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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, while centre work introduces an array of new steps built on steps previously learned in Ballet 1. Focus is given to building a strong technical foundation, learning the 9 Body Positions, waltzing, and understanding ballet terminology. This class is offered as part of our Classical Ballet Program and requires registration in a corequisite class.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 2*

  • One additional Ballet 2 class

BALLET 3

Beginning/Intermediate Dancers
 

Maintains the simplicity of previous levels but introduces more steps and concepts. By keeping exercises simple and precise, the students are more able to absorb the information and build muscle memory. Focus is given to proper alignment, pirouettes, and building strength and stamina for grand allegro.

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 3*

  • One additional Ballet 3 class

  • One performing arts or dance elective (i.e., Conditioning, Musical Theatre, Drama)

Dance & Performing Arts Electives

BALLET 4

Intermediate Dancers
 

These students are moving into more complicated technical concepts and will be given many opportunities to expand their knowledge and hone in on their critical thinking skills. Students receive instruction on how to troubleshoot issues, so that they are prepared to take on the fast-paced, advanced levels in future years. Students 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*

  • Two additional Ballet 4 classes

  • Conditioning for Dancers

  • One performing arts or dance elective

Dance & Performing Arts Electives

BALLET 5

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers
 

For intermediate/advanced dancers. An intense barre focused on alignment and clean technique is given. Centre work builds upon previously learned skills and emphasizes artistry and technique executed with 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 only when students are technically able and mentally ready. 

REQUIRED CLASSES

Students must register for

  • Ballet 5+*

  • Two additional Ballet 5+ classes

  • Conditioning for Dancers

  • Two performing arts or dance electives

Dance & Performing Arts Electives

EXTRA CURRICULAR BALLET CLASSES

By Placement Only

Intro/Pre-Pointe

This 30-minute class is the first level of the pointe program. Students will learn pointe-specific training exercises needed to develop strength in the feet, consistent alignment, and body control. At the completion of the class, students will be evaluated on their progress and may be invited to begin pointe work.

Beginning Pointe

Pointe instruction includes high amounts of attention placed on metatarsal use and weight placement. The pace of the class is guided by the students and the skills they are ready to approach safely. By placement/permission; students must attend at least one ballet class per week.

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe

Intermediate students are given more centre work,  along with pirouettes and learning how to hop on pointe. Classical Variations may be taught within the class as a way to build stamina and expose the students to classical repertoire. Advanced students are given more demanding pointe work and Classical Variation. By placement/permission; class meets twice per week and students must attend at least three ballet classes per week.

Variations 1

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.

Variations 2

This 45-minute class focuses on classical repertoire for advanced 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.

 

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+.