Ballet To Grace The Stage In Newaygo
By Alexis Mercer
Studio 37 of Newaygo will be offering ballet and contemporary dance as part of its art center. Olga Smelik is a classically trained instructor who hopes to bring the beauty and elegance of dance to the Newaygo community. A wide variety of class times and levels are being offered beginning in September. A schedule of all classes is listed below.
Near North Now had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Smelik about the adventure of beginning dance classes in Newaygo. Her love and knowledge of the art form was very apparent throughout the conversation.
N3: What are you hoping your students will learn from your classes?
Smelik: I hope to instill the love of Ballet in my students. I hope to give them valuable lessons of hard work, preserverance and respect and appreciation for the arts. I hope they will find joy in their everyday accomplishments as they feel themselves progressing step by step. I would love for them to be able to carry that appreciation for ballet throughout their lives and to pass it on to their own children someday.
N3: Why did you choose Newaygo for your ballet school?
Smelik: I was approached by Studio 37 owner Gabe Schillman to develop a ballet program as a part of his growing arts and culture center. The fact that is is in Newago was not specifically planned, I just saw it as an opportunity to bring fine art of ballet here as there seems to be quite a growth of all things culture in the recent years.
N3: For how long have you been teaching ballet?
Smelik: I have been teaching ballet for over 20 years starting at the age of 22 . I have retired from dancing myself at 30 years old and ever since then was focusing solely on teaching.
N3: What is your favorite part of teaching this fine art?
Smelik: My favorite part of teaching ballet is to see my students progress further than they ever thought themselves was possible and see them accomplish goals and being able to do things they thought they never would. I love to see fruits of their hard work coming to surface.
In addition to children's classes, Smelik hopes to include adults in her lessons as well. If you have an interest in learning the beauty of ballet, contact Smelik today!
Two types of classes will be offered. Those for homeschool students during school hours and after school programming. The information for each is listed below.
MONDAYS (ages 5 through 7) and WEDNESDAYS (ages 7 and up)
Basic Ballet Technique 11am-12pm
CLASSES START SEPTEMBER 10th price $ 50 per month
This program is designed to be an introduction to art of ballet to homeschoolers as part of fine art study. If a homeschooler is an experienced dancer we suggest our after school program.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
All students wishing to attend after school program (either full time or part time) will be required to take placement class (free of charge) to insure the most accurate placement for best learning environment. If a student is placed too high he or she will struggle to keep up, and if too low he or she will not be challenged. All placement decisions are solely up to ballet teacher and are made in the best interest of each student. Students are placed according to their previous experience and ability and not age, so there may be slightly different ages in each group. Students may be moved up a level as the year progresses and they show consistency and dedication.
PLACEMENT CLASS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, 2018
4:30-5:30 Ages 6 through 10
5:30-7pm-Ages 10 and up
You will be notified of your placement the following day by email.
FULL TIME PROGRAM SCHEDULE
LEVEL 1 Dress code light blue leotard
4:30-5:30pm MONDAY and WEDNESDAY $70 per month
LEVEL 2 Dress code lavender leotard
5:30-7pm MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY
Pre-pointe /Beginner pointe is included in TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY class $200 per month
Note: LEVEL 2 students will start with pre- pointe and will progress to pointe ONLY when approved by instructor and sufficient strength is developed
LEVEL 3 Dress code coffee(light brown) or black leotard
7-8:30 pm MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (5:30 -7pm combined with level 2, POINTE class follows 7-8pm)
SATURDAY 10-11am, POINTE class follows 11-12pm $300 per month
CONTEMPORARY – INCLUDED IN FULL TIME TUITION
Students in levels 2 and 3 are required to take minimum 4 classes per week, otherwise will not be permitted to dance on pointe.
PART TIME PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Part time Level 1 and 2 students can participate in performances but will not be allowed to take Pointe classes because body needs to train at least 5 hours per week to safely dance on pointe. They may take a contemporary class. Part time Level 3 students may do Pointe once a week if attendance is consistent and with instructor’s approval.
LEVEL 1 Dress code light blue leotard
4:30-5:30pm MONDAY or WEDNESDAY – one class a week
$60 per month
LEVEL 2 Dress code lavender leotard 5:30-7pm-two classes a week
CHOOSE 2 out of MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY or FRIDAY
$120 per month
LEVEL 3 Dress code coffee (light brown) or black leotard 3 classes a week available CHOOSE 3 out of MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY or SATURDAY (refer to full program class times)
$200 per month
CONTEMPORARY MAY BE ADDED FOR $10 more per month for part time program
IF ONLY WOULD LIKE TO STUDY CONTEMPORARY IT IS $50 per month THURSDAY 5-6pm