Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional Ballet (5 Classes/Week)

    316 East Mitchell Dance Studio
    Presented by
    Monday-Saturday. Please see full schedule below.
    Grade Range
    5th grade - 12th grade
    Member tuition
    Non-member tuition

    $470.00 (become a member)

    Additional Fees
    Students register for 5 or 10 classes/week. Tuition below.
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    Classes will be taught in-person and online via Zoom.  Please select the online or in-person option when checking out. 

    Intermediate Advanced and Pre-Professional students may register to take up to 5 or all 10 classes per week.  


    5 classes per week: $450
    10 classes per week: $900

    Weekly Class Schedule:

    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Miss Hannah 6:10-7:30
    Upper Level Modern w/Miss Hannah 7:40-9:00

    Upper Level Contemporary w/Ellie 6:10-7:30
    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Ms. Heather 7:40-9:00

    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Miss Marie 4:30-6:00
    Fusion III w/Miss Karrie 6:15-7:30 @CTAC

    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Ms. Heather 6:10-7:40
    Upper Level Contemporary w/Haley (zoom) 7:45-9:00

    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Ellie 4:30-6:00

    Intermediate Advanced & Pre-Professional w/Miss Marie or Ms. Heather 11:00-12:30

    Instruction will be provided by: Heather Raue, Hannah Bianchi, Ellie Esford, Marie Millard, and Haley Van Patten.

    Supplies provided
    Art Area

    Heather Raue

    Artistic Director – Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet
    CTAC Petoskey

    Haley Van Patten

    Dance Instructor
    CTAC Petoskey

    Marie Millard

    Cancellation & Class Policies


    • As our sessions run for 17 weeks, please prioritize extra-curricular activities accordingly.
    • If Petoskey Schools are closed due to snow, there will be no classes.
    • If a student misses class due to illness, they may make it up any time during the current session. If a student has an injury, they are encouraged to watch class and take notes.
    • Dancers must arrive to class on time prepared and ready to dance. Levels Intermediate-Advanced are expected to be at least 10 minutes early to stretch as they are responsible for warming themselves up. If a student is less than 10 minutes late, they may ask permission to take class. Students who are continuously late for class, will be asked to sit out of class.
    • There is absolutely NO talking during class, unless it is a question or comment to the instructor. Disruptive students may be asked to sit out of class, or sent home.
    • No gum or food may be brought into the studio for ANY reason.
    • The School of Ballet dress-code is based on classical standards for dance training. This dress code helps students focus on their work in class, and prepares them for performances. Students feel pride in themselves when they are dressed properly and ready for class.
    • Students and their parents are responsible for understanding the dress code.
    • Students in violation of dress code will be asked to correct the problem prior to class. If there are ongoing problems, the student will be asked to sit out of class when he/she is not prepared for class.
    • More serious students are encouraged to attend more than one class per week, as regular study ensures more rapid progress.
    • Advanced dance classes are by audition/invitation only. Advanced ballet students are required to attend 4 ballet classes per week.
    • We recommend purchasing dance wear at:
      * Bottoms Up – Okemos 517.349.0158
      * The Dance Center Boutique – Traverse City 231.947.6820
      * Diva Dancewear – Traverse City 231.941.7552
      * Kicks – Grand Rapids 616.776.5966
      * Discount Dance Supply –


    • Leotard
      Solid colored leotard (black is preferred) for ladies. White tee, leotard or tank for gentlemen.
    • Tights
      Ladies; full-footed pink tights (with or without seams), no footless or rolled-up tights.
      Gentlemen; black tights, sweatpants or shorts.
    • Ballet Slippers
      Pink leather (preferred) or canvas ballet slippers for ladies and white or black ballet slippers for gentlemen. Ballet slippers must be properly sewn with narrow elastic prior to entering class. Please adjust drawstrings and tie them in a KNOT, rather than a bow. Trim the ends to about 1 inch, and tuck the ends inside the shoe. Please do NOT tie the drawstrings in a bow, or leave the ends outside the shoe. (This is for the safety of the dancers.)
    • Point Shoes
      A student must receive permission by Ms. Heather in order to wear, or be fitted for pointe shoes. Upon approved fitting, pointe shoes must be reviewed by Ms. Heather prior to wearing them.
    • Warm-Ups
      When students wear warm-ups, their technique is not fully visible to teachers. The studio temperatures are kept suitably warm, so there is no need for students to wear clothing over their classroom attire. If a student has a specific injury that requires a warm-up, please speak to Ms. Heather for special arrangements prior to class.
    • Accessories
      Absolutely no tank tops, camisole tops, sweatshirts, pants or shorts are allowed in ballet class. Ballet skirts are acceptable.
    • Jewelry
      Absolutely no watches or jewelry in class, with the exception of small, secure earrings. Students who wear jewelry to class will be asked to remove it.
    • Undergarments
      Girls’ tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards. (Please be sure to buy dance tights, which have a cotton crotch.) Underpants inhibit movement and are very unsightly, and are not allowed under tights. While this can be a bit of a surprise to younger dancers, they adjust quickly.

      Please avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining this aspect of ballet dress code to them ahead of time, and making sure they come to class in proper attire. This will also prepare dancers for our year-end performance. 

      Male dancers must wear a dance belt or dance briefs under their tights. 

      Nude-colored body stockings or bras may be worn by female dancers who need extra support
    • Hair
      Improper hairstyles are not only messy, they interfere with dance training. Standard ballet hairstyle for girls is a secure, slicked-back bun with no bangs. Standard hairstyle for boys is short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if hair is long.

      Students in violation of hair code will be required to correct their hair prior to entering class. This means secure buns with hairnets. Absolutely NO loosely-tied hairdos. Absolutely NO ponytails, with the exception of Beginning Ballet students.

      Students are expected to bring adequate hair supplies with them to the studio. We recommend keeping a bag or other container with hair supplies in dance bags, along with hair spray or gel.

      Girls with short hair are still expected to pull hair back using clips.

      If you need help with buns or other hair questions, please ask Ms. Heather prior to class for help.


    • Leotard
      Solid colored leotard (black is preferred) for ladies, or a camisole top with leggings. White tee, leotard or tank for gentlemen.
    • Tights
      Ladies; full-footed pink tights (with or without seams), or leggings.
      Gentlemen; black tights, sweatpants or shorts.
    • Shoes
      Specific shoes are required for class, and Miss Karrie will provide parents with information on the first day of class. Until the specified shoes are acquired students may go barefoot.

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    When Public Schools of Petoskey are closed due to inclement weather, CTAC-Petoskey classes are cancelled. We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Workshops and one-time classes will be handled on a per-class basis. School of Ballet students are asked to make up the missed class in an alternate session approved by their instructor.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
    If you suspect that you have been exposed to or display symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to CTAC for your in-person class. We will offer a prorated credit (never expires) or refund for two weeks of your missed class for all cancellations due to suspected COVID-19 infection and/or exposure. If you choose to drop the remainder of your class, you will receive a prorated refund of the tuition of the remaining sessions.

    COVID-19 Class Cancellations
    In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or state mandate, CTAC will announce the closure on its website and phone system (231-347-4337). Prorated refunds will be issued for the remaining sessions.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)

    Crooked Tree Arts Center has implemented new policies to control the spread of Covid-19 and keep our visitors and staff safe within the facility. Please note the following policies regarding illness, face coverings, social distancing, room capacity, and sanitation.

    If students are experiencing (or have experienced in the past 72 hours) any symptoms of illness, or have been in close contact with someone who is, they should not come to class. Students must complete a wellness screening upon arrival, including temperature check.

    Symptoms of Covid-19 include: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

    Face Coverings
    Masks or other face coverings are encouraged for all visitors. Masks are provided for those who choose to wear them. Face masks are required for our youth classes and programs. Masking requirements may change based on guidance from the CDC or other state and local health departments.

    Class size will be limited to accommodate social distancing. Classroom setups will be arranged so that each student has 6 feet of working space.

    Social Distancing
    Students and teachers are expected to remain at least 6 feet apart whenever possible.

    Students and instructors should sanitize their hands upon class arrival and departure.
    Workspaces and shared surfaces will be sanitized between sessions. Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant will be available onsite.