Ballet

Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements.

Creative Movement (ages 3-7):  Classes are designed to improve body awareness and posture placement and foster self-confidence, emphasizing motor skills development, coordination and limbering exercises.  Basic beginner ballet technique, group activities, basic tap steps will all be introduced along with classroom manners.  Requirements:  Students must be able to keep quiet, listen and follow instructions.

Level I (ages 7-9):  Beginner classes for students with little or no previous dance experience.  Learn basic traditional technique and vocabulary; terminology, body positions and stretching in each dance discipline.  A strong ballet foundation is critical to becoming a truly fine dancer in any dance form.

Level II (ages 10-12):  Beginner/intermediate classes for students with two or more years of  Level I dance experience.  The focus will be on traditional technique, vocabulary, terminology, stretch and strength training.

Level III (ages 12-14 or by Audition):   Intermediate/advanced class for dancers with two or more years of Level II dance experience.  Should know the basic technique and terminology and demonstrate each with good form.  A good working knowledge of leaps, turns (inside/outside pirouettes) and floor combinations is expected.  Should be able to create own choreography to share with the group.

Level IV (by Audition):  For the serious advanced student who have taken four or more years of  dance and at least two years Level III dance experience and are committed to attending workshops and competitions.  Must have a good attendance record from previous years.

Required Attire for Ballet:   Pink ballet shoes, basic leotards and tights in black, pink or white.   NO superfluous clothing to be worn over or tied to shoulders or waist.