School of Classical Ballet
in Verona, NJ
Ballet Pointe Character Dance Jazz Contemporary Broadway Ballroom for Adults & Kids
Adult Ballet and Stretch classes Wedding choreography

The Nutcracker 2018
is on sale now:

22nd season: School opens Sept. 12, 2018 / closes June 15, 2019

  • Parents are invited to observe Pre-School and Beginner classes the first week of each month.
  • Students who take toe must take a minimum of three classes weekly - one toe, and two ballet classes.
  • We expect students to be on time. Classes start promptly. Please call if your child will be absent from class, and to schedule a make up class.
  • Uniform:
    • Girls: Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be neatly arranged in a bun.
    • Boys: Black tights, white tee shirt, black ballet slippers and athletic support.
School of Classical Ballet, located in Verona, NJ, was founded in 1997 by Alissa Kossov.
Our faculty members are professional dancers, but most importantly highly qualified teachers, eager to share their knowledge and experiences with students. This makes for a truly well-rounded experience for the children, where learning and growth is not only the goal but the inevitable outcome.
Alissa Kossov: Artistic Director and Choreographer
Alissa Kossov Alissa Kossov was born and raised in Russia. From a very early age she has been involved with the world of professional ballet. A graduate of the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Alissa received some of the best training that the Russian ballet school has to offer.

Alissa is a founder of School of Classical Ballet, artistic director and choreographer. She successfully created several full ballet productions, such as "The Nutcracker", "Snow Queen", "Around the World", "Gala", "Paquita", and others.
Alissa Kossov
Albina Ghazaryan: Ballet Teacher
Albina Ghazaryan
Albina Ghazaryan trained at the Armenian National Ballet School and joined the Armenian National Ballet as a soloist in 2004. In 2011, she joined the Israel Ballet company as a principal dancer. Albina is a laureate of the Grigorovich International Ballet competition in 2010.

She has extensive classical ballet repertoire including Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nutcracker, Carmen, and Spartacus, to name a few.
Galina Shapovalova: Character Master Classes
Galina Shapovalova graduated from Moscow Academy of Ballet. She was a leading soloist for 18 years with Russian Dance Company of Moscow. Ms. Shapovalova also graduated from The National Ballet School of Canada Teachers Program. She has a solid background teaching in Russia, North America and Canada.

For the past eight years Galina has been a respected ballet teacher at Bayview School of Ballet, in Toronto, Canada.
Galina Shapovalova
Max Walkow: Contemporary Dance Teacher
Max Walkow
Max Walkow started his dance training at the age of 10 and quickly discovered his love for dance.

In 2017 he preformed at the Red Bull Arena for the Youth World Cup! Moreover as a competition dancer, he’s won numerous scholarships and awards at conventions all around the country.

Max has exposure to various styles including: ballet, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, tap, and contemporary.
Alexei Kossov: Ballroom Teacher
Born in Vladivostok, Russia. He's got his education in Moscow (nuclear physics). Currently working as programmer in New York City, NY (computers and dancing were always and still are important parts of his life). He likes "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars", enjoys good music and good company.

Alexei had long and successful carrier as professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, adjudicator and coach.
Alexei Kossov
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker 2018
is on sale now:

We invite you to The Nutcracker 2018 performance, Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 pm,
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, at 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043.

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Schedule of Classes
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Beg. II
Beg. II Pointe
Int. II + Adv.
Int. II + Adv. Pointe
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Beg. I
Int. Pointe
Adult Ballet
Adult Ballroom
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
3 - 5
Beg. II
Beg. II Pointe Tech.
Int. II + Adv.
Int. II + Adv. Pointe Tech.
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Contemp. Beg.
Contemp. I
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Beg. I
Beg. I pointe
+ Int. II
Variations Pointe
The Nutcracker Soloists
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:00
Ballroom Beg.
3 - 5
Halloween Oct. 31, 2018
Thanksgiving Nov. 21 - 24, 2018
Holiday Recess Dec. 17, 2018
- Jan. 6, 2019
February Break Feb. 14 - 18, 2019
Spring Break Apr. 18 - 20, 2019
Memorial Day May 23 - 27, 2019
Last day of school Jun. 15, 2019
Open House Aug. 24, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
“The Nutcracker” auditions Sep. 15, 2018, at 2:00 pm
“The Nutcracker” rehearsals start Sep. 22, 2018
Pre-performance Friday Rehearsal at school: Please note that the entire cast will have a mandatory rehearsals Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 pm.
“The Nutcracker” dress rehearsal
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University,
1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
Dec. 1, 2018,
at 12:00pm
“The Nutcracker”
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University,
1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
Dec. 2, 2018,
at 2:00 pm
Open Classes June 13 - 15, 2019
Summer Arts Camp July, 2019
Note: Payments are due the first week of each month.
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Class Description

Ballet Technique

Ballet technique is the foundational principles of body movement and form used in ballet.

Ballet education includes information on the history of ballet, vocabulary, proper etiquette for both classroom and stage, as well as how to apply stage make-up.


Pointe class is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes. A dancer should never work in pointe shoes until their teacher has told them they are ready to do so, pre-pointe class is taken in ballet slippers until the dancer has developed the strength and muscles necessary to go en pointe.


Pre-point classes are offered to ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pre-pointe classes stress correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique. Pre-pointe classes also allow teachers to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.


In ballet, a variation (sometimes referred to as a pas seul, meaning to dance alone) is a solo dance. In a classical grand pas de deux, the ballerina and danseur each perform a variation.


Strength training is important for a dancers overall ability, strengthening the body’s opposing muscles is vital to avoid injury. Flexibility work is important so that the dancer’s movement seems effortless and light. The combination of these two things together in one class helps to create long flexible muscles rather than short tight ones, consistent in keeping a ballet dancers lines long and strong.

Contemporary, Broadway, and Balroom

These Dance classes are offered to provide various styles of dance so as to match and expand upon the knowledge, skills and abilities of our students.

Event Calendar
The 2018-2019 classes begin on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018.
Aug. 24 Open House, Friday, 5:00-9:00 pm. Everybody's welcome, new and old students.
Sep. 12 Classes Begin. All tuition due: Payment Installment and Full Year Tuition.
Sep. 15 "The Nutcracker" auditions, Saturday, 2:00 pm.
Sep. 22, 23 "The Nutcracker" rehearsals start, Saturdays and Sundays.
Oct. first week Nutcracker costume payments due.
Oct. 28 "The Nutcracker" Halloween rehearsals. Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes.
Oct. 31 No regular classes, Halloween.
Nov. first week November payment due / Registration for Summer Arts Camp starts.
Nov. 21-24 No classes, Thanksgiving Break.
Nov. 30 Pre-performance Friday Rehearsal at school, 5:30 pm.
Dec. 1 "The Nutcracker" dress rehearsal. Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 pm at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University. No classes.
Dec. 2 "The Nutcracker" performance - Sunday, December 2, at 11:00 am at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University.
Dec. first week December payment due / Summer Arts Camp first payment due.
Dec. 17 - Jan. 6 No classes. Holiday recess.
Jan. 7 Classes resume / January payment due.
Feb. first week Open Classes rehearsals start / February payment due.
Feb. 14-18 No classes. February break.
Mar. first week March payment due / Summer Arts Camp second payment due.
Apr. first week April payment due.
Apr. 18-20 No classes. Spring break.
May 23-27 No classes. Memorial Day break.
Jun. 13-15 Open Classes performances. No regular classes.
Jun. 15 Last day of school.
July Summer Arts Camp.

The Nutcracker 2018
is on sale now:

It's Magical Time of the year agin!

School of Classical Ballet in Verona, NJ presents The Nutcracker.
Montclair State University Memorial Auditorium, Upper Montclair, NJ
1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043

Call 973-239-0877