Ballet technique is fundamental to all dance genres. It builds strength and discipline in dancers. Due to this, ballet classes will be a base requirement for many of our disciplines. For others, such as tap and hip hop, even though it is not required it is highly recommended.
How to read the schedule. Several of our lower level classes are offered multiple times a week to fit your schedule. Students only need to attend one class per week. Starting at Ballet 3, we recommend students dance 2-3 hours a week. Our priority is to build strong, healthy dancers. As students progress through levels of dance, building strength and flexibility is important.
Beginning at Ballet 3, classes are marked as "Technique Only" and "Performance and Technique" classes. The Performance and Technique class will perform at the end of year recital. Technique Only classes are designed to prepare students for higher levels of dance, focusing on technique and building a strong, healthy dancer. Both classes are appropriate for recreational and college prep students.
Looking ahead: If your student is interested in dancing on pointe, please begin planning their path. If you need advice or further information, please contact us to discuss your student and their plan. These requirements are in place for both recreation students and college prep.
By the 4th Grade (or Ballet 3) more classes will be offered allowing your student the opportunity to dance 2-3 hours a week. Rule of thumb is 3 hours/week, for 2 years before pointe work begins.
By High School, students should be dancing 4 days a week, 1-2 hours a day to maintain strength and flexibility. These hours include all genres, but will include ballet technique as well.
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Ballet 1, Intro to Ballet
Ages 5+ meets 1 time per
Ballet 1 features lite technique to match the bodies and brains of our little ones. They will begin to learn the fundamentals of ballet technique, form, and vocabulary through instructional time and engaging activities. Ballet 1 is created for students who are beginners to dance and ballet or who have completed Pre-Ballet/Tap. This class performs at the end of year recital.
Ages 8+ meets 1 - 2 times per week
We love our beginners and we know not everyone starts at the same time. No worries! We want to make sure everyone has a solid foundation. Ballet 2 is a wonderful place for beginners ages 8 and up as well as students moving through the Allegro primary program. Created to give all students a solid and focused foundation in technique now that they can physically master the beginning foundations. Older students are encouraged to attend class two times a week, preparing for Ballet 3. This placement is at the discretion of program director.
This class performs at the end of year recital.
Ages 10+, Meets twice a week
Building on Ballet 3, barre exercises, across the floor exercises, and combinations will be expanding at this level. More focus is placed on complex barre combinations, center adagio and petit allegro, as well as work across the floor, refining technique, building strength and flexibility, and increasing endurance. This age group will be expected to dance 3-4 hours per week for those wishing to move to upper layers of dance and pointe. Students in Ballet 4 who wish to dance en pointe will be placed in Ballet 5 at the discretion of the teacher. This class performs at the end of year recital. The technique class will not perform. Placement at the discretion of program director
Ages12+ Meets three times a week
Building on Ballet 3, barre exercises, across the floor exercises, and combinations will be expanding at this level. More focus will be placed on refining technique, building strength and flexibility, and increasing endurance. This age group will be expected to dance 3-4 hours per week to maintain their strength and flexibility as they focus on pre-pointe work. Students will be moved to Ballet 6 Pointe Class, at the discretion of the teacher. This class performs at the end of year recital. The technique class will not perform. Placement at the discretion of program director
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Ages 8+ meets 2 times per week
Designed for students who have completed Ballet 1 or are moving out of Ballet 2. Students in Ballet 3 will build upon the technique and learning from previous levels. Barre exercises, across the floor exercises, and combinations will be expanding at this level. At age 10, or 4th grade, students should begin dancing a minimum of 2 classes weekly to increase strength and flexibility. They will be encouraged to enroll in the 2nd class which will be strictly technique designed to prepare students for extended dance leading to pointe work. This class performs at the end of year recital. The added technique class will not perform.
Placement at the discretion of program director
Pointe Class - students in pointe shoes will be required to take a 1 hour Pointe Class that focuses strictly on pointe technique. Aside from developing strong dancers it is our priority to keep them safe. This class gives students the necessary skills to do just this.
This is a non-performing class. Placement at the discretion of program director
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