Student Division –
Levels 1 thru 5

The Student Division provides our students with superior quality training. With a focus on classical ballet, this division is grounded in technique with an emphasis on creating a well rounded dancer.

Individual Attention

Dance classes in the student division are carefully graded by age, physical strength, and understanding of each level’s curriculum. Students in this division have the opportunity to explore different forms of dance including Modern, Contemporary, & Jazz.

Ballet and dance classes student division - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Encouragement & Exploration

Dancers are encouraged to take advantage of all dance classes including cross training for dance opportunities which include Stretch & Conditioning, Pilates, & Yoga. Students are introduced to progressive levels of ballet and dance technique. They are promoted according to individual progress.

Ballet and dance classes student division - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Quality Training for well‑rounded dancers

To ensure the correct level of study and curriculum, a placement class is required for all dance classes in the Student Division. Below you will find the recommended class requirements for each level.

LEVEL 1/ 1A

One ballet class per week. Jazz is optional but strongly recommended.

LEVEL 1B

Two ballet classes per week. Jazz is optional but strongly recommended.

LEVEL 2AB

Two ballet classes per week. Jazz and stretch & strength are optional but strongly recommended.

LEVEL 3AB

Three ballet classes, pre-pointe, jazz/ contemporary, and stretch & strength each week.

LEVEL 4AB

Four ballet classes, pointe, modern, jazz/ contemporary, and stretch & strength each week.

LEVEL 5AB

Five ballet classes, pointe, modern, jazz/ contemporary, and stretch & strength each week.

Instructors

Jamey Leverett - Draper Center ballet school, Rochester, NY

Jamey Leverett
Artistic Director

Ms. Leverett received her principal training with Timothy M. Draper at the Draper Center, the affiliated school of the Rochester City Ballet. As a former dancer with RCB, she performed major roles in Mr. Draper’s Nutcracker, and danced the lead role in his Firebird, choreographed specifically for her. During her performance career with RCB she was given opportunities to choreograph for the company. Her gift as a talented choreographer emerged, with several of her earlier works still performed by Rochester City Ballet today, such as Inner Voices and Gershwin in the Park.

Ballet and dance instructor - Beth Bartholomew - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Beth Bartholomew

Beth Bartholomew is a native of Rochester, NY, where she studied at the former Enid Knapp Botsford School of Dance and later with the Pennsylvania Ballet School in Philadelphia, PA. At age 18, she received a contract with the Joffrey II dancers and went on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet in NYC.

Ballet and dance instructor - Billie Jean Kandravi - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Stefanie Cheshire

Stefanie Cheshire has been on faculty with Draper Center since 1997 acting as choreographer for dance competitions and teacher of various dance styles including jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary.

Ballet and dance instructor - Billie Jean Kandravi - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Fawn Doran

Fawn Doran received her training at Draper Center for Dance Education, the official school of the Rochester City Ballet. While dancing at Draper she had several opportunities to dance with RCB in their productions of The Nutcracker and Cinderella. She danced roles such as Snow Corps, Spanish Corps, Waltz of the Flowers and lead Arabian princess. In Cinderella she was a Ball Guest as well as a Midnight Fairy.

Ballet and dance instructor - Billie Jean Kandravi - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Billie Jean Kandravi

Billie Jean Kandravi grew up in Houston, Texas where she received her early dance training from American Academy of Dance. She then pursued her love for dance at the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy.

Ballet and dance instructor - Breena Keefe - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Breena Keefe

Born in Rochester, New York, Breena Keefe began her dance training at Pittsford Dance Studio before joining The Draper Center for Dance Education at age 13. She was a gold medalist in both the contemporary and classical categories at the Indianapolis City Ballet Competition and traveled to Peru with the Draper Center Youth Ensemble in 2016 and 2018 to perform with professionals from across the Americas.

Ballet and dance instructor - Stephanie Mellinger-Reese - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Stephanie Mellinger-Reese

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and also known as StephMel, she received her B.F.A in Modern Dance & Choreography from the State University of New York – College at Brockport. Throughout her college career, she had the opportunity to train with Doug Varone, Robert Battle, & The Jose Limon Dance Company.

Ballet and dance instructor - Fidel E. Orrillo Puga - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Fidel E. Orrillo Puga

Fidel Orrillo, born in Lima, Peru, and studied with his Aunt Stella Puga in Trujillo, Peru. At age 13 he received a scholarship to the renowned “National School of Ballet” in Havana, Cuba, directed by Alicia Alonso where he graduated and performed with National Ballet of Cuba.

Ballet and dance instructor - Brittany Shinay - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Brittany Shinay

A native of Boston, Brittany Shinay received her training from Jamey Leverett, Tim Draper, Beth Bartholomew, Fidel Orrillo, Stefanie Cheshire, and other world-class faculty of the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education. She additionally trained at ABT-NY’s summer intensive, attended Juilliard’s BFA in Dance program on full scholarship, and was a trainee of the Boston Ballet, where she performed in The Nutcracker.

Ballet and dance instructor - Jessica Tretter - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Jessica Tretter

A Rochester, New York native, Jessica Tretter trained at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, and the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy under full scholarship. She also attended the School of American Ballet summer intensive, under full scholarship, and American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in New York City.

2021 Calendar & Class Schedule

SCHOOL CALENDAR

REGISTRATION BEGINS:  August 15, 2020
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES:  September 12, 2020
VISITOR’S WEEK #1:  TBD
THANKSGIVING BREAK:  November 23-29, 2020
HOLIDAY BREAK:  Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
VISITOR’S WEEK #2:  TBD
FEBRUARY BREAK:  February 15-21, 2021
SPRING BREAK:  March 29 - April 4, 2021
VISITOR’S WEEK #3:  TBD
MEMORIAL DAY BREAK:  May 29-31, 2021
LAST DAY OF CLASSES:  June 12, 2021

Dance Class Schedule

Class schedules and faculty are subject to change.

Class Observation Policy:
All Draper Center classes & rehearsals are closed for observation except during scheduled Visitor’s Weeks. Each level will have one week of observation, three times throughout the school year. Exact dates will be announced in advance.

Class/Level Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Creative Movement - 10:15-11:00/D - - - 11:00-11:45/ E -
Pre-Ballet 4:15-5:05/ E - - - - 9:00-9:50/ E -
Pre-Ballet Jazz 5:15-6:00/ E - - - - 10:00-10:45/ E -
Ballet 1/ 1A - - - - 4:15-5:15/ C - -
Jazz 1/ 1A - - - - 5:30-6:30/ C - -
Ballet 1B 4:30-6:00/ D - - - - 9:00-10:15/ C -
Jazz 1B - - - - - 10:30-11:30/ C -
Ballet 2AB - 4:45-6:15/ D - - - 10:15-11:30/ D -
Jazz 2AB - - - - - 9:00-10:00/ D -
Stretch & Strength 2AB - 9:00-10:00/ D - - - - -
Boy's Class 2AB - - - - - - -
Ballet 3AB - - 4:30-6:15/ DE 4:30-6:00/ DE - 12:30-2:00/ CE -
Pre-Pointe 3AB - - 6:30-7:15/ DE - - - -
Jazz 3AB - - - 6:15-7:30/ DE - - -
Stretch & Strength 3AB - - - - - 12:00-12:30/ CE -
Ballet 4AB - 4:00-5:30/ C - 4:00-5:30/ C 4:00-5:30/ D 12:15-1:45/ D -
Pointe 4AB - - - 5:45-6:30/ C - 2:00-2:30/ D -
Jazz 4AB - 5:45-7:15/ C - - - - -
Modern 4AB - - - - 5:45-7:15/ D - -
Stretch & Strength 4AB - - - - - 11:45-12:15/ D -
Boy's Class 4AB - - - 6:40-8:00/ C - - -
Ballet 5A 4:00-5:45/ C 6:30-8:00/ D 4:00-6:00/ C - 5:45-7:30/ B 10:30-12:00/ B -
Pointe 5A 5:45-6:45/ C 8:15-9:00/ D - - - 12:15-12:45/ B -
Jazz 5A - - - - - 9:00-10:30/ B -
Modern 5A - - - - 4:00-5:30/ B - -
Stretch & Strength 5A - - - - - - -
Boy's Class 5A - - - 6:40-8:00/ C - - -
Ballet 5B 6:15-8:00/ D 4:00-6:00/ B 6:15-8:15/ C - 5:45-7:30/ A 10:30-12:00/ A -
Pointe 5B 8:00-9:00/ D 6:00-7:00/ B - - - 12:15-12:45/ A -
Jazz 5B - - - - - 9:00-10:30/ A -
Pointe 5B - - - - 4:00-5:30/ A - -
Stretch & Strength 5B - - - - - - -
Boy's Class 5B - - - 6:40-8:00/ C - - -
PTP A Ballet 4:00-6:00/ B 6:30-8:00/ A - 4:00-6:00/ B - 1:00-2:30/ B 12:00-2:00/ B
PTP A Variations 6:00-7:00/ B - - - - - -
PTP A Pointe - 8:15-9:00/ A - 6:00-7:00/ B - 2:45-3:45/ B 2:00-3:00/ B
PTP A Jazz - - 4:00-5:30/ B - - - -
PTP A Modern - - 5:30-7:00/ B - - - -
PTP Stretch & Strength - - - - - - -
PTP A Boy's Class - - - 6:40-8:00/ C - - -
PTP B Ballet 4:00-6:00/ A 3:45-5:15/ A - 4:00-6:00/ A - 1:00-2:30/ A 12:00-2:00/ A
PTP B Variations - - - - - - 2:00-3:00/ A
PTP B Pointe 6:00-7:00/ A 5:30-6:15/ A - 6:00-7:00/ A - 2:45-3:45/ A -
PTP B Jazz - - 4:00-5:30/ A - - - -
PTP B Modern - - 5:30-7:00/ A - - - -
PTP Stretch & Strength - - - - - - -
PTP B Boy's Class - - - 6:40-8:00/ C - - -
Open Int/Adv Ballet 7:00-8:30/ C - - - 12:00-1:30/ D - 12:30-2:00/ C
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