Curriculum

Dance Arts Studio offers graded classes in dance technique placing students according to ages and ability levels.  The curriculum offers a quality of training which advances in challenge and difficulty to prepare the dancer for study in college or at the pre-professional level.

Pre-Ballet

¾ hour: Ages 3-6 years –  An introduction to dance for the younger student including stretch, coordination exercises, simple tumbling, traveling movements, positions of the feet and arms.  The discipline of the ballet class is introduced with age-appropriate emphasis.

Primary Ballet

1 hour: Age 7 years –  An introduction to ballet positions and technique with an emphasis on the order and decorum of a formal ballet class.

Ballet Technique

1 hour, 1 ¼ hour, 1 ½ hour: Ages 8 years and up, (Grades 1-4, Senior Grade, Intermediate & Advanced Classes)– Ballet technique is introduced in Grade 1 and builds each year. Progress is made through repetition of the basic exercises, steps and movements which enable the dancer to  acquire the strength, flexibility, muscle tone and correct body placement needed for ballet. Each year students expand their movement vocabulary as technique increases in difficulty and expertise is gained at each level.

Pointe*

1 hour: Perhaps the most challenging and rewarding element of classical ballet, dancing on pointe requires development of turnout, strength in the back, knees, feet and ankles.   Students will be evaluated individually to assess when they begin pointe work.

Pre-Jazz*

½ hour: Age 8 years – Added at the end of the 1 hour ballet lesson, pre-jazz serves as in introduction to the study of Jazz technique, a style most often associated with musical theater dance or popular dance styles.

¾ hour: Age 9 years – Added at the end of the 1 ¼ hour ballet lesson.

Modern and Jazz*

1 hour & 1 ½ hour: Ages 10 and up – A style that compliments ballet but uses more floor work, stressing strength and flexibility and highly stylized technique.

*Pointe, Modern, Jazz and Pre-Jazz are available ONLY in addition to a Ballet Class.