The Virtual Dance Hub
All AD&M Classes are Now Virtual! See our Schedule.
In compliance with the orders from Governor Newsom and the Santa Barbara City Council, in-person classes at The Dance Hub have been suspended. We will do our best to keep our Dance Hub community strong with virtual classes with chats before and after each class.
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Adult Ballet Classes at The Hub
The Dance Hub presents its new Schedule of Virtual Adult Ballet Classes
At The Dance Hub, we are dedicated to providing ballet technique classes for all, including non-professional and post professional adults, as well as for children and youth. Ballet, when taught carefully, especially with respect to the needs of the adult dancer, is a gateway to a healthy, youthful body and mind, and supports proficiency in other dance forms. The Dance Hub is pleased to offer adult classes that range from the absolute beginner through professional levels. With a rigorous approach, our ballet classes promote the enjoyment of dance, personal expression, and a love for the discipline. Our safe practices ensure the ability to partake in dance throughout one’s entire life.
Currently, The Dance Hub is closed to studio classes, but we are offering a wide range of virtual classes via ZOOM. Get started with Virtual Classes here.
Tuition Rates for AD&M Classes:
Please note that these rates apply to AD&M Classes only. They may not apply to Affiliate and Rental Classes. Also please note that AD&M Courses, Workshops, and Intensives have their own special rates.
- Single class: $20.00
- FIVE (5) class series: $80.00 ($16/class)
- TEN (10) class series: $150.00 ($15/class)
- TWENTY (20) class series: $280.00 ($14/class)
NOTE: A series is valid for three (3) months from date of purchase.
Checks should be made payable to American Dance & Music (AD&M). Credit Cards accepted.
VIRTUAL Adult Ballet Class Schedule at The Dance Hub
The Dance Hub offers the following adult ballet classes and courses from absolute beginning through advanced:
Virtual Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner
Price: $120 – $300 for the four-class course
Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner is a multi-class course for women and men of all ages who are serious about starting ballet. In this introduction, exercises will be clearly presented and explained with a focus on form, alignment, posture, and musical awareness. The course begins with basic mobility and stretching exercises to prepare you to learn the fundamentals of ballet safely and thoroughly.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, we are pleased to offer this course in VIRTUAL format. To ensure that you get the attention you need to begin your journey into ballet, we offer the course as a series of four private or semi-private sessions. These sessions can be booked at a variety of convenient times and you can reserve a course for up to two of your friends or family members. For more information or to sign up for a course, click here.
VIRTUAL Ballet Fitness & Fundamentals
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm — Carrie Diamond
Ballet Fitness & Fundamentals is open to adults of all ages and body types with limited ballet experience as well as those wanting to get back to ballet class. This one-hour modified class consisting of basic barre and center work is appropriate for you if you wish to feel better in your body, get in better shape, or bring ballet back into your life. Great for posture, flexibility, and strength. This is a good option for those who have completed the Adult Absolute Beginner Course. Please email email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
VIRTUAL Beginning Ballet for Teens and Adults
Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm — Carrie Diamond
In this basic level class, technical elements will be clearly broken down to insure optimal learning and performance of in-class combinations. This class focuses on expanding your ballet vocabulary and increasing your technical capabilities. Students will develop greater musical and artistic awareness. This is the best next class for students who have finished the Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner course.
VIRTUAL Beginning Intermediate Ballet and Pointe
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am, Point 11:30-12:00 — Carrie Diamond
Students in this class should have a solid elementary background. You will strengthen your fundamentals and expand your repertoire to include challenging new steps, including pirouettes and petite allegro. The class ends with a half-hour of beginning pointe. Participation in the pointe class requires approval by the teacher.
VIRTUAL Intermediate Ballet I
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm — Carrie Diamond
This is a full intermediate level class for serious students interested in strengthening their technique and artistry. Focused attention for each student will address not only technical issues but also any unproductive habits that might hinder the students’ progress. The same barre and center are given for a two-week period so that students can refine their performance of in-class combinations.
VIRTUAL Intermediate Ballet II
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am — Carrie Diamond
Intermediate Ballet II continues the work of Intermediate Ballet I, utilizing the same barre and center with some variations.
VIRTUAL Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Mondays, 10:00-11:30am — Susan Manchak
In this class, students will explore and refine the lines, movement and style within the classical form, encouraging each dancer’s musical awareness and individual expression. It is recommended for the adult dancer of any age who has reached at least an intermediate level of proficiency in ballet.
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More Information about Adult Ballet Classes at The Dance Hub
Why should I learn ballet?
As we mentioned above, ballet at The Dance Hub is a gateway to a healthy, youthful body and mind as well as proficiency in other dance forms. We further believe that striving to achieve mastery of a discipline such as ballet is a joy and reward in itself, regardless of one’s aspirations to perform. You can enjoy learning and dancing ballet no matter what your body type or experience.
How is ballet taught at The Dance Hub?
Ballet is taught from the inside out. Rather than trying to emulate shapes, which can put a strain on your body, you’ll learn the fundamentals of placement and posture and the strengthening of core muscles that will prevent injury and help you progress faster. You will feel better in your everyday life, too.
I have never danced before. Can I still study ballet?
Yes! The Dance Hub offers a beginner course called Ballet for the Absolute Adult Beginner which will teach you the fundamentals you need to know to be able to benefit from a regular beginner ballet course. Carrie Diamond will do everything she can to assure your success in that course.
I have injuries/health issues. Will I still be able to study ballet at The Dance Hub?
Providing that you have not been medically advised against strenuous exercise, and you have the desire to work and learn, you should be able to take ballet classes at The Dance Hub. The beginner classes are especially designed to be lower impact to minimize injuries as you build up muscle strength. Carrie Diamond was an avid student in her anatomy classes and has personal experience recovering from injury and working with the physical issues of adult dancers! Moreover, The Dance Hub offers additional movement classes that help you maintain an extra healthy body while taking ballet, including Ruth Alpert‘s Foam Roller Restorative class and Ken Gilbert’s Pilates for Dancers.
Is there a connection between ballet and yoga?
Well, no. But, interestingly Carrie Diamond studied with Margaret Craske, a pupil and disciple of Enrico Cechetti, who went to India to follow Meher Baba. We believe that her spiritual development impacted her method of teaching ballet from the inside out—the technique growing out from the dancer’s core, both physical and metaphysical, emphasizing feeling of ease rather than the imitation of unattainable shapes. Carrie feels that this approach builds technique safely to support each student’s unique physical attributes, limitations, and artistry. Further, it helped her overcome physical issues and misconceptions about ballet technique caused by imitative learning.
What class should I go to?
We can help you find the class that’s right for you. Please give us a call at (805) 450-7535 or fill out this form and we will get back to you.
Do you offer ballet classes for kids?
We have suspended all kids classes during the COVID-19 lockdown. We look forward to resuming them when it is deemed safe to do so. You can find out more about our offerings here.