CLASSES

Fall Session 2020  |   September 14–December 21




Pre-Ballet
AGES 4-6   
The class introduces basic ballet vocabulary and movement skills, agility, coordination while building a foundation for future progression in the study of ballet.  Ballet classroom etiquette, taking turns, following, leading, waiting patiently and quietly but yet allowing freedom for fun and movement.    

Ballet 1
AGES 6-8   
Strong ballet basics in ballet vocabulary, barre and center work to facilitate the development of strength, agility and rhythm. 

Ballet 2/3  
AGES 8-14    
This course provides a high level of classical ballet supported by academic technique, realistic criticism, instruction by analysis, rehearsal, and performance.  Its goal is to enhance the detailed perfection of the kinetic motion of classical ballet and develop more fully its communicable style as a visual medium. 

Ballet 4/5  
AGES 10-18   
A higher level of classical ballet supported by academic technique, realistic criticism, instruction by analysis.  To enhance the detailed perfection of the kinetic motion of classical ballet and develop more fully its communicable style as a visual medium.  The course will provide the dancer with intense ballet technique.  Barre work will contain all the basic elements of ballet technique to build balance, strength of line and muscles, quickness of mind/body, musicality, and quality of movement.  Center work will continue to build upon the emotional expression, strength, technique, and execution of line. Across the floor and ménage movement will continue to build on the mastery of the more grandeur movements of classical ballet.   

Pointe 1 & 2
Students who are on pointe must take at least two additional ballet classes per week. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age.  The instructor will advise parents when a student has the necessary strength and maturity to go on pointe. 

Craft of Choreography   
This is a course I taught at Whitman for many years. It explores movement through improvisational exercises to discover the various ways of influencing and creating concepts of stage craft, choreography, lighting, and costuming for the presentation of choreographic ideas. Be ready to be inspired to create through movement!   

Adult Ballet
(Beginning and Intermediate)
A regular ballet class including barre, center and across the floor work but with the older body type in mind. Class begins with stretching and strengthening for core work and suppleness. No dress code for this class but hair must be pulled back into a ponytail.    

The Performing Company
AUDITION DATE TBA  
Dancers will be selected by an audition process on a pre-selected date and must be between 11-18 years old and registered as a ballet student at The Dance Center to be eligible for The Performing Co.   
Required to attend a minimum of 5 ½ hours of classes per week and must attend Company class on Saturday and all scheduled rehearsals.