Creativity and Community Through Dance

Classes and Workshops

Welcome to the home of our current offerings at Ballet Wolcott. Thank you for visiting! You will find information regarding tuition and fees, important dates, general class policies, and required class attire by using the links above this greeting.  Students must pre-register for all classes, workshops, and intensives.  Unless otherwise noted, classes, workshops, and intensives will be held at the Wolcott Town Hall.  

*Be sure to check class attire at the bottom of this page.


Ongoing Classes  

*Because dance training is linked to an individual's unique development, each student progresses at his or her own rate.  Most students can expect to take two to three years to complete a level before moving up to the next one.  Please, check with Brandy to find out your child's placement in class.
 

Look for more of our Ongoing Classes, this August!


Ballet Wolcott Youth Company 

Ages 8 and up 
4:00-6:15 PM
*Youth Company will only meet for specific rehearsals, throughout the summer.  We will not meet weekly until September.  Join us for our Summer Program listed below!

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Through the Youth Company, Ballet Wolcott continues to offer creativity and community through dance by providing young, dedicated dancers the opportunity to enrich their lives by learning in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Led by the directors and faculty of Ballet Wolcott, our Youth Company was created for dedicated dancers who would like to dance and perform outside of regular classes and performances. Dancers in the Youth Company will have the opportunity to dance in shows in the community as well as perform as soloists, principal dancers, and corps de ballet in Ballet Wolcott's performances.
Dancers who want to join the Youth Company should have a hunger to dance and a willingness to try a variety of forms of dance. While ballet remains the heart of our training, dancers will have the opportunity to learn and perform other genres of dance such as jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, hip hop and ethnic dances for our holiday shows, Spring Performance, and community engagements.  By featuring their talents within the community, dancers can truly shine and share their love of dance and performing with others.
Being a member of a dance company comes with some responsibility.
Members must be committed to attending rehearsals and performances. Members are required to attend all Friday 4:00-6:15 PM rehearsals throughout the September 2016-May 2017 season.  This requires full commitment from dancers as well as their families. The rehearsal process includes technical training as well as learning repertory.   More than four absences in one eight week period will result in a dancer being put on probation. Five or more absences will result in the possibility of dismissing the dancer from the company. 
Members need to be at least 8 years old as well as enrolled in and attending at least one ballet class per week at Ballet Wolcott.
Members must pay a yearly rehearsal fee of $150.00.

 


Summer Camps and Intensives 2018

 

Youth Company Summer Program

Ages 10 through Teens, or teacher recommendation.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 19-August 31, 2018
at the Wolcott Town Hall!
5:00-8:00 PM
*No classes/rehearsals will be held on July 3-5 and August 7-23, 2018

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Take classes with our Youth Company members and be a part of summer performances at local farmers' markets and events such as Wednesday Night Live in Morrisville.  Rehearsal will include a full ballet class with a pointe/pre-pointe warm-up, as well as time to learn choreography and help create new dances.  Learn from Ballet Wolcott faculty and wonderful guest teachers.  This is an exciting way to experience dance and share the arts with our community! Tuition: $140.00 for one day per week or $280.00 for two days per week.  Drop-in students are welcome for the class portion of rehearsal.  Click here to register.

Dancing Around the World Camp

Ages 7-10
Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018
at Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT!
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

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Join us to learn about West African Dance & Drumming, Rennaissance Dance & Music, Ballet, Jazz, and Ethnic Dances and music from around the world! Learn from wonderful teachers Jordan Mensah, Sara Lourie, and Brandy Ofciarcik Perez.  The week ends with a student showing from 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 20. Registration is still open.  There are still a few spaces left!  Tuition: $250.00  Click here to register.

August Dance Intensive

Ages 11 and up, or with teacher recommendation
Monday, August 6-Friday, August 10, 2018
at Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT!
9:00 AM-5:15 PM

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Immerse yourself in ballet, contemporary and other forms of dance, learning from prestigious teachers: Jennifer Wiley, Robert Royce, Jesse Tidquist, and others. The week ends with a showing on Friday, August 10 at 5:30 PM.  Register by June 30, 2018. Tuition: $350.00  Click here to register.

Dance Teachers' Workshop with Jennifer Wiley

Adults and Mature Teens
Monday, August 6-Thursday, August 9, 2018
at Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT!
5:30-7:30 PM

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A great workshop for ballet teachers, dance assistants, and those who one day hope to teach ballet.  *The workshop on Wednesday, August 8 will be held at the Wolcott Town Hall.  Register by June 30, 2018. Tuition: $175.00  Click here to register.


Class Tuition & Fees

  • Ongoing Classes, September 5, 2017 through June 10, 2018 (34 weeks)

    • 30 minute class:  One payment-Sept.-June=$238.00, Two Payments-Sept.-Dec.=$105.00 & Jan.-June=$133.00, or 9 Monthly Payments of $26.44
    • 1 hour class:  One payment-Sept.-June=$442.00, Two Payments-Sept.-Dec.=$195.00 & Jan.-June=$247.00, or 9 Monthly Payments of $49.11
    • 1 hour & 15 minute class:  One payment-Sept.-June=$476.00, Two Payments-Sept.-Dec.=$210.00 & Jan.-June=$266.00, or 9 Monthly Payments of $52.89
    • 1 hour & 30 minute class:  One payment-Sept.-June=$510.00, Two Payments-Sept.-Dec.=$225.00 & Jan.-June=$285.00, or 9 Monthly Payments of $56.67
  • Summer Classes, Workshop Series, Master Classes, and Intensives will be priced individually.
    • Other Fees

      Drop-in Rates
      30 minutes-$10.00 per class
      1 hour-1.25 hours-$18.00 per class
      1.5-2 hours-$20.00 per class  

      Rehearsal Fees
      Nutcracker
      $35.00 for all students performing.
      Spring Performance:  
      $45.00 for students performing in one dance.  The bow/finale does not count as a second dance.
      ​​​​​​$55.00 for students performing in two or more dances.  The bow/finale does not count as a second dance.   

      Youth Company no longer includes these rehearsal fees.  Students pay only one rehearsal fee per show.

.*Dedicated Dancer Special:
Register for a Supplemental class when you take a Syllabus class and get a 7% discount on these two classes! Good only on Ballet 3, 4, and 5 syllabus and supplemental classes.

Payments are required to participate in classes and are due in full by the first day of classes. Cash or checks are payable to Ballet Wolcott.  You may give your payment to your teacher or mail it along with your registration to Ballet Wolcott, PO Box 151, Wolcott, VT 05680.  Payment plans are available and should be filled out and turned in on the first day of classes. If payments are more than one month behind, a late fee of $10.00 will be applied to the account; and, the student(s) will not be able to attend class until the payments are updated or a payment plan is arranged with Ballet Wolcott.

We do not accept credit cards.

There are no refunds. Unused tuition may be applied towards future classes.

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Important Dates and Events

Youth Co.  Performance at Wednesday Night Live, Oxbow Park, Morrisville:  August 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM 
Youth Co. Demonstration at Hardwick Farmers' Market:  Friday, August 3, 2018 3:00-6:00 PM
August Intensive and Dance Teachers' Workshop:  Monday, August 6-Friday, August 10, 2018  *No Youth Co. Program, this week.  Program will resume on August 28 and 30.
Intensive Showing:  Friday, August 10, 2018 5:30 PM at Highland Center for the Arts
Youth Co. Opening for Farm to Ballet at Sandiwood Farm:  Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Ballet Wolcott Open House:  TBA
Youth Co. Demonstration at Hardwick Farmers' Market:  Friday, August 31, 2018
First Day of Fall Classes:  Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Nutcracker Auditions:  Saturday, September 15, 2018 Ballet 2 & 3, 12:30-1:30 PM and Ballet 4 & 5, 2:00-4:00 PM
Contemporary Master Class with Hanna Satterlee:  Saturday, Septemeber 22, 2018 4:00 PM
Vermont Dance Alliance Galla Works In Progress Showing:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:00 PM
Columbus Day:  Monday, October 8, 2018  Classes will be held.
Halloween:  Wednesday, October 31, 2018  *No classes will be held.
Veterans Day:  Monday, November 12, 2018  Classes will be held.
Thanksgiving Vacation:  Thursday, November 22-Sunday, November 25, 2018  *No classes will be held.
Nutcracker Production Week:  December 3-7, 2018  at Highland Center for the Arts
The Nutcracker at Highland Center for the Arts:  Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:00 PM and Sunday, December 9, 2018 2:00 PM
Last Day of Fall Classes:  Saturday, December 22, 2018









*In case of cancellations, please, visit our News Page. Students will be notified by phone in the case of an emergency.


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Family and Student Expectations

Information

For the latest information on classes, workshops, and events, visit us on face-book, peruse our news page, or check the bulletin board in the hallway at the Wolcott Town Hall. Much of our information is distributed by e-mail. Please, make sure that Ballet Wolcott has your most recent e-mail address. If you are unable to consistently access the internet, please, visit our bulletin board in the hallway at the Wolcott Town Hall for updates. Please, read all announcements so that you are up to date on any news and changes. Feel free to contact Helene and Brandy with any questions and concerns you may have.  Contact information for Helene Nilsen, Administrative Director and Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez, Artistic Director is listed below:
Helene Nilsen, Administrative Director: (802)888-5891, ext. 2 HSNilsen@comcast.net
Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez, Artistic Director: (802)249-9278 BrandyBalletWolcott@gmail.com

Registration: Students must pre-register for all classes and intensives.  Students will be notified of any class or rehearsal cancellations by telephone. If we are not able to reach a student by telephone, we will e-mail.

Tuition: For current prices, please, read above. Prices will also be included in our most current brochure. Payments are required to participate in classes and are due in full by the first day of classes. Cash or checks are payable to Ballet Wolcott.  You may give your payment to your teacher or mail it along with your registration to Ballet Wolcott, PO Box 151, Wolcott, VT 05680. We do not accept credit cards. Payment plans are available and should be filled out and turned in within one month of registering for any class/workshop. There are no refunds. Unused tuition may be applied towards future classes.  If payments are more than one month behind, a late fee of $10.00 will be applied to the account; and, the student(s) will not be able to attend class until the payments are updated or a payment plan is arranged with Ballet Wolcott.

Attendance: Attendance is required at all scheduled rehearsals and classes. There will be no refunds for missed classes. Students may make up missed classes within 30 days. Please, discuss with Brandy what classes your child may attend in order to make up a missed class. Make-up classes may not be carried over to the next semester.

Absences: Ballet Wolcott staff will contact the parents of students who miss 3 or more classes in a row. If students miss 5 or more classes in one semester, the student may be asked to step down from roles in performances, pointe work, and Youth Company.

Cancellations: For information regarding class cancellations, visit the news page on our website or call Brandy or Helene. If the public schools are canceled due to dangerous weather, classes will automatically be canceled. Classes will be held on teacher in-service days and most state/national holidays.  Ballet Wolcott reserves the right to cancel a class or workshop due to low enrollment.  Eight or more paying students must be enrolled in a class in order for it to run.  Some core classes may continue to run or be combined with another class.

Read "Important Dates" above, or see our brochure to learn when classes are being held or cancelled on state holidays. If you are unsure if classes are being held, please, contact Brandy.

Parking: We politely ask families to park in the large parking lot to the right of the post office. When cars park in front of or near the post office, it prevents the postal trucks from parking close enough to load and unload mail. It also blocks access to the mailbox in front of the building.

Arriving and Leaving Your Class: When arriving and leaving your/your child's class, please be aware that another class may be in session and show them the respect that you would have them show you/your child. Please, enter and exit the studio quietly so that dance students may hear their music and teacher.  If waiting for your child, please, keep conversations down to a whisper while class is happening.
Parents must promptly pick up their children when classes and rehearsals have ended. Please, check your rehearsal schedule or class schedule to learn the time that the rehearsal or class ends.
In order to prevent injury and to allow for students to access the dance studio, please, line up shoes and boots neatly in the hallway; and, hang up your coat (and other clothing) on the coatrack.

Lateness: To allow preparation before class, students should arrive 15 minutes before class begins. It is very important for students' safety to be present for the warm-up (first 20 minutes of class). Lateness also disrupts the class, distracting the students as well as the instructors.

Classroom Etiquette:
Please, enter and exit the studio quietly.
Please, do not wear street shoes in the dance studio.
Please, be respectful of all equipment and other's belongings.
Please, be respectful of other's feelings and personal space.
Please, do not loiter in the bathrooms.  Be respectful of others who may need to use them.  There is additional space on to change on the stage before/after class.
During class, please, do not go up on the stage unless it is story-time.
No sweetened drinks, food or gum is allowed in the dance studio.  It damages the dance floor. Water only.
Students must be wearing the dress code for their class. Please, see “Class Attire” below for your child's requirements.
Students are asked to pay respectful attention to their instructors. For younger students who may have a difficult time with this, parents may be asked to attend class and supervise them.
If a student fails to follow these guidelines, our staff will make every effort to respond in a corrective, supportive, and instructive way according to each individual's needs.  Should there be a problem, our faculty will consult with the parents/guardian by phone or in person.

Class Placement:  Students are evaluated during the months of September, December, and April in order to determine their proper placement in class levels. Faculty may consider age, class attendance, a student's individual progression, negative/positive attitude, and ability to focus, among other criteria. Students normally spend two to three years in one level. New students should contact Brandy for a recommendation.

Injury and Medical Conditions:  Parents/Guardians and dancers must make any injuries and medical conditions known to the instructor of the class being taken.

Food/ Drinks: Please, no food in the dance studio. Healthy food may be consumed in the kitchen and foyer during breaks and lunches. Water only in the dance studio, please.  Students/Parents who are preparing and eating meals at the Wolcott Town Hall must clean up after themselves. Please, do your dirty dishes, sweep crumbs off of the floor, and cover open containers of food. We do not want to attract pests.  

Electronics: Please, safely stowe your electronics so that they are not damaged during class. Please, do not bring cell phones, tablets or computers into the studio. They may not be used during class time or rehearsals unless permission is given by a teacher or director (to call a parent for a ride home, to record a dance to practice, or to play a specific song).
If a cell phone or any other electronic device is found we will try to identify the owner by calling the parents/guardians in the contact list. If we cannot access this information, we will send out an email trying to describe the device. You will be expected to provide proof of ownership.

Safety: Please do not leave young children unattended in the lobby, on the stage, bathrooms, kitchen or outside. Children may not go onto the stage unless it is during an approved activity, such as “Story Time” in Stories in Motion and Pre-ballet. Since we do not provide a lifeguard, students may not go near the river or down on the rocks.

Class Attire:  Read below for appropriate attire for each class.  For the safety and comfort of our students, proper dance attire and hair styles are required for every class. No jewelery may be worn in children's classes. Please, leave the jewelry at home or hold it for your child so that it is not lost, damaged, or stolen. No jeans or “jeggings” may be worn to dance classes.  Warm-ups and ballet skirts are allowed at the discretion of the instructor, but must be removed by the time dancers are warm (usually by ronde de jambe's at the ballet barre or 20 minutes into class).  Please, talk to us if you are unable to locate the proper dance attire for your class. We do have some on hand.  For purchasing attire, we highly recommend Lines for the Body in Williston, which is a local dance wear boutique owned and run by a dancer; and, the service is excellent. 
Also, http://www.discountdance.com/ has a great selection of dance wear as well as a list of Ballet Wolcott's required attire, use discount code: TP74681.

Rehearsals and Performances:

Each spring Ballet Wolcott Youth Company and the students of Ballet Wolcott produce a story ballet complete with lighting, scenery, costumes, and props. This requires commitment from Ballet Wolcott families and students.  
Rehearsals are times scheduled for practice and preparation for performance. Class is time to practice technique and develop strength to execute movement vocabulary properly. Some of class time will be used to learn choreography for a performance; but, extra rehearsals will always be necessary. Dancers begin rehearsing many weeks in advance of the show. When we perform dance-stories or ballets, several classes may work as a team to present a quality performance to our community.
Bright lights, a new sound system, and the stage itself can be overwhelming to a young student. Allowing them to work in the space beforehand will help them to become comfortable in the space and allow them to do their best when show time comes.
Rehearsals outside of class time will be limited for our youngest students so that participants are not overwhelmed. Please make an extra effort to save rehearsal times as soon as you are notified of them. Ballet Wolcott chooses to work this way so that our students have the opportunity to fully enjoy the process of creating and preparing a performance they can be proud of.
All rehearsal schedules will be e-mailed to parents, posted on the website and bulletin board, and available in print on the tables at the studio.
Regular attendance to class is extremely important for Stories in Motion and Pre-Ballet during March, April, and May as students finish learning dances for the Spring Performance.
Students in Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 must attend all rehearsals. If a student is unable to be present when scheduled, he or she may lose their role or the opportunity to perform.  Students in Ballet 3, 4, and 5 must attend classes September through June in order to dance in the Spring Performance.

Assignment of Roles in Performances:

Some roles in Ballet Wolcott productions may be auditioned. Others may be assigned by the director/choreographer. Please, understand that there are many components which are carefully considered when assigning roles: technical ability, a student's natural movement inclinations, stage presence, class attendance, negative/positive attitude, willingness to work hard, ability to attend rehearsals, classroom behavior, and more. Students in Ballet 3, 4, and 5 must attend classes September through June in order to dance in the Spring Performance.  Parents and students are expected to respect the judgment of the Director/Choreographer and give their best to the role they are given as well as be supportive of their fellow dancers. We cannot guarantee any specific part to any specific person.
Characters will be separated into Primary and Secondary Roles.  Students who are playing Primary Roles will be required to perform in both shows of the Spring Performance.  Primary Roles will not be double cast.  If you are cast in a Primary Role and know that you will be unable to perform at both shows, please, contact Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez immediately.
Your child has the freedom to decline a role; however, we may not have another alternate role to offer.
Students in Ballet 4 and 5 have the opportunity to audition for roles. They will audition on a specific day outside of class time.  
Students in Stories in Motion, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and Ballet 3 will be involved in a “class dance,” which they will learn during their class time.
No child will be forced into performing. Please, make it clear to your instructor or the Artistic Director that your child will not be performing in the show as early as possible. Otherwise, Ballet Wolcott will expect the performance fee to be paid in full by March 1.

Parent Volunteers:

In order for the studio and performances to run smoothly, parent/guardian volunteers are absolutely necessary. So that numerous tasks are not placed on the shoulders of only a few, parents/guardians from all class levels will be asked to assist with specific tasks throughout the year. Individual  talents and capabilities will be kept in mind.

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CLASS ATTIRE

For more information about dancewear, visit Lines for the Body in Williston or online at linesforthebody.com
Students may also find dancewear at discountdance.com, use discount code: TP67616.  Or click here for quick access to our dress code at Discount Dance Supply.

Stories in Motion:
For girls, leotards(any color, style, brand), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers. Boys should wear dance/sweat pants or shorts, a t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. Feel free to bring your favorite costume (as long as you can comfortably dance in it) to dress up at storytime. Long hair should be pulled up and off of the neck.

Pre-Ballet:
Girls should wear a baby blue leotard (camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys should wear black dance/sweat pants or black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 1:
Girls should wear a pink leotard (camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys should wear black tights, white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 2
Girls should wear a lavender leotard(camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black dance pants or black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 3 & Ballet 3 Supplemental
​Girls must wear a royal blue leotard (camisole), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 4 & Ballet 4 Supplemental
​Girls must wear a coral leotard (camisole with simple straps--No designs on the back or wrap around the neck styles), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 5 & Ballet 5 Supplemental
​Girls must wear an eggplant leotard (camisole with simple straps--No designs on the back or wrap around the neck styles), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Pre-pointe/Pointe
Students taking pre-pointe should wear their class leotard (see notes above), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes (by teacher invitation only) and a neat bun.

Hip Hop
Students may wear clothing that is expressive but does not fall off of the body or restrict movement.  Clean non-skid sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers may be worn.  No jeans or restrictive clothing, please.  Hair should be pulled off of the neck and out of the face.

Kid's Tap & Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary Classes
Girls should wear a black (or ballet level color) leotard with black jazz pants and black tap (for tap class) shoes. Boys should wear a white or solid colored t-shirt with black jazz pants and black tap(for tap class) shoes. Long hair should be neatly pulled away from the face and off of the neck. Black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers may be worn for Broadway jazz, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary; although, students may also dance in bare feet or "foot undies." **No jeans or clothes with pockets, please.

T'ai Chi Chu'an, and other Adult Classes & Workshops
Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing.  Appropriate shoes (tap shoes for tap, ballet slippers for ballet, T'ai Chi shoes for T'ai Chi) if you have them.  

Ballet Wolcott Youth Company
Due to the wide range of styles that may be performed, dancers must provide their own clean, in tact dance attire as listed below:
Girls:  nude leotard, black camisole leotard, pink tights, nude tights, black jazz pants, black full length leggings, pink ballet slippers, black ballet slippers or jazz shoes, and  pink pointe shoes if the dancer is en pointe.  If necessary:  Other undergarments must be nude in color.  Hair supplies for a bun:  non-colored/hair matching elastics, bobby/hair pins, hair matching hair net.
Boys:  black footed tights, black jazz pants, white dance T-shirt, white ballet slippers, black ballet slippers or jazz shoes.  If hair is not worn short, it must be pulled back away from the face in a low pony tail (hair matching elastic) or slicked back with gel (for performances).
*Girls and Boys may wear "Foot Undies" or another nude foot covering if they do not wish to dance in bare feet for modern dance and lyrical numbers.

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