Adult/Teen Open Ballet

It's never too late to (re-)discover ballet!

Do you dream of dancing but never had the opportunity as a child? Did you grow up dancing and now as an adult you miss it? Are you a lifelong dancer and can't imagine life without regular ballet classes?

Whether you start at age 15, 35 or 65, or have been dancing forever, we have a class for you!

We can't wait to help you reach your dance goals! Come and join us at the barre!

New Beginner Classes starting Sept. 4 and 5 - Adult Intro to Ballet

If you have never taken a ballet class before, if it has been a very long time since you took ballet, or if your you're simply looking for a class that thoroughly covers the basics, then this is the right class for you! 
Tuesday 11:00-12:15 or Wednesday 7:00-8:15 pm. 10 weeks of classes, $150

At Ballet U You'll Find

  • Convenient scheduling: Daytime, evening and weekend classes
  • Flexible enrollment: 
    Drop-in classes, class cards or monthly memberships
  • Caring and professional teachers who are passionate about ballet and about creating and fostering a community of adult ballet students
  • Performance opportunities 
  • Progressing Ballet Technique 
    (PBT) to supplement ballet classes for stronger technique, improved muscle memory and flexibility and longevity in dance
  • Professionally equipped dance studios
  • Convenient location inside the Verona Athletic Center, just a short drive from surrounding communities
A community of like-minded adults and teachers passionate about sharing their love of ballet with you!

Interested? Please contact us for an individual consultation or to set up a trial class. Private lessons available upon request.

Adult/Teen Basic Ballet (Open Class)

This  ballet class is focused on good health and safe but challenging movement and allows for individual levels of progress tailored towards each student's personal commitment. 

Each class follows the format of a traditional ballet class and includes barre and center work along with some floor stretches. Dancers will be learning the anatomical basics of technique: alignment/posture, placement, shifting weight, joint articulation, turns, slides, small jumps and ankle strength that will support the dancer through daily activities with substantial protection from injury and can expect to express their inner artist through brief choreographed dances.

Students may wear comfortable exercise clothing like t-shirts and yoga pants or leggings or traditional dance wear, i.e. leotards and tights. Ballet slippers are recommended and available for sale ($18-$25) at the Ballet U office.

2018-2019 Class Times (starting Aug. 20): 

Monday 11:00-12:30 pm (Charmaine Ristow)
Monday 7:00-8:30 pm (Stephanie Tollefson)
Wednesday 11:00-12:30 pm (Judy Ferreri)
Friday 11:00-12:30 pm (Charmaine Ristow)
Saturday 10:30-12:00 pm(Judy Ferreri)

Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet (Open Class)

Ages: 14+, Experience: 2+ years

This class includes intermediate level barre and center work with an emphasis on clarity, strength, control, flexibility and fluid transitions. 

2018-2019 Class Times (starting Aug. 20): 

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm (Stephanie Tollefson)
Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm (Sarah Barnard)

Adult Ballet is a growing trend and there are a lot of wonderful resources available on the internet for recreational adult ballet dancers. The blog Grown-ups at the Barre is a great place to find more information and to get connected to fellow ballet enthusiasts.
Wondering what to expect in a Adult Beginner class?  This blog post answers all your questions.
Also, don't hesitate to contact us! We'd love to chat with you!
I can't thank you enough for welcoming me and teaching me so much. Coming here has been valuable to my body, mind and soul. I feel I have grown exponentially as an individual. ~Adult Student

From day one -- as an adult beginner who had never taken ballet -- I felt completely accepted, empowered, and supported. The instructors are all absolutely inspiring women who create a warm, inclusive atmosphere in their classes at every level. Every class, I leave feeling more positive, strong, and centered. Whether you are a professional or a complete beginner, you are made to feel like you belong -- and you are challenged to be your own personal best. I can not recommend this studio and these instructors enough!  ~Adult Student

Contemporary Dance

Try a new style this fall! Intermediate level adults are invited to join our new Contemporary class on Mondays 7:00-8:30 (Sarah Barnard)
Use class cards or monthlymembership.

Adult/Teen Advanced Ballet

Ages: 14+, Experience: 5+ years

Experienced adults who are looking to take several weekly classes or wish to supplement their training with classes at Ballet U are welcome to join our advanced (Youth IV/V/Adult) classes.  (90 minutes followed by 30 minutes pointe). Please contact us for more information. 

Some of Ballet U's adult students


Single Class - $20 ($10 for dance professionals) (Please pay at studio)

3 Classes $57 * 10 Classes $180 * 20 classes $350 (Please set up account online and purchase online)

Monthly Membership (3 month minimum) $127  - Take unlimited Basic, Continuing, Intermediate classes. 

Purchase class cards and memberships through our online system