Classes

The School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet offers dance training for students of all ages in ballet, modern, lyrical jazz and tap, providing personal attention and training for students and professional dancers.

Graduates of the School have gone on to dance at prestigious colleges for dance, including Walnut Hill, Boston Conservatory and Indiana University, and dance with professional companies, such as the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Milwaukee Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and the Pennsylvania, Ohio, Portland, and Washington Ballets.

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Learn about Our Classes

Pre-Ballet

Ages 3 - 6

Creative movement encompassing stretching, motor coordination, music appreciation and rhythm.

Intro to Ballet

Ages 7+

The basics of the ballet barre are taught with development of center and diagonal floor work. Focusing on proper alignment and strength.

Ballet

Ages 8+

Each level builds on material learned in the previous level with more complex musicality, rhythm, and physical movements added as the student progresses.

Tap Dance

Ages 5+

Stylized American theatrical dance form using precise rhythmical foot patterns and movements and audible foot tapping.

Modern Dance

Ages 8+

Dance form based on fundamental ballet training and focusing on the modern dance techniques of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Lester Horton.

Adult

Ages 13+

These classes are designed especially for the teen or adult student who is new to the art of dance or refreshing a past knowledge.

Partnering

Ages 13+ or by Director Approval

Partnering class will teach the basics of partnered turns, lifts, jumps, and promenades.

Pointe

Ages 10+ On Teacher Approval

Pointe work requires strength, ankle flexibility and correct alignment. Students are recommended for pointe work on an individual basis at the discretion of the director and will begin in technique class.

45 minute Classes

Preballet 1-2, Intro To Ballet

Classes Per Week

Full year Quarterly

1

$407

$107

2

$813

$214

1 Hour Classes

Ballet 1-2, Pointe 1-3, Modern, Variations, Adult Ballet

Classes Per Week

Full year Quarterly

1

$464

$122

2

$912

$240

3

$1,338

$352

4

$1,748

$460

5

$2,090

$550

1.5 Hour Classes

Ballet 3, Pointe 4, Beginner Tap & Jazz

Classes Per Week

Full year Quarterly

1

$597

$157

2

$1,167

$307

3

$1,695

$446

4

$2,200

$579

5

$2,679

$705

6

$3,143

$827

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

A

B

Ballet 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Madeline Culpo
Pointe 3
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Madeline Culpo
Advanced ballet
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Christine Geren
Ballet 1
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
Ballet 3 w/pointe
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
-

A

B

Ballet 4 w/ Pointe
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst
Advanced Ballet
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst
Pointe/Variations
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst
Intro to Ballet
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Alicia Hornicek
Modern 1 & 2
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
-

A

B

Ballet 5/6
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
Pointe 2
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
-
Ballet 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Kerry Piaggione
Ballet 4
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Kerry Piaggione
-

A

B

Pointe 1
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Madeline Culpo
Pointe 4
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Madeline Culpo
-
Ballet 2
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
Ballet 4 w/ Pointe
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
-

A

B

Modern 4
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Lisa Iannacito McBride
Advanced Ballet
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Lisa Iannacito McBride
-
Preballet 2
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Olivia Moran
Modern 3
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Olivia Moran
Tap (Ages 8 - 12)
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Olivia Moran

A

B

Ballet 3 w/ Pointe
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Madeline Culpo
Ballet 4/5
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Madeline Culpo
Ballet 5/6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ruslan Sprague
Ballet 2
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Alicia Hornicek
Ballet 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Alicia Hornicek
Preballet (Ages 3-5)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Alicia Hornicek

Monday

A

Ballet 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Madeline Culpo
Pointe 3
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Madeline Culpo
Advanced ballet
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Christine Geren

B

Ballet 1
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
Ballet 3 w/pointe
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
-

Tuesday

A

Ballet 4 w/ Pointe
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst
Advanced Ballet
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst
Pointe/Variations
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Deirdre Duffin-Swindlehurst

B

Intro to Ballet
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Alicia Hornicek
Modern 1 & 2
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
-

Wednesday

A

Ballet 5/6
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
Pointe 2
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Alicia Hornicek
-

B

Ballet 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Kerry Piaggione
Ballet 4
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Kerry Piaggione
-

Thursday

A

Pointe 1
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Madeline Culpo
Pointe 4
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Madeline Culpo
-

B

Ballet 2
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
Ballet 4 w/ Pointe
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Nancy Ropelewski King
-

Friday

A

Modern 4
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Lisa Iannacito McBride
Advanced Ballet
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Lisa Iannacito McBride
-

B

Preballet 2
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Olivia Moran
Modern 3
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Olivia Moran
Tap (Ages 8 - 12)
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Olivia Moran

Saturday

A

Ballet 3 w/ Pointe
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Madeline Culpo
Ballet 4/5
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Madeline Culpo
Ballet 5/6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ruslan Sprague

B

Ballet 2
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Alicia Hornicek
Ballet 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Alicia Hornicek
Preballet (Ages 3-5)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Alicia Hornicek

Hours

Our office is open every class day; see the schedule for specific days and times. If you need to visit us at another time, please contact the School Administrator by email or at 518-426-0660.

Students must be picked up immediately following the end of class.

Notices

Notices will be posted at the studio as well as emailed to our families. Please check to make sure your email is on file as this will be our main form of communication.

Closings

If the school closes due to inclement weather an email will be sent out. You can also check your local radio or televisions stations for further information.

Hours

Our office is open every class day; see the schedule for specific days and times. If you need to visit us at another time, please contact the School Administrator by email or at 518-426-0660.

Students must be picked up immediately following the end of class.

Notices

Notices will be posted at the studio as well as emailed to our families. Please check to make sure your email is on file as this will be our main form of communication.

Fees

Our annual recital takes place on June 6, 2021 (tentative). Although it is not mandatory, we encourage participation as it is a rewarding experience and builds confidence. Costume Fees are due on Nov 1st. Any students who drops before January 1st will be given a refund. After that time, we are unable to refund any costume fees.

  • Child XS, S, M, L:  $50
  • Child M, L: $55
  • Child XL, Adult S, M, L:  $65
  • Adult XL:  $70

Dress Code

We strive to maintain a professional atmosphere for our students, therefore our dress code will be enforced at all levels and styles. All girls wear pink or white tights and white ballet slippers for ballet. Hair must be worn in a bun, no bangs. Members of the Academy and Jr. Company program have required leotards for repertory classes.

Pre Ballet and Intro
Pink Leotard with Cap/Short Sleeves (No skirts attached)
Ballet 1 & 2
Light Blue Leotard with Cap/Short Sleeves
Ballet 3
Navy Blue Leotard
Ballet 4
Black Leotard
Boys
Black Pants/Tights, Black Shoes, White T-shirt
Modern
Leotard, Footless Tights
Jazz, Broadway
Dance Leotard, Tights or Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop
Comfortable Clothing, Jazz or Dance Sneakers
Tap
Leotard, Tights, Tap Shoes
Pilates
Fitted Clothing
Skirts
Allowed the first week of each month

Dress Code

We strive to maintain a professional atmosphere for our students, therefore our dress code will be enforced at all levels and styles. All girls wear pink or white tights and white ballet slippers for ballet. Hair must be worn in a bun, no bangs. Members of the Academy and Jr. Company program have required leotards for repertory classes.

Pre Ballet and Intro
Pink Leotard with Cap/Short Sleeves (No skirts attached)
Ballet 1 & 2
Light Blue Leotard with Cap/Short Sleeves
Ballet 3
Navy Blue Leotard
Ballet 4
Black Leotard
Boys
Black Pants/Tights, Black Shoes, White T-shirt
Modern
Leotard, Footless Tights
Jazz, Broadway
Dance Leotard, Tights or Jazz Pants, Black Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop
Comfortable Clothing, Jazz or Dance Sneakers
Tap
Leotard, Tights, Tap Shoes
Pilates
Fitted Clothing
Skirts
Allowed the first week of each month