Les Petits Ballets pre-professional ballet school was founded in 1976 in response to a need to establish a performing company in Nepean. With the opening of Centrepointe Theater, the school has a showcase for two major productions at Centrepointe each year. Selected students dance at various locations and times throughout the year.
Our students are selected through auditions and are expected to maintain a high caliber of commitment and dedication.
Auditions for places in the pre-professional school are held each year in June, or by appointment throughout the year. For additional information, please call 613-321-3205.
Classes leading to the Society of Russian Ballet examinations are part of the program. Les Petits Ballets follows the Vaganova syllabus.
Ballet Syllabus Teaching Method:
Les Petits Ballets follows the philosophy that it is very damaging to set a certain age for a certain level in any ballet syllabus, as each child is an individual whose ability can vary greatly from that of their peers.
All students are graded by mental and physical ability, NOT by their age.
Awareness of the feet and body co-ordination through carefully structured exercises to stretch, strengthen and maintain maximum flexibility. They learn ballet technique and terminology in form, and develop knowledge of, and a feeling for music, drama and self-discipline.
Elementary/ Intermediate / Advanced:
Consists of stretching and warming up. Carefully structured ballet exercises at the barre and in the center. They will learn the meaning of French terms, the reason for the various exercises, and the importance of correct posture.
As studentís progress through Elementary levels, they become eligible to audition for the various professional schools, e.g., The National Ballet School, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School.
It is because of our high level of teaching some of our students have been accepted to these schools. Our students have also been accepted to dance programs at universities and colleges programs.
Extended Syllabus and Pointe Classes:
The extended syllabus and pointe classes are open to serious students to improve their strength or technique.
Selected students become part of Les Petits Ballets' performing company. Each year the performing company stages two major productions at Centrepointe Theatre.
Pre-professional Key Information for 2015/2016
|First day of classes||Tuesday, September 8, 2015|
|Classes end for Winter Break||Saturday, December 19, 2015|
|Classes resume||Monday, January 4, 2016|
|Classes end||Monday, June 13, 2016|
|Repertory||Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Saturday, December 19, 2015|
|Group Rehearsals||Nov. 14, 21 & 28, 2015|
April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2016
|First day of Jazz/Modern classes||week of September 14, 2015|
|Jazz/Modern classes end for Winter break||week of November 16, 2015|
|Jazz/Modern classes resume||week of January 4, 2016|
|Jazz/Modern classes end||week of March 7, 2016|
|No classes||October 12, 2015 (Thanksgiving)|
Week of November 30, 2015 (Elem.2 and up)
February 15, 2016 (Family Day)
March 14-20, 2016 (March break)
March 25, 2016 (Good Friday)
March 28, 2016 (Easter Monday)
May 23, 2016 (Victoria Day)
Week of May 2, 2016 (Elem.1 and up)
|Ballet exams||April 2 & 3, 2016|
|Centrepointe Theatre Rehearsals||week of November 30, 2015|
week of May 2, 2016
|Centrepointe Theatre Performances||School performances: Dec.4, 2015 & May 6, 2016 (12:30 pm)|
Girl Guide performance: Dec.4, 2015 (7:00 pm)
Public performances: Dec.5, 2015 & May 7, 2016 (1:00 & 7:00 pm)
- Plain black leotard
Sleeveless (tank style): Preparatory 1 to Elementary 5/6
Spaghetti straps: Elementary 7/8, Intermediate/Advanced
- Nude-coloured Capezio "Overs & Unders": repertory students only
- "Ballet pink" tights without seams (no cut-offs or socks)
- Pink ballet shoes with elastic. Leather for Preparatory 1 - Elementary 4. Canvas for Elementary 5/6 - Advanced
- Pointe shoes are purchased in consultation with Eva
- Sweatshirts, T-shirts and shorts are not permitted
- Hair must be placed high in a bun. No bangs or loose hair.
All Les Petits Ballets classes should qualify for the Fitness Tax Credit. These will be issued at the end of the session. To request a duplicate Fitness Tax Credit receipt, please complete and submit the following form: Duplicate tax receipt refund form.pdf. A fee of $15 will be charged to issue a duplicate Fitness Tax Receipt.
Withdrawals / Refunds:
No refunds after December 31st except for medical reasons or family transfer.
Prior to Dec 31 refunds will be as follows:
- Prior to Oct 15: 75% of total fees
- Oct 16 to Nov 30: 50% of total fees
- Dec 1 to Dec 31: 40% of total fees
Click Here to view and print a Withdrawal / Refund Form.
The Les Petits Ballets Code of Conduct can be downloaded here.