Class Descriptions

Creative Movement: age 4 by October 1

Notice how little children dance with joyful, carefree movement whenever they hear music! Creative Movement is a class especially designed for boys and girls at age 4. It combines movement with music and song which helps to develop rhythm, coordination and motor skills as well as listening and social skills. For more information about Creative Movement, click here.

Kinderdance: age 5 by October 1

In Kinderdance we begin our very basics in Ballet. We teach the positions of the feet and arms and basic form at the barre. We stand facing the barre with two hands for balance. Our main focus is to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. Most of our lesson each day is done at the barre learning proper technique separated by fun, relaxing floor exercises.

Pre-Ballet: age 6 by October 1

In Pre-Ballet we build on the basic form and technique that is taught in Kinderdance. At the beginning of the year we still spend most of class time at the barre, but by mid-year the lesson is divided evenly between barre and floor exercise with slightly less barre work. We still stand facing the barre with two hands for balance. Our main focus is still to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. In Pre-Ballet, we start learning how the exercises we do at the barre can be put together to form a dance.

Beginning Ballet: ages 7 and older

Beginning Ballet is one of our transition classes. We begin the year still facing the barre using two hands for balance, but by mid-year we begin facing the end of the barre using only one hand for balance. The barre begins to mirror the more rigorous exercises that the girls will doing in our next level of classes. Our main focus is still to work on stretch, turnout, posture, rhythm, and ballet terminology. We also add balance and poise as dancers are moving out of the beginning stage into a more intermediate stage. The dancers also take on a larger role in the end of the year production: sometimes being required to do more than one number.

Ballet I

Ballet I begins as a review for students who have taken previous classes in ballet and it is also an excellent class for beginners. Students will learn basic foundational ballet technique including proper posture and placement, turnout, and musicality. As the year progresses, students will continue doing barre work and begin to transfer those steps in to center work. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class. All students in Ballet I participate in the annual spring performance.

Ballet II

Ballet II continues building on the foundations laid in Ballet I. Students begin to learn more complex positions and work on leg extensions while maintaining proper body placement. Petit allegro begins at the barre and eventually is brought to the center work.  In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class. All students in Ballet II participate in the annual spring performance.

Ballet III

Ballet III students should have a basic understanding of proper posture and placement and will continue to work to maintain that proper posture and placement while working more in the center. They begin learning about the body facings/directions and epaulement. Preparation for pirouettes and chaine turns are also taught in Ballet III. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class. All students in Ballet III participate in the annual spring performance.

Ballet IV

Students in Ballet IV build on the preparation work that was done in Ballet III. Students will learn pirouettes, chaines, and pique turns as well as adding more complex jumps to their petit allegro. The line of the legs and articulation of the feet is worked on extensively in the Ballet IV class. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class. All students in Ballet IV participate in the annual spring performance.

Ballet V

Ballet V begins as a review of what was learned in Ballet Levels III-IV. Students will continue to work on their technique while incorporating more expressiveness and performance quality into their dancing. Ballet V also serves as the preparation for pointe work, so strengthening the leg and feet muscles is extremely important. In addition to technique, each student is required to keep a journal in which they record the terminology and corrections they receive in class. All students in Ballet V participate in the annual spring performance.

Intermediate & Advance Ballet

All intermediate and advance ballet students should understand and possess correct posture when at the barre or in the center. Students should know ballet terminology and also understand some of the differences within the Cecchetti, Vaganova (Russian), and French techniques. Combinations are created to build strength in technique as well as understanding different tempos in preparation for choreography. These classes provide a continued work on more advanced jumps and turns. Students are expected to work on their technique at home. It is strongly suggested that each student have a ballet dictionary and take notes. All intermediate and advance students participate in the annual spring performance.

Pointe

Students will be allowed on pointe only when the feet, ankles, and legs have developed the strength necessary to begin pointe work. Due to bone maturation, only students that are at least twelve years old will begin pointe. The first year of pointe is at the barre only. Students will learn basic steps such as releves, bouree, echappe, etc. Second year pointe students will begin practicing steps in the center. As students progress, more steps will be added on pointe.

Ballet Summer Camp

The Creative Arts Council's School of Ballet will be offering a one-week summer dance program. Summer dance will take place June 12-16 at the Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre. Classes are available for beginning through advanced students. Summer programs are a great opportunity to try out ballet classes at Creative Arts before the fall semester begins.  

To download a registration form for Ballet Summer Camp click here.