Wilkes University

The Degnan Ballet Center at the Convervatory of Wilkes University

The Degnan Ballet Center - Where Excellence Comes First

Kristin Degnan Boonin and her late husband, Peter Degnan, established the Degnan Ballet Center (DBC) in 1983 as a school of classical ballet.

Ballet Curriculum

The training of DBC students is conducted from the classical tradition of Russia’s Kirov Ballet. This regimen nurtures the individually paced progress of students beginning with pre-ballet and progressing through seven levels of classical dance training from beginner through intermediate to advanced. This approach is designed to cultivate a healthy self-esteem, personal and artistic maturity, and develops sound technique in support of achieving an authentic aesthetic vision. The appropriate curricular level for each dancer is determined by the faculty of DBC.

Faculty

The primary instructors of the Degnan Ballet Center are current or past members of the Artistic Staff of Ballet Northeast. Biographical information on these talented professionals is available under the Faculty and Staff section of the website. Various professional artists teach master classes throughout the academic year. This guest faculty includes members of major ballet companies, professionals in the industry as well as university professors.

Master classes with be advertised as they become available and are open to both Conservatory students and the community.

Prospective Students

New students are welcome to tour the beautiful studios and facilities located in the Darte Center on the campus of Wilkes University, observe a class or take a complimentary placement class in order to become acquainted with our school. These arrangements can be made by contacting the Conservatory office at 570.408.4426. All new students must participate in a placement class to assure the student be enrolled in the appropriate level for proper growth and development.

Attire

Ballet Class attire for ladies is pink tights and black leotard with pink ballet slippers. There is a specific black leotard and a white alignment belt that has been designated as the Degnan Ballet Center uniform.  Please contact the Conservatory Coordinator for uniform information at 570.408.4426. Hair must be pulled back into a bun unless the hairstyle is very short. Gentlemen are to wear black tights and a white T-shirt with black or white ballet slippers. Jazz class attire is jazz pants, leotard or camisole top and jazz shoes.

Tuition Fees
1 class per week for each five week sessions $75
2 classes per week for each five week sessions $135
3 classes per week for each five week sessions $185
4 classes per week for each five week sessions $205
Variations  | 1 class per week for each five week session $50

 Jazz  I 1 class per week for each 5 week session

$50
Charge per single class or Master Class $25
Registration Fee (paid once for entire Aug. - June season) $25


Class Requirements:

Ballet C&D - two (2) classes per week
Ballet E,F - three (3) classes per week
Ballet G - (4) technique classes per week

**A Master Class or Variations class may NOT be substituted for a REQUIRED ballet technique class

Checks must be made payable to Wilkes University

  • A $25 surcharge is added to any overdue tuition payment after the second week of the session has begun.

8 Five Week Sessions

  • Session 1: August 15 to September 18
  • Session 2: September 19 to October 23
  • Session 3: October 24 to November 27
  • Session 4: November 28 to January 15
  • Session 5: January 16 to February 19
  • Session 6: February 20 to March 26
  • Session 7: March 27 to May 7
  • Session 8: May 8 to June 10

Recesses:

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 5th (1 day)
  • Thanksgiving Recess: Thursday - Sunday, November 24 to November 27 (4 days)
  • Winter Recess: Monday - Sunday, December 18 to January 1 (14 days)
  • Spring Recess: Monday- Sunday, April 9 to April 16 (7 days)
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 29 (1 day)

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