Beginning Ballet for Adults

Starting DateSeptember 10, 2017

Ending DateApril 20, 2018


Ticket Prices$175 for 14 weeks

Time 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Event Description

Instructor Barb Suick

Ballet technique classes for age 7 and older are the foundation for training at The Phipps. Classes focus on developing a solid ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body, and use of arms. Class begins with work at the barre to build strength and coordination, followed by center exercises, culminating in grand allegro combinations and variations.

Clear explanations of exercises and theory help students use the ballet vocabulary in a simple, practical way that leads to increased technical understanding, healthy physical development, and lifelong enjoyment. Each level of ballet is a continuation of the previous level and increases in difficulty.

Students must complete each level of ballet in order to advance to the next level. It is common to stay in the same level for two or more years.

9:00 – 10:15 am
Dance Studio

Barb Suick received her BS in dance education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has performed with Dance Midwest and as a Zenon company apprentice. Barb has enjoyed teaching dance at the Phipps Center since 1986. She has choreographed a number of the theater’s musical productions, and assisted in starting the summer dance production in 1996 and directed, choreographed and performed in many of those concerts. Barb also co-conceived and co-directed The Phipps Dance Company for nine years.

Click here to see our full Dance Program 2017 – 2018 Schedule.


The dance program this year runs 28 weeks, except Ballroom and Latin, which will be 32 weeks.

Dance program classes begin September 10, 2017, second semester begins January 7.
Ballroom and Latin quarters begin September 10, November 5, January 21, and March 18.

We do not have classes November 20 – 26, December 21 – January 3, or March 5 – 10, or April 1.


Phipps Dance Policies 


  • Classes cancelled because of inclement weather will not be rescheduled.
  • Instructor’s approval needed for placement unless it is a Beginning, Foundations, or Introductory class.
  • It is common to stay in the same level of a class for two or more years. Instructor approval is needed in order to advance to the next level.
  • An instructor may decide to move a student to a more appropriate class.
  • New students are not accepted after November 17, except for Ballroom & Latin.
  • Dancers must be the specified age by October 1, 2017.

Registration and Payment

  • All class fees must be paid in advance to attend class.  If needed, contact the office to arrange a payment plan.
  • New students are not accepted after November 17, except for Ballroom & Latin.
  • All class and costume fees must be paid in full to participate in the recitals.
  • Dance terms begin on September 10 and January 7.  You are responsible for making sure your fees are paid for the next semester before the class begins.  We will send billing notices before the fees are due, but you are responsible even if you don’t receive the notice in a timely fashion.
  • A student will only be allowed to attend class if payment has been made.


  • If a student tries a class and does not wish to continue, the student may withdraw by notifying the office within 7 weeks of starting, and receive a refund for the remaining weeks.  No refunds will be given for classes quit after 7 weeks, except in cases of injury, long-term illness, or extraordinary circumstances.
  • In order to withdraw from a class, you must notify the administrative office, and not just your teacher.

Class Policies

  • No gum, food, or drinks, except water, are permitted in the dance studios.
  • Do not wear street shoes in the dance studios.
  • Remove jewelry and secure hair back, if needed.
  • Turn off your cell phone prior to class.
  • Do not leave valuables in the hallway.
  • Parents may wait outside the classroom, but are not permitted in the dance studio during class, unless invited by the instructor.


  • Recital costumes are ordered in early December.  If you do not intend to participate in the recital, you must notify your instructor prior to December If you do not notify the instructor, a costume will be ordered and you are responsible for paying for it.
  • All class and costume fees must be paid in full to participate in the recitals.
  • Preballet/Tap recitals will be April 17.
  • All other recitals will be on April 21 and 22. There is also a mandatory dress rehearsal on Friday, April 20.

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