Ballet at the Conservatory

Artistic Director Jane E. Caputo

The Conservatory offers a full suite of ballet classes and private instruction for all ages and skill levels year-round at the Falmouth and Barnstable campuses. Under Jane Caputo’s inspired leadership, the Conservatory’s Ballet Program has grown in size and stature. The bar is set high for young dancers to continually develop and excel; the instruction is always nurturing and encouraging. 

Students are taught classical ballet with emphasis on technique, placement, posture, execution, musicality, ballet vocabulary (French), poise, grace, elegance, and joy. The teaching method is Vaganova-based with influences from the Royal Ballet School and the Cecchetti Method. Advanced students benefit from the Balanchine Method.

Performing is the ultimate goal and reward for students in Technique classes. In Repertoire class, they use the skills learned in technique classes to master and execute steps and phrases in story ballets such as Dances in a Secret Garden, The Nutcracker, Au Marché Français, and Legend of the Witch, Moll Dyer.

Through ballet, students develop teamwork, cooperation, professional courtesy, discipline, and poise – qualities that will remain with them throughout their lives.

“My mission is to encourage and enhance the joy we experience through movement and dance. There is nothing as stunning as a young dancer’s artistic journey.” --Jane E. Caputo, Artistic Director


2017/18 SEASON

Fall Semester:  September 12 – January 26
Spring Semester:  February 6 – June 5
As our fall semester is underway, students may join nearly all of our dance classes in session at
pro-rated tuition. Call our registrars for details: Barnstable (508-362-2772) and Falmouth (508-540-0611).

 

Mommy and Me Go to Ballet

Ages 18-36 months
Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Fridays) and Alyson Anderson (Saturdays)
A fun class for toddlers and their caregivers! Students will learn how plié, chassé, and turn. Students should bring a favorite soft stuffed animal to use as a ballet buddy.
Barnstable  |  NOV 17-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 3:45-4:15pm  |  $89  |  Register
Barnstable Saturday Session  |  NOV 11-JAN 20  |  Saturdays, 10:30-11am  |  $89  |  Register

2018 SPRING  |  Barnstable Saturday Session  |  FEB 10-APR 7  |  Saturdays, 10:30-11am  |  $89  |  Register
2018 SPRING  |  Barnstable Saturday Session  |  APR 28-JUN 16  |  Saturdays, 10:30-11am  |  $89  |  Register


 

Creative Movement

Ages 2.9-5
Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
Pop, rock, hip-hop and Disney soundtracks set the beat for this energizing class.  Get your wiggles out!
Barnstable  |  NOV 14-JAN 9  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  |  $71  |  Register

2018 SPRING  |  Barnstable  |  FEB 6-APR 10  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  |  $71  |  Register
2018 SPRING  |  Barnstable  |  APR 24-JUN 12  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  |  $71  |  Register



Hip-Hop/Jazz

Ages 3-5 (Barnstable)  |  All Ages (Falmouth)
Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
A high-energy introduction to hip-hop & jazz technique, including breakdancing, body isolations, freestyle, beginning acrobatics and more. We’ll learn hip-hop/jazz terminology, how to count music and find the beat, and we’ll choreograph a dance. Most of all, we’ll have fun and dance!
Barnstable  |  NOV 15-JAN 17  | Wednesdays, 1-1:45pm  |  $104  |  Register
Falmouth  |  SEP 15-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 5-5:45pm  |  Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508-540-0611 
 

 


Pre-Ballet

Teaching Artists: Alyson Anderson (Monday & Saturday)
This Leap N Learn program is a great starting place for young dancers’ to “leap” into a full suite of technique classes at the Conservatory. Students learn basic French ballet vocabulary, stretching, creativity and musicality while having fun in a safe, nurturing environment. Pre-Ballet attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  Ages 2.9-3  |  SEP 16-JAN 20  |  Saturdays, 11-11:30am  |  Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508.362.2772
Falmouth  |  Ages 3-5  |  SEP 16-JAN 20  |  Saturdays, 9-9:30am  |  Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508.540.0611
 



Elementary Ballet

Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Tuesday) and Alyson Anderson (Monday & Saturday)
Young dancers gain knowledge of French ballet terms while continuing safe stretching, and engaging in creative music and movement. Students are prepared for the continuation of the Conservatory’s full suite of technique classes and the opportunity for Repertoire II. Elementary Ballet attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  Ages 3.9-5  |  SEP 12-JAN 2  |  Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm  
Barnstable  |  Ages 5-7  |  SEP 16-JAN 20  |  Saturdays, 11:30am-12:15pm  

Falmouth  |  Ages 5-7  |  SEP 11-JAN 22  |  Mondays, 4:45-5:30pm 


Ballet 1

Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Falmouth Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
Based in the Vaganova Method, this level focuses on placement, posture, and poise. Students will develop a sense of team work as they learn barre, centre combinations and phrasing. Students will be evaluated for Repertoire II. Attire: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. 
Barnstable  |  Ages 6-8  |  SEP 12-JAN 2  |  Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15pm 
Falmouth  |  Ages 7-11  |  SEP 11-JAN 22  |  Mondays, 5:30-6:15pm  |   Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508.540.0611
 


Ballet 2

Ages 8-10
Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students will expand on their technique and ballet vocabulary while increasing strength. Students will be evaluated for Repertoire 1 or 2. *
*Two technique classes per week are strongly recommended. Attire: white leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Barnstable  |  SEP 12-JAN 2  |  Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm 

 
 

Ballet 3/4 (Pointe 1)

Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Falmouth Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
Students learn beginning Pointe, strength, speed, vocabulary and more advanced techniques.
*For students at our Barnstable campus, both the Wednesday & Friday classes are required; an additional technique class per week is recommended.
Falmouth  |  Ages 11-14  |  SEP 18-JAN 22  |  Mondays, 6:15-7pm  |  Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508.540.0611
Barnstable*  |  Ages 13+  |  SEP 13-JAN 10  |   Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm 
Barnstable*  |  Ages 13+  |  SEP 15-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 4:15-5:15pm 


Ballet 5/6 (Pointe 2)

Ages 13+
Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students continue in pointe, developing strength, speed, and flexibility. Students will learn emphasis on artistry, phrasing, choreography, corps de ballet and soloist variations for repertoire and performance.*
*At this level, two technique classes per week are required. Three technique classes are strongly recommended.
Barnstable  |  SEP 12-JAN 2  |  Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45pm 
Barnstable  |  SEP 15-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 6:15-7:45pm 

 

 

Ballet Variations (5/6)

Ages 13+
Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Students will refine their pointe technique. They will build strength and artistry while learning new skills and classical variations.  Students will perform solos or demi solos such as "Giselle," "Carmen," "La Esmeralda," "Paquita" and "Sugar Plum Fairy" as well as new choreography from the Artistic Director.
*Two other technique classes per week are mandatory for this class.
Barnstable  |  SEP 13-JAN 10  |  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm 

 


 
 

Ballet Repertoire

By Audition
Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
Falmouth Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
Students of different levels will work together to learn, rehearse and perform full-length ballets. Students will have the opportunity to work with professional ballet dancers and be part of the Conservatory's performance troupe.*
*Requires  enrollment in technique classes (levels 3/4 & up) and the instructor’s invitation to join
*Attire is the student’s regular class level attire
Barnstable  |  SEP 15-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 5:15-6:15pm  
Falmouth  |  SEP 15-JAN 26  |  Fridays, 4:15-5pm 



Contemporary Dance for Pre-Teens and Teens

Ages 11-14
Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson
Contemporary dance encompasses three techniques: modern, jazz and ballet. Students will engage their technique, emotion, and artistry. They will gain confidence, strength, and encouragement for their love of the art of movement. This class will start with a floor warm-up, core exercises and stretching, then will progress to across the floors and will finish with choreography. Students will learn a dance that will be shared the last week of classes.
Falmouth  |  SEP 18-JAN 22  |  Mondays, 7-7:30pm  |   Register with pro-rated tuition; call 508.540.0611
 


Boys dance attire: Black dance pants (straight legged), white short-sleeved T-shirt (crew neck), white socks, and black ballet slippers.