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

Spring Semester:  February 6 – June 5
Summer Session:  July 9 – August 24
Students may join most of our dance classes in session with 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: Alyson Anderson 
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.

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! 

APR 24-JUN 12  |  Tuesdays, 1-1:30pm  |  $71  |  Register


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!

APR 25- JUN 13  | Wednesdays, 1-1:45pm  |  $104  |  Register

FEB 9-JUN 15  |  Fridays, 5-5:45pm | $208  |  Register  



Teaching Artists:Jane Caputo (Wednesday) and 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 2.9-4  |  
FEB 7-JUN 20  |  Wednesdays, 4:45-5:15pm   |  Register
FEB 10-JUN 9  |  Saturdays, 11-11:30am   |  Register

Falmouth  |  Ages 3-5
FEB 5-JUN 11  |  Mondays, 4:15-4:45pm   |  Register
FEB 10-JUN 16  |  Saturdays, 9-9:30am   |  Register  

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.

Ages 3-5  |  FEB 6-JUN 19  |  Tuesdays, 3:45-4:30pm   |  Register
Ages 5-7  |  MARCH 3-JUN 9  |  Saturdays, 11:30-12:15pm   |  Register

Ages 5-7  |  FEB 5-JUN 11  |  Mondays, 4:45-5:15pm   |  Register

Ballet 1

Teaching Artists: Jane Caputo (Tuesday) and Alyson Anderson (Monday & Saturday)
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. 

Ages 6-8  |  FEB 6-JUN 19  |  Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15pm   |  Register
Ages 9-18 (Ballet 1/2)  |  FEB 10-JUN 9  |  Saturdays, 12:15-1pm   |  Register

Ages 7-11  |  FEB 5-JUN 11  |  Mondays, 5:30-6:15pm   |  Register

Ballet 2

Teaching Artist: Jane Caputo (Tuesdays) and Alyson Anderson (Saturday)
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.
Ages 8-10  |  FEB 6-JUN 19  |  Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm   |  Register


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  |  FEB 5-JUN 18  |  Mondays, 6:15-7pm  |  Register

Barnstable*  |  Ages 13+
FEB 7-JUN 20  |   Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm  |  Register
FEB 9-JUN 22  |  Fridays, 4:15-5:15pm  |  Register

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.

FEB 6-JUN 19 |  Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45pm 
FEB 9-JUN 22  |  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  |  FEB 7-JUN 20  |  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  |  FEB 7-JUN 20  |  Fridays, 5:15-6:15pm 
Falmouth  |  FEB 7-JUN 20  |  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  |  FEB 5-JUN 11  |  Mondays, 7-7:30pm  |  Register

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