School Information: Curriculum, Schedule, Tuition, Dress Code

Southwest Ballet Theatre’s goal is to encourage learning in a positive, nurturing, and developmentally sound environment while building on the principles of ballet technique for students of all levels, recreational through pre-professional. The SWBT community promotes excellence, encourages personal responsibility, and emphasizes integrity.

Studio Addresses

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC): 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale (inside the Performing Arts Center)
Effusion: 3810 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 309, Goodyear

Primary Division

The Pre-Primary classes focus on creative movement and the magic of ballet. They provide a nurturing environment which fosters the child’s imagination; cultivates musicality, coordination, balance, strength, attention skills, and basic movement vocabulary; and develops early ballet technique.

The Primary levels are designed to introduce or continue the study of creative movement concepts and early ballet technique. Classes offer a nurturing environment and feature engaging music and movement exercises. Primary level students will develop the focus and listening skills needed to thrive in a classroom setting. The barre will not be utilized during this phase of development to aid the dancer in cultivating balance, strength, coordination, and proprioceptive skills.

Pre-primary for 3's

Must be 3 years old by September 1st
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Tuesday 5:00 – 5:45 PM
Ballet @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $60
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $16 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Pre-primary for 4's

Must be 4 years old by December 1st
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Tuesday 5:00 – 5:45 PM
Ballet @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $60
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $16 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Primary A (5 years old)

Must be 5 years old by December 1st
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Monday 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Beginner Tap & Jazz @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $110
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $18 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Primary B (6 years old)

Must be 6 years old by December 1st
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Monday 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Students will be placed into ONE of the following classes:
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Beginner Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Beginner/Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $110
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $18 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Primary C (ages 7+)

Must be 7 years old by December 1st
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

 

Schedule/Studio

Monday 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Friday 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Students will be placed into ONE of the following classes:
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Beginner Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Beginner/Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Intermediate Tap/Jazz @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $140
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $18 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Lower Division

The School of Southwest Ballet Theatre’s Lower Division builds upon the knowledge of the Primary Division and is a formal introduction to classical ballet technique. The Lower Division welcomes students aged 8+, including those with no prior dance experience. Students engage in ballet vocabulary, theory, and kinesthetic principles; learn to use their bodies correctly to prevent injury; and build strength, stamina, coordination, discipline, and grace. The Lower Division creates a strong foundation in classical ballet technique.

Level 1

Ages 8 and above
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Monday 6:15 – 7:45 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Wednesday 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Students will be placed into ONE of the following classes:
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Beginner Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Beginner/Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $170
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $18 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Level 2

Ages 9 and above; audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Monday 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Friday 6:15 – 7:45 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Students will be placed into ONE of the following classes:
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Beginner Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Beginner/Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $170
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $20 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Level 3

Ages 10 and above; audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Included in monthly tuition:
Monday 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Friday 6:15 – 7:45 PM
Ballet @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ballet + Pre Pointe @ EMCC
Students will be placed into ONE of the following classes:
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Intermediate Tap & Jazz @ EMCC
Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC

Students may also elect to take (additional fee required):
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Fee: $30 per month
Tuesday 7:45 – 8:30
Advanced Tap @ EMCC
Fee: $30 per month

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $230
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $20 (applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Upper Division

The School of Southwest Ballet Theatre’s Upper Division is for dancers who:

  • Exhibit a strong foundation in Classical Ballet technique
  • Choose to continue their study more than two days per week
  • Are aged 11+
  • Are placed into the Upper Division by audition or by the Artistic Director

Classes focus on building and refining technique, strength, flexibility, and artistry. Performance opportunities enhance the students’ artistic experiences and offer a deeper understanding of the beauty of ballet.

To prevent injury and promote success, the Artistic Director will consider the following elements to assess a student’s readiness for pointe:

  • Age (must be at least 11 years old)
  • Previous training (must have 3-4 years of formal ballet training)
  • Current training (recommended 3+ classes per week)
  • Physical development: strong feet, legs, back and torso
  • Proper placement and technique
  • Emotional and psychological maturity

Level 4

Ages 11 and above; audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Included in monthly tuition:
Monday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC
Wednesday 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Variations or Rehearsal @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC

Students may also elect to take (additional fee required):
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ Effusion
Fee: $45 per month
Tuesday 7:45 – 8:30
Advanced Tap @ EMCC
Fee: $30 per month

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $260
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $30 (includes pointe; applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Level 5

Ages 12 and above; audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Included in monthly tuition:
Monday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC
Wednesday 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Variations or Rehearsal @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC

Students may also elect to take (additional fee required):
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ Effusion
Fee: $45 per month
Tuesday 7:45 – 8:30
Advanced Tap @ EMCC
Fee: $30 per month

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $260
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $30 (includes pointe; applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Level 6

Audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Included in monthly tuition:
Monday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC
Wednesday 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Variations or Rehearsal @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC

Students may also elect to take (additional fee required):
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ Effusion
Fee: $45 per month
Tuesday 7:45 – 8:30
Advanced Tap @ EMCC
Fee: $30 per month

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $260
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $30 (includes pointe; applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Level 7

Audition required
Classes Run August 9, 2021 – May 27, 2022

Schedule/Studio

Included in monthly tuition:
Monday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballet @ Effusion
Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC
Wednesday 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Variations or Rehearsal @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ EMCC

Students may also elect to take (additional fee required):
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet + Pointe @ Effusion
Fee: $45 per month
Tuesday 7:45 – 8:30
Advanced Tap @ EMCC
Fee: $30 per month

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Monthly Tuition: $260
Registration Fee: $20
Trial Class: $30 (includes pointe; applied to tuition if dancer enrolls the same day)
Showcase: No fee (Dancers are required to participate in the Southwest Showcase at the end of the season)
Nutcracker: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)
Spring Performance: Fee TBD (Dancers are encouraged to audition)

Sibling Discount: 10% off lowest level of tuition for each additional sibling

Proration: Tuition is prorated in December and during a student’s join month.

Dress Code: click here
The dress code for leveled classes is strictly enforced. A dress code allows our dancers to develop the spirit of the corps de ballet. Corps de ballet is a French phrase for “body of the ballet” which refers to the ensemble of dancers moving in unison. This sense of unity begins in the classroom and continues on the stage.

 

Other Classes & Information

Adult and Teen Classes

Dress for comfort and bring your ballet slippers.

Schedule/Studio

Tuesday 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Intermediate Contemporary Jazz @ EMCC
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Beginner Ballet @ EMCC
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet @ EMCC

Class schedule subject to change based on enrollment.

Additional Information

Punchcard: $160 for 10 classes (expires 120 days from purchase)

 

Drop-In Classes

Some classes may be open for drop-in students. Contact us for availability.

45 minute class: $16
1 hour class: $18
1.5 hour class: $20
Pointe: $10
Private lessons: Contact artisticdirector@swbtballet.org for prices and scheduling.

ABT® National Training Curriculum

Southwest Ballet Theatre is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Primary through Level 5 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Tasha Stramecki, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

For more information, visit www.abt.org.