University Ballet generally hosts three open classes per week: Basic, Beginner/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Advanced. Classes are located either in the dance room in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall, located at 59th and Woodlawn in Hyde Park (map), or in Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space (BARS) on the first floor of Bartlett Dining Commons, located at 57th and University (map). All classes are free and open to the public regardless of enrollment status or level of involvement in our biannual performances. University Ballet classes are designed to benefit multiple levels of dancers; however, basic ballet is best suited for dancers with no ballet experience up to two years of training, beginner/intermediate ballet is best suited for dancers with up to four years of training, and intermediate/advanced ballet is best suited for dancers with five or more years of intense training. If you have any more questions about which level would be best for you, contact our Assistant Head of Teaching Becca Cain. Classes are for dancers who are college-aged and older; children may not take class with UB.
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Any form-fitting clothing that allows you to move is acceptable; for women, a leotard and tights is the best choice for class. Ballet slippers are strongly recommended for both men and women.
If you have taken pointe previously, please attend our pointe classes. You must take the ballet class preceding pointe class or obtain permission from the instructor. If you have never taken pointe before, please contact our Assistant Head of Teaching to discuss. If you would like to go on pointe with University Ballet for the first time, it is not out of the question, but will require frequent class attendance to facilitate proper coordination and foot strengthening. We reserve the right to assess all individuals and ask them to come off pointe if we feel their safety is being compromised.