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

School of Classical Ballet will present "The Nutcracker"
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043

25rd season: School opens Sept. 14, 2021 / closes June 5, 2022

  • No parents at the school during the classes.
    Please, remove your shoes downstairs, wear a mask, keep social distance.
  • 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.
Faculty
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
Marina Bogdanova: Ballet Teacher
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We are thrilled to welcome Russian ballerina Ms. Marina Bogdanova to VBS.

Ms. Bogdanova's classical ballet repertoire included the title roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Sylphide, Coppelia, Esmeralda, "The Sleeping Beauty", The Nutcracker, Walpurgis Nights, Don Quixote, Paquita, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, and Carmen. Ms. Marina Bogdanova received the honorary title of People's Artist of the USSR for outstanding achievements in the performing arts and therefore was noted in the Great Ballet Encyclopedia of Russia.

Her wonderful many years of experience in working with children will bring new energy and keep the best classic traditions of ballet in VBS.
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
Alexei Kossov: Ballroom Teacher
Alexei Kossov
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.
Performances
The Nutcracker
We invite you to "The Nutcracker" performance, December 18, 2021,
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043.
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Snow Queen
We invite you to Snow Queen 2019 performance, Sunday, June 2nd, 12:00 pm,
at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, at 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043.
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Schedule
Schedule of Classes
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Monday
Beg.
Int.
Int. 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
Tuesday
Beg. I
Beg. II
Beg. II Pre-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
Wednesday
Preschool
3 - 5
Int.
Int. 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
Thurthday
Beg. I
Stretch
Hip-Hop
TBD
TBD
4:30 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Friday
Beg. II
Beg. II Pre-Pointe
Int.
+ Int. II
Variations Allegro
10:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:00
Saturday
Ballroom Beg.
Beg.
Preschool
3 - 5
TBD
Holidays
Thanksgiving Nov. 24 - 28, 2021
Holiday Recess Dec. 20, 2021
- Jan. 9, 2022
February Break Feb. 21 - 26, 2022
Easter Break Apr. 14 - 16, 2022
Memorial Day May 27 - 30, 2022
Last day of school Jun. 4, 2022
Events
“The Nutcracker” auditions Sep. 25, 2021, at 2:00 pm
“The Nutcracker” rehearsals start October 2, 2021
Pre-performance Sunday Rehearsal at school: Please note that the entire cast will have a mandatory rehearsal Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at 12:00 pm.
“The Nutcracker” dress rehearsal Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 5:30 pm
“The Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at 1:00 pm
Class Concerts June 3 - 4, 2022
Summer Arts Camp TBD
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

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-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.

Variations

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.

Stretch

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 Ballroom

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 2021-2022 classes begin on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.
September
Sep. 14 Classes Begin. All tuition due: Payment Installment and Full Year Tuition.
October
Oct. 22 "The Nutcracker" rehearsals start.
Oct. first week Nutcracker costume payments due.
Oct. 31 "The Nutcracker" Halloween rehearsals. Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes.
November
Nov. first week November payment due / Registration for Summer Arts Camp starts.
Nov. 24 - 28 No classes, Thanksgiving Break.
December
Dec. first week December payment due / Summer Arts Camp first payment due.
Friday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 pm "The Nutcracker" dress rehearsal at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1:00 pm "The Nutcracker" performance at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
Dec. 20 - Jan. 9 No classes. Holiday recess.
January
Jan. 1 Classes resume / January payment due.
February
Feb. first week February payment due.
Feb. 21 - 26 No classes. February break.
March
Mar. first week March payment due / Summer Arts Camp second payment due.
April
Apr. first week April payment due.
Apr. 14 - 16 No classes. Easter break.
May
May 27 - 30 No classes. Memorial Day break.
June
Jun. 3 - 4 Class Concerts.
Jun. 4 Last day of school.
July
July TBD Summer Arts Camp.

New 2021-2022 Ballet Season
starts September 14th!

School of Classical Ballet in Verona, NJ starts its' 25th season.
Monday, September 14th, 2021

Call 973-239-0877 to enroll!