(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.