BALLET

PRE-BALLET

Buttercups, Butterflies, Ladybugs, Primary

Pre-Ballet classes are a fun way to introduce your preschooler to the world of dance. Children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 learn how to take direction, listen to music, count beats, point, clap and move in time. It is a fun and nurturing environment that helps build self confidence, musicality and encourages exercise.

Buttercups

Ages 2.5 to 3 Buttercups is a fun way to introduce your little preschooler to the world of dance. Buttercups learn how to take direction, listen to music, count beats, point, clap and move in time. It is a fun and nurturing environment that helps build self confidence, musicality and encourages exercise.

Butterfly

Ages 3 to 4 Butterfly is a fun way to introduce your little preschooler or kindergartener to the world of dance. Butterflies learn how to take direction, listen to music, count beats, point, clap and move in time. It is a fun and nurturing environment that helps build self confidence, musicality and encourages exercise.

Ladybugs

Age 4 by August 1st Ladybugs is a fun way to introduce your little preschooler to the world of dance. Ladybugs learn how to take direction, listen to music, count beats, point, clap and move in time. It is a fun and nurturing environment that helps build self confidence, musicality and encourages exercise.

Primary

Age 5 by August 1st Primary is where children become little dancers. The Academy believes that all dancers need the structure, techniques and elements of body control that are taught through ballet and tap. Primary teaches your little performers the basics of posture, movement, coordination and muscle control in a fun, gentle and encouraging environment.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL BALLET

Elementary, Divisions 1-5

The quality of training that begins in the Elementary levels establishes the foundation for progression through the various Divisions. Training follows a carefully designed curriculum allowing each student to progress to their maximum potential. Upon graduation from the advanced levels of this program, students have mastered a thorough knowledge of the classical ballet vocabulary while gaining supplemental training in a variety of dance resulting in a well-rounded ballet education. In addition to developing strong technique, they also develop artistry, strength, flexibility, coordination, poise and confidence in a positive, creative atmosphere

Elementary

Elementary is the next step after Primary. Skills and techniques continue to develop on barre and center floor work. Elementary is moving your little dancer toward the next step in their dance development, the Ballet Divisions, where their spirits really start to fly.

Ballet Division 1

They are now ready to begin an intermediate level of barre and center floor work as they continue to grow in their skills, strength and coordination. Division 1 begins a two class per week curriculum.

Ballet Division 2

Children are gradually moving from beginner to intermediate level of barre and center floor work. They are increasing their strength, technique and vocabulary, preparing them to transition into the intermediate areas of the ballet syllabus. Division 2 is a three class per week curriculum.

Ballet Division 3

Children are gradually accomplishing an intermediate level of barre and center floor work. They are increasing their strength, technique and vocabulary, preparing them to begin pointe work in Division 4 and to transition into the advanced areas of the ballet syllabus. Division 3 is a three class per week curriculum.

Ballet Division 4

This is the level in which your children’s bone and muscle structure is developed enough to introduce pointe. This is an exciting year in which dancers learn the basics of safe and healthy dancing on pointe. Combinations become more complex. Technique becomes more important and they are encouraged to study other dance styles including variations/repertoire, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, choreography, and Pilates to strengthen core muscles and increase flexibility.

Ballet Division 5

Now on pointe for a year since Division 4’s pointe introduction, level 5 dancers are challenged to continue a more intensive development of the full range of dance training. Combinations become more complex. Technique becomes more important and they are encouraged to study other dance styles including variations, repertoire, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, choreography, and Pilates to strengthen core muscles and increase flexibility.

BALLET CONSERVATORY

This accelerated program offers students advanced instruction and a curriculum focused on perfecting technique and developing artistry while providing numerous performance opportunities.

The curriculum includes pointe, pas de deux, variations, classical ballet, modern and contemporary technique. Students also participate in field trips to see local and traveling companies perform. The program is complemented by seminars designed to educate students on subjects facing aspiring professional dancers such as ballet history, music, choreography, special conditioning, nutrition, injury management and prevention, and other related subjects. Conservatory students dance in Fall and Spring showcase performances, the Nutcracker, and the Annual Graduation Recital.

Acceptance to the Conservatory is by audition for ages 7 and above and is structured for the committed student who is physically capable and dedicated to rigorous ballet training.

ADDITIONAL BALLET

These classes are specialized for different needs of dancers. Division B & C are for young teens who either have not had formal ballet training or prefer a less rigorous schedule. The Boy’s class allows boys to be themselves. Open classes allow adults and teens of all levels to learn, exercise, and enjoy the art of dance!

Division B

Division B is designed for those students between the ages of 8-11 who would like a well rounded dance program allowing them the flexibility of dancing between one and three times a week.

Division C

Division C is for young teens who have not had formal ballet training and are interested in learning ballet technique and taking classes between one and three times a week. It can be is also used as a supplemental program for those students whose primary dance focus is other than ballet.

Boys Ballet

Boys Ballet is designed to enhance athletic skills, flexibility and strength will give boys a chance to hone their skills, build confidence through coordination, gain flexibility and agility, and to have fun!

Open Ballet

Open Ballet classes are a fun way for adults and teens of all levels to learn, exercise, and enjoy the art of dance! Expert instruction in an informal atmosphere allows students to be comfortable dancing with or without former training. Ballet fundamentals will be demystified and basic technique will be integrated with rhythm; musicality, breath, and improvisation. Come have a fresh experience with a classic technique.