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Youth Dance Program for Ages 3-7

The Young Dancers Program includes

  • Creative Dance (Ages 3-4)
  • Pre-Ballet (ages 5-6) and
  • Elementary Ballet (ages 6-7)

Students in the Young Dancer Program learn musicality, coordination, classroom etiquette, and ballet vocabulary and enjoy performing in their own Petite Nutcracker in December and the Petite Finale in May, as well as educational visits to our costume shop and stage.

One Free Trial Ballet Class!

Contact Grand Rapids Ballet School at 616.454.4771 x17 or to schedule a complimentary trial class.

2018-19 School Year

Classes start Tuesday, September 4!


Creative Dance

Ages 3-4

Introduces children to the joy of dance through rhythm, movement, music and fun. This class meets once a week for 45 minutes.

(A) Tuesday: 11:00-11:45am
(B) Thursday: 5:30-6:15pm THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on a waiting list.
(C) Saturday: 9:45-10:30am THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on a waiting list.

Full YearSemesterMonthly
$460$250 x 2 = $500$60 x 9 = $540


Ages 5-6

This class is a prelude to formal dance instruction. It introduces children to the basic steps and terminology, music, rhythm and movement, while promoting creativity and group interaction. This 45 minute class meets once a week.
(A) Thursday: 4:45-5:30pm THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on a waiting list.
(B) Saturday: 10:30-11:15am THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on a waiting list.

Full YearSemesterMonthly
$460$250 x 2 = $500$60 x 9 = $540

Elementary Ballet

Ages 6-7

Introduces students to the fundamentals of classical ballet training. Students focus on basic ballet technique and terminology, proper body alignment, and musicality. This 45 minute class meets twice a week.


Thursday: 6:15-7:00pm
Saturday: 11:15am-12:00pm

Full YearSemesterMonthly
$616$335 x 2 = $670$81 x 9 = $729

Young Dancer Program Dress Code

Girls: Soft pink leotard, soft pink tights, pink ballet shoes
Boys: White fitted shirt, black tights, black ballet shoes

Payment Options:
1 – Pay in full for the entire year and receive an 8% discount (reflected above in yearly price)
2 – Pay by semester – payment due no later than September 10, 2018 and January 28, 2019
3 – Pay monthly – nine payments charged automatically on the first Monday of each month, Sept. through May. An 8% fee is included in the monthly cost to cover administrative and processing fees

Families who enroll multiple dancers will receive an overall 10% discount. The Sibling/Family Discount is not available to students who receive financial aid.

*Monthly payment option requires payment by credit card, kept on file. Scheduled holidays, breaks and weather-related school closings do not alter monthly tuition.

Terms and Conditions:

Grand Rapids Ballet School maintains a policy of offering no refunds. Once the program in question has begun, tuition is non-refundable and if unused will be received as a donation.

All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee.  Students with outstanding balances from the previous term will not be permitted to re-enroll until all accounts are made current.

All students are charged a $20 registration fee. Online registration requires a $10 processing fee.

Please note: The School does not accept responsibility for injury or trauma incurred by any student.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Each year the GRBS awards $68,000 in financial aid to students who demonstrate financial need or artistic excellence. The financial aid fund is made possible through contributions by Wege Foundation, Beusse & Porter Family Foundation, James H. Schindler, and Stephen Dunker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Families interested in applying for financial aid should submit an application form to Grand Rapids Ballet School.

Financial Aid Application

Download the Financial Aid Application for the 2018-19 School Year.

Young Dancer Program Handbook

Download the 2018-19 Young Dancer Handbook