Classes

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DANCE PROGRAM

Tutu Division: (Level 1)

Level 1A – Ages 3-4 Offers Baby Ballet, Creative Movement, and Ballet/Tap Combo Classes

Level 1B – Ages 5-7 Offers Pre-Ballet, Ballet/Tap Combo, and Pre-Jazz/Tap Combo Classes

The Baby Ballet is a creative movement class that combines stories and music in a child-friendly setting, to help students develop body awareness, rhythm, flexibility, coordination, and confidence while learning ballet vocabulary.

The Pre-Ballet class introduces students to beginning ballet steps, terminology, and the basics of dance. The students in this class will have a structured ballet class focusing on proper posture, technique, and ballet terminology.

The Ballet/Tap Combo and the Pre-Jazz/Tap classes introduce students to beginning ballet, jazz, and/or tap steps, terminology, and the basics of dance. The students in these classes will have a structured class focusing on proper posture, technique, rhythm, coordination, and dance vocabulary.

Student Division: (Levels 2-5)

The student division offers ballet and contemporary dance classes for ages 7 and up, incorporating the EBAS system as an integral part of the dancers training. The student division classes are designed around a structured classical ballet class. Students use the ballet barre to learn technique and vocabulary, flexibility, coordination, proper posture and alignment while building confidence. Students are promoted according to individual progress in acquiring proper technique and body strength. Age recommendations listed herein are general guidelines and do not define ability level. These classes/levels ensure the student’s mastery of the fundamental movement methods and prevent injury.

Level 2A – This is a beginner ballet level for recommended ages 7 & up with at least 1-year ballet experience. Students in this level are required to take a minimum of 2 ballet classes, or 1 ballet classes and 1 contemporary class per week.

Level 2B – This is a beginner to intermediate ballet level for recommended ages 9 & up with at least 2-years ballet experience. Students in this level are required to take a minimum of 2 ballet classes and 1 contemporary class per week.

Level 3 – This is a beginner to intermediate ballet level for recommended ages 9 & up with at least 3 years of ballet experience. Students in this level are required to take a minimum of 3 ballet classes, or 2 ballet classes and 1 contemporary class per week.

Level 4 – This is an intermediate ballet level for recommended ages 10 years & up that are in preparation for pre-pointe level. Students in this level are required to take a minimum of 4 to 5 classes (2 ballet minimum, 1 contemporary, and pre-pointe, and are recommended to take 1 EBAS class per week). At this level, students can be promoted to Pre-pointe by instructor’s recommendation only and are required to take at least 2 ballet classes per week in addition to the pre-pointe class.

Level 5 – This is an intermediate to advance ballet level for recommended ages 13 and up. Students in this level are required to take a minimum of 5 to 6 classes per week: 2 ballet, 2 pointe, 1 contemporary, and 1 EBAS class per week. At this level, students shall be taking pointe technique at least twice a week. (Classical variation class is considered a pointe technique class.)

Level 6 – This is an advanced ballet level for recommended ages 13 as appointed by the Artistic Director. This level is a Pre-Professional level that offers training in ballet and modern/contemporary incorporating EBAS cross-training. This level provides training for the dancer that would like to continue to the professional dance world. Students in this level should be taking unlimited classes including a minimum of 4 ballet/pointe classes per week and contemporary class.

Element Body Alignment System (EBAS)

EBAS is a new stretching and strengthening system design by Scott Putman. It consists of a series of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to integrate the body while increasing flexibility, range of motion and core strength. The focus of EBAS is to understand basic principles of initiating and anchoring movements from the pelvis while finding efficient and effective alignment through experiential anatomy. This system empowers the learner to develop a consciousness for integrating and articulating body parts while assisting the student in finding a deeper understanding of the body’s integrated kinetic potential.

Open Division: (Ages 7 & up)

This division is for classes meeting once a week. Classes include: Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-hop, and Flamenco. These classes can be combined or taken individually. We offer morning classes suitable for homeschool students. The open division also includes special workshops in other dance techniques, which will be offered frequently thru the year.

Tap 1 (beginner) – This is a beginner tap level class for recommended ages 7 & up starting tap with at least 1 year of dance experience or moving up from combo.

Tap 2 (intermediate) – This is a beginner to intermediate tap level class for recommended ages 8-11 with at least 2-years of tap experience.

Tap 3 (int/adv) – This is an intermediate to advance open level tap class for recommended ages 12 & up with at least 3 years of tap experience. This class is open to adult dancers.

Jazz 1 (beginner) – This is a beginner jazz level class for recommended ages 7 & up starting jazz for the first time.

Jazz 2 (intermediate) – This is a beginner to intermediate jazz level class for recommended ages 7-11 with at least 1-year of dance experience (preferable ballet or jazz).

Jazz 3 (int/adv) – This is an intermediate to advance open level jazz class for recommended ages 12 & up with a ballet or jazz background. A minimum of 3 years of ballet or jazz experience is preferred. This class is open to adult dancers.

Recreational Division:

This division is designed for high school students through adults that will like to incorporate dance into their fitness routine. This division will offer Adult Ballet for the Beginner and Intermediate, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. It will incorporate fitness related classes like Stretching & Conditioning, EBAS and other aerobic and cross-training practices (offerings vary thru the year).

Extra-curricular Program:

The purpose of the program is to bring the dance experience to them at their schools to alleviate working parents of the after work extra-curricular activities for small children.

Pre-school program is part of the Tutu Division and offers pre-ballet classes to kids ages 2-5 inside the school/daycare environment.

In school program is part of the Open Division and offers ballet, jazz, contemporary, and fitness classes to school ager kids inside the school environment.