Elements introduced in ballet include correct body alignment, initiation of movement from the core, turnout, balance, musicality and coordination. More emphasis is placed on building stamina, carriage and quality of movement by using longer and more complex dance combinations.
In order to prepare a student for pointe work, at least three ballet technique classes per week are required. Students may study the basic principles of pointe work with the recommendation of the instructor.
Continuing the exploration of the modern dance concepts introduced in preparatory study, longer movement phrases are given along with improvisation and choreography skills. These classes develop from floor barre sequences to dynamic phrases that expand the students′ core strength, agility and the ability to move three dimensionally through space with emotional and textural nuance.
Students wishing to study en pointe must take at least three ballet classes per week and have the recommendation of an instructor.
Students in Levels IV, V, and VI may take Composition. Composition is an important skill that develops students’ creativity, critical and artistic eye, and dance technique, and is a fun way to express oneself! The class will progress from short solo studies to a longer group work that will be featured in the Rite of Spring. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to create a senior piece for the Rite of Spring. Additional performance opportunities may be available for students in this class.
Open to students in levels IV, V, and VI, this class features master classes and several-week experiences in different dance techniques and training modalities, offering dancers an opportunity to become stronger, more versatile dancers. Dancers will get a head start on working with some of the choreographers for the Spring Repertory Workshop, allowing the choreographers to create more advanced choreography for the dancers.
Advancement is by instructor recommendation; it is normal to spend more than one year in a level.
Level II: Required minimum of two technique classes per week.
Level III: Required minimum of three technique classes per week.
Level IV: Required minimum of four technique classes per week. Three ballet classes per week required to take pointe.
Level V: Required minimum of four technique classes per week. Three ballet classes per week required to take pointe.
Level VI: Required minimum of four technique classes per week. Three ballet classes per week required to take pointe