Encuentros: Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training.
The General Program at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence offered at any dance institution, our program supports the recreational dancer interested in taking one to three classes a week. With over 25 classes a week in a wide array of genres--from ballet and flamenco to hip-hop, salsa, and jazz--our students receive not only a thorough grounding in the primary techniques, but also specialized training in the rich and varied Latin American dance traditions, which for many is their cultural heritage.
Schedule for School Year 16-17 now posted below and available for download here.
Registration for School Year 2016-17 is now closed!
In-person registration hours: Tuesday through Friday 2PM - 7PM and Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Applications are not considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing.
Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710.
Class ScheduleSalsa, Latin Rhythms
Class ScheduleClass Attire
Mandatory Dress Code
BALLET & POINTE The ballet program at Ballet Hispanico is uniquely designed to serve as the foundation of all the dance techniques. Students develop self-confidence and a strong understanding and mastery of technical skill in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes attention to detail, dynamic movement, musicality, and expressiveness through dance quality.
Ballet Class Schedule*Classes with an asterisk require advisor approval before registering
|MON||3:30-4:25PM||Intro to Ballet||Age 6||Closed|
|TUES||3:30-4:25PM||Intro to Ballet||Age 6||Closed|
|WED||3:30-4:25PM||Intro to Ballet||Age 6||Closed|
|FRI||3:30-4:23PM||Beginner Ballet I||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|FRI||4:30-5:25PM||Pre-Teen Ballet I||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|FRI||6:30-7:25PM||Pre-Teen Ballet II*||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|FRI||5:45-6:55PM||Teen Ballet||Ages 12-18||Closed|
|SAT||10:00-10:55AM||Intro to Ballet||Age 6||Closed|
|SAT||12:00-12:55PM||Intro to Ballet||Age 6||Closed|
|SAT||10:00-10:55AM||Beginner Ballet I||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|SAT||2:00-2:55PM||Beginner Ballet I||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|SAT||10:00-10:55AM||Pre-Teen Ballet II*||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||11:00-11:55AM||Pre-Teen Ballet I||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||3:00-3:55PM||Pre-Teen Ballet I||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||3:30-4:40PM||Teen Ballet I||Ages 12 & Up||Closed|
|SAT||3:30-4:40PM||Teen Ballet II||Ages 12 & Up||Closed |
FLAMENCOBallet Hispanico’s unique Spanish Dance curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain including flamenco and Escuela Clásica. This dramatic technique engages the entire body through the hand, arm, footwork exercises and castanet technique. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and brief descriptions of the history of the art form and its expressive content.
Flamenco Class Schedule*Classes with an asterisk require advisor approval before registering
|WED||3:30-4:25PM||Beginner Flamenco||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|WED||4:45-5:40PM||Pre-Teen Flamenco||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|FRI||4:30-5:40PM||Teen Flamenco||Ages 12-18||Closed|
|SAT||10:45-11:55AM||Teen Flamenco II||Ages 12 & Up||Closed|
|SAT||11:00-11:55AM||Intro to Flamenco||Age 6||Closed|
|SAT||12:00-12:55PM||Pre-Teen Flamenco I||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||12:00-12:55PM||Pre-Teen Flamenco II*||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||1:00-1:55PM||Beginner Flamenco||Ages 7-8||Closed |
HIP-HOPExplore the distinctive history and culture of hip-hop! Students focus on five styles: locking, popping, house, breaking, and freestyle. The class emphasizes proper hip-hop technique and the ability to retain movement patterns in a choreographed work.
Hip-Hop Class Schedule
|TUES||3:30-4:25PM||Beginner Hip-Hop||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|WED||3:45-4:40PM||Pre-Teen Hip-Hop||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|FRI||4:30-5:25PM||Beginner Hip-Hop||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|FRI||5:30-6:25PM||Pre-Teen Hip-Hop||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||11:00-11:55AM||Beginner Hip-Hop||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|SAT||1:00-2:10PM||Teen Hip-Hop||Ages 12 & Up||Closed|
JAZZ Jazz targets the fundamentals of strong body alignment and emphasizes muscle awareness through form, shape, style and flexibility. The three levels focus on different rhythms and timing to enhance students’ awareness of technique and musical expression. Each level increases in complexity and culminates in a theatrical or contemporary combination that develops students’ learning and retention skills.
Jazz Class Schedule*Classes with an asterisk require advisor approval before registering
Jazz I & II
|Ages 12 & Up||Closed|
|SAT||10:00-10:55AM||Pre-Teen Jazz I||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||11:00-11:55AM||Pre-Teen Jazz II*||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||12:00-12:55PM||Beginner Jazz||Ages 7-8||Closed|
SALSA & LATIN RHYTHMSDesigned to teach students the history and social etiquette of the Ballroom and Latin dances, these classes sharpen skills in dance position, frame, footwork, body actions, arm styling, floor craft, and partnering. Students can work toward competitions and performances.
Salsa Class Schedule*Classes with an asterisk require advisor approval before registering
Latin Rhythms Class Schedule
|TUE||6:00-7:10PM||Teen Salsa||Ages 12 & Up|
|SAT||1:00-1:55PM||Pre-Teen Latin Rhythms||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|SAT||2:15-3:25PM||Teen Latin Rhythms||Ages 12 & Up||Closed|
Children will learn tap dance fundamentals as they work on the precision of their footwork, coordination, balance, and sense of rhythm. An emphasis is given to developing their artistry and improvisation skills. This class also enhances the children’s cognitive ability as they memorize different tap combinations. Jazz, Bossa Nova and Latin American tunes will be used to develop musicality and continue the exploration of the Latin American culture..
Tap Class Schedule
|TUE||3:45-4:40PM||Pre-Teen Tap II*||Ages 9-11||Closed|
|WED||3:30-4:25PM||Intro to Tap||Age 6||Closed|
|THURS||3:30-4:25PM||Beginner Tap||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|SAT||9:00-9:55AM||Beginner Tap||Ages 7-8||Closed|
|SAT||2:00-2:55PM||Pre-Teen Tap||Ages 9-11||Closed|
- Students must be in proper dress to participate in class
- Girls’ hair must be pulled back in a neat bun
- Short hair must be secured from swinging about the face
- No jewelry or watches should be worn. Small stud earrings are permitted
- No plastic pants, extra tee shirts, baggy sweatpants or legwarmers are permitted
- A Capezio warm-up wrap sweater style #TC0010C/TC0010
- A dance belt is required for males ages 10 and up
- Nude undergarment recommendations Capezio style #3564/3678
Intro to Flamenco, Beginner Flamenco, Pre-Teen Flamenco & Teen Flamenco
BH School of Dance t-shirt (Purchase through the School of Dance)
BH School of Dance t-shirt (Purchase through the School of Dance)
Beginner Jazz, Pre-Teen Jazz & Teen Jazz
Pre-Teen Latin Rhythms
Intro to Tap, Beginner Tap & Pre-Teen Tap
Families will receive a discount at the Capezio located on 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street. There are 30% Private Shopping Nights offered periodically throughout the year. See our School of Dance staff for details.
Flamenco shoes and castanets are available at Menkes, 250 West 54th Street, 8th floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Please purchase pollopas castanets only. Ballet Hispanico students will receive a discount.
Ballet Hispanico red t-shirts are available for purchase in the school office