Classes

BALLET SHOES

2016 Class Schedule

School Philosophy:

All ballet classes are based on the Russian Vaganova Method.  All placement is decided by the school directors, and is based upon each child’s age, ability, training and development physically, as well as technically. We take pride in offering you the highest quality of instruction, and take this responsibility seriously.  We feel it is important for your child to learn structure, self-discipline, respect and love of dance, and most importantly, gain a strong self-esteem. At the end of each year, students have the opportunity to perform in a full-length ballet as their “recital” program. A Tap/Jazz program is an additional highlight of our Spring performance.

 

Dance Programs:

Pre-Ballet & Tap (3-5 years old)

Students must be 3 by August to participate in this class.  The class is 1 hour long once a week.  The class will consist of very basic ballet exercises, movement and coordination steps (such as marching, skipping, galloping) stretching, creative movement, and 20 minutes of basic tap instruction.

Ballet & Tap Level IA (5-6½ year olds)

Students in this level must be starting kindergarten or 1st grade. The class is one hour long once a week.  The class will consist of 40 minutes of ballet technique and 20 minutes of tap technique.

Ballet & Tap Level IB/1C (7-8 year olds)

Placement at this level will be determined by age, training and ability.  Placement is decided solely by the school directors.  Classes at this level consist of a 45 minute ballet technique class and ½ hour of tap technique.  Ballet classes consist of barre work, stretching and center work.

Level II A, B, C (9-13 year olds)

This level is divided into 3 groups.  Placement in these different levels will be determined by age, training and ability, and is solely decided by the school directors.  Dancers at this level should take 2 ballet classes per week in preparation for pointe work.  Classes consist of barre work, stretching, and center work.  Beginner pointe classes are offered for 11 to 12 year olds who have had sufficient training.  Dancers’ muscles, bones and technique must be sufficiently developed to begin pointe. Placement in pointe class is decided solely by the school directors.  Pointe classes are offered for Levels IIB and C.  A one hour jazz/tap class is offered at this level.  The class consists of a ½ hour of classical jazz technique and ½ hour of tap technique.

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Tap, Character

Level III (13+ year olds)

Students at this level should be taking a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and 1 pointe class.  A one hour jazz/tap class is offered at this level.  The class consists of ½ hour of classical jazz technique and ½ hour of tap technique.  Character dance will be introduced at this level.  Character dance is folk dance within classical ballet.  This is our intermediate level where placement is decided by school directors.

Ballet, Pointe, Character, Jazz, Variations

Level IV (14+ year olds)

Students at this level should be taking a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week and 1 pointe class.  A one hour jazz class is offered at this level. The class consists of 1 hour of classical jazz technique.  A Variations class is offered where classical ballet variations are taught.  The Character class consists of character dance technique and choreography.  This is our advanced level where placement is decided by school directors.

 

Elite Programs:

Elite III Intensive Study Program (12+ years old)

This program consists of at least 2 hours of ballet study 5 days per week, plus all other disciplines offered in our school, including character, jazz, tap, and variations.  This intensive study program is designed for the younger serious ballet student. Admittance into this program is by invitation only. 

Elite IV Intensive Study Program (14+ years old)

This program consists of at least 2 hours of ballet study 6 days per week, plus all other disciplines offered in our school, including character, jazz, variations, pointe, and character.  This intensive study program is designed for the serious advanced ballet student. Admittance into this program is by invitation only.