Open Division - Indianapolis Ballet
Dance classes for adults in downtown Indianapolis
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Open Division

Adult/Open Division

For those who love to dance but wish to undertake a less intensive schedule

Classes for adults and teens, ages 13 and up

The Adult/Open Dance Program, for ages 13 and above, offers classes for beginners, former dancers wanting to return to their passion, and those looking to use dance to stay fit. Technical work is presented in a sequential, graded format to meet the needs of students who seek quality training, enrichment and physical fitness. In the Open Program, the number of classes may be less, but the quality of training is not diminished.


The Adult/Open Dance Program, for ages thirteen to adult, offers classes to students who love to dance but wish to undertake a less intensive schedule. Technical work is presented in a sequential, graded format to meet the needs of students who seek quality training, enrichment and physical fitness.


In the Adult/Open Program, the number of classes may be less, but the quality of training is not diminished. Beginning and experienced dancers are invited to take part, as our experienced faculty will cater each class to meet the abilities of the students in attendance

2019-20 ISB Year Schedule (Aug. 2019-May 2020)

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

2019 Summer Schedule (June & July)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Calendar/Off-weeks: Please note that there will be no Adult/Open classes scheduled on the following dates during breaks in the 2019/20 ISB calendar:


  • July 23, 25 & 30 and August 1, 2019 (Summer Break)
  • November 26 & 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving week)
  • December 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2019 (Christmas Break)
  • December 31, 2019 & January 2, 2020 (Winter Break)
  • March 31 & April 2, 2020 (Spring Break)
  • May 11-June 8, 2020 (Summer Break)




Tuesday/Thursday classes: Patricia Johnstone spearheads the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s Adult/Open classes twice per week and also serves as a fill-in instructor for ISB’s Young Children’s and Pre-Professional classes. Ms. Johnstone’s career spans over 30 years of instruction in ballet technique, creative movement, body conditioning, jazz and tap. She has taught students of all ages from pre-school through adult, choreographing works for student and professional dancers. During her more than 20 years with the Dance Refinery, she developed a curriculum for creative movement based on storytelling, songs, games, rhythm and musicality, designed to give very young children a positive classroom experience while using their naturally creative imaginations with the physicality of dance.


Ms. Johnstone received her ballet training with Maggie Black, Anneliese von Oettingen, George Verdak, I-Chi Cheng Zhou from the Central Ballet of China and Rebecca Rutt.  She studied Horton Modern Dance Technique at the Contemporary Dance Theatre in Cincinnati and with Joy Kellman in New York City. She received her B.S. in Music (Ballet) and English from Indiana University School of Music, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefous. As a performer, Ms. Johnstone danced with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, appeared as a guest artist with Gregory Hancock Dance Company, and performed one season with Dans Ethnik, dancing traditional and modern dances from eastern and western Europe, the Mediterranean, and Israel.


Wednesday class: Caitlin Negron is a dancer, teacher, and arts administrator based in Indianapolis. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Dance Performance and Anthropology. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Indy Convergence, an arts organization focused on interdisciplinary project development and artistic international relationships. Caitlin is a recipient of the 2015 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and received the Indiana Arts Communion Individual Artist grant for 2015/2016. She retired from Dance Kaleidoscope in June 2018 . She also is a BASI certified pilates instructor and teaches through the greater Indianapolis area.


$20 per Class / $192 per 12 Class Card

Suggested Class Attire

Ladies: Solid color leotard, skirt (optional), tights and pink ballet slippers

Gentlemen: Black stretch pants, biker shorts or tights, white T-shirt, and ballet shoes

Registration and Payments

These classes are offered on a walk-in basis.  There is no need to register ahead of time. If you would like to register and pay online in advance for 2019-20 Fall/Spring classes you may do so here beginning on June 24, 2019.