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Program Description

This program is geared towards the student who is new to a ballet-driven program and/or is not ready (whether due to age, commitment or technical prowess) to be in allongé.  Students as young as 10 years of age will be eligible to audition for this program.  Débuter consists of a four-days-per-week schedule with a total of 11.25 technique training hours/week.  Technique classes are primarily ballet and pointe/prepointe as, without a strong ballet background, it is difficult to have the physical strength and coordination we deem important to master the other techniques taught at développé.  


This level will be capped at 12 dancers/year.  


Class and Performances

Consistency in training is of the utmost importance.  It allows a dancer to obtain proper muscle development and growth, and to build a strong community within the group. Therefore, regular absences will not be tolerated.  All débuter students are required to attend all scheduled weekly level classes and rehearsals for Nutcracker and the end-of-the-year showcase unless ill or due to other uncontrollable circumstances.  


Bi-Annual Parent Meetings

Parents and students will be expected to meet with the school director and/or their primary teacher twice in the school year.  Once in January before the start of the new semester and once after the dance year has ended in June.  Sign-up for meetings will be announced prior to meeting periods. These meetings will be a time to discuss goals, progress, and level/track placement for the coming semester.  This is an extremely important time to be open, honest and candid about where everyone is at in order to minimize frustration and allow all to be working forward with the same ideals and intentions.  


Dress Code

While traditionally ballet-based programs have strict dress code policies, at développé we feel strongly that a dancer who feels like they look their best will dance their best.  Thus for ballet classes dancers are to wear leotards and tights (for dancers identifying as female) or fitted t-shirts and tights (for dancers identifying as male) that make them feel that way.  Tights and shoes need to match each other to allow for a clean seamless line, but can be whatever tone the dancer feels matches their skin and or who they are as a dancer best.  Hair should be neatly pulled back and secure, and all clothing should be neat, tidy and well-fitting to allow teachers to see how the dancers' muscles are working.  For modern classes the same standards should be applied to active wear and cotton socks.  


All dancers will be required to have the following items as a uniform for photoshoots and/or performances. 


For dancers identifying as female:

  • (class-specific) Leotard 

  • Romantic practice tutu (ballet track only)


For dancers identifying as male:

  • (class-specific) T-shirt

  • Black Tights

All dancewear needs can be acquired at Dance this Way in Concord, MA.


Annual tuition for débuter -  $6500 can be paid by semester ($3250) or monthly ($725). 

Costume fee for Nutcracker and end of the year showcase - $300

Annual registration fee - $50

To secure your dancer's place in the program, a deposit of $300 is required 3 months prior to class start date.