Perhaps you have had a friend who invited you to their daughter’s debut in the Nutcracker. Perhaps you need a place for your children to socialize outside of social media. Well, you are now reading the right article. Sara Jo Strickland is the founding director of Hampton Ballet Theatre School and she knows a thing or two about teaching children ballet. “I started dancing and teaching with a school called Danse Arts under the direction of Aras Ames. That school ended and then I started my own school in 2007. I teach ballet from ages 3 to adult!”
Right now, the big thing in the pipeline is the Nutcracker. You would be amazed at the amount of work that goes into this. Sara explains, “The Nutcracker is a yearly tradition. It jumpstarts the holidays for families on the East End. Children dream of dancing in a new role each year, which makes it exciting and special. This year it is December 2nd, 3rd & 4th at Southampton High School.”
For many kids who want to get into doing ballet, the benefits of it are outstanding. “Ballet instills confidence in mind and body. Dancers are some of the most highly tuned athletes in the world. It connects the mind, body, and then the dancer strives for artistry through their movements.”
Strickland has over 150 students that she teaches. Costs of classes depends on how many times a week you come. They have 5 8-week semesters throughout the year. A student coming once a week for 8 weeks will pay just $208.00 for the semester. It’s a completely affordable activity for any little ballet dancer who wants to get into it!
Tickets for the Nutcracker are on sale at www.hamptonballettheatreschool.com and Strickland is always looking for new recruits