Curriculum

 

Stage One - Ballet-Based Creative Movement

This is an introduction to dance through a ballet-based creative movement program for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 7. The focus is on developmental skills using music, movement and make believe. Young dancers experiment with new ways to move their bodies, both directed and free-form with attention to musicality and rhythm. Age-appropriate cognitive skills, such as counting, sequential organization, spatial awareness and comparative abstract concepts are woven into the class structure. A typical class will incorporate ballet form, creative play and motor skill enhancement all in a format that is innovative and fun. As they progress through Stage One, dancers will develop self-control, self-confidence, and the beginning of their ballet vocabulary. Stage One classes meet once a week.

Theatre Dance for Young Ones With the same developmental goals as our Pre-ballet program, our theatre dance classes use popular music from the stage and screen with additional focus on rhythm.  Every class will incorporate both tap and jazz styles of musical theatre.  Black tap shoes and tan jazz shoes are required.  Students enrolled in one of our pre-ballet classes can add this class for only $75.


Stage Two - Ballet Basics
This stage is designed to lay the foundation for developing future ballet technique. For Stage 2 level A, a dancer needs to be at least 8 years old; no previous experience is necessary. For Stage 2 level B, dancers must have completed level A or its equivalent. In Stage Two, we focus on understanding correct posture and alignment, which allows for greater balance and controlled movement later. More complex rhythms are introduced to develop musicality and coordination. The ballet vocabulary grows as we stress using correct terminology. In Stage Two, dancers are invited to include the optional Extended Study Package. This class exposes students to the techniques of different styles in a choreographic format. Techniques include jazz, contemporary, theatre dance and/or character dance.  Stage Two classes meet twice a week.


Stage Three - Ballet Technique
Completing Stage Two or its equivalent is a prerequisite to Stage Three. The classes expand to 90 minutes and the Extended Study Package options increase. The three levels within this stage continue to build on the basics with an emphasis on developing strength and flexibility. Students become acquainted with a wider variety of steps and positions and enchainment (combinations) have increased difficulty.

Level A
Female dancers prepare to meet the requirements necessary to be considered for pointe shoes the following year. The Extended Study package includes a quarter of Jazz Repertory, Character Dance, Modern Dance and Pre-Pointe.

Level B
This level meets two times per week with the option of adding a day. The class on Friday (which is combined with level C/D) will offer a wide variety of dance and body work including: Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Character and Body Conditioning. Female dancers are invited to enroll in the Extended Study Package which is pointe work.

Level C
This more advanced level includes pointe twice a week and ballet repertory in the Extended Study package. The focus on repertory is to develop performance quality and aplomb. Dancers should learn to present their technique with artistry and ease. In addition to the 2 hour classes, dancers in this level are invited to add a Friday class (combined with level B /D) for a wide variety of dance and body work including Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Character and Body Conditioning.


Stage Four and up - Ballet Technique
Stage 4
A level of accomplishment and competency is expected. Dancers should be comfortable with the mastery of all previously learned steps. A strong ballet foundation is required and dancers should perform with confidence and aplomb. This class meets for 2 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. Dancers who wish to add a ballet technique class, may add one or both days of Level 3D.  Dancers are urged to add the Friday contemporary extended package class.

Stage 5

Dancers are expected be comfortable with the mastery of all previously learned steps. A strong ballet foundation is required and dancers should perform with confidence and aplomb. This class meets for 2 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dancers who wish to add a ballet technique class, may add one or both days of Stage 4.  Dancers are urged to add the Friday contemporary extended package class.

Stage 6

Dancers are expected be comfortable with the mastery of all previously learned steps. A strong ballet foundation is required and dancers should perform with confidence and aplomb. This class meets for 2 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. Dancers who wish to add a ballet technique class, may add one or both days of Stage 5.  Dancers are urged to add the Friday contemporary extended package class.

Stage 7

Dancers are expected be comfortable with the mastery of all previously learned steps. A strong ballet foundation is required and dancers should perform with confidence and aplomb. This class meets for 2 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dancers who wish to add a ballet technique class, may add one or both days of Stage 5.  Dancers are urged to add the Friday contemporary extended package class.


Dance Technique for Adults
A perfect blend of art and exercise, we offer drop-in classes for adults. Beginning Ballet is an introduction to the fundamentals. It is the place to start. It is also a wonderful way to reintroduce yourself to the technique you studied as a child. Intermediate Adult Ballet is the next step and meets twice a week. In addition, we have several opportunities during the week for drop-in open classes, just check our schedule.
Tuition: Class cards available.
Dress Requirements: Adults may wear any comfortable and appropriate dance wear.

Photography by Steve Clarke

Kaitlyn H.

TYB 2014

The Joffrey