Taking Class with Ballet Vermont
Fall 2021 Community Classes
Join us for class this fall! All of our classes are drop in and require you to sign up in advance. Our classes take place at Green Mountain Performing Arts in Waterbury, VT. We will be adjusting classes on a month to month basis. Have a class suggestion? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
October and November Class Schedule
- 5:00-7:00pm Open Level Ballet with Avi Waring (In Person, Online Barre)
- 7:00-8:00pm Contemporary with Avi Waring (In Person)
- 6:30-7:30pm Beginner Ballet with Chatch Pregger (In Person, Online)
- 7:30- 9:00pm Int/Adv Ballet with Chatch Pregger (In Person, Online Barre)
- 10:00-11:30am Advanced Beginner Ballet with Chatch Pregger/Marica Porter (In Person)
- 11:30-1:00pm Int/Adv Ballet with Chatch Pregger/Marica Porter (In Person)
Intro to Ballet Series for Adult Beginners
Intro TO Ballet
If you aren’t sure where to start and have never been to ballet before, this is the class for you! This class will go over all of the basics of taking ballet class to help you feel prepared to step into a Beginner Ballet class. Learn the rituals, etiquette, basic terms and movements. If there is not an Intro class available at any given time or a time that works for you, please email us and we will set one up with you! Katie@balletvermont.org
This class is intended to be for those who are just starting on their ballet journey, are returning to ballet after a break or for those interested in a slower ballet class focused on technique. This one hour class will take place mostly at the Barre and will focus on moving through the basics of ballet. Regular attendance is encouraged to help build confidence in head, arm and leg movements.
Advanced beginner ballet
This class is for beginners who are ready to move off of the barre and spend some time in the center beginning to work on balance without the barre, moving across the floor and simple combinations.
This is a great class for getting in depth with specific technical aspects of ballet. We will focus on a specific part or application of technique in each class. It is likely to include a long barre with plenty of exercises, center combinations that continue developing the same specifics of technique in adagio and across the floor, and some jumps.
Open level ballet
This class will be a mix of technical development with corrections and posture work and moving through combinations. Class will adjust to participants' skill level in class that day.
This class will take place entirely at barre. It is a great noon time exercise class for dancers and non-dancers alike to move and stretch your body.
Contemporary encourages dancers to expand on classical ballet, creating more versatility in their expressions. It focuses on spacial and body awareness, use of body weight, floor work, leaps, turns, efficiency of muscle usage, and safe body alignment. Dancers need to be able to move from the floor and back up again easily in order to take this class.
Meet the Instructors
Chatch Pregger is the founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Vermont and creator of the Farm to Ballet Project. He also choreographed the Ballet Vermont show Bees & Friends. Chatch loves making ballets that support Vermont communities and provide opportunities for Vermont dancers. Chatch started his ballet education at the Adams School of Dance in Rutland VT and then moved on to The Nutmeg Conservatory in CT. He joined Boston Ballet II in 1999 and was promoted to Boston Ballet the following year. Since then he has been a member of the Washington Ballet and the Houston Ballet, as well as a guest artist with the Arizona Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theatre. He has performed works by Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Kirk Peterson, Nacho Duato, Trey MacIntyre, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Weeldon, Antony Tudor, Michael Pink, Stanton Welch, Septime Webre, and George Balanchine, as well as many ballets from the classical repertoire including Giselle, La Bayadere and Don Quixote. Locally, Chatch took part in Burlington’s Quadricentennial festival playing Samuel de Champlain in From The New World by Heddy Maalem. He also joined the Portland Ballet in 2010 and Safe Haven Ballet in 2019 to dance the role of Cavalier in The Nutcracker.
Avi is from and still lives in Wolcott, Vermont. She started dancing at the Wolcott Children’s Ballet in second grade where she “fell in love with the rigor and ritual and music and work of ballet.” She trained seriously in ballet throughout high school then attended college in New Orleans where she explored different forms of dance. She then hitchhiked around the county, reconnecting with dance and learning sketch comedy. After the birth of her son, she returned to Vermont and now teaches ballet and contemporary dance at Ballet Vermont and Northern Vermont University. She serves as Ballet Vermont's Dance Mistress, and has performed the parts of Farmer, Cucumber, and more in the Farm to Ballet Project and Firefly and Cardinal in Bees & Friends. She also dances with Double Vision Intermedia Performance and has worked with Vermont-based dance artists including Polly Motley, Hannah Dennison, Clare Byrne, and Paul Besaw. Avi operates a small farm in Wolcott where she raises goats and chickens and produces a garden every summer.
Marica Porter received her primary training with Liz Dimmel and Tobin James at Dramatic Truth School of Ballet in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She studied on scholarship at the State Ballet School of Missouri (now the School of Kansas City Ballet), Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Stephens College Summer Dance Program. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance, a BA in Business Administration, and a Minor in Mathematics from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Marica danced with Dramatic Truth Touring Company, Stephens College Repertory Dance Theatre, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre, Western Arkansas Ballet, and the Northwest Arkansas Arts Foundation. She performed lead and featured roles in Peter & The Wolf, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and many original works. Her choreography includes excerpts from The Nutcracker, South Pacific, and original work, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, chosen for performance in the Emerging Concert of Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival 2013. Ms. Porter is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher in Pre-¬Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has taught dancers in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Illinois.