Ballet originated in Renaissance Italy, but developed in France. Characterized by light and graceful movement, the style requires mastering a precise set of formalized steps.
We offer classical ballet for all ages three to Adult. Our classes emphasize proper technique, artistry, and musicality. A placement class is recommended to
determine which level is most appropriate for each student.
The syllabus we follow combines Cecchetti, Vaganova, and American
Pointe work was developed in the 19th century for the female dancer to look weightless and sylph-like. To master pointe, a strong basis in ballet techinque is necessary. A dancer's age, strength, and alignment are considered before being placed en pointe. Dancers en pointe must attend at least two ballet classes a week.
Modern technique evolved as a reaction to the strict form of ballet. While there are many styles of modern, all consider expression of the whole body, often in an unrestricted way. As with ballet, flexibility, strength, and coordination are important elements. These elements combined with spatial awareness assist the dancer to discover dynamic and expressive movement.
Jazz dance emerged as a mix of many African American and European social dances that became popular during the early 20th century. Developing at the same time as jazz music, the style is truly an American creation which has changed over time street dance to theatrical dance.
Jazz can often be recognized by its use of popular music, syncopation, and isolated movements.
Tap dance can be recognized by the use of tap shoes to produce a rhythmic sound that is combined with movement. Tap shoes have a metal "tap" placed on both the toe and heel of the shoe; which, when struck on the floor create a precussive sound. Improvisation, or creating something spontanesouly, is often another aspect of tap. Though are several variations of tap dance, many recognize tap dance from Vaudeville or Broadway shows.
An integral part of the classical ballet repertoire, Character dance takes inspiration from traditional folk or national dances from countries such as Hungary, Russian, Poland, Italy, and Spain. The form combines ballet terminology with stylized movement and music to create a theatrical experience. While many classical ballets incorporates character dance, a good example is Swan Lake, which traditionally contains a csardas, mazurka, tarantella, and flamenco within Act III.
Boys & Mens
Boys and Men need a class to work on techniques
unlike what girls perform. This class involves
perfecting jumps, turns, and gaining more arm strength
to prepare for partnering.
Pas De Deux
Pas De Deux, or partnering, is a dance duet in
which two dancers, a male and a female, perform
ballet steps together. This allows dancers to be
able to perform steps they could not do alone.
Tampa Bay Ballet Instructors are of the
highest quality. They all have extensive performing
and training backgrounds.
We offer a recital every May to
celebrate our dancers' progress. We also offer
performance opportunities with the professional
ballet company, Tampa Ballet Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Tampa Bay Ballet is a safe environment
where we are learning more than professional
dance, but also building a family and community.
There are more health benefits than just
exercise. Dance is also great for the mind.
It relieves stress and provides a creative outlet.
SUMMER 2019 CLASSES START
Monday, June 17th
Tampa Bay Ballet was founded in 2008 by
Lindsay Clark and is the official school of
the professional ballet company, Tampa Ballet
Theatre, which was named the resident ballet
company of Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2015. Tampa Bay
Ballet's mission is to provide the highest
standard of dance instruction for students to give
them a strong foundation for their professional dance careers.