ACBA offers a variety of dance classes for all ages and abilities, from tiny tots and beginners to adults and professional level students. You’ll find our classes welcoming and encouraging as we aim to teach through positivity and support. Enroll for a FREE trial class to find out if the style you have chosen is suitable for you or your child. Click here to get started with a free class or view the various dance programs below.
Classes are offered in-studio.
Ballet is a classical form of dance focusing on proper body alignment and fluid movement. Barre, center floor, and across the floor progressions are all used to develop proper ballet technique. Ballet is the foundation upon which most dance forms are based. ACBA teaches classical Vaganova in a formal classroom environment. Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.
Benefits: discipline, self-confidence, strength, flexibility, poise, and grace
Bitty Bear Ballet
Ballet for the youngest ballerina! Bitty Bear Ballet is a unique preschool program created specially for the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy. This engaging program helps your petite dancer learn age appropriate dance steps and proper terminology in a creative, and fun setting. The season concludes with a performance in the spring. For ages 3 - 4. Students typically spend two years in each level.
Benefits: discipline, focus, and coordination
The Pre-Professional Program at the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is an intense training program customized for serious young dancers designed to meet the highest artistic standards. The artistic staff trains dancers to develop a strong foundation in classical ballet with the discipline and confidence cultivated at ACBA. Students go on to pursue careers as professional dancers, or find success in other fields. As part of the Pre-Professional Program, students participate in a full schedule of evening dance classes, and perform in the ACBA's productions. Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition and recommendation only. Please contact ACBA to schedule an audition.
Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore imaginative movement activities through music and dance, introducing children to musical, body, and spatial awareness, while developing coordination and motor skills. Patterns, storytelling, and musicality are the focus as children develop social and motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance. For ages 2-3. This is a non-performing class.
Benefits: coordination, self-confidence, motor development, and exercise
Modern & Contemporary
Modern dance is an ever-changing dance form that focuses on musicality and expression to shape movements and choreography. Structured technical exercises that condition the body for strength, coordination and flexibility are also incorporated. This is an expressive style of dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Modern/Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.
Benefits: expressive and emotional outlet, self-confidence, body and spacial awareness, strength, and endurance
Mini Modern is a pre-modern and pre-contemporary class. Dancers will learn the basics of modern, lyrical, and contemporary dance while connecting fluid dance movement to emotional expression. Dancers perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Recital.
Benefits: expressive and emotional outlet and self-confidence
Hop & Pop
Hop and Pop is a pre jazz and pre hip hop program. Set to high energy, age-appropriate music, dancers will learn the basics of jazz and movement in a fun and engaging way. For ages 5 -6. Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.
Benefits: musicality, coordination, and self confidence
This fun class combines upbeat, stylized movement with proper technique. Jazz dance is based on ballet principles. All jazz classes follow a traditional fun class structure consisting of a warm-up using isolated movements, across the floor progressions, and current choreography all set to age appropriate music. Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.
Benefits: coordination, self confidence, flexibility, strength, and endurance
These classes are for individuals age 14 and up with little or no previous ballet experience. Classes move at a moderate pace so that all participants can learn the beginning technique concepts in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. Dancing improves posture and flexibility, and is a fun and different way to exercise. Participants may choose how many classes they attend per week. The adult/teen ballet class is a non-performing class.
Sparkle Dance & Play
Come dance and play with us for an hour and a half of non-stop fun in one or more of our themed dance and play classes! Dancers will experience ballet and creative movement dancing in a super fun and encouraging atmosphere. Meet new friends, make a fun craft and have a twirl-a-riffic time! Sparkle Dance and Play is only 1 time a month.
Teacher Training Program
The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy offers a teacher training program for level VI and up. The Teacher Training Program has assistant teachers, student teachers, and teaching apprentices. The Teacher Training Program is by invite only. Dancers must be enrolled in ACBA's Pre-Professional Program.