Ballet Academy North is a pre-professional ballet program with classes for passionate and serious students who wish to be trained properly in ballet technique.  Students will learn proper ballet terminology, proper placement and all of the skills that pre-professional ballet training encompasses.  The minimum requirement for Academy levels 2-5 is two ballet classes per week, it is not an option to just take one, as the classes build off of each other.  If you want to take only one class per week, you must take studio ballet.  This will help them improve not only as ballet dancers but in all forms of dance.  They will be exposed to repertoire from historic classical ballets, as this is another vital part of dance education. These classes are advanced, faster paced and more serious than that of Studio Ballet Classes.  There is a higher expectation concerning focus, technical and artistic ability, as these classes are meant to feed into the Ballet Academy North Company.  Ballet Academy North Classes include levels 1-5. Ages 6 and up.  Class placement for the Academy is decided by our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, after a trial class.

KELLY YANKLE

Ballet Instructor - Ballet Company Director

Kelly was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine with a focus on her professional dance career while being a full time college student.

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Kelly was born in Canton, Ohio. She has been a professional ballet dancer and teacher for 13 years.  She began studying ballet at The School of Canton Ballet on scholarship at the age of ten, where she then received scholarships to prestigious ballet schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and The Chautauqua Institution.  Kelly danced professionally in corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles for The Cincinnati Ballet and The Sarasota Ballet. She choreographed a world premiere on The Sarasota Ballet Company in 2014, as well as solos and group pieces at multiple dance schools.  She taught at the Sarasota Ballet School, and Haven Dance School in Northport, Florida. She has been a regular guest teacher at The School of Canton Ballet, as well as many other schools all around the country. She is a faculty member of the national touring dance programs, Ballet Matters, and TRIBE, directed by Jeff Wolfe and Seth Robinson, as well as a judge for their Fire and Ice Dance Scholarship Competition. Kelly is well versed in teaching all age ranges, ballet class, pointe class, variations, pas de deux, contemporary, choreography, as well as pilates and injury prevention classes.  She served as a faculty member at The Cincinnati Ballet School and was heavily involved with outreach programs that focused on bringing ballet to struggling areas. While dancing professionally, Kelly also studied at the University of Cincinnati on a full dance scholarship and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Pedagogy, as well as a heavy emphasis on the Spanish language (Kelly is a certified tutor) and emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She is well equipped to educate our dancers in Pilates, proper stretch and strength techniques and injury prevention. Some of her favorite roles include William Forsythe’s New Sleep pas de deux, “Russian Girl” in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and “Kitri” in Don Quixote.

This is a preprofessional ballet company for the serious dancer wishing to focus on proper ballet, pointe and contemporary training. The majority of dancers in Ballet Academy North Company have aspirations of dancing in college and/or dancing professionally. It is a rigorous program designed to help the students be adequately prepared should they desire a future in dance. The students learn and rehearse professional, classical and contemporary repertoire, the same as professional dancers in a company would. They have opportunities to perform these roles, as well as compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, “the world’s largest international student ballet competition which awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to dance schools within the United States and internationally.” They are prepared to know how to audition for prestigious ballet schools and educated on what the life of a dancer is truly like from our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle(see full bio for details). In addition to technical and artistic training; dedication, discipline, strong work ethic and perseverance are expected from all Company Members. Grades in school must be kept up in order to be a member of the company. This program is a commitment.  The Company has two branches; First Company and Second Company. First company is typically made up of the older more advanced dancers.  They have more required classes and rehearsals and must be at least age 11 and have had one year of pointe to be eligible for the 1st Company. 2nd Company was designed for the younger students in training with hopes of training and eventually getting into the 1st company.  The ages usually range from 8-11.  The 2nd company members are not yet on pointe, and do not have as many required classes and rehearsals. See Ballet Academy North Page for prerequisites and requirements.  To try out for Ballet Academy North Company, please contact Director, Kelly Yankle to set up an audition class.

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    Pre-Requisite

    Must have 1 year of Pointe Experience

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    Ballet Classes

    4 Academy Ballet Classes per week (4.5 hours, 1 of these being the Advanced Saturday Class)

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    Pointe Classes

    2 Pointe Classes per week (2 hours, 1 of these being the Saturday Pointe 2 Class)

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    Non-Ballet

    2 Non-Ballet Dance Classes (2-3 hours, 1 Contemporary required at your level)

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    Availability

    In addition to Ballet and Pointe classes, each dancer is available for 2 hours of rehearsal on Saturday (a rehearsal schedule will be given at the beginning of each week so the dancer will know if she has rehearsal or not, and for how long)

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    Performance Opportunities

    Include, but not limited to the annual Christmas Showcase, Youth America Grand Prix Competition (select dancers chosen by the director), Spring Showcase and community outreach performances.

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    Audition Schedule

    Contact Kelly Yankle for Audition Schedules

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    Age Guidelines

    8 yrs – 11 yrs

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    Ballet Classes

    3 Academy Ballet Classes per week (3.5 to 4 hours based on level)

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    Non-Ballet

    1 Non-Ballet Dance Class

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    Availability

    Available for 1 hour of rehearsal on Saturday (a rehearsal schedule will be given at the beginning of each week so the dancer will know if she has rehearsal or not, and for how long)

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    Performance Opportunities

    Include, but not limited to the annual Christmas Showcase, Youth America Grand Prix Competition (select dancers chosen by the director), Spring Showcase and community outreach performances.

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    Additional Opportunities

    Understudy Opportunities – if you gain acceptance to the 2nd Company, you will be given the opportunity to understudy the 1st Company by the appointment of the director.

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    Audition Schedule

    Contact Kelly Yankle for Audition Schedules

Academy classes are for the passionate and serious students who wish to be trained properly in ballet technique. Students will learn proper ballet terminology, proper placement and all of the skills that pre-professional ballet training encompasses. The minimum requirement for Academy levels 2-5 is two ballet classes per week, it is not an option to just take one, as the classes build off of each other. If you want to take only one class per week, you must take studio ballet. This will help them improve not only as ballet dancers, but in all forms of dance. They will be exposed to repertoire from historic classical ballets, as this is another vital part of dance education. These classes are advanced, faster paced and more serious than that of Studio Ballet Classes. There is a higher expectation concerning focus, technical and artistic ability, as these classes are meant to feed in to the Ballet Academy North Company.  Ballet Academy North Classes include levels 1-5. Ages 6 and up. Class placement for the Academy is decided by our Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, after a trial class.
The minimum requirement for Academy 2-5 is two ballet classes, it is not an option to just take one. If you want to take only one class, you must take studio ballet.
Studio” classes are for the students who demonstrate a love and passion for dance, but do not wish to have the more serious, rigorous, technical training expectations and demands of the Academy classes.
 
  • Studio Ballet Level 1 is a beginner level class.
  • Studio Ballet Level 2 is an intermediate level class.
Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, black leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes.
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    Description

    Students interested in pointe must be age 11 to be considered. This is for physical safety and assurance of proper bone development and strength. Students must get approval from Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, before registering for pre-pointe/pointe 1. Pre-pointe is the first session of the class that consists of strengthening and stretching the feet  and ankle with a  theraband and foot intrinsics. The students also do exercises at the barre to gain the strength and the technical aspects necessary to dance “en pointe.” At the discretion of the Ballet Director, the girls will then learn how to sew their own pointe shoes and begin working on pointe. At this time the theraband exercises and the foot intrinsic part of the class will be expected to be carried out in the dancer’s own time to maintain strength, as the class will then consist of all pointe work. This is a beginner level pointe class, and majority of the pointe work is done at the barre.

     

    Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, black leotard, pink footed tights, pointe shoes.

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    Description

    Students interested in being considered for Pointe 2 must have had at least one year  in pointe training to be considered for this class. Students must get approval from Ballet Director, Kelly Yankle, before registering for Pointe 2 as this is an intermediate/advanced level pointe class, that includes pointe barre and pointe center, and learning advanced, professional, classical variations.

     

    Hair must be PINNED in a secure bun, no pony tails, or hair hanging down, black leotard, pink footed tights, pointe shoes.

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