Curriculum & Dress Code

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Brighton, MI 48116
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Our teaching syllabus is based in the Russian Method and provides the basis for each of our levels to progress consistently from year to year.  As detailed below, each tier provides a solid framework that builds from our youth in Primary Levels, to a more academic approach in Beginner Levels, and then up to our Upper training, which gears the students towards the pre-professional level.

PRIMARY LEVELS (Creative Dance & Pre-Ballet, ages 3-6)

BEGINNER LEVELS (Beginner I-III, ages 7 +)

UPPER LEVELS (Intermediate I-III, Advanced)

Teen/Adult Ballet

 

PRIMARY LEVELS (ages 3-6)

These young children have wonderful imaginations and boundless energy and it is our intent to channel these natural tendencies in a constructive way, while preserving their innocence. The classes focus on developing large-motor skills, rhythm, and self-control, according to age-appropriate expectations. Gentle discipline and adherence to classroom behavior are promoted within a predictable structure of warm-up exercises, follow along dances and creative movement.

Both classical ballet music and children’s Christian praise music are used. Classes start with a short prayer and may include a Bible story and/or character trait lesson.

All levels, (with the exception of 3 yr. olds class) will be peforming in our year-end performance, ‘Presentation Day’, at Jane Tasch Theater. Along with progressing in their regular classwork, children will learn and rehearse their short dance within the allotted class time through Semester II.

Parents are always welcome and encouraged to stay and watch their children during class. Our comfortable viewing room has reflective privacy glass window that the children can not easily see into, which helps them not feel distracted.

*Primary classes are not cumulative. They may be taken without the class of the previous year, with age as the only prerequisite.

 

Creative Dance – 3 yr. olds

(Must be 3 yrs. old by 9/1/17 and potty trained)

*3 yr. old Creative Movement Class will perform an ‘in-studio’ presentation for parents at the end of the semester in lieu of performing in ‘Presentation Day’.

Creative Dance – 4 yr. olds

(Must be 4 yrs. old by 9/1/17)

Creative Dance Dress Code:

Girls – Pink Capezio short sleeve, scoop neck leotard(style # TB132c), pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back off face and neck. No jewelry.

Boys – Plain white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black shorts, jazz pants, or tights.

Pre-Ballet Ⅰ

(Must be 5 yrs. old by 9/1/17)

Pre-Ballet Ⅱ

(Must be 6 yrs. old by 9/1/17)

Pre-Ballet 1 & 2 Dress Code:

Girls – Lavender Capezio short sleeve, scoop neck leotard (style #cc400c), ‘Ballet Pink’ tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back into a bun. No jewelry.

Boys – Plain white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black shorts, jazz pants, or tights.

BEGINNER LEVELS

Beginner level classes are the beginning of the true study of classical ballet. A strong foundation is laid with emphasis on the basic elements necessary for any worthwhile study of dance: posture, stretched legs, pointed feet, etc. Beginner levels must be taken in succession with each year progresses to include more technique and combinations within the class structure of barre, center, and across-the-floor movement. Students are expected to listen, concentrate, and follow good classroom behavior. Most beginner students show remarkable progress in the development of skill, musicality, and self-discipline, while learning over time the satisfaction of putting forth effort toward a goal. French terminology is introduced and tested cumulatively each year.

Occasionally time is allotted at the end of class for creative dancing to nurture their love of dance and self-expression.

Classical ballet class music is primarily used along with occasional praise music. Classes start with a short prayer.

All Beginner levels perform in our year-end performance, ‘Presentation Day’, at the theater. Along with progressing in their regular classwork, children will learn and rehearse their short dance within the allotted class time midway through Semester II.

Parents are always welcome and encouraged to stay and watch their children during class to see their progress. Our comfortable viewing room has reflective privacy glass window that the students can not easily see into, which helps them not feel distracted. Younger siblings must be supervised at all times and in order to nurture a calm and focused classroom atmosphere for our dancers.

Beginner I Ballet

(1 hr. class, 1x/per week)

Beginner II Ballet

(1 hr. class, 2x/week)

Beginner I & II Ballet Dress Code:

Girls – Light Blue Capezio tank leotard with princess seams (Style # CC202C), ‘Ballet Pink’ tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled back secured in a bun, no bangs. No jewelry.

Boys – Plain white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black shorts, jazz pants, or tights.

Beginner III Ballet

1 hr. 15 min. class, 2x/week (mandatory).

 

Beginner III Ballet Dress Code:

Girls –Light Blue Capezio tank leotard with princess seams (Style # CC202C), ‘Ballet Pink’ tights, pink ballet slippers (split sole recommended). Hair must be pulled back secured in a bun, no visible underclothes, no bangs, no jewelry.

Boys – Plain white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black shorts, jazz pants, or tights.

UPPER LEVELS

Upper Level training is cumulative and progression to the next levels is not automatic. At this stage, the criteria for advancement transitions to proficiency of technique and readiness, which is at the discretion of the teachers and director. It is very common that students remain in a class for more than one year until they have developed the necessary strength, skill, and control to be challenged by the next class level.

Through this level, classes are more focused on correct body placement and alignment, which leads to more strength and control as they progress. Combinations become increasingly more complex, as we work on refining transitions between steps, creating more fluidity and artistry in their movement.

Our upper ballet levels primarily use classical ballet music specifically suited for the class framework with occasional contemporary Christian music during stretch time or while learning new choreography.

Classes may begin with a short prayer or devotional.

Intermediate I Dress Code

Burgundy Capezio tank leotard with princess seams (Style # CC202), ‘Ballet Pink’ tights (with choice of footed or transitional tights), pink ballet slippers (split sole, canvas or leather). Hair and bangs must be pulled back off face and neck and secured in bun, no bangs. No visible sports bra or underclothes. No jewelry.

Intermediate II

Intermediate II Dress Code

Royal Blue Capezio tank leotard with princess seams (Style # CC202), ‘Ballet Pink’ tights (with choice of footed or transitional tights), pink ballet slippers (split sole, canvas or leather). Hair must be neatly pulled up in a bun or similar style, off face and neck and secured, no bangs, no visibile sports bras or underclothes, no jewelry.

Pointe work is usually started at this level in the beginning of Semester I.

Intermediate III Dress Code

Navy Blue Capezio tank leotard with princess seams (Style # CC202), Ballet Pink tights (with choice of footed or transitional tights), pink ballet slippers (split sole, canvas or leather) . Hair must be neatly pulled up in bun or similar style, off face and neck and secured, no bangs. No visible sports bras or underclothes. No jewelry.

Advanced Ballet

Advanced Ballet Dress Code

This is an intensive study of ballet – selected from the most talented and dedicated dancers in the school. Excellent body control, mastery of ballet technique, and some degree of artistry are required in order to enjoy the challenges presented in this level.

Black Tank or camisole leotard with moderate scoop in front/back, no criss-cross straps, halter. White Leotards are to be worn on Saturday morning class. ‘Ballet Pink’ tights (with choice of footed or transitional tights), pink ballet slippers (split sole). Hair must be neatly pulled up in bun or similar style, off face and neck and secured, no bangs. No visible sports bras or underclothes, no jewelry except small earrings (no dangle).

Teen/Adult

Classes may start with a short prayer and/or a brief devotional, and continue with a classical ballet barre, center floor, and across-the-floor movement. Also included in the class are stretching & strengthening exercises, with opportunities throughout the semester to explore different styles of dance movement like interpretive dance, as well as learn choreography to group dance. There may be the option, but not the requirement to present a piece at the end of the year performance, ‘Presentation Day’. Placement is determined by the teacher, due to various backgrounds in training.

Teen-Adult Ballet I (Beginner)

(1 hour class / 1x per week)

Teen/Adult Ballet I is for anyone with little to no prior training who desires to start at the beginning level because of age, a lapse in study, prior injury, etc.

Teen-Adult Ballet II/III (Intermediate)

(1 hour class/1x per week)

Adult Ballet II/III are for those who have had previous training and have sufficient technique to advance.

Teen/Adult Dress Code:

Black tank/camisole/long sleeve leotard with ‘ballet pink’ tights, pink ballet slippers, ballet practice skirt.