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

2018/19 SEASON

performance:  moonlight sonata (in the 21st century)
Sunday, June 23, 2019  |  2 PM

Arts center, cape cod community college


Summer ballet - click here!




fall classes:

Mommy and Me Go to Ballet

Ages 18-36 months
Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo (Barnstable) and Meg Johnson  (Falmouth)
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  |  Saturdays, 11:15-11:45am  
Falmouth  |  Saturdays, 9-9:30am  


Creative Movement

Ages 2.9-5
Teaching Artist: Alyson Anderson (Barnstable) and Meg Johnson (Falmouth)
Pop, rock, hip-hop and Disney soundtracks set the beat for this energizing class.  Get your wiggles out! 

Barnstable  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  
Falmouth  |  Thursdays, 1-1:30pm  



Ages 3-5
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  |  Wednesdays, 1-1:45pm


Ages 2.9-4
Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Barnstable), Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth)
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.

Saturdays, 9:30-10am 
Saturdays, 10:45-11:15am 

Mondays, 3:45-4:15pm 

Elementary Ballet

Ages 4-7
Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Barnstable), Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth / Mondays), Meg Johnson (Falmouth / Saturdays)
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  |  Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15pm 

Falmouth  |  Mondays & Saturdays
Mondays, 4:15-5pm 
Saturdays, 9:30-10:15am

Ballet 1

Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Tuesday) and Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth)
Based in the Vaganova Method, this level focuses on placement, posture, and poise. Students will develop a sense of teamwork 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  |  Saturdays, 10-10:45am 
Falmouth  |  Ages 7-10  |  Mondays, 5-5:45pm  

Ballet 2

Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo (Tuesdays) and Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth)
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  |  Ages 8-10  |  Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm
Falmouth  |  Ages 8-13  |  Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm  


Ballet 3/4 (Pointe 1)

Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo (Barnstable) and Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth)
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.

Barnstable  | Wednesdays & Fridays
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm 
Fridays, 4:15-5:15pm 

Falmouth  | Thursdays, 5:30-6:45  


Ballet 5/6 (Pointe 2)

Ages 13+
Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo (Barnstable) and Lindsay Caputo (Falmouth)
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 performing.*
*At this level, two technique classes per week are required. Three technique classes are strongly recommended.
Barnstable  |  Tuesdays & Fridays 
Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45pm   
Fridays, 6:15-7:45pm

Falmouth  |  Mondays, 5:45-7pm 



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  |  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm  


Ballet Repertoire

By Audition
Barnstable Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo
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  |  Fridays, 5:15-6:15pm

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