Reaching Heart School of Ballet
Reaching Heart School of Ballet

Courses: Ballet

Ballet 1

This class meets one time per week.  Students should be in first or second grade.  Class color is light pink!


Students will develop a sense of body awareness both working in stationary positions and when moving through space.  Every class will begin with floor stretching and strengthening exercises, and then progress to simple barre exercises done in the center with either an invisible barre or two hands on a portable barre.  Placement is the most important skill taught at this level.  Students will learn basic feet and arm positions and begin working with musical phrasing.  Students should master pas de bouree, balance, and simple port de bras (carriage of the arms).

Ballet 2 A

This class meets two days per week. Students are generally in grades 2 or 3 and are eager and able  to focus on detailed instructions.  Class color is light blue!


Children will have half an hour of barre work, focusing on proper form and technique. Proper ballet classroom ettiquette is stressed while still having a comfortable learning environment.  Dancers will spend the first half of the year with two hands at the barre.   Later in the year the one hand at the barre technique is introduced, with the idea of "working" and "supporting" leg, and body directions are introcuced.   Students will learn center exercises that focus on concepts introduced at the barre. Students will begin to master more complex coordination of the arms and legs and begin working on spotting.

Students in Ballet 2 are required to take two classes per week.  This helps reinforce proper alignment by muscle memory.  Students focus on proper ballet terminology which is reinforced in both barrework and the center. Students learn to work in fifth position and are introduced to turns aross the floor.  This is a year students really begin to blossom with more frequent classes!

Ballet 2

Students in Ballet 3 are typically in grades 3-5, they are required to study ballet 3 days per week. They often stay in this class for more than one year.  The class color is lavender!


Students now are doing a solid barre of approximately 45 minutes.  The focus is clearly on proper alignment of the body and a focus on the intricacies of becoming a ballerina.  Students are introduced to the idea of lifting their legs to a 45 degree angle. Introduction of pas de basque, pas de chat,   Repetition, repetition, repetition, are what helps students correct any bad habits and learn to hold their bodies with grace.  

Simple Center work includes adagio, jumps, and on turns including: Piques, chainees, waltz turns and pirouettes. Most students at this level continue their training with our Ballet intensive summer program.  Students in this level range in age from 9 - 12.  

Ballet 3A

Students at this level are generally in grades 5 -8 .  They are required to dance at least 3 days per week and encouraged to take the 4th class which is the ballet workshop. The class color is royal blue!


Students are taking a 45 minute barre.  Center work consists of adagio, jumps, simple petite allegro and simple grand allegro.  The nine positions of the body are emphasized and students focus on many types of turns including pirouettes, chainees, piques, and soutenus.  Pre pointe is introduced through band work, foot exercises, and barre work.


This class is open by invitation of the director based on a students thorough understand of both ballet terminology and the attainment of proper placement.  Most students are betweeen grades 5 - 9, most have been studying ballet for over 3 years, they are expected to study ballet 4 days per week.  The class color is dark purple!


Students have a barre which lasts close to one hour.  Exercises are varied and will include slow sustained movements and quick paced tempos with much repetitiont to increase strength and stamina. Work will include 45 and 90 degree angles with the working leg and more sustained balances.  

Center work will include adagio, jumps focusing on a variety of beats, petite allegro including: jete battus, brisees, ballones, ballotays, sissonnes, cabrioles and truns in a circle (manage). Students at this level are expected to continue their training in the summer ballet intensive.  


Students who have graduated to our upper level classes are generally very dedicated. Most take four full length technique classes per week and most students are now dancing on pointe.  Most of these students elect to augment their ballet training with one or two specials (jazz, hip hop, or tap). The class color is black!

Classes generally consist of a 50 minute barre (sometimes longer)!  Center work consists of adagio, jumps, petite allegro and grand allegro.  Steps that should be mastered include the many types of pirouettes, most beating jumps, manage, fouette turns, tour jetes, cabrioles, brisees, brisee volle and many more!  They should have a good performance quality and use it during every class! Each class is followed by approximately 45 minutes of pointe work!   Most of our upper students also dance a rigourous schedule during their summer months.  They generally partake in our many performance opportunites throughout the year.  

Located in the heart 

of Cape Cod!!


Reaching Heart School of Ballet

27 Route 28
West Harwich, MA 02671

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HeartStrings Coppelia & Alice in Wonderland

Sat., May 11th Eve & Sun., May 12th Mat

HeartStrings Dance Company will be performing at the Cultural Center in Harwich, 204 Sission Road on May 11th and 12th. They will be performing both Coppelia (the story of a Toy Shop) and Alice in Wonderland. 

Tickets will be available at the door one hour before showtime.or call 508-430-4303 for more info 

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We are delighted to be celebrating our 22nd year in business!! Registration is now open for all classes.  Please call the studio at 508-430-4303 to speak us about your dancer's best class placement.  Advanced dancers may be invited for a placement class assessment.  We welcome new students year round. 

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