All of our ballet classes stress correct placement (body alignment), and correct classical ballet technique. Level placement for young ballerinas and ballerinos is dependent on age in combination with skill level and any previous training. The age of the student is used simply for reference and does not determine class placement. All students receive corrections during class to help them advance. Classes are ongoing with sections added as needed. Students advance to the next level based on the recommendation of the instructor.
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INTRODUCTION TO BALLET
Playing games, singing songs, and using props are fun and energizing ways for young children to learn movement basics. The introduction of basic ballet vocabulary provides structure, improves coordination, and challenges the memory. Small classes and one on one attention allow even the youngest dancers to feel comfortable in the classroom environment. Our Pre-Ballet Classes are broken up into two classes based on the age of the student.
Ballet I introduces boys and girls to the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. Each class focuses on proper posture, body positions, and alignment while also building on ballet vocabulary. Class structure and discipline are also emphasized, and musicality and creativity are explored through improvisation. Watch your child’s confidence and appreciation for the art form grow as he or she masters new skills and makes new friends.
BEGINNING INTERMEDIATE BALLET
The structure of this traditional ballet class enhances students’ physical and mental discipline while re-affirming posture, placement, flexibility, and strength. Each class begins with barre and centre work, followed by exercises across the floor and reverence. Students learn performance skills and basic music fundamentals while cultivating self-confidence and presence. Students receive the individual attention they need whether they have had previous experience or are absolute beginners. Ballet II classes is broken down into two classes based on the ability of the dancers. This allows us to focus on the needs of the dancers
Ballet III moves in the direction of a more formal ballet class by adding such classical elements as adagio, petit allegro, pirouettes, grand allegro, and advanced port de bras and epaulement. Emphasizing the importance of form, musicality, and presence makes this class both challenging and rewarding. Ballet III may sometimes be found combined with a Ballet II or Ballet IV class. Individual attention is given to students from both levels and class exercises may differ depending on each dancer’s abilities. Previous experience is suggested for this level but is not a pre-requisite. Ballet III students should consider taking two classes per week to gain the proper strength and technical skills necessary to meet their full potential.
INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED BALLET
Building on concepts practiced in Ballet III, Ballet IV elevates experienced young dancers into a technically more demanding level that prepares them for pre-professional training. Emphasis is placed on coordination, musicality, and technical proficiency as dancers learn how to execute ballet combinations and choreography both in the center and across the floor. Previous experience is necessary for admittance to this level. Ballet IV students are encouraged to take class two or three times per week to achieve optimum results in their advancement
Pointe class may be taken by students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe. Students who are on pointe must take at least 3 hours of additional ballet classes per week. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age. The instructor will advise parents when a student has the necessary strength and maturity to go on pointe. Pointe class may be taken only with the permission of the instructor.
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