Classes for All Ages and Levels
Ballet is the core of all dance. We pull from several techniques, including Vaganova, Balanchine, and Cecchetti.
|Pre-Ballet||Ages 5-7||Amy Baker|
|Ballet IA & IB||Ages 7-10||Amy Baker|
|Ballet IIA & IIB||Ages 10-13||Amy Baker/Brianna Sundquist|
|Pre-Pointe||Placement||Amy Baker/ Brianna Sundquist|
|Ballet III/IV||Placement||Adam Bloodgood|
|Pointe I/II||Placement||Adam Bloodgood|
|Intermediate Technique||Ages 10+||Brianna Sundquist|
|Stretch & Strengthening||Levels II, III, IV||Brianna Sundquist|
BALLET CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Instilling a love for dance
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. 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 2020-21 dance year, Pre-Ballet is offered Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Creating the Foundation of a Dancer
The dancer finds the relationship between barre and center and foundational principals such as alignment, turnout, weight distribution/balance, aplomb, and artistry. For the 2020-21 dance year, Ballet IA is offered Monday at 5 p.m., and Ballet IB is offered Monday at 6 p.m.
Ballet II (placement only)
Improving the Strength of a Dancers’ Structure
Progressing from Level I into Level II, the dancer will learn advanced timing, epaulment, petit allegro, grande allegro and the fundamentals of turns, such as pirouettes. Dancers learn the classical positions of the body, stage directions and reverence, as well as begin sequencing the different steps together. For the 2020-21 dance year, Ballet IIA is two days a week — 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Thursday. Ballet IIB is also two days a week — 4:15 p.m. Monday and 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
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, you will see increased demands of strength, range of motion, performance, etc. The dancer will be expected to use expression and artistry throughout their movement. For the 2020-21 dance year, the three-day Ballet III/IV class is offered at 6:30 pm. Monday, 5 p.m. Wednesday, and 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Pre-Pointe (offered as part of Ballet IIB)
The beginning class for dancers starting on pointe.
Pointe I/II (placement only, offered as part of Ballet III/IV)
The Art of Dancing on Pointe, Classical Variations.
This intermediate technique class is for Ballet IIB dancers looking to push themselves to the next level and/or older dancers wanting to begin their ballet journey. For the 2020-21 dance year, this class is offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Stretch & Strengthening
Stretch and 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 2020-21 dance year, this class is offered at 5:45 p.m. Monday.