Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet to hold open house on Aug. 25

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is currently registering new and returning students for fall ballet classes.

An open registration day during which students may register in person and see the studio is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Classes begin Sept. 9. Classes in the beginning division include: Creative Dance (ages 3.5-5) Pre-Ballet A (ages 5-6) and Pre-Ballet B (ages 6-7). The focus is development of the child’s coordination, flexibility, listening skills and musical awareness. As the child progresses through this division there is a gradual shift to a more structured movement program. Classes meet once a week.

Ballet I and II are classes for ages 7 and up which emphasize proper body alignment while beginning classical ballet technique.

Intermediate classes focus on understanding and executing classical ballet technique and on increased flexibility and leg and foot strength in preparation for pointe work. Two years of formal ballet training is a prerequisite and placement in this level is determined by ability.

Advanced level instruction is offered for students making a serious commitment to dance study. Emphasis is on improving technique and strength, flexibility and attack, stamina and stage presence and preparation for a potential career in dance. Audition required for placement.

Special scholarships are available to male students. Financial assistance is also available to a limited number of eligible students. Eligibility guidelines mirror those used by the school system to determine free/reduced lunch recipients.

The Chautauqua Region-al Youth Ballet is a not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality classical ballet instruction to youth throughout the Chautauqua region. CRYB produces two major productions a year,

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nut-cracker” each December and a Spring performance featuring all the students of the program. Auditions for this year’s Nutcracker are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7.

For more information check the website at www.cryb.net or call the studio at 664-9766.