Cullman Ballet Theater School offering summer dance classes

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CULLMAN, Alabama – The Cullman Ballet Theater School (CBT) offers the opportunity for all ages, from young children to adults, to take summer dance classes. The CBT school curriculum is carefully structured by levels to provide challenging yet safe training for every student. Students are placed at the appropriate level by the principal in consultation with the former dance teacher and the dancers’ parents based on a combination of age, experience and strength.

The first level is the introduction to dance camps for ages 3 to 8 from June 14 to 16 and June 21 to 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children take an age-appropriate ballet class, create a ballet-focused craft and will also have a story hour where they will learn about classical ballets. Water will be provided for breaks. All craft materials will be provided. Relatives and friends can observe the last day of camp at 11:15 a.m. $90 for one week of camp, $160 for both camps.

The class will be taught by Anna Willingham Lanier who has taught pre-ballet for over 20 years at CBT. She is the owner of “Dance with Us”, Cullman’s only specialty dancewear boutique.
Anna also teaches pre-ballet A, B, C classes and community ballet classes, which is tiered ballet technique for dancers pre-teen and up. Anna studied ballet with her mother, Elaine Willingham, from age 5 until high school graduation.

Intermediate Class for ages 9-12 and Advanced Class for ages 12+ are June 13-28 and July 11-29 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students will learn ballet technique, terminology, Pilates, jazz, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical and acro.

Anna Lanier will teach the Intermediate level classes in the evenings. Principal Elaine Willingham will teach advanced level classes, Leah Bowden will teach jazz and hip hop for intermediate and advanced levels, and Cloe Carter will teach contemporary and acro.

Since ballet is the foundation of dance, it is always beneficial to learn for students who do not wish to continue ballet. Director Elaine Willingham said, “Ballet isn’t for everyone and that’s why we continue to have a hip hop teacher.” She said hip hop would be easier for any child to learn, regardless of their previous experience.

The Ballet Drama School places a strong emphasis on summer study for serious students, master classes with resident guest teachers are scheduled throughout the year for intermediate to advanced students. Registration can be completed online at or at Cullman Ballet Theater School.

All dancewear is available at “Dance with Us”, Cullman’s only dance shop located adjacent to Cullman Ballet Theater School.

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