Beginning Ballet Summer Workshop Week 1

CTAC Dance Studio
Presented by
Monday-Friday from 10:00-10:40 am.
Grade Range
Preschool - 1st grade
Member tuition
Non-member tuition

$84.00 (become a member)

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Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:40 am
For Beginning dancers ages 4-6 years old.

This workshop will be taught in-person and online via Zoom, with a maximum capacity of 6 students in-person.  Please select the online or in-person option when checking out. 

NOTE: A 10% member discount will be applied at check-out.

Medium and Supplies
Art Area
Supplies provided

Karrie Benedict

Dance Instructor
CTAC Petoskey
Cancellation & Class Policies


We are excited to be offering a hybrid School of Ballet Spring Session. This means that our students will have the option of returning to in-person instruction on a part-time basis. Those students who wish to solely continue Zoom instruction will be allowed to do so. Upper level students who wish to participate in our reduced-size in-person classes will be scheduled for both part-time in-person and part-time Zoom instruction to give as many dancers as possible the opportunity to have the in-studio option.

We know that in addition to dance, our students are returning to school, sports, and other activities, and that each of these will have slightly different guidelines. Given the wide range of ages we are working with, the limited hours in a week, and our desire to get as many of our dancers back into the studio as possible while still following public health guidelines, we thank you in advance for your patience as we work out inevitable kinks in the system.

Signage: Signs are located at the main entrances to the building and by each individual studio entrance. Our Covid Plan is posted in all studios. Hand washing instructions and reminders will be posted in all washrooms. Social distancing signage is posted through studios reminding dancers to maintain a 6 foot minimum physical distance.

Masks: Everyone must wear a mask or facial covering at all times. That means teachers, students and parents. The only exception is babies under 4 years old. Dancers should use cloth masks. You can also add a filter. Make sure masks cover the entire lower two-thirds of your face, from the bridge of your nose to below your chin.

Limited In-person Class Sizes:

  • 4 dancers for Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Pre-Professional, Fusion II, Fusion III and Adults
  • 5 dancers for Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate and Fusion I

Entering/exiting the space:

- Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate Ballet, Fusion I, II, III in-person classes will be held in the CTAC dance studio. Enter and exit through the alleyway door.

- Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Pre-Pro, Adult in-person classes will be held on the CTAC stage. Enter and exit through the Division St. front entrance.

All in-person classes will be simultaneously live on zoom and projected for instructors teaching in-person.

Arrival/Departure/Waiting: Dancers should arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins. Upon arrival find an empty social distancing spot along the outside wall of the studio or theatre. The teacher will open the studio door and allow dancers to enter one at a time. We have scheduled 15 minutes in between classes for students to exit/enter in a distanced manner as well as to sanitize the spaces in between classes.

Temperature Checks: We will check the temperature of everyone coming into class with a non-contact thermometer. Anyone with a temperature over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit must leave immediately.

Symptoms: Please alert your instructor if at any time in class you feel any of the following: fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite.

Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances for all students to use upon entering the building. Hand sanitizer will be provided to each student as they leave the studio. Everyone coming into and going out of the studio should use hand sanitizer.

Floor/Barre Markings: Please remain within your designated barre and center areas, which will be marked at 6’ intervals. This means no hugging, hand-shaking, fist-bumping, or high-fiving each other. Washrooms: Only one dancer will be allowed to use the washroom at a time. There will be no changing or fixing hair in the washroom. Keep masks on while in the washroom.

Disinfection: We will be cleaning the floors daily with steam mops, and will sanitize ballet barres, doorknobs and all surfaces dancers and teachers may touch before and after all classes.

Air Filtration: We will have HEPA air purifiers in both studio spaces. No Changing: Dancers must arrive prepared/dressed for dance class. There will be no changing upon arrival or between classes.

Water Bottles: Dancers may bring their own labeled water bottles to leave in the hallway. There will be no water bottle refilling available at the studio.

Food: No food is allowed in the studio. Dancers must eat outside or in their vehicle.

Storage: Dancers must limit their belongings and only bring what is required for class to the studio. There will be no storage available for belongings.


  • As our sessions run for 17 weeks, please prioritize extra-curricular activities accordingly.
  • If Petoskey Schools are closed due to snow, there will be no classes.
  • If a student misses class due to illness, they may make it up any time during the current session. If a student has an injury, they are encouraged to watch class and take notes.
  • Dancers must arrive to class on time prepared and ready to dance. Levels Intermediate-Advanced are expected to be at least 10 minutes early to stretch as they are responsible for warming themselves up. If a student is less than 10 minutes late, they may ask permission to take class. Students who are continuously late for class, will be asked to sit out of class.
  • There is absolutely NO talking during class, unless it is a question or comment to the instructor. Disruptive students may be asked to sit out of class, or sent home.
  • No gum or food may be brought into the studio for ANY reason.
  • The School of Ballet dress-code is based on classical standards for dance training. This dress code helps students focus on their work in class, and prepares them for performances. Students feel pride in themselves when they are dressed properly and ready for class.
  • Students and their parents are responsible for understanding the dress code.
  • Students in violation of dress code will be asked to correct the problem prior to class. If there are ongoing problems, the student will be asked to sit out of class when he/she is not prepared for class.
  • More serious students are encouraged to attend more than one class per week, as regular study ensures more rapid progress.
  • Advanced dance classes are by audition/invitation only. Advanced ballet students are required to attend 4 ballet classes per week.
  • We recommend purchasing dance wear at:
    * Bottoms Up – Okemos 517.349.0158
    * The Dance Center Boutique – Traverse City 231.947.6820
    * Diva Dancewear – Traverse City 231.941.7552
    * Kicks – Grand Rapids 616.776.5966
    * Discount Dance Supply –


  • Leotard
    Solid colored leotard (black is preferred) for ladies. White tee, leotard or tank for gentlemen.
  • Tights
    Ladies; full-footed pink tights (with or without seams), no footless or rolled-up tights.
    Gentlemen; black tights, sweatpants or shorts.
  • Ballet Slippers
    Pink leather (preferred) or canvas ballet slippers for ladies and white or black ballet slippers for gentlemen. Ballet slippers must be properly sewn with narrow elastic prior to entering class. Please adjust drawstrings and tie them in a KNOT, rather than a bow. Trim the ends to about 1 inch, and tuck the ends inside the shoe. Please do NOT tie the drawstrings in a bow, or leave the ends outside the shoe. (This is for the safety of the dancers.)
  • Point Shoes
    A student must receive permission by Ms. Heather in order to wear, or be fitted for pointe shoes. Upon approved fitting, pointe shoes must be reviewed by Ms. Heather prior to wearing them.
  • Warm-Ups
    When students wear warm-ups, their technique is not fully visible to teachers. The studio temperatures are kept suitably warm, so there is no need for students to wear clothing over their classroom attire. If a student has a specific injury that requires a warm-up, please speak to Ms. Heather for special arrangements prior to class.
  • Accessories
    Absolutely no tank tops, camisole tops, sweatshirts, pants or shorts are allowed in ballet class. Ballet skirts are acceptable.
  • Jewelry
    Absolutely no watches or jewelry in class, with the exception of small, secure earrings. Students who wear jewelry to class will be asked to remove it.
  • Undergarments
    Girls’ tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards. (Please be sure to buy dance tights, which have a cotton crotch.) Underpants inhibit movement and are very unsightly, and are not allowed under tights. While this can be a bit of a surprise to younger dancers, they adjust quickly.

    Please avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining this aspect of ballet dress code to them ahead of time, and making sure they come to class in proper attire. This will also prepare dancers for our year-end performance. 

    Male dancers must wear a dance belt or dance briefs under their tights. 

    Nude-colored body stockings or bras may be worn by female dancers who need extra support
  • Hair
    Improper hairstyles are not only messy, they interfere with dance training. Standard ballet hairstyle for girls is a secure, slicked-back bun with no bangs. Standard hairstyle for boys is short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if hair is long.

    Students in violation of hair code will be required to correct their hair prior to entering class. This means secure buns with hairnets. Absolutely NO loosely-tied hairdos. Absolutely NO ponytails, with the exception of Beginning Ballet students.

    Students are expected to bring adequate hair supplies with them to the studio. We recommend keeping a bag or other container with hair supplies in dance bags, along with hair spray or gel.

    Girls with short hair are still expected to pull hair back using clips.

    If you need help with buns or other hair questions, please ask Ms. Heather prior to class for help.


  • Leotard
    Solid colored leotard (black is preferred) for ladies, or a camisole top with leggings. White tee, leotard or tank for gentlemen.
  • Tights
    Ladies; full-footed pink tights (with or without seams), or leggings.
    Gentlemen; black tights, sweatpants or shorts.
  • Shoes
    Specific shoes are required for class, and Miss Karrie will provide parents with information on the first day of class. Until the specified shoes are acquired students may go barefoot.

Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

Class Cancellations (Weather)
When Public Schools of Petoskey are closed due to inclement weather, CTAC-Petoskey classes are cancelled. We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Workshops and one-time classes will be handled on a per-class basis. School of Ballet students are asked to make up the missed class in an alternate session approved by their instructor.

Student Absence
We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
If you suspect that you have been exposed to or display symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to CTAC for your in-person class. We will offer a prorated credit (never expires) or refund for two weeks of your missed class for all cancellations due to suspected COVID-19 infection and/or exposure. If you choose to drop the remainder of your class, you will receive a prorated refund of the tuition of the remaining sessions.

COVID-19 Class Cancellations
In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or state mandate, CTAC will announce the closure on its website and phone system (231-347-4337). Prorated refunds will be issued for the remaining sessions.

Minimum Enrollment
Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)