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!