Cedar City ballet studio offering new classes

CEDAR CITY Who is ready to dance their way into a New Year? Cedar City Junior Ballet, located at 173 N. 100 West. in Cedar City, is excited to announce new dance classes starting in February. In addition to current classical ballet classes for ages four to young adult, Cedar City Junior Ballet will now be offering new classes for toddlers, school-aged children, and teens and adults, and will focus on both ballet and tap styles.

“CCJB offers the advantage of being the only dance studio in Cedar City that focuses strictly on classical ballet training as the cornerstone of our instruction,” said artistic director Lise Mills. “It is also the only studio in the area that produces an annual full-length ballet, this year marking the 15th anniversary of these productions.”

Weekly classes are open to dancers of all abilities and the studio is excited to expand their offerings beginning Feb. 5. Tuition is paid on a month-by-month basis, and there are no registration fees, though pre-registration is required before winter classes begin (details below). Ages associated with the following classes are suggestions and placement is based on experience and the discretion of the instructors.

There are two new pre-ballet classes designed for young children. The Wee Dance class will be a 30-minute class on Wednesday mornings for children ages two to three with an accompanying adult. Together they will focus on pre-ballet, rhythm, and creative movement. It is $35 per month, taught by instructor Christine Mills.

The other new class for young children is the 45-minute Tiny Toes class on Thursday mornings, designed for boys and girls ages three to five. It introduces pre-ballet, creative movement, acting skills, artistic expression, and self-confidence. This class is $45 per month, taught by Christine Mills.

Teens and adults also have new class options. A 60-minute beginning/intermediate tap class is offered twice a week. This fun class is for the very beginner to someone with some tap experience. It is $50 per month, taught by Christine Mills.

Teens and adults wanting to learn ballet basics can enroll in a new hour-long beginning/intermediate ballet class. It is open to those with or without prior ballet experience and will focus on ballet barre and center work, stressing proper technique and placement. It is offered twice a week and is also $50 per month, unless combined with the adult tap class, in which case both together are $70 a month. Christine Mills is the instructor.

A new Kinder Combo class for girls and boys ages four to eight is a great introduction to both ballet and tap. It is taught once a week for an hour and is great for children with high energy or who would like to try two forms of dance. Tuition is $50 a month and the class is taught by Christine Mills.

The studio’s current ballet classes, taught by Lise Mills, include Pre-primary (ages four to seven, once a week), Primary (ages seven to nine, twice a week), Pre-Pointe (ages nine to thirteen twice a week), Beginning Pointe (twice a week), and Intermediate/Advanced Pointe (once or twice a week).

Lise Mills, Cedar City Junior Ballet artistic director and instructor, and Christine Mills, founder and instructor, have lifelong histories of dance performance, instruction, and choreography all around the country. These sisters are also the vision behind Cedar City Junior Ballet’s annual full-length ballet, performed each spring. This year’s production is a brand-new version of “The Secret Garden” and will be performed on March 16-17 at Cedar City’s Heritage Center.

For more details about classes and tuition or to preregister before February 5, please visit Cedar City Junior Ballet online or call 435-867-4719.

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