Types of Classes

Types of Classes

BABY BALLET —Pink Leotard

3 to 5 yrs old

45 minutes to 1 hour

  • Elements of basic movements
  • simplest arm and body movements
  • basic positions, First and Second positions only
  • basic rhythmic improvisation
  • 1st and 2nd combinations – thru imaging/ or mimicry
  • simple games/ impersonation
  • creative ways to make children follow instructions
  • moving around personal and general space
  • individual and group reverence
  • in the latter stages:
    • group discipline
BABY BALLET —Pink Leotard
PRE-BEGINNER I (PB I) —Red Leotard
PRE-BEGINNER I (PB I) —Red Leotard

5 to 7 yrs old

45 minutes to 1 hour

Coverage of full Baby Ballet plus:

  • basic coordination
  • basic port de bras
  • stance/ placement/ pull-up
  • basic positions, First, Second plus Third position
  • position of arms
  • feeling of awareness of body, back, legs, arms, head, feet
  • development of long muscles
  • basic jumps (sautés)

in the latter stages:

  • concept of upbeat
  • battements tendus back
  • lengthening of body parts and movements
  • basic locomotor movements, walks, runs, skip, gallop
  • learn patterns: straight, diagonal, forward, backward, sideways, circular,
  • partner
  • group work.
PRE- BEGINNER II (PB II)—Mint Green Leotard

7 to 9 yrs old

1 hour—requires at least 1 year in PB I

Coverage of full PB II plus:

  • more ports de bras and coordination
  • sautés
  • basic positions, First, Second, Third plus Fourth
  • awareness of space
  • long muscles and long lines,
  • demi- point/ balance concept on 2 feet

in the latter stages:

  • balance concept on 1 foot
  • turning in place (with spotting)
  • locomotor movements and directional changes
  • combined locomotor with basic transfer of weight
  • battement tendu back-derriere concept
  • danciness- use of upper body, use of upbeat, later 1 hand at the barre.
PRE- BEGINNER II (PB II)—Mint Green Leotard
CHILDREN’S BALLET I (CB I)—Baby Blue Leotard
CHILDREN’S BALLET I (CB I)—Baby Blue Leotard

9 to 11 yrs old

1.5 hours (3x a week)

Technique Proper—requires at least 1 year in PB II

  • placement with body, head, feet, arms,
  • basic coordination
  • musicality in terms of technique
  • epaulement concept
  • concept of en dehors en dedans
  • simple combination of 2-3 steps
  • concept of adagio/ allegro
  • different musical time signatures
  • simple rhythmic patterns
  • releves on 2 feet and then 1
  • basic jump on 2 feet, 1 to 2, 1 to 1
  • port de bras
  • turns on 1 foot
  • begin classical poses-small
  • continue imparting danciness in exercise
  • introduce epaulement in 8 directions
CHILDREN’S BALLET II (CB II)—Maroon Leotard

11 to 13 yrs old

1.5 hours (3x a week)—requires at least 1 year in CB I

  • Begin study of certain barre exercises on demi-pointe and center
  • full turns on two feet
  • continue pirouette study preparation to ¼, ½ later full turns
  • center combinations 2 to 4 steps
  • all small and big classical poses
  • small to medium jumps
  • basic big jumps
  • more releves on 2 feet and 1 foot and in poses in preparation for pointe work
  • a little faster tempo for allegro
  • longer adagio (8-16 bars)
  • corner combination, adage = 45 degrees, corner balance turn preparation
  • danciness in exercise
  • begin study of exercises en tournant
  • optional double pirouettes
  • all epaulment and directions.
CHILDREN’S BALLET II (CB II)—Maroon Leotard
CHILDREN’S BALLET III (CB III)—Navy Blue Leotard
CHILDREN’S BALLET III (CB III)—Navy Blue Leotard

13 to 16 yrs old

1.5 hours (4x a week)—requires at least 1 year in CB II

  • begin to incorporate more exercises in the barre and center
  • combination in adagio, tendu, fondu
  • pirouettes are double or triple
  • small jumps, medium jumps, grand allegro are integrated
  • intermediate pointe work should be done  on two feet and one foot
  • faster tempo for allegro, longer adagio, longer grand allegro
  • begin study of fouette,
  • more danciness in execution of steps.
ADVANCED BALLET (ADV)—Black Leotard

13 yrs & up

1.5 hours (4x a week)—requires at least 1 year in CB III

  • barre and center maybe done on soft shoes or pointe shoes
  • longer combinations, very polished execution of all steps,
  • should be able to reverse combinations
  • beautiful epaulement
  • should be able to do 16 to 32 fouettes and grand fouettes
  • maximum use of space in executing combinations with  a performance quality
ADVANCED BALLET (ADV)—Black Leotard
LADIES’ BALLET (ADULT BALLET)
LADIES’ BALLET (ADULT BALLET)

1.5 hours (2x a week)

Coverage of full PB II plus:

  • simple combination of 2-3 steps
  • concept of adagio- allegro
  • different musical time signature
  • elevation on 2 feet, later on 1

continue imparting danciness in exercise.

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY

1.5 hours (once a week)

A jazz technique based class which focuses on both percussive adage movements.  The dancers core, agility and strength is the main focus of the class.  In choreography, contemporary dance is infused to offer variations and connection to current experiences.

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY
HIP HOP
HIP HOP

1.5 hours (once a week)

A class that teaches some of the more important elements of Streetdance to new and ballet trained students.  Dance hall, house, krump, wacking and some more are taught together with groove and musicality to modern pop and R&B music.

TAP

1.5 hours (once a week)

A step dance which makes audible sounds using shoes with hard soles and heel to which taps have been added.  Influenced by the African American slaves’ rhythms and movements during the olden times which then evolved to what is now called Tap dance.

TAP
PILATES
PILATES

1 hour (once a week)

Pilates or art of contrology as Joseph Pilates calls it, is a body conditioning and low impact exercise.  It concentrates on the band around your waist and what we call the power house.