Classes for All Ages and Levels
|Pre-Ballet||Ages 5-7||Amy Baker|
|Ballet IA & IB||Ages 7-10||Amy Baker|
|Ballet IIA & IIB||Ages 10+||Kate Arnson|
|Ballet III/IV||Placement||Adam Bloodgood|
|Pointe I||Placement||Adam Bloodgood|
|Stretch & Strengthening||Levels II, III, IV||Kate Arnson|
BALLET CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Pre-ballet is an introductory ballet class teaching basic ballet feet and arm positions and movements in center and across the floor, while keeping the creative and fun aspects of dance (see Creative for basic skills learned). Additional movements include tendu and degage (in sequence beginning in 1st and 2nd position), plie and releve (in sequence to prepare for jumps), chasse beginning in 5th position and arabesque. For the 2021-22 dance year, two Pre-Ballet classes will be offered — Tuesday at 4 p.m. for 60 minutes and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for 60 minutes.
Creating the Foundation of a Dancer: See Pre-Ballet for skills learned previously. The dancer finds the relationship between barre and center and foundational principles such as alignment, turnout, weight distribution/balance, aplomb, and artistry. For the 2021-22 dance year, Ballet IA (first year) is offered Tuesday at 5 p.m., and Ballet IB (second year) is offered Thursday at 5 p.m. Both classes are 60 minutes.
Ballet II (placement only)
Improving the Strength of a Dancers’ Structure: Progressing from level I into level II, the dancer will learn advanced timing, epaulement, petit allegro, grande allegro and the fundamentals of turns, such as pirouettes. Ballet IIA will not include pre-pointe, but the length of instruction time is the same. Ballet IIB will include 15 minutes of pre-pointe instruction within the class time. For the 2021-22 dance year, Ballet IIA (first year) is two days a week — 4-5:30 p.m. Monday and 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ballet IIB (second year) is also two days a week — 5:30-7 p.m. Monday and 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday — and includes Pre-Pointe.
Ballet III/IV (placement only)
Becoming a Dancer: Moving forward from level II, the dancer will have continued barre expansion, center work and across the floor combinations. In level III/IV you will see increased demands of strength, range of motion, performance, etc. The dancers will be expected to use expression and artistry throughout their movement. For the 2021-22 dance year, the three-day Ballet III/IV class is offered 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. For those adding Pointe I, class goes until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday.
Pre-Pointe (offered as part of Ballet IIB)
The beginning class for dancers starting on pointe.
Pointe I (placement only, offered as part of Ballet III/IV)
The Art of Dancing on Pointe, Classical Variations.
Stretch & Strengthening
Stretch & Strengthen is a class designed for intermediate and advanced ballet students to help target all the important muscles we use for dance, but not for other activities. The class is a great warm up or cool down for your dancer and the class will incorporate Pilates, floor barre, exercises designed by physical therapists and other tricks and tips picked up through the instructor’s dance career. The goal of this class is to safely increase flexibility and range of motion, while also strengthening feet, legs, core, and backs! For the 2021-22 dance year, this class is offered 5-6 p.m. Thursday.
Amy Baker, Kate Arnson, Adam Bloodgood