CTAC School of Ballet
CTAC School of Ballet Classes
Since its inception, the CTAC School of Ballet has grown to enroll more than 150 dancers per year. Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director, Heather Raue, the CTAC School of Ballet offers award-winning instruction in dance with emphasis on solid and clear technical placement and artistry. All levels of dancers are encouraged to enroll. Our nationally known Pre-Professional Program, by audition only, requires a dedication to ballet and offers a challenging curriculum. Learn more about our Pre-Professional Program.
Founded in Petoskey nearly 20 years ago, the CTAC School of Ballet allows dancers of all ages to study and perfect their technique, form, and artistry. Classes are available for all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced pre-professional courses that have launched talented students into professional careers.
Instruction for young dancers promotes fun, creativity, and expression—but also discipline and patience—enabling children to reach their highest potential. Not only do students receive the best instruction, but they are guided by caring instructors who nurture their students’ love for dance.
As students advance, the curriculum focuses on strengthening technique, stamina, and discipline and addresses the specific techniques and physical strength of each individual dancer. Some instructors are graduates from the School of Ballet themselves!
All skill levels are welcome to participate! Interested in joining our program for the summer and have questions about placement? Please call us! We'll be happy to assist.
Not able to attend a full session? We prorate summer sessions by request!
Summer Classes Begin on June 20! Registration is now open!
Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced & Pre-Professional Workshops
Session I: June 20 - July 9*
Session II: July 11-July 30
Session III: August 1-August 20
Beginning & Beginning/Intermediate Workshop
July 11-July 30
June 21-August 16
*No classes on the following dates: Monday, July 4, 2022
As the School of Ballet heads into our 20th year, we are working on an exciting, robust lineup of classes! Registration for our fall session will open in early August. Please take note of these important dates:
Fall Session: September 12 - December 11
Nutcracker Auditions: Saturday, September 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the 316 E. Mitchell Street studio. All enrolled SoB dancers, ages 5+ are welcome to audition.
Fall for Dance: Sunday, November 13
Nutcracker: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
|Beginning Ballet||4-6||Designed to be a dancer’s first class, this class will focus on arm placement, pointing of toes, stretching, turnout, poise and classroom etiquette.|
|Dance Fusion I||4-7||Dance Fusion students explore a variety of dance styles including modern and jazz with music from classic to Broadway show tunes.|
|Beginning Intermediate Ballet||6-8||This class introduces the young dancer to the true outline of a ballet class. Structured ballet barre with center combinations and French terminology will shape the students for future classes.|
|Dance Fusion II||8-12||Dance Fusion students explore a variety of dance styles including modern and jazz with music from classic to Broadway show tunes. Students learn the skills to create their own work and have the opportunity to share their original choreography with the class. 1 year of previous dance training required.|
|Intermediate Ballet||8-11||For serious ballet students with a solid, well-trained foundation. Dancers spend half their time at the barre learning, memorizing and executing full combinations, while absorbing and understanding proper techniques. The other half of the classroom experience is spent doing center work.|
|Intermediate Advanced Ballet||10+||For serious ballet students with a solid, well-trained foundation. A minimum of two classes required to participate at this level.|
|Dance Fusion III||12+||Dance Fusion students explore a variety of dance styles including modern and jazz with music from classic to Broadway show tunes. Students learn the skills to create their own work and have the opportunity to share their original choreography with the class. 2 years of previous dance training required.|
|Pre-Professional Ballet||By Audition||
Designed for serious ballet students with a solid ballet foundation, this class is by audition only. Dancers in this level are expected to push themselves to excel in the classroom and on their own time. Complicated concepts are taught and mastered: multiple turns, grand allegro, adagio, extension, body placement, partner work, pointe work and concentration on the feet.
Special thanks to the Hestia Women's Giving Circle and the Zonta Club of Petoskey for their support.