Be Ready to Learn: One Ballet Technique at a Time
At our Classical Ballet school students are encouraged to make use of their individuality as well as to learn and perfect the ballet techniques that have made classical ballet into an art form respected all around the world. From our younger students to the older ones we make sure they are taught ballet technique in a progressive manner, where each class builds on what was taught on the previous one. I hope you enjoy our classical ballet school and stay with us for many years.
LEARN TO PERFECT EACH BALLET TECHNIQUE
PRE-BALLET – Ages 5-7
Although our students are very young in age to be immersed in the rigorous classical ballet technique, our objectives for these two classes center on stimulating the student’s character, imagination, and coordination. At the same time, we stimulate their sense of awareness and observation, as well as, how to utilize and recognize different parts of their bodies, and developing a sense of musicality and rhythm. We teach them the love for the art, respect for the ballet classroom, classmates, and the ballet teacher by utilizing disciplined routines on how to enter the classroom, behaving during class dismissal, and to offer a respectful bows of reverence when appropriate. It is necessary to master all these objectives in order to consolidate a strong base upon which we will successfully immerse them in our Ballet Beginners program. This is a time when we use care and expertise to handle their creativity and imagination, as each one of them has something special and unique to offer and they will be dominating ballet technique in no time.It is also important to keep in mind that young kids can benefit tremendously from each ballet technique.
BALLET BEGINNERS – Ages 8-10
Ballet Beginners is dedicated to exercising the correct positions of the body, legs, arms, head, and feet which are crucial to acquire a correct sense of balance in ballet technique. Students are introduced to the neurological sensation of the sense of perpendicularity. During this phase, students learn how to correctly jump (take off and land) utilizing the correct muscular rhythm. Learning how to breathe during exercises is important and is also taught during this level as it facilitates movements in the mechanics of the dance. Ballet Beginner students learn the basic ballet positions and steps under the careful vigilance and monitoring of the expert ballet teacher to ensure correct and clean performance of the steps and purity of the movements which are the basics for the development of good ballet techniques. Students also learn the basics of turns and jumps as well as major coordination of movements and the use of new port de bras (arm movements) through exercises in ¾ pointe (releve’) and beginning of pointe work.
BALLET INTERMEDIATE – Ages 11-13
This level elaborates more complicated ballet techniques based on what has been already mastered on the previous levels. Students are presented with different combinations of steps utilizing all angles in the classroom. We continue to work on the development of movements without rigidity as they exercise new difficulties in turns. More demanding jumps and beats (battu) are learned at this level using different musical arrays to train the sense of rhythm used in Ballet. At this level, students’ neurological sense of balance is more intensively trained as well as a better use of the space. Turn ballet techniques are practiced through more challenging turn combinations. The sense of balance, at this level, is almost mastered as well as the use of the spot, strength, and the control needed for the execution of perfect turns. Students are also challenged with more difficult leaps and jumps by using speed and dynamism. Like in all levels, we are constantly vigilant on student expressiveness and the correct utilization of space and musical tempos on variations since these are determining factors which distinguish ballet as an art form and not a sport.
BALLET ADVANCED – Ages 14-Up
At this level more demanding work on jumps, beats, pirouettes of all kinds, and pointe are infused in the ballet technique of each student. Different classical ballet repertories and variations are also rehearsed stimulating the development of creativity and imagination. Students are trained to elevate their artistic and technical values through infusing choreographically more complex combinations in the classroom.
During Summer Intensive students have the following classes daily: ballet technique, Pointe, Character Dance, Repertoire and Physical Preparation classes. Unlike the regular programs, where students have a choice to take certain number of classes per week, and they do not have character dance or repertoire, this is not the case in the Summer Program. We also bring guest master teachers to share their expertise with the students. It is like a clinic type of program because it is more intensive.