AD&M classes are now HYBRID
Now that Santa Barbara County has reopened, in-studio classes have resumed at full capacity. Classes marked HYBRID can be attended IN STUDIO or VIRTUALLY on Zoom. Classes marked VIRTUAL are still only available through Zoom. Masks are required for studio attendance for all students who are not fully vaccinated. Check this site periodically for updates.
Adult Ballet Classes at The Hub
The Dance Hub presents Hybrid and 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.
Now that Santa Barbara County has moved to the Yellow Tier, The Dance Hub is once again offering most of its classes in its studio while maintaining virtual access to all classes. You can find out how to attend a class in-studio here and virtually here.
Tuition Rates for AD&M Classes:
Please note that these rates apply to AD&M Classes only, both in-class and virtual. 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.
Adult Ballet Class Schedule at The Dance Hub
The Dance Hub offers the following adult ballet classes and courses from absolute beginning through advanced. NOTE: New class descriptions and schedule are in effect now!
If you are interested in attending a HYBRID class in studio, please email email@example.com.
For virtual attendance you’ll need a laptop, iPad or computer, and a space large enough for you to move your arms and legs safely. Ideally your full body image will be viewable through Zoom, however if only a partial view of your body is possible, this is okay. A makeshift ballet barre such as a chair or an ironing board is acceptable. To find out more, please see our virtual class page.
HYBRID Ballet Fitness & Fundamentals
Note new Tuesday time! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm — Carrie Diamond
Ballet Fitness & Fundamentals is an hour-long class open to adults of all ages and body types. Although not an absolute beginner class, it is appropriate for those with limited ballet experience or anyone wanting to resume ballet training after a long hiatus. This class offers basic barre and center work in which fundamentals are emphasized and exercises are deconstructed to insure safe and correct execution of basic ballet vocabulary. If you want to explore classical ballet, this class is for you.
HYBRID Beginning Ballet I
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm — Carrie Stein Hill
Beginning Ballet I is for students with a year or less of ballet training, or for those that may have studied ballet long ago and want to rekindle an old passion. Ballet fundamentals, including the use of turn-out, balance, and alignment, and body and arm positions will be the focus of this class. Students will gain improved posture and flexibility while learning the proper execution of basic vocabulary and steps. Our goal is to nurture and support the progress and safety of students with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment! If you are curious about ballet and always wanted to try it, you are welcome to join this class.
New Class! HYBRID Beginning Ballet II
Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm — Carrie Diamond
Beginning Ballet II is for students that have had a minimum of two solid years of ballet training, or jazz, modern dance, or contemporary training, even if it was a long time ago! More experienced dancers coming back to ballet will also benefit from this class. Due to the long, forced break we’ve all endured, we will start back slowly. Technical fundamentals at the barre and in center exercises will be developed and refined. New vocabulary, the directions of the body, adagio, port de bras, preparation for pirouettes, and traveling combinations will be introduced. If you would like to get back into ballet, get your body moving again and build your technique back, you are encouraged to join this group.
New Name, Same Class! HYBRID Intermediate Ballet I
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am — Carrie Diamond
Intermediate Ballet I is an Intermediate level class where you will continue to strengthen your fundamentals while developing musical and rhythmic awareness and expression. Body positions, directions in space, port de bras, footwork and legwork are emphasized, and new vocabulary, such as pirouettes, petite allegro and traveling combinations across the floor are introduced. Exercises to develop small and big jumps will push you into new areas of coordination and strength, while the experience of movement becomes more prevalent.
HYBRID Intermediate Ballet II
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am — Carrie Diamond
Intermediate Ballet II is for those students with at least five years of training interested in strengthening their technique and artistry. A Cecchetti barre is integral to this class to develop an awareness of the vertical center line of aplomb. Some set Cecchetti center exercises are given to build strength and balance, others to develop classical elements of movement such as epaulement, the use of opposition, ease of movement, and much more. Individual attention is given to each student to insure she/he/they become the dancer she/he/they are ultimately capable of becoming.
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. NOTE: This class is virtual only.
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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.
How do I sign up for a class?
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.