Classes are designed to introduce young children to the fundamentals of dance. This division nurtures children’s innate joy of movement and expression while increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles, and introducing the vocabulary of ballet.
Focuses on the development of motor skills, musicality, self-expression, spatial awareness and love for dance.
Introduction of ballet fundamentals and development of posture awareness, coordination and musicality. Discipline, strength, flexibility, grace, work ethic, and continued attention to spatial awareness and to following spatial instruction.
Each of these levels will build upon ballet fundamentals such as port de bras and five positions of the feet while introducing and developing the technical ability and dance vocabulary of each dancer. Introduction to awareness of turn-out and transfer of weight while discipline, grace, strength, flexibility, musicality, and work ethic continue to be emphasized.
Class Requirement: 1x per week.
Level 1 - Class Color: Lavender for girls; black bike shorts/leggings and white shirt with white ballet sippers for boys
Level 2 - Class Color: Sea foam for girls; black bike shorts/leggings and white shirt with white ballet sippers for boys
Hip Hop, Jazz & Tap classes teach students free form and expressive dance style. Students build on the basic skills they learn in ballet.
Recommends: 1X per week
This division encompasses Ballet 1 thru Level 6. Students progress, at an individual pace through each level following a graded syllabus. This division is for students 6 years of age and up (younger students may be admitted with Instructor's permission).
Each level will work on improving the overall strength and technique of each dancer. Special attention is given to the strengthening of the legs and ankles, and core stability. Dancers must have at least 3 years of prior ballet studies to enroll in these levels. Discipline,grace, strength, flexibility, musicality and work ethic continue to be important while developing clean port de bras. Dancers will begin pointe in Level 3B.
Class Requirement Level 3A: 2X per week
Class color: Royal Blue for girls; black bike shorts/tights and white shirt with white ballet slippers for boys
Class Requirement Level 3B: 3X per week
Class color: Forest Green for girls; black bike shorts/tights and white shirt with white ballet slippers for boys
Focus on preparation for the Advanced-Pre-Professional Level. Dancers must have 3 years of prior ballet studies to enroll in this. Attention continues to be given to the strengthening of the legs and ankles, and core stability. Discipline, grace, strength, flexibility, musicality and work ethic continue to be important. Dancers will also focus on refining port de bras, movement quality, and fluid transition in between movements.
Class Requirement: 3X per week
Class color: Maroon for girls; black bike shorts/tights and white shirt with white ballet slippers for boys
Focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps come into focus in this level. Training at this level becomes much more rigorous.
Class Requirement: 4X per week
Class color: Navy Blue for girls; black bike shorts/tights and white shirt with white ballet slippers for boys
Each class is taken in conjunction with our leveled class, offering the opportunity to focus on their athletic side of ballet training. Focus on strengthening, jumps, turns, and other aspects of training required for a male dancer.
An intense course of study with training minimum 5 days a week. Classes continue to focus on high level of technique and artistry. Students will focus on classic and contemporary repertoire throughout the course of the year. In addition, students focus on refining port de bras, movement quality, and fluid transition in between movements. A continued focus on discipline, grace, strength, musicality, flexibility and a strong work ethic is necessary. Dancers must have 3+ years pointe experience to enroll in these levels.
Attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps are the focuses at this level. Students must have a strong mastery of pointe work.
Must audition first. This level is for students wishing to pursue a career in classical ballet.
Pointe Work begins in Level 4 with the recommendation of teachers and final approval by the Artistic Director. Pointe shoes may not be sewn or worn without teacher's consent of fit. Pointe does not happen automatically with age or level and is based on an assessment by faculty to avoid risk of injury to the dancer.
Parent and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet classes do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. It is common for students to repeat levels of study. Because of the range of the criteria for promotion is so diverse, it may be two or more years before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.
Advancement is based on many factors including a student's strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of syllabus at grade level and artistic development as assessed by the teachers. A student's ability to execute the required material is considered above all else, including age. Advancement to the next level may occur at anytime during the semester, but is generally determined at the end of each school year.