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Ballet Conservatory


Little dancers tiptoeing on stage to perform in their very first ballet! How do they feel? Excited, hopeful, full of yearning for a future

filled with dance, friendship, and accomplishment.

Photos by Black Tutu Squad, Becky Anderson


The last note of music plays, and the dancers take their bows to the resounding applause of the audience. The little dancers catch their breaths and take it all in. They did it!


Our 2023/2024 Season is now open for registering!

Ballet Kalamazoo is a year-round training school for classical and contemporary ballet.


Our 2023/2024 Season runs September 5th - May 23rd, 2024 ending with a school-wide ballet performance, 

Cinderella, May 18th & 19th  2024 at Comstock Community Auditorium.


June-August, we have summer  3-week ballet classes, Fairytale Ballet Camps, and our August Dancer Intensive.

Each year, we perform The Nutcracker Kalamazoo, our Kalamazoo-inspired story of the beloved holiday ballet.  

The performances are on December 9th and 10th, 2023 at Comstock Community Auditorium. 


Nutcracker Kalamazoo 2023 auditions will be held Wednesday, August 30th, and Thursday, August 31st for Pre-Primary - Level 2 and non-Kalamazoo Youth Ballet Dancers.  Visit our Nutcracker Kalamazoo page for more information.

Our Ballet Program pays by the month. Tuition is posted each month on the 1st of the month and due by the 5th of the month.

Pre-Primary Ballet, Primary Ballet, and Level One Ballet have a Fall Session from September 5th-December 22nd, 2023, and a Winter/Spring from January 8th - May 23rd, 2024.  Sessions are billed monthly.

Please Note: Due to limited space in our classes, we require the first and last month's tuition is due to hold their place in their classes at the time of registration.  This is already figured into the price you will see when registering.


Please read below for the breakdown of pricing. If for any reason you can not continue your lessons, the last month's tuition is not refundable. 

Dancers in Level 2+ not wishing to join the conservatory can continue their training at their level without meeting the class requirements.


We have many competition dancers and athletes that take one ballet class a week or private lessons to support their training.

Your first class with us is free to try, so select the trial option when you register. This can help make sure your dancer is ready to commit to the full semester before buying the uniform. For the first class, please wear something comfortable to move in like leggings and a t-shirt or dance attire if you have one already. If they decide to sign up, then we do require a uniform.

Dress Code: In classical ballet, dancers are asked to wear specific attire in a very uniform manner. The number one reason for this is to prevent distraction in the classroom. The teacher and dancers are able to work clearly on the technical artistry that ballet demands instead of getting lost in what’s fashionable. The second reason for a dress code is discipline. When a student prepares physically for something (like ballet class) they focus, they take it seriously, and they gain pride in themselves.

We require every student in our Children's Ballet Program and the  Conservatory Program to secure the hair in a bun or a tied-down braid for all ballet classes, and all dangled jewelry must be removed. 


Our Children's Ballet builds a strong foundation in classical ballet technique using imaginative ideas that build muscle memory, strength, musicality, flexibility and teamwork. These classes prepare the dancers wishing to continue with the Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory. 

*2023/2024 Schedule

Pre-Primary Ballet - Ages 3-4 yrs - 30 mins

 $52 montly.  A deposit of

$104 due at registration

Monday: 4:45-5:15pm

Wednesay: 5:00-5:30pm

Saturday: 9:00-9:30am

Primary Ballet - Ages 5-6yrs - 45 mins

$56 monthly. A deposit of $112 due at registration

Tuesday: 4:45 -5:30pm

Saturday: 9:30-10:15am

Level One Ballet - Ages 7+ - 60 mins


$60 montly. A deposit of $120 due at registration

Dancers may take two Level one classes a week. 2nd class receives a 25% discount.

Photo by Maria Newhouse Photography

Tuesday: 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday: 5:30-6:30pm


The Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory is a training curriculum for the more serious dancer that reaches Level 2 Ballet. Dancers in the conservatory take a required amount of classes per week based on their level.


The Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory classes are designed to guide each individual student in achieving their goals as a ballet dancer. Tuition is due monthly on the 5th of the month and dancers receive multi-class discounts.

Please Note: Dancers not wishing to join the conservatory can continue their training at their level without meeting the class requirements.


We have many competition dancers and athletes that take one ballet class a week or private lessons to support their training.


Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory Discount

1st Class Full price

2nd Class 25% off

3rd Class 30% off

4th Class 40% off

5th Class 50% off

6th Classes or more 75% off

Due Monthly by the 5th of the month.

Monthly tuition varies by student. Dancers customize their own schedule based on their training needs.

Photo by Kasey Hunt Photography, from Snow White, May 2023

*2023/2024 Schedule

Level Two Ballet - Ages 8+

Dancers are recommended to take 2  ballet classes per week.

Additional classes are encouraged

Level 2 Conservatory Schedule

Monday: Level 2  5:15-6:30pm

Homeschool: Level 2/3 3:15-4:45pm


Tuesday: Level 2 6:30-7:45pm

Saturday:  Level 2 10:15-11:30am

Level Three Ballet- Ages 9+

Dancers are recommended to take 2 ballet classes per week. Additional classes are encouraged

 May take Contemporary. Students may be invited to take Pre-Pointe. 

Level 3 Conservatory Schedule


6:30-8:00 pm Ballet Technique

Homeschool: Level 2/3 3:15-4:45pm



6:45-7:45 pm Contemporary A


6:30-8:00 pm Ballet Technique

8:00-8:30 pm Pre-Pointe 


5:30-7:00 pm Int/Adv Ballet (Levels 3-5)

Levels Four and Five -Ages 11+

Dancers are recommended to take 2 ballet classes per week + Pointe

Additional classes are encouraged

 May take Contemporary & Jazz

Level 4 - 5 Conservatory Schedule


5:30-7:30 pm Level 4 & 5 Ballet

7:30-8:30 pm Pointe


7:45-8:45pm Contemporary B


5:30-7:30 pm Level 4/5 Ballet

7:30-8:30pm Pointe


5:30-7:00 pm Int/Adv Ballet (Levels 3-5)

7:00-8:30 pm Contemporary/Jazz


Private Lessons/YAGP Coaching


11:30am Kalamazoo Youth Ballet Class + Rehearsal

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