Pre Ballet – (Ages 4-7) An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.
Ballet Level 1 – (Ages 8 and up) The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work. This class is offered once a week.
Ballet Level 2 – Students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. This class meets twice weekly.
Ballet Level 3 – Students are invited to Ballet Level 3 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level.In Ballet Level 3, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work Students begin focus on repetition and retention. This class meets twice weekly. Depending on individual progression and development, students may be given the opportunity to take pre-pointe and pointe classes.
With this Level, students are given the option to add additional classes to strengthen their core, increase flexibility and round out their movement vocabulary.
Ballet Level 4/5 – Students are invited to Ballet Level 4/5 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Level 4/5 training becomes much more serious. Students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Classes will focus on pointe work, multiple pirouettes, fluidity of movement as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. Also includes the study of classical ballet variations. This class meets three days a week.
Contemporary Dance – Dancers will focus on full body integration, developing strength and dynamic quality for performance in a creative, energetic and positive environment. Designed to build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality. Using these elements and techniques dancers can explore the inner connections that are necessary for freedom and ease in creative, outward expression.
Basic Tap – This class emphasizes the development of tap technique & terminology with an introduction to various styles of tap. Students will explore coordination, single time steps, beginning turns, short combinations, and showmanship along with rhythm and timing within a wide range of musical accompaniment. Class begins at the "tap barre" and progresses to center floor combinations and repetitive exercises, instilling a strong foundation for the beginner tapper.