A Little About Us

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet is the oldest ballet school in Miami, providing classical ballet training to over 1,000 students annually. In addition to 8 levels of classical ballet classes, including an accelerated program, TAYB offers Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Modern and Tap classes.

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Class Descriptions

CREATIVE MOVEMENT/PRE-BALLET The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s creative movement and pre-ballet program has been specifically designed for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders. Classes are grouped according to age (3, 4, 5, & 6), in order to meet the highly specific developmental needs in each of these years. Pre-schoolers (3 & 4 year olds) may attend a 45 minute creative movement class, once a week. Kindergarteners and first graders (5 & 6 year olds) may attend a 1 hour pre-ballet class, once a week. All four levels focus on coordination and musicality, with an emphasis on body conditioning for pre-ballet groups. *Please note: All students must be potty trained.

MOMMY & ME The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s Mommy & Me program has been specifically designed for 2-year-olds and a parent, guardian or caretaker. Classes consist of basic dance movements for the toddler and exercises for the caretaker. Both toddler and Mommy work together in this fun-filled class and are able to meet other mommies and toddlers in the community who are also interested in staying in shape. Classes are 45 minutes long, and are offered twice a week (Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:15am and Thursdays from 1:30-2:15pm). This level focuses on stretching, strengthening, coordination and musicality for both mommy and toddler! (Other parent, guardian, or caretaker is welcome to take class in lieu of mommy).

SUPER HEROES! The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet’s Super Heroes! class is designed to give young boys a movement outlet (ages 3-5) . Instead of imagining princesses and ballerinas, this class takes young boys on an imaginative journey using super heroes! Through games, music and rhythmical patterns, this class creates an atmosphere where boys can feel free to explore different aspects of movement, inspired by their favorite super heroes.

ACCELERATED BALLET PROGRAM This program will give interested students, at the intermediate I level, the opportunity to pursue a more rigorous course of study beyond required classes. The program will begin on January 16, 2016. Requirements: -Attending 3 Intermediate I classes plus either the Saturday Intermediate class or an Elementary IV. – Attending the Intermediate I accelerated class on Mondays from 7:30-8:30. -Good attendance and work ethic. – Must discuss with your teacher your readiness for the program.

ELEMENTARY – ADVANCED The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet begins academic ballet in its Elementary I class (7 year-olds) and follows students through the advanced level. All instructors follow a uniform, time-tested and recognized ballet syllabus. Clean technique and proper alignment are emphasized throughout the levels. Classes range from one to one and one half hours depending on level and are offered from two to five times a week.

ADULT CLASSES The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet offers adult ballet classes on weekday mornings and evenings. Ballet class is a great way to stay in shape, maintain bone density, and improve cardiac functions. Both strength and flexibility will be gained, and all while enjoying classic tunes from the 1600′s through today!

MODERN TECHNIQUE This introductory-level contemporary dance class is based on the fundamentals of Horton technique. Taught by former Graham II company member, Stephanie Fuentes, this modern technique class that strengthens and aligns the body through specific movements including flat backs, descent and ascent, lateral stretches, release swings, leg swings, deep lunges, coccyx balance and stag position. Classes are offered on Fridays from 8-9pm and are for students from Intermediate through Advanced levels.

TAP CLASSES Beginner tap class is perfect for anyone brand new to tap. Students will learn all the basic tap steps. Students will work on technique, improvisation, choreography, tap and jazz history, and music theory. Technique work will include rudiments and exercises designed to help students execute steps clearly and correctly. Improvisation will include playing specific notes, trading bars with other students, and improvising with music. Students will learn various choreographies to work on putting steps together and performing. Classic dances such as The Shim Sham and Coles Stroll will be taught throughout the year. Tap history will include footage, biographies of tap dancers, and the history of how tap started. For jazz music history, students will learn a different jazz standard every class and about jazz musicians and the instruments they play. Music theory is a vital part of tap class because tap dancers are both musicians and dancers. Students will learn how to read and write music and create tap phrases. Music theory will also include understanding phrasing and song structure within jazz music.

Class Schedules

Creative Movement I

Pre-K
Tuesday – 3:15-4pm
Wednesday – 2:30-3:15pm
Thursday – 3:15-4pm
Saturday – 9:30 – 10:15pm

Creative Movement II

Pre-K4

Monday – 3:15-4pm
Tuesday – 3:15-4pm
Wednesday – 3:15-4pm
Thursday – 3:15 – 4:00pm
Saturday – 9:30-10:15pm & 10:30-11:15am

Pre-Ballet I

Kindergarten
Monday – 4-5pm
Tuesday – 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday – 3:30-4:30
Thursday – 5pm-6pm
Saturday – 9:30-10:30am

Pre-Ballet II

1st Grade
Monday- 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday- 4-5pm
Wednesday – 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday – 4pm – 5pm
Saturday – 10:30-11:30pm

Elementary I

2nd Grade
Monday & Thursday – 4-5pm
Wednesday 4-5pm & Saturday – 10:30-11:30 am
Tuesday & Friday – 4-5pm

Elementary II

3rd Grade
Monday & Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Tuesday & Friday 4:30-5:30pm
Wednesday – 4:30-5:30pm & Saturday 11:30-12:30pm

Elementary III

4th Grade
Monday & Thursday – 5pm-6pm
Tuesday & Friday – 5:45-6:45pm
Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm

Elementary IV

5th Grade
Monday & Thursday – 5:30-6:30pm
Tuesday & Friday – 5-6:15pm

Intermediate I

Monday & Thursday 6-7:30pm
Wednesday – 4:30-6
Saturday- 11:30-1pm

Intermediate II

Tuesday & Friday – 5:30-7pm
Wednesday-5-6:45pm
Saturday 11:30-1pm

Intermediate III/IV

Tuesday & Thursday 6:15-7:45
Wednesday- 6-7:30pm

Advanced

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday – 6:45-8:30pm

Beginner/Intermediate

Wednesday – 7:30-9pm
Thursday-7:30-9pm
Saturday – 1:30-3pm

Advanced

Monday-Friday 9:30-11:00pm

Intermediate Modern

Friday- 8-9pm

Tap

Beginner
Friday – 4-5pm

Intermediate-Advanced

8-9:30pm

Fees & Payments

Tuition is based on lessons received for an entire school year and not on the number of classes received each month. This is standard private school policy. There are 9 installments, in addition to the annual registration fee of $50. Payments begin in August, with the first installment including August and September, and continuing through May of the following year. Please make out your check to the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet/Miami Conservatory. We do not send out statements. There is a $10 penalty for payments made after the first week. Remember that if your child misses a class, he/she has many opportunities within the week to make up that class. Please check with your child’s teacher for the appropriate day and time.

Student Classes

Classes Per Week Tuition
1x/week $75
2x/week $125
3x/week $175
4x/week $210
5x/week $265

Adult Classes

Classes Per Week Tuition
1x/week $80
2x/week $130
3x/week $175
4x/week $230
5x/week $265

 

Open classes – $20
College Students – $7
Professional – $10