Elementary Ballet Classes

These classes form the foundation important to any dance student. With the help of dedicated and caring faculty, students develop strength, line, expression and technique as required in classical ballet and modern dance. Strength is the energy and endurance required by the dancer’s muscles to execute movement. Line is the shape of the body and its muscles which creates beauty and style. Expression is the ability of a dancer to communicate feelings through movement. Technique is the dancer’s vocabulary and knowledge of how to use the mind to move the body.

The elements of a good dancer are gradually built over a period of years by moving through a series of well-planned exercises. These begin with simple movements once a week. As the muscles mature, the amount of time devoted to exercises must increase and become more complex. This is why the number of classes and days per week increase as the dancer moves through levels of the program. As the dancer’s abilities develop, so do the opportunities to perform.

Building strength, line, expressiveness and technique not only demand a great deal of effort, discipline and time, but a program of the highest professional quality. The Dance Division Classical Ballet Curriculum and the Modern Dance Curriculum have been carefully constructed and include written observation forms, giving students the best opportunity for success.

Elementary Ballet I (Ages 7-10) One 60 minute ballet class per week (at least 7 years old in September)
Elementary Ballet II (Ages 8-12) Two 60 minute ballet classes per week (one year of ballet or placement class)
Elementary Ballet III (Ages 9-Jr. High) Two 75 minute ballet classes per week (two years of ballet or placement class)
Elementary Ballet IV (Ages 9-Sr. High) Two 90 minute ballet classes and one modern class per week
Men's Classes (Ages 8-Adult) One 60 minute ballet technique class focusing on the needs of the male dancer
 
Dance Schedule (8-week terms)
Term 1: September 6 – October 29
Term 2: October 31 – February 4
Winter Recess: November 21 – January 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 16, CLOSED
Term 3: February 6 – April 1
Spring Recess: April 3 – 8
Term 4: April 10 – June 3
Memorial Day: May 29, CLOSED 

 

Class Age Instructor Day Time Studio
Elementary Ballet I 7 - 10 Yrs. Wooten M 4:30 - 5:30pm B
(register for one)   Wooten S 9:00 - 10:00am A
(must be born before 9/1/08)   Wooten S 12:00 - 1:00pm B
Elementary Ballet II   Wooten M 5:30 - 6:30pm B
(register for two) 8 - 12 Yrs. Wooten W 5:30 - 6:30pm B
    Wooten S 11:00 - 12:00pm B
Elementary Ballet III 9 Yrs. - Jr. High Wooten M 6:30 - 7:45pm B
(register for both)   Wooten W 6:30 - 7:75pm B
Elementary Ballet IV 9 Yr. - H.S. Jennings M 6:00 - 7:30pm A
(register for both)   Jennings F 4:30 - 6:00pm A