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.
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.
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.
Quality Training for well‑rounded dancers
LEVEL 1/ 1A
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bailey began her formal dance training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education under the direction of Jamey Leverett. As a Draper student she had many opportunities to perform with Rochester City Ballet in their productions of The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Firebird, Push and Pull, Cinderella, and Carmen. She also spent summers studying at The Juilliard School, Atlanta Ballet, and Nashville Ballet.
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.
2023-2024 School Calendar and Schedule
Registration Begins: July 15, 2023
First Day of Classes: September 9, 2023
Visitor’s Week #1: November 1, 2023 - November 14, 2023
Thanksgiving Break: November 20-26, 2023
Holiday Break: December 21, 2023 – January 3, 2024
Visitor’s Week #2: TBD
February Break: February 19-25, 2024
Spring Break: March 31- April 6, 2024
Visitor’s Week #3: TBD
Memorial Day Break: May 25-27, 2024
Last Day of Classes: June 1, 2024
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.
|Creative Movement||-||4:45-5:45/ E||11:00-12:00/ D||-||4:45-5:45/ E||10:30-11:30/ C 11:00-12:00/ E|
|Pre-Ballet||4:45-5:45/ E||-||4:45-5:45/ E||4:45-5:45/ E||-||9:00-10:00/ E|
|Pre-Ballet Jazz||6:00-6:45/ E||-||6:00-6:45/ E||6:00-6:45/ E||-||10:15-11:00/ E|
|Pre-Ballet Boys Class||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Ballet 1||-||-||-||-||-||9:00-10:15/ D|
|Jazz 1||-||-||-||-||-||10:30-11:30/ D|
|Boys Class 1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Ballet 2||-||4:30-5:45/ C||-||4:30-5:45/ C||-||-|
|Jazz 2||-||-||-||6:00-7:00/ C||-||-|
|Stretch & Strength 2||-||6:00-6:30/ E||-||-||-||-|
|Boy's Class 2||-||-||-||-||6:00-7:00/ E||-|
|Ballet 3||-||-||4:30-6:00/ C||-||4:30-6:00/ C||10:15-11:45/ B|
|Pre-Pointe 3||-||-||-||-||6:15-6:45/ C||-|
|Jazz 3||-||-||6:15-7:15/ C||-||-||-|
|Stretch & Strength 3||-||-||-||-||-||9:30-10:00/ B|
|Boys Class 3||-||-||-||-||6:00-7:00/ E||-|
|Ballet 4||4:30-6:00/ C||-||-||4:30-6:00/ D||4:30-6:00/ A||10:15-12:00/ A|
|Pointe 4||6:15-7:00/ C||-||-||-||-||12:15-1:15/ D|
|Jazz 4||-||-||-||-||6:00-7:30/ A||-|
|Various Styles 4||-||-||-||-6:15-7:30/ D||-||-|
|Stretch & Strength 4||-||-||-||-||-||9:30-10:00/ A|
|Boy's Class 4||-||-||-||-||-||12:00-1:30/ E|
|Ballet 5||4:00-6:00/ D||4:00-6:00/ D||4:00-6:00/ D||-||4:30-6:00/ A||10:15-12:00/ A|
|Pointe 5||6:00-7:00/ D||-||6:00-7:00/ D||-||-||12:15-1:15/ c|
|Jazz 5||-||-||-||-||6:00-7:30/ A||-|
|Various Styles 5||-||6:00-7:15/ D||-||-||-||-|
|Stretch & Strength 5||-||-||-||-||-||9:30-10:00/ A|
|Boy's Class 5||-||-||-||-||-||12:00-1:30/ E|
|PTP A Ballet||4:00-6:00/ B||4:00-6:00/ B||-||4:00-6:00/ B||4:00-6:00/ B||12:00-2:00/ B|
|PTP A Pointe||6:00-7:00/ B||6:00-7:00/ B||-||6:00-7:00/ B||6:00-7:00/ B||2:00-3:00/ D|
|PTP A Jazz||-||-||5:30-7:00/ B||-||-||-|
|PTP A Various Styles||-||-||4:00-5:30/ B||-||-||-|
|PTP A Stretch & Strength||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|PTP A Boy's Class||-||6:00-7:00/ C||-||6:45-7:30/ E||7:00-7:45/ D||12:00-1:30/ E|
|PTP B Ballet||4:00-6:00/ A||4:00-6:00/ A||-||4:00-6:00/ A||4:00-6:00/ D||12:00-2:00/ A|
|PTP B Variations||-||-||-||-||-||2:00-3:00/ C|
|PTP B Pointe||6:00-7:00/ A||6:00-7:00/ A||-||6:00-7:00/ A||6:00-7:00/ A||-|
|PTP B Jazz||-||-||4:00-5:30/ A||-||-||-|
|PTP B Various Styles||-||-||5:30-7:00/ A||-||-||-|
|PTP B Stretch & Strength||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|PTP B Boy's Class||-||6:00-7:00/ C||-||6:45-7:30/ E||7:00-7:45/ D||12:00-1:30/ E|
|Open Int/Adv Ballet||-||7:00-8:30/ C||12:00-1:30/ C||-||12:00-1:30/ D||-|