Class Descriptions

Ballet Technique

Ballet technique is the foundational principles of body movement and form used in ballet.

Ballet Education

Ballet education includes information on the history of ballet, vocabulary, proper etiquette for both classroom and stage, as well as how to apply stage make-up.

Pointe

Pointe class is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes. A dancer should never work in pointe shoes until their teacher has told them they are ready to do so, pre-pointe class is taken in ballet slippers until the dancer has developed the strength and muscles necessary to go en pointe.

Pre-Pointe

Pre-point classes are offered to ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pre-pointe classes stress correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique. Pre-pointe classes also allow teachers to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.

Variations

Variations classes focus on learning sections of classical ballets.

Pas De Deux

French for “step of two”, it is a set dance for both male and female ballet dancers, consisting typically of an entree, an adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda. This class is for our advanced partnering students to work on classical Pas De Deux.

Neo-Classical

Neo-Classical dance is a 20th century dance form inspired by the movements and aesthetics of classical ballet. It’s formed to create new works with a classically trained dancer. This class is for our advanced partnering students to learn new choreography from our artistic director Slawomir Wozniak.

Contemporary, Jazz, and Lyrical

These Dance classes are offered to provide various styles of dance so as to match and expand upon the knowledge, skills and abilities of our students.

Stretch and Strength

Strength training is important for a dancers overall ability, strengthening the body’s opposing muscles is vital to avoid injury. Flexibility work is important so that the dancer’s movement seems effortless and light. The combination of these two things together in one class helps to create long flexible muscles rather than short tight ones, consistent in keeping a ballet dancers lines long and strong.

Boys

Boys classes focus on the technical skills needed specifically to male ballet dancers.

Boys Variations

Boys variations focuses on learning male classical ballet selections.

Partnering

Partnering classes will work various partnering skills. For our male dancers this allows them to train in a way that provides them the strength to gracefully and confidently lift, catch and carry their female partner. For our female students this class offers them the opportunity to be lifted and carried and to work the muscles necessary to be a graceful partner. This class is an additional fee and by invitation only.

Pre-Professional

The Pre-professional program is offered to those students seeking a professional career in ballet, dance, or to those students wishing to compete. This program is designed to give those committed students an extra ten hours a week of technical training as well as the individual attention necessary to fine tune the artistry of their dance.