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Proficiency Program 2020-09-14T09:47:07-07:00

Proficiency Program

Student advance into the Proficiency Program according to skill, not age. It begins with Ballet II and Modern II where students are required to study a minimum of two or more technique classes per week depending on level, striving to hone their dance skills. Classes build through Level VI in technical complexity, and nurture students’ creative and expressive abilities. Students in the Proficiency Program have performance opportunities in The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Rite of Spring, and are also eligible for additional performance opportunities that may arise. In the past these have included local dance festivals, collaborations with musical groups, and Fremont Danceworks.

Pointe Classes

Students wishing to study en pointe must take at least three ballet classes per week and have the recommendation of an instructor.

Dance Film Composition

Students in Ballet IV, V, and VI may take Composition. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Composition class in 2020-2021 will be focused on Dance for Camera. Composition is an important skill that develops students’ creativity, critical and artistic eye, and dance technique, and is a fun way to express oneself! This class will explore the unique compositions that can be created for the camera through solo and group work. Elements of this class will be asynchronous, with in person meeting times scheduled together with the enrolled dancers. The class’ work will be shown in the Rite of Spring; additional performance opportunities may be available for students in this class.

Class Load

  • Students in Level II must take a minimum of 2 technique classes/week.
  • Students in Level III must take a minimum of 3 technique classes/week.
  • Students in Level IV, V and VI must take a minimum of 4 technique classes/week.

Tuition

Payment for the 36-week program of classes is based on each student’s weekly class load. For our Tuition & Payment Policies, click here.

CLASSES PER WEEK YEARLY | Paid by October 1 MONTHLY | 10 Months
2 $1,462 $172
3 $1,921 $226
4 $2,295 $270
Unlimited Classes (5+ classes, including pointe)* $2,856 $336

*Students paying tuition for the Unlimited Classes may take any class in their designated level or below in any of the Youth Program classes. Open Classes are considered a separate program and must be paid for with a class card.

Classes

Classical Ballet & Modern II-VI

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.

Advancement is by instructor recommendation; it is normal to spend more than one year in a level.

Dates:

Day & Time:

Level II: Required minimum of two technique classes per week.

  • Ballet II
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 11:00-12:15 p.m. (Combined with Saturday Ballet III)
  • Modern II
    • Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Level III: Required minimum of three technique classes per week.

  • Ballet III
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 11:00-12:15 p.m. (Combined with Saturday Ballet II)
  • Modern III
    • Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Level IV: Required minimum of four technique classes – Ballet, Modern, or Pointe – per week.

  • Ballet IV
    • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Pointe IV – 3 ballet classes per week required to take pointe
    • Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Modern IV
    • Fridays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Conditioning
    • Fridays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. (King County Phases 2 and 3 only)
  • Dance Film Composition
    • Time to be arranged with the dancers

Level V: Required minimum of four technique classes per week.

  • Ballet V
    • Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Pointe V – 3 ballet classes per week required to take pointe
    • Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Modern V
    • Fridays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Conditioning
    • Fridays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. (King County Phases 2 and 3 only)
  • Dance Film Composition
    • Time to be arranged with the dancers

Level VI: Required minimum of four technique classes per week.

  • Ballet VI
    • Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, & Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 11:30-1:00 p.m.
  • Pointe VI – 3 ballet classes per week required to take pointe
    • Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Modern VI
    • Mondays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Conditioning
    • Fridays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. (King County Phases 2 and 3 only)
  • Dance Film Composition
    • Time to be arranged with the dancers

Required Attire

Hair and Accessories

Tuition:

Payment for the 36-week program of classes is based on each student’s weekly class load. For our Tuition & Payment Policies, click here.

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