Ballet classes are grouped according to age and skill level based on teacher observation and recommendation. Class curriculum follows the Vaganova syllabus. Ballet classes begin at the pre-ballet Level, meeting one hour per week with 15 minutes of Introduction to Tap included. As the dancer advances beyond the basics more hours of classes per week are needed to reach proficiency levels in the skills required to progress. Each dancer progresses along the ballet curriculum according to their own physical attributes, background experience, maturity level, ability to focus, body awareness, attendance consistency, internal desire, drive and work ethic. Completing a year of instruction at a certain level does not guarantee progression to the next level. Dancers will be recommended for advancement on an individual basis by instructors familiar with their progress. Placement in upper level classes may be adjusted at the discretion of the instructor.
SPECIFIC CLASS NOTES:
Boys Ballet: Boys classes focus on the technical skills needed specifically to male ballet dancers.
Partnering Short Course: Partnering classes will work various partnering skills. For our male dancers this allows them to train in a way that provides them the strength to gracefully and confidently lift, catch and carry their female partner. For our female students this class offers them the opportunity to be lifted and carried and to work the muscles necessary to be a graceful partner.
Teen Ballet Fundamentals: Catch up with your friends fast in these energetic classes. Average advancement is 3 levels in the first year. No experience required for Level 1 classes. Teacher placement for higher levels.
Pre-Point/Pointe: Beginning pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructor’s discretion. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.