Ballet

Pre-Ballet: Age 3-4yrs: In this 45minute class dancers begin to use their coordination and basic dance motor skills in a sequence. They continue to increase their dance vocabulary and motor skills. There is more emphasis on class structure and the memorization of dance phrases. These dancers continue to learn how to stand in a straight line, be good listeners and follow directions.

Ballet/Tap: Age 4-6yrs: This is a 55minute class that works on two styles of dance. In the ballet portion dancers are introduced to exercises at the ballet barre, learn about body control and alignment. Dancers begin to learn what technique is when it comes to feet and arm positions. In tap they learn basic tap steps at the barre and in center floor. They will learn simple tap sequences and dance to a beat with and without music. They will learn proper performance etiquette and gain confidence on stage. These dancers already know how to stand in a straight line, be good listeners and follow directions.

Ballet/Tap/Jazz: Age 6-8yrs: This class is a 90minute class that explores 3 styles of dance. In the ballet portion dancers are introduced to exercises at the ballet barre, learn about body control and alignment. Dancers explore proper ballet technique at the barre, in center floor and across the floor. In tap dancers learn basic tap steps center floor and across the floor. They will learn simple tap sequences and rhythms. During the jazz section dancers focus more on flexibility, musicality, body awareness, coordination, and style. This class if for the dancer who has completed the Ballet/Tap class or has 1 to 2 years beginner experience at the preschool age.

Ballet 1: Age 7-9yrs: Is an hour long, introduction to classical ballet technique and class structure. They will spend time each week on ballet barre exercises, center floor and across the floor. Dancers are introduced to ballet fundamentals such as proper turn out, placement, and basic alignment. The class emphasizes dancing and performing with rhythm and poise. This class is for the beginning ballet dancer or a student coming out of a combination class.

Ballet 1/2: Age 9 and up: This is an hour long, introduction to classical ballet technique and class structure for the more experienced dancer. This class will move faster through skills and continue to build the dancer’s ballet vocabulary. The dancers will learn fundamentals of ballet and apply them to more complex sequences. This class is for the older experienced beginner who may have taken other styles of dance but are new to ballet.

Ballet 2: Age 8 and up: An hour long, class that is a continuation of level 1. In this class dancers continue to build upon the fundamentals of ballet and apply them to complex combinations at the ballet barre and in center floor. The dancer will be introduced to more advanced vocabulary and movement. This class is for the accomplished beginner who has had at least one year of classical ballet.

Ballet 2/3: Age 9 and up: This hour long class, is designed to bring the dancer to an intermediate level of technique and performance. The class will build upon the skills that were taught in the beginning levels by learning longer combinations in all areas of the class, dancing to more complex rhythms, and performing more difficult skills. This class is for the dancer who has successfully completed the beginning ballet levels.

Ballet 3 (ages 10 and up): This hour long class is an upper level intermediate class that is a continuation of the skills and concepts taught in 2/3. In this level there is an increased expectation to apply technical concepts that have been mastered at the barre to center and cross floor work. Dancers are also taught more challenging steps and vocabulary.

Ballet 4 (ages 11 and up): This 90 minute class is an introduction to advanced level work. Dancers must consistently demonstrate an ability to apply ballet fundamentals and technique to center and cross floor combinations and choreography in order to participate in this class. While continuing to build upon the skills taught in level 3, more attention is given to body lines, epaulment, and style. Dancers perform longer and more difficult center floor combinations that include multiple turns, batterie in jumps, and directional changes. This class is also designed to increase the dancers’ overall strength and flexibility.

Ballet 5 (ages 12 and up): This 90 minute class is a continuation of the advanced skills and concepts taught in level 4. Combinations and exercises are taught at quick pace. There is a continued emphasis on body lines, epaulment, and style. Dancers continue to perform combinations and choreography that include advanced level skills and technique. Dancers are challenged individually to dance beyond their comfort zone and reach a new personal best.

Pointe 1 (ages 12 and up): This is an introduction to pointe work for the serious advanced ballet dancer. Dancers must be a minimum of 12 years old and enrolled in a level 4 or higher ballet technique class. Placement into this class is through invitation and audition only. Dancers are encouraged to take multiple ballet classes during the week to increase strength and muscle memory. Dancers will learn the fundamentals of pointe work and pointe shoes through many barre and some center and cross floor exercises. Dancers will work to increase their strength and stamina throughout the class.

Pointe 2 (ages 13 and up): This class is a continuation of the skills and concepts taught in pointe 1. Dancers must be enrolled in a level 5 ballet technique class and are encouraged to attend multiple classes each week. Placement into this class is through invitation only. Dancers will continue exercises at the barre to strengthen and train the ankles and feet. They will also perform longer and more difficult combinations center and cross floor.

CLASSICAL BALLET: is the most formal of the ballet styles, it adheres to traditional ballet technique. Features that are unique to classical ballet are its use of turnout of the legs, textures, pointe work, high leg extensions, and graceful ethereal movements. Classical ballet stresses the importance of technique and precise execution of the movements.