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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, chats before and after each class, and a community bulletin board.

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Adult Ballet Classes at The Hub

The Dance Hub presents its new Winter Schedule of 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. In all ballet classes, we 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.

We are also sensitive to the needs of our students and revamp our course descriptions and scheduling periodically. Below is our revamped course schedule as of December 1, 2019.

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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.

Adult Ballet Class Schedule at The Dance Hub

The Dance Hub offers the following adult ballet classes and courses in order of difficulty:

  • Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner

    The next session begins January 8, 2020! Sign up for it here or sign up for information here.

    Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner is a multi-class course for women and men of all ages. You will learn to prepare your mind and body to best receive the fundamentals of ballet. Exercises will be clearly explained and demonstrated with a focus on form, alignment, posture, and musical awareness.
    Price: $100 for the four-class course

    Contact us for more information here

  • Ballet Fitness & Fundamentals

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm — Carrie Diamond

    Ballet Fitness and Fundamentals is open to adults of all ages with limited or no previous ballet experience. This one hour class will provide a safe introduction to ballet for all body types and attention to the individual needs of each student. Whether your goal is to feel better in your body, to be in better shape, or to follow a dream, you will gain strength, flexibility, and grace. We will warm up, work on posture and alignment, and spend time at the barre and in the center learning basic ballet technique and vocabulary. The class will end with simple traveling exercises and a short cool down. The only prerequisite is a desire to have fun while expanding the potential of your body through the principles of ballet.

  • Beginning Ballet for Teens and Adults

    Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm — Carrie Diamond

    In this basic level class, technical elements will be clearly broken down to insure optimal learning and execution. With a focus on efficient alignment and placement, students will gain better posture and movement mobility. Musical awareness and artistic precepts are firmly established in the work.

  • Beginning Ballet I for Adults

    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm — Carrie Diamond

    This class is for students that have recently completed an Absolute Beginner Ballet Course at The Dance Hub, or for anyone with some previous ballet experience or dance background. Students can expect clear explanations of fundamentals and individual attention to ensure progress. Conditioning exercises, basic barre, center work, and traveling steps make up this fun and rigorous class.

  • Beginning Ballet II for Adults

    Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am — Carrie Diamond

    Students in this invigorating class should have familiarity with elementary ballet barre and center work. You will strengthen your fundamentals and expand your repertoire to include new steps, pirouettes, and Allegro. This class features live piano accompaniment by The Dance Hub music director Eric Valinsky.

  • Intermediate Ballet

    Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am — Carrie Diamond

    This class is for the adult of any age interested in developing her/his skill level in a nurturing and focused atmosphere. In this well-rounded class, detailed attention is given to each student to facilitate efficient placement, expressiveness, musical awareness and technical proficiency. Some prior ballet experience is recommended.

  • 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 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, Stephanie Miracle’s Klein™ Technique, 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 dancers core, both physical and metaphysical, emphasizing feeling, ease, and strength rather than the imitation of unattainable shapes. Carrie found that this approach made her a stronger and more expressive dancer and 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?

Yes. See this page.