(7 years & up)
The foundation of all forms of dance, Ballet promotes proper body alignment, strength, balance and coordination. It is highly recommended for all students. Class consists of barre exercises, center work, and across the floor combinations. Ballet terminology is taught and each level becomes more complex in steps, speed, and strengthening technique. The grace, beauty, and discipline in ballet are carried on through all styles of dance.
(1 hour to 1-1/2 hour class)
*Once a student has mastered proper technique and strength they will advance to Pointe at the discretion of the director.
(11 years & up)
Dancing on pointe, is a major goal in a ballerina's dance life. It requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet. Once a student has had time to achieve the form, strength, and proper alignment they will advance to Pointe at the discretion of the director. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury. Before a student is advanced to pointe she must be at least 11 years old and have the proper strength.
Pointe work is hard work and very demanding on the feet. At a beginner level students will have a half hour added on to their regular ballet class and work barre strengthening exercises. This will ensure that the entire body, especially the feet and ankles, are properly warmed up. Students will be taught the correct way to put the pointe shoes on their feet and tie them to their ankles. Choosing to dance on pointe is a decision that should be taken seriously.
At an intermediate through advanced level students are required to be taking two pointe classes along with their weekly ballet class. This is to ensure proper strengthening of the feet and ankles; one class will always be a required technique class while the other will be used for working choreography.
- 1 ballet class per week, level 4int or higher, 11 years old by the end of the school year or permission of teacher.
- Successful completion of Fundamentals of Pointework or permission of teacher.
- The Perfect Pointe Book by Lisa Howell
- Large needle, white or pink upholstery thread and Ribbons for flat shoes (Pillows for Pointes brand or similar)
- Green Theraband
Recommended (not required): The Perfect Pointe Parent's Manual by Lisa Howell
In this class students will build their strength and flexibility of hips and core while continuing work on feet, ankles and calves. 10-15 minutes of barre work will be followed by 10-15 minutes of material from textbook. Students may expect to be ready to go up on pointe in January, with successful completion of the program subject to teacher's /doctor's final approval. Students may be referred to local or personal sports physical therapist to assist in addressing areas of weakness. Anticipate 30-40 minutes of homework 5-6 days per week from this class until student has gone up onto pointe, then continuing with 15-20 minutes of maintenance exercises.
Repertory Ballet Variations
Pointe Variations/Repertory - Dancers must have strong ballet technique.
Students study classical and contemporary choreographers relevant to professional ballet company’s repertoire throughout the world. Students immerse themselves in theories and concepts developed by each choreographer to better develop their understanding of movement or portrayal of a character. Students can expect to develop a higher level of artistry within this class as their understanding of each variation/repertoire unfold. Similar to our musical theater dance class this class will prepare students for college auditions or their next performance audition.
Pointe Variations class focus on…
- Establishing strong ballet technique
- Increasing strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Learning the dance vocabulary used in ballet
- Building classical ballet repertoire of professional ballets (a priceless preparation for professional auditions and your career in general)
- Learning both ballet and dance history which are incorporated right into the class