Mandatory Class Enrollment: Division 1 and above must enroll in Ballet and Jazz.

Divisions 1 & 2 Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. Classes will also include exercises to increase dancers’ strength, flexibility, coordination, and understanding of musicality. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Dancers will enjoy this interactive class that builds on basic movements learned in Pre-Ballet Combo classes but is still appropriate for first-time dancers. Once students reach the Division 1 level, they will participate in separate classes for each style of dance, rather than combo classes.

Divisions 3 & 4 Ballet

Students in divisions 3 & 4 will continue to build upon skills learned in previous divisions, with a greater focus on musicality, performance quality, and foot and ankle strength. Students at this level attend ballet class 2 times per week in order to create a strong technical foundation and to increase their understanding of terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the French, Vaganova, and Cecchetti methods. In addition, students will begin to learn pre-pointe exercises in order to prepare for future pointe work.

Advanced Ballet

Instructor placement is required for advanced classes. Students will utilize previously learned ballet techniques and will have the opportunity to dance on pointe (based on student strength and instructor approval). Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations.  In addition, dancers will complete exercises in order to continue to build strength, coordination, and to maintain strength in their feet and ankles. Students will build upon the technique and understanding of terminology learned in Divisions 1-4 while increasing their understanding of ballet history.  There is also a greater focus placed on work ethic, performance quality, and more complex choreography at the advanced level.


Pink Leather Split Sole Ballet Shoes

Note: Please be sure to tighten, and double knot, all ballerinas’ ballet shoes. While bows can be cute, shoes that become loose during class can create a safety hazard. Please cut off the excess string, and apply a drop of glue to the knot. Dance shoes and our professional dance floor can get damaged if dance shoes are worn outside.


Black leotards and pink (transition/regular) tights | Black dance shorts or ballet skirts are acceptable.


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Note: Girls with hair too short to be tied back should have their hair pinned back out of their faces.


Medical ID’s and newly pierced ears are permitted.

No other jewelry is allowed due to safety reasons.

Recommended Store

The Dance Station:

(443) 674-8075
48 Flint Dr., Suite 101, North East, MD 21901

Divisions 1 & 2

Ages: 7 to 9 years

Dance Experience: 4+ years dance experience

Class Time: 1 hour

Dance Type: Ballet

Divisions 3 & 4

Ages: 8 to 11 years

Dance Experience: 5+ years dance experience

Class Time: 2 hours per week

Dance Type: Ballet

Advanced Ballet

Ages: 10+ years

Dance Experience: 6+ years dance experience

Class Time: Minimum of 2 hours per week

Dance Type: Ballet


If a student missed a class due to illness, vacation or any other reason, arrangements can be made to attend another regularly scheduled class to make up the missed class (if one is available). No credits or refunds will be given for missed classes and special make-up classes will be scheduled only if a class session is cancelled by the school, instructor or  2+ days due to inclement weather.

Please be aware that make-up classes are restricted. Again these make-ups may be done ONLY with instructor permission and by appointment. This is also with the understanding that your child may not be able to participate in the entire make-up class. She will be able to participate in barre work, warm-ups, and across the floor routines. However, when the class is working on their recital routine, she will be asked to be the audience during this time. It is very disruptive to have a dancer who is unfamiliar with a routine in class. This also allows us to build consistency with all of our dancers.

Any dancer who missed more than two consecutive classes or more than 4 classes total after March 1st will not be permitted to dance in the year-end recital. Again this is due to the need for consistency and out of fairness to the other dancers in the class.

The instructor reserves the right to disallow make-ups in order to preserve the integrity of the class and prevent unnecessary disruptions. Make-ups will not be constructive after a certain point in the year and will not be permitted after March 1st.

If the suspension or absence of classes is for a medical reason, The Dancing Lights Ballet School requires a written medical explanation from a treating physician, and upon return may require a release to resume.

Payment Details


  • 3rd party vendor providing secure registration and credit card payment service.
  • Payments post to account as soon as payment is completed.
  • Fee: 3% for credit card payments.
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Must ONLY be paid to the school’s Director, Kristin McArdle.


  • Make Checks Payable to: The Dancing Lights Ballet School
  • NSF Fee: $25.00 any returned checks.
  • Mailing Address: The Dancing Lights Ballet School | PO Box 63, Odessa, DE 19730
  • Monthly Payments Due By: 5th of Every Month
  • Payments Received After the 5th: $15.00 Late Fee
  • Payments Received After the 30th: Additional $10.00 Late Fee
  • 3% fee for credit card payments
  • Returned Checks or Declined Credit Card: $25.00 NSF Fee
  • Past Due 60+ Days: Dancers will be withheld from all classes
  • Upon class enrollment, if payment is not received by the due date, the account will be accessed a late fee as described above.

Note: Please communicate with the Director to discuss any financial hardship that may affect payments being made in a timely manner.

There is a non-refundable annual Registration Fee of $25.00 per family. The total will be automatically adjusted during checkout if you register more than one child during the same school year.

Note: If you paid a registration fee during our Summer Program enrollment, it also includes the registration fee for the following school year.

  • Advance Payment for 1 Year Tuition: 5% Discount (Payment is to be made by Check ONLY)
  • Additional Family Member Registration: 
    = Regular Tuition
    = $10.00 Off Total Balance
    + = $20.00 Off (Max) Total Balance
  • There is also an hourly rate discount. The more hours the dancer is enrolled in, the more the savings.

Automatic Payment

Our Automatic Tuition Payment system is FREE and it’s an easy way to process your monthly tuition payments. Your monthly tuition will be processed automatically and you never need to worry about late fees again!

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Note: You will be notified regarding Late Fee(s) being applied for any declined payments prior to processing your payment.

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