Ballet

Enrollment: See Below
Class Time: 45 min- 1.5 hrs

Description

Each class may include barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. Ballet classes are offered from a beginner level to advanced. Students will learn classical ballet techniques, terminology, proper body placement, body alignment, barre and center floor work, along with across the floor combinations. Beginner classes introduce vocabulary, proper alignment, and classical ballet technique. Advanced classes include adagio and allegro work, and combinations using balance, strength, and style. All students are urged to study ballet, as it is the foundation of all other dance styles and facilitates further success in these disciplines.

Dress Code

 *solid dark colored leotard
 *no visible bra straps
 *black or grey sports bra (if needed)
 *clean ballet pink tights with no visible holes and or/tears
 *hair in a slick back, tightly secured bun with a hair net and bobby pins. No wispies and/or flyaways
 *ballet skirts may be worn at teacher discretion
 *ballet warm-ups may be worn during plies at teacher discretion
 *no undergarments showing
 *hip alignment belt of coordinating level color:
 *Ballet I –WHITE *Ballet II- PURPLE or PINK *Ballet III- RED *Ballet IV- ANY COLOR (not red or black ..if wearing black leotard) please wear  belt color of ballet level you were placed in, NOT of the level of class

Recommended Shoes

Ballet shoes for ballet class (preferably canvas) “Pro Elastic” Canvas Split-Sole Ballet Slippers

Pre-requisites

Ballet I- Ages 8+, none

Ballet I/II- Ages 9+, at least one year ballet training. In addition to warm-up stretches on the floor, short barre exercises are introduced. Class etiquette and structure is emphasized. Students are exposed to ballet terminology such as plie, releve, chasse, and passé explained in simple terms the young dancer will remember.

Ballet II- Ages 10+, at least 2 years of serious ballet training. Combinations and expectations of proper technique will be elevated in this class. The primary focus of this division is on developing technique, musicality, proper placement, strength and poise. Students at this level become more proficient at putting steps together, improve balance and strength in turns and leaps.

Ballet III- Ages 11 +, at least 3 years of serious ballet training. 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 as well as focusing on repetition and retention of combinations and terminology.

Ballet IV- Ages 13+, at least 4 years of serious ballet training, teacher recommendation needed. Students at this level present a polished execution of steps and combinations. They have developed strength, stamina, and artistic expression which serve them well in stage performance. At this level ballet technique is refined and artistic expression is emphasized.