“Ballet From The Beginning” preparation for Beginning Ballet for Adults and Teens
(1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the number of students in the class)
Class times: Mondays @ 7:30 pm and/or Fridays @ 7:00 pm.
A special 10-12 week series of classes that is for teens and adults who have never had a ballet class, or for those who want to review the basics before starting their studies again. This series of classes introduces the basic exercises and body positions necessary for students to feel comfortable in our Ballet I , II class, or any regular beginning ballet class for adults and teens. A minimum of four students must sign up for this class before a new session is scheduled. We accept new students for the first 3 weeks of the class. Weeks 4 -12, new students are accepted only if they have had ballet in the past.
Ballet I , II – Teen/Adult
Class times: Mondays 6:00 -7:25 pm, and/or Fridays 5:45 - 7:00 pm and/or Saturdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Ballet I , II helps each student create the firm foundation needed to improve and progress to the next level of study. Core body strength, arms (port de bras) and correct turn out based on a student’s anatomy and muscular development are emphasized at the barre. Center work is focused on the basics of adagio (slow controlled combination), preparation for pirouettes, simple turns across the floor, petit allégro and grand allégro. Before advancing to Ballet III students must be able to execute these basic ballet exercises at the barre and in the center safely and correctly.
Musicality is emphasized as students are exposed to a variety of both classical and contemporary composers.
Ballet III – Teen/Adult
Class times: Tuesdays 5:45 - 7:15 and/or Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:15 pm and/or Thursdays 6:00 -7:30 pm (Ballet III - V multi-level class)
Barre and center combinations move faster, and become more complex than they were in Ballet I and II. Different rhythms are introduced. Turnout based on individual ability and strength continues to be emphasized along with posture and core strength. More types of pirouettes and jumps are learned. Proper placement is reinforced by students applying those concepts to the exercises and movements they learn. Head and arm movements are coordinated and synchronized. Memorization of steps and musicality are further developed. The historical and social context of specific ballet movements is explained.
Ballet IV and Ballet V – Teen/Adult
Class times: Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm, Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Barre exercises are more complex and incorporate more combinations using reléve and balances on one leg. Center exercises are longer and require more memorization and stamina. Single, double, triple or more pirouettes and turns across the floor. Jumps are embellished with beats (batterie).
Ballet V & VI – Teen/Adult
Class times: Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Our most advanced ballet class.
Pointe and Pre-Pointe Class – Teen/Adult
Pointe and Pre-Pointe class may be taken by students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe. Students who are on pointe must take at least two additional ballet classes per week. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development. The instructor will tell adult students when they are ready to go on pointe. In the case of teens, parents will be informed as well. Pointe and Pre-Pointe class may be taken only with the permission of the instructor.
Creative Movement – Children 3-5 years old
We help 3-5 year-olds develop coordination, rhythm, and self-discipline as they express themselves through movement. Teaching aids include scarves, tambourines, bean bags, and hula hoops. The students: learn to listen and follow instructions; learn basic locomotor movements; learn simple dance terminology and concepts; are exposed to different types of music and rhythms; learn to wait their turn. We emphasize a non-competitive atmosphere.
Mommy and Me (Daddys too) – Children 18 mos to 3 yrs old w/ an adult
In this class, parents can play, dance, move, and bond with their young child. Class begins in a circle where we do simple stretches and movements to music. Next is marching with scarves and bean bags, as well as playing with a parachute. Playtime is vital to child development, as it is one of the many ways they learn important cognitive and social skills.