THE BALLET ACADEMY

Preschool

The class is a magical introduction to dance for children ages 2 to 5. A fun-filled 30 minute class introduces the young dancer to the grace of ballet. Dance teaches pre-schoolers to interact with others, follow directions, learn new vocabulary, as well as improve balance, coordination and agility.

Ballet 1 & 2 (Beginner)

A prelude to formal ballet instruction, students will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a learning environment that fosters a love for dance and music. Exercises will introduce students to the “ballet barre” to develop correct posture and technique. Center floor includes stretches to develop flexibility, standing exercises to gain balance and strength, and traveling steps to encourage development of gross motor skills. Students begin to learn French vocabulary, movement expression, and proper ballet etiquette in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Ballet 3 & 4 (Intermediate)

This class continues to develop coordination, musicality, kinetic and spatial awareness while building upon skills learned in the Primary Division. In a more structured class environment, the instructors nurture the students’ love for dance and the arts through the disciplined study of classical ballet technique.

Ballet 5 & 6 (Intermediate)

Once enrolled in Ballet 5 & 6, training becomes much more serious. Classes will focus on use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. At this level students may begin Pre-Pointe.

Ballet Pre Professional (Advanced)

Pre-Professional Division This level is for the advanced ballet student. Only those who have a desire to pursue ballet seriously should attend. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps.

Pointe Variation

This class is designed to help systematically increase security and control sur la pointe. The technique at this level is very demanding and students must have acquired proper strength and ability to safely participate. Pointe students will also learn and analyze pointe variations from the classical ballet repertoire. Students are required to take the pre-professional technique class which precedes the pointe/variation class. (By invitation only)


JAZZ

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Beginner level combination class of Jazz and Tap for generally ages 5 to 7. Jazz dancing emphasizes technique, rhythm and flexibility to music of today. Tap dancing focuses on rhythm, syncopation and intricate footwork creating a fun instrument out of the dancer’s feet. The instructor uses a proven dance syllabus to ensure student’s are receiving a quality, age appropriate, and comprehensive dance education.

Beginner

Beginner level Jazz class for ages 7 to 9. Jazz dancing emphasizes technique, rhythm and flexibility to music of today.

Intermediate

Intermediate level Jazz class for ages 9-12. Jazz dancing emphasizes technique, rhythm and flexibility to music of today.

Advanced

Jazz Intensive is an advanced level class for ages 12 and up. Jazz dancing emphasizes technique, rhythm and flexibility to music of today together with classical jazz of yesterday. It brings energy and life to all those who dance. (Must be approved by instructor)


TAP

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Beginner level combination class of Jazz and Tap for generally ages 5 to 7. Jazz dancing emphasizes technique, rhythm and flexibility to music of today. Tap dancing focuses on rhythm, syncopation and intricate footwork creating a fun instrument out of the dancer’s feet.

Beginner

Beginner level Tap class for ages 7 to 9. Tap dancing focuses on rhythm, syncopation and intricate footwork creating a fun instrument out of the dancer’s feet.

Intermediate

Intermediate level Tap class for ages 10 to 12. Tap dancing focuses on rhythm, syncopation and intricate footwork creating a fun instrument out of the dancers feet.

Advanced

Advanced level Tap class for ages 12 to 18. Tap dancing focuses on rhythm, syncopation and intricate footwork creating a fun instrument out of the dancers feet.


LYRICAL & CONTEMPORARY

Beginner

A Beginner class for ages 7 to 9. Lyrical classes must be taken in conjunction with Ballet. Lyrical is a contemporary style of dance that focuses on technique while dancing fluidly and emotionally interpreting the lyrics of the music.

Contemporary Intermediate & Advanced

An Intermediate / Advanced level class for ages 11 and up. This class is an expressive form of ballet and jazz for Ballet Technique students. Contemporary Dance is a fusion of interpretive movement incorporating ballet, jazz, and modern technique. There are no limits for choreography and expression in a modern class. Enjoy developing technique and exploring what is possible for dancers in this popular style.


MUSICAL THEATER

Musical Theater is a Beginner/Intermediate level class. This Broadway inspired class teaches theatrical facial expressions and performance qualities from such musicals as: A Chorus Line, hairspray, Chicago and Fame, etc.


HIP HOP

Beginner

Beginner level Hip Hop for ages 7 to 9. This class focuses on individualism and self-expression, with a “street jazz” background, while dancing to the latest hip-hop, pop and R&B music.

Intermediate & Advanced

Intermediate/Advanced level Hip Hop. This class focuses on individualism and self-expression, with a “street jazz” background, while dancing to the latest hip-hop, pop and R&B music.

Boys Hip Hop

Beginner level Hip Hop for Boy ages 7 and up. This class focuses on individualism and self-expression, with a “street jazz” background, while dancing to the latest hip-hop, pop and R&B music.


ACROBATIC ARTS – CERTIFIED STUDIO!

Level 1

Beginner level, typically ages 4-6,  provides training from the world renowned program, Acrobatic Arts. The program delivers SAFE and comprehensive progressions with proven results of the 5 dimensions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Tumbling, Limbering, Strength, and Balance. The program was developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, jazz, modern, physiology, yoga, rhythmic gymnastics, and more.

Level 2 & 3

Level 2 & 3, typically ages 7+,  provides training from the world renowned program, Acrobatic Arts. The program delivers SAFE and comprehensive progressions with proven results of the 5 dimensions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Tumbling, Limbering, Strength, and Balance. The program was developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, jazz, modern, physiology, yoga, rhythmic gymnastics, and more.


TUMBLING & CHEER

Beginner Tumbling/Cheer

This beginner tumbling class is for ages 5-8. We will be working on cheers, chants, back bend kick overs, handstands, cartwheels, and much more. Students will need to wear tight fitted clothing that they can move freely in.

Intermediate Tumbling

Tumbling Ages 9 & Up – In this class Coach Mark teaches Back handsprings, walkovers.

Advanced Tumbling

Student must have solid round-off back handspring or currently working on this skill.


Aerial Silks

Aerial 1

This 60 Minute class is an introduction to Aerial Arts and is open to students ages 9 & up. The South’s premier Cirque program focuses on aerial silks, hoop dance and contortion in a safe and supportive environment. Students explore the art of Cirque and dance while building physical strength and confidence. Skills are taught close to the ground with proper spotting and crash mats. Mastery of the skills taught in the class is required to progress to more advanced levels.

Aerial 2 (By Placement Only)

This 60 Minute class is an introduction to Aerial Arts and is open to students ages 10 & up. The South’s premier Cirque program focuses on aerial silks, hoop dance and contortion in a safe and supportive environment. Students explore the art of Cirque and dance while building physical strength and confidence. Skills are taught close to the ground with proper spotting and crash mats. Mastery of the skills taught in the class is required to progress to more advanced levels.