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Ballet Program

Under the Direction of Miss Carmen Wade, these programs are designed for students who would like to further their ballet education and go professional, prepare for the Youth American Grand Prix, prepare for competition team or just stay current with their ballet technique. Classes are available for all skill and age levels. Please call the studio for class placement.

Progressive Division

The recreational division is designed for students who would like to experience ballet classes without committing to the rigors of a demanding dance schedule. The student can take as little as one class per week. Levels A and B, C and Intro to Ballet fall under this category.

INTRO TO BALLET:

Ages 5-6, One class per week, 60 minutes. - Wednesday - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

This class is designed to introduce young dancers to ballet technique and develop musicality, rhythmical awareness, and movement, vocabulary that are the basis for self-expression in dance. Students learn appropriate dance class conduct, which comes from self-discipline and the ability to work with others. Students will learn some barre work, arm positions, foot positions, and very basic skills. Turnout is introduced and explained, but not forced.

LEVEL A:

Ages 7-9, One class per week, 60 minutes. - Wednesday - 7:00-8:00 p.m.

This class introduces students to the discipline and structure that the program will offer. Emphasis remains on rhythm and musicality. Stretching exercises more specific to muscle groups are introduced. Ballet technique will be taught at the barre and in the center. A progression of steps and ballet vocabulary will be taught from level to level.

LEVEL B:

Ages 10-12, One class per week, 60 minutes. - Wednesday - 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Rhythm, musicality, flexibility, and discipline continue to be emphasized, but learning proper alignment is the primary focus on this level. Many new steps and positions are introduced and students begin to learn more ballet terminology. Work continues on refining technique and flexibility, and developing a sense of work ethic. Proper leg and arm placement and their integration with movement are further developed. Dancers at this level are challenged with increasing complexity in movement and skills.

LEVEL C:

Ages 12 & Up, One class per week, 60 minutes. - Wednesday - 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Rhythm, musicality, flexibility, and discipline continue to be emphasized. Additional new steps and positions are introduced and students continue to learn more ballet terminology. Work continues on refining technique and flexibility, and developing a sense of work ethic. Proper leg and arm placement and their integration with movement are further developed. Dancers at this level are challenged with increasing complexity in movement and skills.

Pre-Professional Division

The Pre-Professional ballet program is designed for committed students who desire to become proficient in classical ballet. Although there are exceptions, each level is designed for one to two years of study. Students taking fewer classes per week will take longer to become proficient in the material presented during the year.

Students in this program are required to take two ballet classes at their level. More may be taken if you so choose.

Pointe / Variations

Tuesday - Level 3 - 4:30-5:00 p.m., Level 4-5 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Each student is carefully evaluated before starting study on pointe. Sufficient understanding of correct placement and alignment must be demonstrated before pointe instruction begins thus decreasing the possible risk of injury. Advanced pointe students will also learn and analyze classical pointe variations from famous ballet repertoire.

YAGP

This class is in preparation for the Youth American Grand Prix Competition. Entry into this class is by invite only.

Level Descriptions

The ages listed below are a guideline. All class placement will be decided by Miss Carmen.

LEVEL 1:

Ages 7-8, Two classes per week, 60 minutes each. - Wednesday - 5:00-6:00 p.m., and Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m.

This class is designed to continue teaching a solid ballet technique while challenging the dancer with new steps. The dancer will be learning longer combinations and be asked to apply corrections and show steady improvement. Dancers are required to take two classes per week at this level.

LEVEL 2:

Ages 9-10, Two classes per week, 75 minutes each. - Monday and Thursday - 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This class takes on a more classic flow. More challenging combinations are worked on and special time is paid to stretching and strengthening. Students are expected to understand basic ballet vocabulary and execute fundamental ballet positions of the arms and feet without visual aid.

LEVEL 3:

Ages 10-12, Two classes per week, 75 minutes each. - Monday and Thursday - 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Developing quality of movement begins in this level. Students begin to experience the art of dance, and learn of the commitment required to excel at this art form. Students in this level will begin pointe work and must demonstrate sufficient maturity, dedication, strength, technique, and proper body alignment to advance to the next level.

LEVEL 4:

Ages 12-14, Three classes per week, 75 minutes each. - Monday - 7:00-8:15 p.m., Tuesday - 5:00-6:15 & Thursday - 7:00-8:15

This class is designed to train the emerging dancer. Training will continue on producing a well-rounded ballet dancer by gaining strength and flexibility while continuing to learn new steps and combinations.

LEVEL 5:

Ages 15 & Up, Three classes per week, 75 minutes each. - Monday - 8:15-9:30 p.m., Tuesday - 7:15-8:30 & Thursday - 8:15-9:30

Training will continue on producing a well-rounded ballet dancer by gaining strength and flexibility while continuing to learn new steps and combinations.