Class Description & Attire

Moving Tales – Creative Dance Ages 3-4

Open up favorite storybooks and leap into an adventure! Children are inspired to explore movement through stories, poetry, illustrations and music. An energetic and creative introduction to dance! Classes begin with a Yoga inspired warm up.

Attire – pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in pony tail, pigtails or bun, Boys – white t-shirt and black leggings

 

Fantasy Ballet – Pre-Ballet  Ages 5-6

Discover the magical world of classical ballet. Princes and Princesses, fairies and woodland animals spring, skip, soar, fly and leap. Children are introduced to ballet vocabulary, steps and class progression through imagery, stories and the great ballets. Imagery and improvisation guide dancers to connect mind, body and spirit as they explore ballet. Body awareness and movement vocabulary are introduced in barre work, stretching, center and traveling sequences. Time for creative expression within the formal structure of a ballet class allows dancers to be in their bodies. 

Attire – pale blue leotard, pink tights, pink slippers; Hair – pulled back off face in ponytail, pigtails or bun, Boys – white t-shirt and black tights and black slippers

 

Ballet Level 1 – Ages 7-8

This class is for students who are ready to dive into the hard work of ballet. It expands on the fundamentals as well as introduces new steps with a focus on awareness of how to work the whole body. Dancers build technique and vocabulary while gaining confidence and sense of accomplishment.

Attire – royal blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun


Ballet Level 2 – Ages 8-9

This class is for dancers with previous ballet training who are ready to expand their movement vocabulary in classical ballet.  With a strong focus on placement, core strength and energy flow of the body in space dancers will gain body awareness that is crucial to performing more demanding steps efficiently and gracefully.  

 

Attire – hunter green leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun

 

Ballet Level 3 – Intermediate Beginners  Ages 9-11

Intermediate ballet students will be challenged to increase their use and understanding of ballet concepts, including: graceful port de bras, consistent turn out of the leg in the hip socket and basic coordination for pirouettes. Students will focus on making clean lines with the body in coordination with specific musical timing.

Attire – burgandy leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun

 

Ballet Level 3 – Intermediate  w/ pre-pointe  (2 classes per week)    Ages 10-11

Intermediate students work on motivating movements from the turnout, maintaining a strong, centered and lengthened spine and coordinating arms and legs for more complex pirouettes and petite allegro. Focus on timing, musicality, and ensemble dancing are an important part of this class. Students are encouraged to self-correct so that more advanced combinations can be mastered. 

Attireburgundy leotards, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun

Pre-Pointe for Level 3

Dancers prepare feet, ankles and legs for the demanding work of dancing en pointe with specific barre & center exercises. Students must master this work before dancing in pointe shoes.

 

Ballet  Level 4 – Intermediate

This class will focus on refining and strengthening ballet technique and alignment while working with more complex musicality. Working from a strong core, students will learn control of momentum to create graceful movement.

Attire – Navy Blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun

Pointe for Level 4 – Beginners

This class will address the fundamentals of pointe work: correct alignment, articulation of the foot and ankle and core strength. Dancers must attend 3 technique classes per week.

 

Ballet  Level 5 – Advanced

This class will focus on refining and strengthening ballet technique and alignment while working with more complex musicality. Working from a strong core, students will learn control of momentum to create graceful movement.

Attire – Deep Purple leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, Hair –pulled back off face in a bun

Pointe Level 5 -Intermediate/Advanced

This class will expand upon the fundamentals of pointe work. Pointe dancers will continue to develop foot, ankle, leg and core strength with drills at the barre. Dancers will expand their pointe work vocabulary and sequence steps together for complete phrases in the center. Turns across the floor and pose on one leg will be introduced. Students will focus on increasing core and leg strength and developing ease and grace in their pointe dancing. Dancers must attend 3 technique classes per week. 

 

Contemporary

Combining ballet, modern and jazz concepts, this class will explore what it takes to move and dance bigger and more ferociously without wasting effort. Learn to transfer momentum throughout the body and carve through space with intention and clarity. And yes, there will be music with words!

Attire – bare feet, black leggings or dance pants, any color leotard or sports tank

 

Modern  

The classic structure of Martha Graham Technique class builds from the floor up. Contraction and release, spiral, and tilt develop core and back strength and opens the hips, chest and shoulders. Center work and traveling exercises are based upon the floor work principals to travel through space with a grounded, connected and earthy quality. Graham’s dramatic movement style creates a powerful, dynamic physical experience

Attire –  bare feet, any color leotard & black footless tights or a unitard, Hair –pulled back off face in pony tail, pigtails or bun

 

Composition

We will explore the process of making dances in these classes through improvisation and other methodology, for example: theme and variation. Dancers will be given assignments and required to work on movement independently to present in these sessions. We will work together giving feedback about what we see and support one another through each individual process. Works in Progress will be shown at October showing. Final works will be presented in Student choreography showcase in the spring.