Gustafson Dance is the official school of State Street Ballet. We provide instruction in dance for all levels of advancement, beginner through professional. Our instruction provides a solid technical foundation in a warm and caring environment. We specialize in teaching dance in a manner that is non-threatening and builds self-esteem, so that everyone from the beginner to the professional dancer will excel.
We recognize that a professional career is not the goal of all students; however, every student is offered instruction that meets the highest standards of professional dance training. We believe that the structure and discipline of learning dance provide benefits that enhance many other aspects of life.
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For 2.5 to 3 year-olds, this class provides the fundamentals for learning about rhythm and movement. Focus is on body awareness using songs and props.
For 3 to 5 year-olds, the emphasis of the class is on the development of coordination and a love of movement. Class work includes large and small motor skills, an introduction to classical vocabulary, creative movement, team-work, and music appreciation.
Classes are available for both the novice and the experienced adult dancer in a mature and non- threatening environment.
Ballet Levels Primary - Level 6
This graded program of classical ballet study meets the standards of professional conservatory training. Progress is guided through individual evaluations and appropriate class level placements. Placement is determined by the Director. Pointe, Classical Variations, and Pas de Deux are provided for levels 4-6 students with permission of the Director. Students must take a minimum of four classes per week, have mastered basic technique while maintaining correct placement, and have sufficient hip, leg, and foot strength on pointe.
Jazz and Tap
Jazz classes are available for students ages 4 through Adult. Tap classes are available during our summer programs for children. Please call for a regular school year schedule.
The "Bulletin Board" on this page has most of the information you would need to sign your child up for classes at Gustafson Dance. We find that the following links though are of particlar interest to parents of prospective and current dancers.
Policies and Expectations
Feel free to ask any questions for clarification on any of our policies as they are designed to create an efficient, well-run program. You can contact us at (805) 563-DANC (3262) ext. 1.