Class Descriptions

 
 

Pre-School Dance

Ages 2-4. Age appropriate instruction for our youngest dancers! Students will use natural movement that is both physiologically and mentally appropriate for this age group. Creative movement, rhythm and lots of fun! Class meets one time per week.


Pre-Primary

Ages 5-7*. Age appropriate instruction that includes lots of fun! Students will use natural movement that is both physiologically and mentally appropriate for this age group. Fundamental movements will be trained to lay the foundation for future study of classical ballet. The student will be exposed to a wide variety of music to further his or her artistic development. Class meets one time per week.

 

Primary

Ages 7-8. Beautiful and handsome dancers start here!  Class is appropriate for young beginners or students that have taken the Pre-Primary class. Class incorporates an expanded study of fundamental skills developed in the Pre-Primary class. Class meets one time per week.


Beginning Ballet (Ballet 1 & 2)

Ages 8+. A formal introduction to classical ballet emphasizing body alignment, basic positions and basic steps. Includes Character Dancing and Free Movement. For more information about character dancing and free movement, please visit our FAQ.


Ballet 3 & 4

Introduces the student to more advanced combinations of steps, body directions and movement, along with use of ├ępaulment. Includes exercises to prepare the student for pointe, Character Dancing and Free Movement. Three or more classes per week are recommended. (Three classes per week, instructor approval and a readiness exam are required for pointe.)

 

Intermediate

Placement in this class by instructor approval. A continued study of ballet with emphasis on technical development, musicality and artistic expression. Includes pointe. For the younger student, preparation for pointe will be accomplished with a concentrated study of demi-pointe or pointe for students meeting pointe requirements. Includes Character Dancing and Free Movement. Three or more classes per week are recommended.  (Three classes per week are required for pointe).

 

Advanced

Placement in this class by instructor approval. An advanced class with emphasis on refinement of technique, articulation and artistry. Instruction includes pointe. This class is geared toward the vocational RAD exams. The technical demands of this class require the student to be studying a minimum of three times per week, although four classes per week are recommended. Class meets up to five times per week.

   

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Individualized instruction focusing on the specific goals of the student.

A semi-private lesson contains two students.

 

* Age acceptability for class may, in some cases, be determined by the instructor to be younger or older than noted.

 

* All students admitted to the Pre-Primary class must be able to work in a group setting, pay attention to the instructor and not be disruptive. Assessment will be made in the first two lessons.

 

* Older students new to ballet or to the school should contact the director to discuss class placement. A placement class may be needed for assessment.