CLASSES FOR AGES 13+
Placement in classes will be determined by the instructor. Please contact the studio about proper class placement.
Ballet 4 - This class transitions dancers from a junior level towards an intermediate level. The goals of this class or to know elemental vocabulary, including temps lié, pas de cheval, epaulemente, tomber, positions of the body: croisé, devant, derrière, ecarté, de face, en face, and all four Vaganova arabesque positions and port de bras 1-6. Students will also learn jumps and turns: pas de chat, pas de basque, glissé, jeté, assemblé, temps levé, grand jeté, Russian pas de chat, Chinese changement, double pirouette, double pique turns, petite allegro en tournant, balancé en tournant.
Ballet 5 - This is our low-intermediate level class. Students must know ballet vocabulary through Ballet 4 and must have their splits in all three positions. Adage: promenade, développé, fondu, promenade, arabesque penché in center. Turns: pirouettes en dedans and en dehors, pique en dedans and en dehors, fouetté, emboîté, increase pas de bourrée vocabulary. Jumps: Introduce beats into jeté and sauté, ballonné, ballotté, pas de basque, saut de basque, tour jeté, assemblé en tournant, grand jeté, saut de chat, petite allegro changing directions, introduce brisé, and variations.
Students at this level should be taking two ballet classes a week as well as Beginning Pointe.
Ballet 6 - This is our high intermediate level. Dancer must be able to listen and repeat steps without needing any demonstration, know ballet vocabulary through Ballet 5, have splits. We introduce technically difficult steps: temps de cuisse, temps de flèche, rond versé, brise volé, faille assemblé, sissonne, fermée, jeté entrelacé, gargouillade, grand jeté en tournant. Pirouettes en dedans and en dehors in several positions: raccourci, a la second, attitude devant, attitude derrière, arabesque, tear drop, fouetté turns and jumps. Increase difficulty for: pointe work, grand allegro and adage.
Ballet 7 is our first advanced level ballet class. Students should be proficient in French vocabulary through Ballet 6, are required to take one pointe class a week, and will learn to listen to French vocabulary and repeat steps without demonstration, begin reversing combinations without assistance, practicing ballet technique in soft and pointe shoes, and learning variations from classical ballet.
Ballet 8 is our advanced pre-professional level. This level is aimed at students who want to be professional dancers. If you just like the challenge and exercise, remain at Ballet 7. This group will be pushed and corrected with more intensity. Dancers in Ballet 8 will be required to execute full terminology. They will learn difficult pointe technique, partnering, and will often be encouraged to study or examine extra curricular education: stage makeup, injury prevention, athlete nutrition, cross training (swimming, martial arts, weight lifting, etc.), contemporary or modern dance, performance opportunities, master classes, auditions, or teach the Pre-Ballet classes) Must take all advanced ballet classes our studio offers.
Adult Tap - This is our older beginner class. Students in this class begin with a warm up and then work hard to strengthen ankles, experiment with timbre as they strike, tap and shuffle. Concentrating in specific tap patterns and turns, our dancers also develop their tap vocabulary. Students gain skill through repetition and adding accents, arms, body angles, and increased difficulty.
Tap 3 - This is our advanced level tap class. Students will build upon skills learned in Tap 2.
Jazz 1 - This class is an introduction to Jazz with basic warm-ups and technique exercises, jazz walks, isolations, jumps and turns. Originating from African dance, today’s Jazz is a uniquely American form of dance that many of us associate with Broadway Musicals.
Jazz 2 - Advanced warm-ups and technique exercises, jazz walks, isolations, jumps and turns. Originating from African dance, today’s Jazz is a uniquely American form of dance that many of us associate with Broadway Musicals.
Modern - Our modern class teaches this expressive dance form through the use of multiple techniques, and focuses on teaching students the skill of improvisation.
Contemporary & Lyrical I- This class borrows techniques from many modern dance techniques as well as ballet and jazz. Dancers are encouraged to be expressive, spatially aware of their bodies, using their body weight for floor work, leaps and turns.
Contemporary & Lyrical II- This class borrows techniques from many modern dance techniques as well as ballet and jazz. Dancers are encouraged to be expressive, spatially aware of their bodies, using their body weight for floor work, leaps and turns.
Hip Hop 2 - This class builds upon the foundation taught in level one, with increasing difficulty. No experience is necessary for this class, though! This class will move to the beat of current, clean pop songs. This is a 45 minute class.
PBT- Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focusing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. The program helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation. PBT focuses on core strength, weight placement and alignment of the body with a gradual approach of carefully designed exercises and repetitions of these exercises that trigger their muscle memory.