“Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it.”

About The Belmont School of Ballet

Opened in 2006, The Belmont School of Ballet is a curriculum-based, classical ballet school. We derive our training methods from The Royal Academy of Dance in London, England and The Cecchetti Council of America.



About Our School

Opened in 2006, The Belmont School of Ballet is an extension of the Charlotte School of Ballet which was founded in 1968 by Gay Porter. The school offers the highest levels of instruction in classical ballet. Teachers are qualified and experienced in teaching both children and adults – from age 3 to 93!

The ballet curriculum is based on both the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England and the Cecchetti Council of America. Classes are also offer in pointe and variations, modern dance, tap, jazz and pilates.

Performing is an important aspect of a dancer’s training. We will seek opportunities to perform throughout the community as well as in full-length story ballets.

Ballet instruction offers students skills that can be used throughout life. Poise, grace, discipline and self-confidence are invaluable assets.

About the Curriculum

With over 14,000 members’ spread across 82 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. The training method begins with children at age 3 and takes students through a graded syllabus to the professional level. The Children’s Syllabus includes classical work, free movement and character dance. The vocational syllabus is for the students who desire a career in ballet. It takes much dedication on the part of the dancer to achieve the required level of training to progress at this level. Students are encouraged to participate in the RAD examinations at the end of each year.

The Cecchetti Council of America is an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and method of ballet training established by Cav. Enrico Cecchetti. The organization is based in Holland, Michigan. The Cecchetti syllabus begins with five-year old students and progresses to the Diploma Level. As students progress, they may take examinations in this syllabus as well.

Examinations provide a goal for the students. It encourages students to focus in class, build strength quicker and requires correctly demonstrated technique. It insures a wider range of skills and prevents dancers from only learning ‘tricks’.

Our Instructors

Here are our amazing teachers…

Bridget Porter Young

Bridget Porter Young

Artistic Director
Gay Porter

Gay Porter

Senior Instructor
Skyla Caldwell

Skyla Caldwell

Ballet & Modern Instructor
Rachel Palpant

Rachel Palpant

Ballet & Dance Conditioning
Bethany Williamson

Bethany Williamson

Modern and Ballet
Renee Welsh-Noel

Renee Welsh-Noel

Dance Instructor
Annie Ruiz Diaz

Annie Ruiz Diaz

Dance Instructor
Chelsea Resch

Chelsea Resch

Tap Instructor

Our Dancers

Here are a few of our amazing students…

Summer 2019 Class Offerings

Guest Master Teacher Joe Curry

Guest Master Teacher Joe Curry

June 24th-28th

Elementary Technique

Monday-Friday, 4 pm, $90

Intermediate/Advanced Technique

Monday-Friday, 5-6:30pm, $140

Young Dancers Camps

Young Dancers Camps

Let the Adventures begin! Dancers bring to life stories and favorite characters. Each day students explore movement through dances, music, costumes and a craft. Each camp lasts all week!

Mary Poppins
June 17 – 21
Ages 3 to 5: 1:00 – 2:00
Ages 6 to 9: 2:00 – 3:00

Fairies and Pirates
July 8 – 12
Ages 3 to 5: 1:00 – 2:00
Ages 6 to 9: 2:00 – 3:00

Wizard of Oz
July 15 – 19
Ages 3 to 5: 1:00 – 2:00
Ages 6 to 9: 2:00 – 3:00

Sleeping Beauty and the Prince
August 12 – 16
Ages 6-9: 3:30 – 4:30 age 6 -9

** Dance Camp Fee: $90.00 each or $85.00 each for 2 or more siblings

Modern/Lyrical Choreography Workshops

Modern/Lyrical Choreography Workshops

Monday – Friday
June 24 – 28
Junior level: 3:00- 4:00
Senior level: 6:30 – 7:30
$90.00
*$75.00 if taking Joe Curry’s class

July 15 – 19
2 hour class
Junior Level: 10:30 – 12:30
Senior Level: 4:00 – 6:00
$150.00 per student

Pointe Technique Intensives

Pointe Technique Intensives

*Each workshop is from Monday – Thursday
June 10 – 13
June 17 – 20
July 8 – 11
July 22 – 25
August 5 – 8
August 12 – 15
Level 1 Dancers
Beginning and Pre-pointe
11:30 – 1

Level 2 Dancers
Intermediate/Advanced
10 – 11:30

Each weekly class, $110 per dancer

Pirouette and Allegro Workshop

Pirouette and Allegro Workshop

July 29th – August 2
Monday – Friday
Intermediate/Advanced
3:30 – 5pm
$125 per dancer

Elementary Level
2:30 – 3:30pm
$90 per dancer

Elementary Technique

Elementary Technique

Monday – Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30
June 10 – 13
July 22 – 25
August 5 – 8
August 12 – 15

$80.00 per weekly class
or
Take all 4 weeks only $300.00

Pre-Ballet Workshops

Pre-Ballet Workshops
Monday-Wednesday, 5 – 5:30
June 10 – 12
July 29 – 31
August 12 -14
$30.00

Royal Academy of Dance Workshop

Royal Academy of Dance Workshop

LEAP ahead with an introduction into next year’s curriculum!
Monday – Thursday, August 19 – 21
Grade 2: 3:30 – 4:20
Grade 4: 4:20 – 5:30
Gr.6/Inter: 5:30 – 6:30
$60 per student

Cecchetti Exam Intensive

Cecchetti Exam Intensive

This workshop is open to all students taking Cecchetti classes, students taking Cecchetti exams are required to attend the coaching.

May 21 – 30
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Grade 1: 3:45 – 4:45
Grade 3: 4:45 – 5:45
$108.00 per student

Click Here to download a .pdf to register for SUMMER classes.

Click Here to download a .pdf of all Summer classes listed above.

*All Belmont School of Ballet classes are based on classical techniques in dance.
** It is recommended that students in Grade I through Grade V take a minimum of two classes a week. If time does not allow for two classes per week, the student should expect to complete the level in 2 years.
*1 1/2 hour classes charged as two lessons.

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116 South Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012

(704) 829-7929