Why Choose SWBT?

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.

Faculty

All faculty have professional dance experience, are certified in a dance-specific curriculum, and/or are university trained. Click here to read more about our faculty.

Classes

Classical ballet classes based on the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum
Comprehensive training with a diversity of classes, including classically-based jazz, tap, and contemporary
Individualized evaluations to foster each dancer’s progress
– Utilization of other principles of body conditioning—Yoga, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Stretch—giving the dancer resources to strengthen, enhance, and condition, in order to prevent injury and maintain optimal health and wellness

Performances

No expensive recital fees or costume fees
Two classical ballets per season (previously performed: The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, and Coppelia)
– Additional fully staged program showcasing class work
– Contemporary to classical ballets and original works give dancers experience which prepares them for the professional stage

Facility

– State-of-the-art performing arts facility
– Professional sprung dance floors ensuring safety and injury prevention
– Beautiful studio for classes/rehearsals that enhance learning and focus

Culture

– Each SWBT student is valued and nurtured within a community that promotes excellence, encourages personal responsibility, and emphasizes integrity
– All dancers, from beginner to expert, young and old, recreational or professional, are encouraged to be a part of the SWBT community

Faculty

All faculty have professional dance experience, are certified in a dance-specific curriculum, and/or are university trained. Click here to read more about our faculty.

Classes

Classical ballet classes based on the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum
Comprehensive training with a diversity of classes, including classically-based jazz, tap, and contemporary
Individualized evaluations to foster each dancer’s progress
– Utilization of other principles of body conditioning—Yoga, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Stretch—giving the dancer resources to strengthen, enhance, and condition, in order to prevent injury and maintain optimal health and wellness

Performances

No expensive recital fees or costume fees
Two classical ballets per season (previously performed: The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, and Coppelia)
– Additional fully staged program showcasing class work
– Contemporary to classical ballets and original works give dancers experience which prepares them for the professional stage

Facility

– State-of-the-art performing arts facility
– Professional sprung dance floors ensuring safety and injury prevention
– Beautiful studio for classes/rehearsals that enhance learning and focus

Culture

– Each SWBT student is valued and nurtured within a community that promotes excellence, encourages personal responsibility, and emphasizes integrity
– All dancers, from beginner to expert, young and old, recreational or professional, are encouraged to be a part of the SWBT community

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.