When do I know if my child is ready for Pre-Ballet?
For ages under 6, readiness varies greatly from one child to the next. The following suggestions may help you decide:
- The child must be able to listen and follow directions
- Have an attention span greater than 15 minutes
- Be potty trained and at least 3 years old
- Want to dance
How can I help my Pre-Ballet student have the best experience possible?
Make sure your child is:
- Well rested
- Dressed appropriately
- Not hungry or thirsty (We recommend bringing a water bottle)
- Has been to the bathroom
- On time for class so they don't feel rushed
How do I know when my child is ready for Basic and Regular Ballet Classes?
- When the child asks to do Ballet and expresses their desire to make that commitment
- When their body has matured enough to develop technique and when they are able to focus in class, usually around age 6 for Basic Ballet (age 5 with Pre-Ballet experience) and age 8 for Regular Ballet classes
- When the Pre-Ballet teacher recommends it
How can I help my Ballet student have the best experience possible?
- Make sure they attend all classes and arrive on time
- Help them stay healthy with a proper diet, enough sleep and a positive attitude
- Encourage them to stay focused, happy and productive
- Help them organize their time. It is often overwhelming for a child to juggle schoolwork, dance and friends.
How do I know when my child is ready for the "Art of Classical Ballet" program?
- When the child has enough prior experience and sense of self to know they want to do Ballet on a more serious level
- Must be at least 8 years old with a minimum of 1-2 full years of Ballet training
- When they express the desire to participate in more performances
- When they are ready to commit to a more structured class and focus in a more demanding classroom setting
- When the Ballet Instructor or Director recommends it
Do you offer scholarships?
The Mendocino Ballet offers limited partial scholarships to families in need. Please call the office at 463-2290 for an application.
We appreciate the commitment dancers and their families make to handle the hours it takes to be a well-trained dancer. Thank you for helping your child develop a love of the dance arts!