Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon
or call 860.482.7375

Easy payment options available

Children’s Summer Arts Workshop at The Nutmeg
June 30th – July 24th

Ages 8-13

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Daily classes in classical ballet technique based on the Vaganova syllabus, pointe/pre-pointe and variations.  The schedule includes yoga, Zumba, ballet theory & history, hair & makeup, nutrition for dancers, arts & crafts, and observation of partnering and advanced repertoire.

Ages 6-8

Wednesdays 9:00 am to 10 am
The weekly class takes 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 advanced technique.

Ages 4-6

Mondays 9:00 am to 10 am
The weekly class is an introduction to movement, rhythm, space and shape through the teaching of fundamentals of locomotive motor skills and dance exercises appropriate for their ages. Class consists of floor work, basic posture rules at the ballet barre and the study of mime excerpts from classical ballets.

SUMMER ARTS WORKSHOP Online Registration Registration Form TSOB Policies

Performance 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. Nutcracker Auditions

Susan Szabo
TSOB Director

SusanTrained 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.

 

 

 

 

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS:
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.