Ballet Youth

Radford University Ballet Youth

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Radford University Ballet Youth (RUBY) provides inspired training to dancers in ballet, contemporary, pointe, jazz, and tap. RUBY students perform in University productions alongside Radford University dance majors. This partnership enables students a unique opportunity to delve into the collegiate world of dance, offering them a level of professionalism and preparation for continued learning. 

RUBY embraces movement, creativity, and collaboration. Students learn to build relationships proactively with classmates, castmates, teachers, and choreographers, while lending a hand to lift each other up. RUBY students express themselves creatively through movement, while developing discipline and focus.

Radford University Ballet Youth program was begun in 2006 by RU ballet faculty Inessa Plekhanova, further developed under the direction of Melissa Gerth from 2019-2022, and continues to thrive today under the direction of Reagan Mihailoff. 

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MEET THE DIRECTOR

Reagan Elaine Mihailoff trained at the Flint School of Performing Arts in Flint, Michigan, under Karen Mills Jennings, and later trained with the Staunton Academy of Ballet in Staunton, Virginia under Pamela Albright McCray. While with Staunton Academy of Ballet, Reagan performed in lead roles including Clara in the Nutcracker, The Songbird in Sleeping Beauty, the fairy of Autumn in Cinderella, and The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Reagan joined Radford University’s Dance Department in Fall of 2017 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance on April 30th of 2021. Her repertory with the Department includes Clara in Nutcracker, the Mazurka female soloist in Les Sylphides, the lead performer in Being a Heretic, and has performed in several featured roles throughout her collegiate career. 

Reagan is in her second season with Roanoke Ballet Theatre as an apprentice under the artistic direction of Rolando Sarabia. She is Barre Above certified, BODYPUMP certified, in the process of receiving her personal training certificate through NASM.

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REGISTRATION/PLACEMENT 

To register and/or schedule a placement audition contact:  ruby@radford.edu.

Fall Calendar 2022

Fall Semester: August 29 – December 9
Ballet Youth Company (BYC) Auditions: Thursday September 1 at 7:45-8:45
Fall Dance Festival Performance (BYC): Oct 13 & 14 at 7:30, Oct 15 at 2:00
Thanksgiving Break: November 19 – November 27
The Nutcracker (BYC): Dec 1 & 2 at 7:30, Dec 3 at 2:00 (tentative)
Not Another Nutcracker Performance: Friday, December 9 at 7:00 (tentative)

Spring Calendar 2023

Spring Semester: January 23 – May 7
Spring Break: March 4 - 12
RUBY Spring Showcase: Sunday, May 7 at 2:00  (tentative)  

REGISTRATION/PLACEMENT/AUDITION

There will be open enrollment through the academic year unless class enrollment maximums are met. Children must be at least 3 years old to enroll. For more information, please contact us via email: ruby@radford.edu

Note: Enrollment is open year-round.

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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR FALL 2022

Monday

4:00-4:30 Pre-ballet I (3 & 4 year-olds) with Ariel Bowman
4:30-5:15 Pre-ballett II (5 & 6 year-olds) with Ariel Bowman
5:15-6:15 Ballet II (9 year-olds & up)  with Reagan Mihailoff
6:15-7:15 Jazz I/II (7-10 year-olds) with Reagan Mihailoff
7:15-8:30 Ballet III/IV  with Reagan Mihailoff

Tuesday

4:30-5:30 Ballet I (7 & 8 year-olds) with Reagan Mihailoff
5:30-6:30 Contemporary I (7 & 8 year-olds) with Reagan Mihailoff
6:30-7:45 Ballet III/IV with Reagan Mihailoff
7:45-8:45 Jazz III/IV with Reagan Mihailoff

Wednesday

4:00-4:30 Pre-ballet I (3 & 4 year-olds) with Ariel Bowman
4:30-5:30 Ballet II (9 year-olds & up) with S. Kadel
5:30-6:30 Contemporary II (9 year-olds & up) with S. Kadel
6:30-7:15 Tap I/II (7-11 year-olds) with Mailey Paupore
7:15-8:00 Tap III with Mailey Paupore

Thursday

4:00-4:45 Pre-ballet II (5 & 6 year-olds) with Mailey Paupore
4:45-6:00 Contemporary III/IV with Mailey Paupore
6:00-7:15 Ballet III/IV with S. Kadel
7:15-7:45 Pointe III/IV with S. Kadel
7:45-8:45 Ballet Youth Company with Reagan Mihailoff

*Ballet Youth Company is by audition only for levels III and up.

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PROGRAM TUITION & FEES

All tuition and fees are due the first week of class. Checks and cash only. Credit cards not accepted.

Registration Fee: $25/semester
Pre-Ballet I - $90/semester
Pre-Ballet II - $90/semester
Tap (all levels) - $90/semester
Jazz I/II - $120/semester
Jazz III/IV - $150/semester
Contemporary I/II -$120/semester
Contemporary III/IV -$150/semester
Ballet I -$120/semester
Ballet II - $240/semester (2 classes per week)
Ballet III/IV - $295/semester (2 classes per week)
Pointe - $90/semester
Ballet Youth Company - $100/semester

DRESS AND HAIR REGULATIONS

For Ballet and Pre-Ballet classes:

Female identifying students: hair pulled back in a bun whenever length allows without scrunchies or headbands, pink or skintone ballet tights and pink or skintone ballet shoes with a solid colored leotard (no underwear underneath).

Male identifying students: black tights, black ballet shoes and plain white T-shirt.

For Jazz, Contemporary, and Tap:

Female identifying students: hair in a pony tail if length allows, and solid colored leotard, black leggings, black, slip-on, split sole jazz shoes (jazz)  barefoot (contemporary) tap shoes (tap). 

Male identifying students: black athletic pants and solid colored t-shirt with appropriate footwear.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

RUBY classes will be canceled if Radford City Schools are closed. Otherwise all parents will be notified via email by 2 p.m. on that day.