BEGINNERS

Our early childhood program is specially designed to provide children between three and seven years of age with a strong foundation in dance and movement.  It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance:  space and how we relate to it, both as an individual and as a member of a group; the eight basic locomotive movements; musical rhythm; beat and time; opposites and directions; some elementary positions of ballet. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, imagination, teamwork, and basic body/space awareness.

Through participation in these classes, students also learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, which remain the same throughout their dancing years and life.  These concepts include learning how to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting patiently, accepting correction as a positive experience, working together with others, and having an energetic attitude.

Educators now know that training young children in the concepts of movement sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships lays a
strong foundation for the later development of reading, mathematics,
and other educational skills. Children in our Early Childhood
Program work actively in all these areas.

It is very important to start your child off properly at a quality ballet school.  Children who start with unqualified teachers learn bad habits that may take hold in the muscles and become very difficult to correct.  New Paltz School of Ballet starts them off with attention to details.  As the leaders in excellence for the HudsonValley ballet scene, New Paltz School of Ballet stands alone.  NPSB is recommended by The School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in NYC.  Directors by Peter Naumann and Lisa Chalmers-Naumann, both danced professionally with New York City Ballet, one of the leading ballet companies in the world.  They have been at the top of their field professionally and are also the parents of three children ~ giving them both a complete knowledge of ballet as well as a unique understanding of children’s capabilities at each level of development.  NPSB has trained dancers who have gone on to professional careers in companies such as New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Tech, Alabama Ballet and others.  Every year many of our students are accepted into top summer programs such as School of American Ballet, JKO School – American Ballet Theatre, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and others.

Our building is conveniently located in New Paltz NY and also serves students from Highland, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Wallkill, Newburgh, and many  other surrounding towns.