Ballet-Tap Combo (Ages 3-4)
A delightful first approach to dance! Students will learn basic ballet and tap terms, technique, and self-expression using large motor and coordination skills. The Ballet portion of the class will have a main focus on basic ballet movements using creative expression through movement while implementing structure and basic discipline. The tap portion runs about 15 minutes of class time and basic tap steps are taught with fun drills and choreography.
Ballet-Tap Combo Level I (Ages 5-6)
A building on of the classes above with creativity and fun still playing a roll in learning with an increased focus on developing larger motor skills, a wider range of ballet terms and vocabulary with a deeper understanding of how the body moves in ballet. The tap portion of the class also builds on the basics of the above class into more complex steps and combinations. Choreography is taught in both portions.
Pre-Ballet (ages 3-5)
Introduces the basic elements of ballet through creative movement activities. Students will explore space, force, and timing while learning specific movements, such as hopping, skipping, and eventually sou sou, cloche. and other ballet movements and terms. All classes are conducted through playful and age suitable movement and musicality activities and games. Pre-Ballet expands the students’ movement vocabulary and understanding of ballet terminology through copying and creating activities, simple dances, and movement exploration. Each class incorporates movement themes, such as the use of levels, interaction with a partner, movement dynamics or patterns, and utilizing dancing to learn ballet stories of the romantic and classical ballet repertoire.
Ballet I (Ages 6-7)
Emphasis is on technique, creative phrasing, while increasing strength and technical ability. Objectives include moving through the five positions which wire the ballet system of movement. This class begins with activities to help prepare for learning and improves social and behavioral skills through the teaching of ballet classroom etiquette. The aim is to boost brainpower through exercise, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain through dancing, so the students can be challenged both mentally and physically. Getting started at the barre is a critical element to this class and emphasis is placed on plies and tendu and degage exercises from first position. Activities center floor focus on breathing, being a visual versus a tactile dancer (dancing with and without the mirror), and working both the core and the distal lines of the limbs.
Ballet II* (Ages 8-10)
In this level of Ballet the dancers mind and body are ready for a deeper understanding and discipline. Focus is on the terms and wider range of steps, combinations and choreography.
Ballet III* 11+
This level will further increase the dancers foundation of steps, principles and understanding of basic anatomy to help promote the development for healthy dancers. At this level, the dancers are encouraged to come multiple times per week as they are ready for the full commitment to the understanding of ballet.
Ballet IV* 14+ (Instructors approval)
With a strong foundation and deep understating of ballet movements, terms, and combinations, here the dancers discipline will be sharpened and perfected. Dancers work on perfecting technique, center work, across the floors and choreography.
Pointe (Instructors Approval)*
Pointe will further increase the dancer’s strength in steps and provide a foundation for mature ballet dancing. Principles of the basic anatomy of the foot and understanding of balance through kinesiology help promote the development of healthy dancers en pointe and are integral to the curriculum. At this level, dancers are encouraged to attend ballet classes multiple times per week as they are ready for a full commitment to perfecting and understanding ballet techniques, which will enable them to dance efficiently en pointe.
Teen Ballet (Ages 12+)
This class was specifically designed for the Teen dancer that is either brand new to dance, or returning to Ballet after years of taking a break. Here, dancers will learn the basics in a fun, friendly and non threatening environment. A perfect way to re-introduce and re-learn skills, steps, terminology with a sprinkle of choreography.
The goal of this class is for the adult who is either interested in learning about Ballet or the dancer that wants to get back into dancing. A fun, safe, comfortable yet challenging class to work on ballet technique, style, terms and combinations.
* Must have at least one ballet companion class