Pre-Professional and Adult

Summer 2018

Please note: during the summer months, our resident teacher Shayna Skal will be available to teach privates and semi-private classes (small groups of 3 or 4 students.) Please contact Shayna directly at

August 4 to August 18, During these weeks the studio will accept single class payments or class card only. Enrolled students and monthly fees will star in August 20

  • Monday 6 to 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Shayna
  • Wednesday 6 to 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Shayna
  • Saturday 9 to 10 am, Pilates, Gretchen
  • Saturday 10 to 11:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Jarina
  • Saturday 11:45 – 1:15 pm, Contemporary Forms + Improvisation


School Year Schedule  (August 20, 2018 – May 25, 2019 )

Please contact us to schedule a placement class. Scroll down for the full description of our classes and calendar of holidays.

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  • Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Shayna
  • Monday 7:30 – 8:00 pm, Intermediate Pointe, Shayna

  • Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ballet technique, Diogo
  • Tuesday 7:30 to 8 pm, Male Rep, Diogo

  • Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Shayna

  • Thursday 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Jarina. Enrolled students only! 
  • Thursday 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Variations, Jarina

  • Friday 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ballet Technique, Shayna
  • Friday 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Beginner Pointe, Shayna

  • Saturday 9:00 – 10 am, Pilates, Gretchen
  • Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 am, Ballet Technique, Jarina
  • Adult Beginner 8 Weeks Workshop, Jarina
  • Saturday 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Ballet Partnering, TBA

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ATTENTION! Class placements are subject to evaluation by the class instructor. Please contact us to schedule a placement class.



Ballet Technique: An intermediate ballet class for students who have mastered the basic technique and want to expand their ballet vocabulary. Please contact us to schedule a placement class.

Adult Beginner Ballet Class: Open class to all who would like to experiment with ballet!

FF 9308_1058 copyPointe Class: A dancer needs strong ballet technique for pointe work. These classes will build on the fundamentals dancer already has. Please contact us to schedule a placement class.

Partnering: Female and male students in this class will learn to dance together including lifts, turns, and promenadesMust have instructor approval to participate. Male dancers can take this class for free!


Contemporary Forms + Improvisation

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Designed to build a healthy balance of strength and flexibility in the body, while improving overall stability and increasing range of motion, this class will teach dancers to move in and out of the floor with fluid efficiency. Technique exercises are inspired by Laban/Barteneiff Fundamentals, Cunningham Technique, and Banning Bouldin’s Flooring/Falling/Sliding syllabus.

Improvisation tasks will set the tone for the class, giving participants the space to research the body’s natural energetic directions and to try on various dynamics and coordination. These tasks will influence the approach to any technique exercises. Phrase work is often accompanied by improvisation tasks designed to stimulate imaginations and open new movement possibilities.

Dancers will be encouraged to discover new ways of thinking about and embodying known and rehearsed forms.

 Contemporary workshop: For Pre-professionals and adults alike. We will spend an hour working on contemporary choreography with professional dancer Kellis Oldenburg. Please arrive warmed up or take the ballet class before the workshop to ensure you are ready to dance. This one hour class does not include warm-up.

Click here to get more information on our collaboration with the  Tulane Dance Clinic



All of us at Live Oak are interested in developing new artists in New Orleans. Taking privates is a great way to move ahead in a short period of time, but privates are not a substitute for a regular group class. For this reason, private classes are a privilege of students participating in classes at Live Oak Dance. To schedule a private with one of our faculty please contact Jarina.


HOLIDAYS & IMPORTANT DATES  (2017-2018 school year)

Please note: Scheduled studio closings are not missed opportunities for class, as they are not part of the class schedule. Under no circumstances will students be given discounts for scheduled studio closings listed here as they are part of our enrollment agreement.

August 6: Student Enrollment Period

August 20 – First day of classes

November 19 to 24: No classes, Thanksgiving Holiday

December 19 to January 5: No Classes, Winter Break

February 27 to March 5: No Classes, Mardi Gras Break

March 22 to 26: No Classes, Spring Break

May 24: Last Day of Classes and Dress Rehearsal

May 25 and 26: Spring recital, end of the school year classes

May 28 to June 1: No Classes, Summer Break

June 6 – 31: Summer Intensive Period

Registration- please click here for our registration page


Dress Code

Dance attire makes it possible for instructors to make helpful and specific technical corrections. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about attire or making purchases.
  • Any solid color leotardDSC_0607
  • Pink or black tights
  • Pink leather ballet shoes (Please double knot string and cut off excess.)
  • A ballet skirt or shorts may be worn


  • Solid white T-shirt
  • Black dance pants
  • Black leather ballet shoes (Please double knot string and cut off excess.)

Beginner adults trying ballet class for the first time may wish to wear yoga or other movement-friendly sportswear for their first class along with socks instead of ballet shoes.



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