“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…

Weekly 2019-2020 Class Offerings

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Please note:
** Intermediate / Advanced Students are required to take a minimum of 3 technique classes a week; modern and jazz are strongly recommended.
** Students in Grades I – Grade V students should either take a minimum of two classes a week to complete the grade in one calendar year or spend two years in the level at one class per week.
*1.15 classes or longer hour classes charged as two lessons

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116 South Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012

(704) 829-7929