DSC_0351.jpg

CLASSICAL

BALLET

PROGRAM

About Our Program

The Classical Ballet Program is geared towards students wishing to receive serious, pre-professional level dance training in a healthy environment. Our curriculum is based on the traditional Vaganova method, with a strong emphasis on contemporary style in the upper levels. Multiple classes per week are required to safely and effectively build technical and physical strength.

 

Classes in the Classical Ballet Program are by placement. Please email dance department head at dance@dayspringarts.org to discuss your student's current ballet experience.

BALLET 2

Beginning/Intermediate Dancers
 

Ballet 2 students progress to holding the barre with one hand. Center work introduces an array of new steps and terminology, building on skills learned in Ballet 1. Focus is given to building a strong technical foundation, placement and positions, waltzing, and understanding ballet terminology.

 

*By placement only, please email dance@dayspringarts.org for placement information

 

*Ballet 2 students may opt into the Classical Ballet Program. Students in the Classical Ballet Program take multiple classes each week to deepen their learning and progress to a pre-professional level. Students in the program are required to take two ballet classes and one additional performing arts or dance class.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 2 Required

  • One additional Ballet 2 class if in the Classical Ballet Program

  • One performing arts or dance elective

BALLET 3

Beginning/Intermediate Dancers
 

Maintains the simplicity of previous levels while introducing new steps and concepts. By keeping exercises simple and precise, students are able to absorb new information and build confidence. Focus is given to proper alignment, pirouettes, and building strength and stamina for grand allegro.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 3 Required

  • One additional Ballet 3 class

  • Intro/Pre-Pointe (Contact Department Head for exemptions)

  • One performing arts or dance elective

BALLET 4

Intermediate Dancers
 

Ballet 4 dancers are moving into more complicated technical concepts. They will be given many opportunities to expand their knowledge and hone in on their critical thinking skills. Some focus is given on how to troubleshoot issues, so that dancers are prepared to take on the fast-paced, advanced levels in future years. Dancers in this level are typically at the age when students are discovering who they are as individuals, so much attention is given to helping them thrive in their own imaginations and creativity while still being able to take and implement directions quickly and efficiently.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 4 Required

  • Two additional Ballet 4 classes

  • Conditioning for Dancers

  • Pointe Class based on placement (Contact Department Head for exemptions)

  • One performing arts or dance elective

BALLET 5

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers
 

For intermediate/advanced dancers. Class begins with an intense barre focused on alignment and clean technique. Centre work builds upon previously learned skills and emphasizes artistry and technique executed with both precision and clarity. Focus is on thoroughly examining battu work, linking larger steps with clearly defined footwork, and being able to transfer clean technique to more complex combinations. Highly advanced steps and skills are introduced as dancers become technically able and mentally ready.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 5+*

  • Two additional Ballet 5+ classes

  • Conditioning for Dancers

  • 2 Pointe Classes based on placement (Contact Department Head for exemptions)

  • Contemporary Modern dance

  • One performing arts or dance elective

Dance & Performing Arts Electives

For levels 3+
 

OPEN CLASSES

Open Classes are available to students outside of DaySpring's Classical Ballet Program
 

Open Studio

Open Studio classes are for students enrolled in our Classical Ballet Program as well as any students who wish to continue ballet training but are unable to commit to the full Program requirements. Students must take a placement class to determine the appropriate class level.

Please email dance department at dance@dayspringarts.org to determine level.

Conditioning for Dancers

This class will introduce dancers to strengthening and stretching exercises to enhance and support their ballet technique. A small portion of class time will be used to familiarize students with general kinesiological principles and basic functions of various muscle groups.

Required for Ballet 4+ students, by placement/permission for dance students ages 12+.

Variations

This 45-minute class focuses on classical repertoire for intermediate-level ballet students who are interested in applying their technique to performance pieces. Attention will be put toward solo and corps de ballet variations with an emphasis on character development, pantomime, and various ballet techniques.