Ballet is the foundation for nearly every style of dance. Having a background in ballet prepares students for success in many dance genres and other sports. It emphasizes strength and coordination, proper body alignment which prevents injuries, as well as the importance of musicality, timing and grace. Enrolling in a Ballet Class allows students to work together in the class setting, promotes the quality of respect for others and instills in the student confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
About the Director Krista Pagan has been teaching Ballet for 19 years. She opened Nevada City Ballet Academy in the summer of 2005 with the goal of having a studio that is committed to providing careful, correct ballet training to her students. In a safe, non-competitive and comfortable atmosphere, she is able to pass on her love of ballet in a gentle and caring manner. She believes each student deserves encouragement and respect as they discover their own strengths and develop into strong, beautiful and confident dancers. With small class sizes, she is able to give the needed personal attention and corrections to each of her students, allowing them to progress as individual dancers.
Classes All classes at NCBA consist of barre and centre work, across the floor combinations, and choreography. Proper technique, flexibility and strength are emphasized. Students will also learn ballet terminology, correct body placement, and expressive movement. Respect for others and appreciation of Ballet as an art form, as well as class etiquette are also taught and expected. A dress code is enforced, which promotes this value of respect in the classroom. Small class size allows for personal attention to be given to each dancer, and their progress to be monitored. Careful corrections are given to students individually, allowing them to reach their full potential as dancers. See the class description on the back for more information about individual classes.
Location Nevada City Ballet Academy is located within walking distance from Nevada City Schools and a Nevada Union High School bus stop, making it easy for students to come to classes straight from school, which is ideal for working parents. With plenty of parking and a waiting area for parents and siblings, we are an in an ideal location for families.
Observers Parents and other observers are always welcome to come and watch classes in the waiting area. Potential students are offered a free trial class. You may call ahead of time to schedule your free trial, or simply drop by.
Performances Students will be given opportunities to perform throughout the year. We will hold an annual studio recital in June, showcasing what the dancers have learned throughout the year.
Dress Code for All Levels Girls: Black Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Hair Secured in a bun. A skirt in a specified color for each level should be worn. Close fitting warmers in pink or black to layer over dancewear are permitted for the beginning of class. Boys: White shirt, Black leggings, Black Ballet shoes