Little Dancers Classes for 4-5 Year Olds

Little Dancers is a component of the School of American Ballet’s SAB OPEN division, which does not require auditions for admission. Weekly classes for 4 and 5 year olds highlighting introductory ballet, creative movement, and classical music appreciation are offered each fall and winter. No previous training is necessary.

Students will participate in a 45-minute class each week in SAB’s beautiful glass studios at our Lincoln Center headquarters.  Led by members of SAB’s faculty, classes will focus on teaching the fundamentals of dance, developing spatial awareness and introducing elementary ballet steps.  Live music will accompany each class, allowing students to better understand the relationship between music and dance and helping them to develop a sense of musicality.

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Auditions are not required for the Little Dancers program and children do not need previous ballet training. Little Dancers is for children ages 4 and 5 years old. Students must meet the age requirements detailed below in order to enroll. Enrollment is first come, first served. Tuition must be paid in full before the start of the session to secure a student’s space in the program.

Age Criteria

Little Dancers is for 4-5 year olds. To enroll in the 2023 Fall Session, students must have been born between 9/2/2017 and 9/12/2019.

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2023 Fall Session

Classes for Little Dancers are co-ed and divided by age. During the Winter Session, students will meet each week for a 45-minute class beginning the week of September 10 through the week of December 10. There will be no class the week of November 19. Parents will be invited into the studio to observe the final class of the session during the week of December 10. One parent/caregiver will be allowed to accompany their dancer to SAB’s 5th floor and is allowed to remain outside of the studio for the duration of the class.

Please note, the Saturday 10:30 – 11:15 AM class will begin on September 23 and finish on January 13, 2024. There will be no class on November 25 and no class from December 16 through December 30. The final two classes will be held after the New Year on January 6 and January 13.

DRESS CODE: Female identifying students must wear lavender leotards in any style, and pink or flesh-tone tights and ballet shoes. Male-identifying students must wear a white T-shirt, black tights, white ankle socks, and white or black ballet slippers. All children with long hair should wear it pulled back in either a ponytail or bun.

For Students born between 9/2/2017 and 9/16/2018


Tuesdays at 4:45 – 5:30 PM September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12
Wednesdays at 4:45 – 5:30 PM

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13

Thursdays at 4:15 5:00 PM

September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14

Saturdays at 10:30 11:15 AM*

September 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9
January 6, 13


*Our Saturday class is now full, all other sections remain available. Please join our waiting list for the 2023 Fall Session to be notified if an opening becomes available.

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For Students born between 9/17/2018 and 9/12/2019


Tuesdays at 3:45 – 4:30 PM

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12

Wednesdays at 3:45 – 4:30 PM

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13

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Tuition: $1800
Registration Fee: $50

Tuition may either be paid in full upon enrollment or in two installments, with half due at the time of enrollment and the remainder due by August 1, 2023. Payment is required to secure your child’s space in the program. Refunds will not be provided for children who withdraw prior to or during the program. Financial aid is not available for this program.

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Enrollment is now open for the 2023 Fall Session of Little Dancers. Visit the link below to enroll today.