Classical Ballet & Pre-Professional Ballet Program
Ages 7 and Up
Step by step, ECB dancers are provided with a complete education in classical ballet. There is an emphasis on Balanchine Technique© which focuses on energy, clarity, generosity of movement and versatility. Our curriculum prepares students for the demands of today’s classical ballet and contemporary companies. In addition to their ballet program, students may take classes in modern, character, and jazz. During our summer programs, daily classes allow dancers to discover the joys of artistic expression and the sense of achievement that comes from hard work.
Performing onstage is an exhilarating experience for a dancer, whether beginner or advanced. All dancers are eligible to perform in our annual Spring Showcase, featuring both classical and modern repertory. Students enrolled in our full classical ballet program are also eligible to audition for The Nutcracker presented at The Garde Arts Center in New London. The Nutcracker adds the benefit of the opportunity to dance with guest artists from New York City Ballet and other major companies.
For information on how to participate in The Nutcracker, please click here.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet dancers who achieve a higher level of technical proficiency may be invited to join the Youth Company. The Company performs classical, contemporary and original choreography staged by Artistic Director Gloria Govrin, choreographers Krystin Dixon and Damara Bennett, and ECB resident faculty and guest artists.
- Peter and the Wolf - Gloria Govrin
- Raymonda Variations – George Balanchine
- Ballerina Swan – Gloria Govrin
- Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Gloria Govrin
- Carnival of the Animals – Gloria Govrin
- The Four Seasons – Gloria Govrin
- The Magic Toy Shoppe – Gloria Govrin
- Musical Offering Phrases from Choreographic Offering – José Limón staged by Libby Nye
- Interplay – Gloria Govrin
- Gershwin Suite – Gloria Govrin
- Le Jazz Hot - Rob Marshall staged by Stephen Reed
- Sleeping Beauty Excerpts – Marius Petipa staged by Gloria Govrin
- Serenade - George Balanchine
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Gloria Govrin
- Halloween Waltz - Krystin Dixon
- Dancing Bones - Krystin Dixon
Trial or placement classes may be arranged. Please call the office to set up a visit.
|Level 1||Tuesday||4-5pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 1||Thursday||4-5pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 2||Tuesday||5-6:15pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 2||Wednesday||5-6:15pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 3||Monday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 3||Thursday||5-6:30pm||Ms. Julie|
|Level 3||Friday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Damara|
|Levels 3 & 4 Character||Thursday||6:30-7:30pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 4||Monday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 4||Thursday||5-6:30pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 4||Friday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Damara|
Do not purchase Pointe shoes before classes begin. We will have a professional pointe shoe fitting for Levels 4&5 (date and time TBD).
|Character 3 & 4||Thursday||6:30-7:30pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 5 with POINTE||Monday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 5 with POINTE||Thursday||5-6:30pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 5 with POINTE||Friday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 5||Saturday||9-10:30am||Ms. Damara|
|Character 5/6||Friday||4-5pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 6||Monday||4-5:30pm||Mr. Marc|
|Level 6 POINTE||Monday||5:30-6:30pm||Mr. Jeremy|
|Level 6||Thursday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 6 POINTE||Thursday||5:30-6:30pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 6||Friday||5-6:30pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 6||Saturday||10:30am-12pm||Ms. Damara|
|Character 5/6||Friday||4-5pm||Ms. Laura|
|Level 7||Monday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 7||Tuesday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 7 - POINTE||Tuesday||7-8pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 7||Wednesday||4:30-6pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 7 - POINTE||Wednesday||6-7pm||Ms. Damara|
|Level 7||Friday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 7||Saturday||9-10:30am||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 7 Modern||Monday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Bo|
|Level 8||Monday||7-8:30pm||Mr. Jeremy|
|Level 8||Tuesday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8||Thursday||4-5:30pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8 POINTE||Thursday||5:30-6:30pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8||Friday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8||Saturday||9-10:30am||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8+ with Variations||Wednesday||4-6:30pm (by invitation only)||Ms. Gloria|
|Level 8 Modern||Tuesday||5:30-7pm||Ms. Bo|
Uniforms may be purchased at Dancer’s Outlet or through online sources.
190 Flanders Rd.
East Lyme, CT
Please call ahead before making the trip.
Boys: White fitted t-shirt, black dance shorts or tights, white socks, black leather split sole ballet slippers.
Girls: Students must wear pink tights, pink leather split sole ballet slippers, and hair in a slicked back professional medium bun. Girls uniforms are listed below.
|6||Wear Moi||Emeraude||French Blue|