ages 13 - 18, 60 minutes
This is a beginning level class for teenagers. The class includes a combination of Ballet 1 and 2 steps
and technique. The goal for dancers in this class is to develop the skills needed to join Ballet 3. As such, dancers work towards:
* mastery of the steps and ballet vocabulary for Ballet 1 and 2
* ability to memorize class exercises
* applying corrections to their dancing
* correct use of turn out and arm placement
* good work ethic
* counting music and matching steps to the music
* developing a sense of spacing in relation to fellow dancers
This class participates in the spring recital when possible.
In years when Teen Ballet is not offered, dancers should contact the studio regarding whether Ballet 1-2 or Beginning Adult Ballet would be the best fit.
ages 16+, 60 minutes
Beginning Adult Ballet combines steps and patterns from the Ballet 1, 2 and 3 technique classes. As adults, all dancers create their own goals for the class based on what they are hoping to gain from it (increased flexibility and balance, exercise, an understanding of the art of ballet, or the ability to move into higher level classes). As the year progresses, the class is tailored to the registered dancers. This can mean, for example, that more time may be spent on stretching, or that the class learns a dance to perform in the spring recital.
Intermediate and Advanced Adult Ballet combine patterns from level 4 and our advanced ballet curriculum. This class is intended for dancers with previous ballet experience, so instructor approval is required to join. For dancers new to the studio, a trial day is available to see if this class is a good fit. This class participates in the annual spring recital.
Dancers who have successfully mastered the technique and patterns of Teen or Adult Ballet are invited to join the studio's technique classes for Ballet 4 and higher. Once a dancer starts the general technique classes, they will follow the same requirements for goals and mastery as the other technique students. Dancers who have followed the technique class progression through high school graduation and wish to remain at the studio may continue with the progression they are already on, or switch to Adult Ballet based on their personal goals. All teen and adult dancers who choose to take technique classes are required to follow the general studio dress code.
Dancers with a large amount of ballet experience who want to join Ballet 4 or higher without taking Teen or Adult Ballet should set up a day to try out classes at the studio to find the best fit.
This class is for adult dancers who want a second class per week that focuses on technique for the entire year instead of working on a recital dance in the spring. It is also a good fit for adults who are starting between February and May and don't want to join a class that has a recital dance in progress.
Adult dancers with at least two years of previous experience in Teen or Adult Ballet or higher may enroll in the studio's pointe program with instructor approval. These classes are also open to dancers in the Open Ballet program who have previous pointe experience and instructor approval.