Ballet

Little School of Dance provides a large selection of ballet instruction at all levels
including:

Basic Ballet/Tap I
Basic Ballet/Tap II
Boys Class
Beginning Ballet I
Beginning Ballet II
Intermediate Ballet IA & IB (same level but different classes)
Intermediate Ballet II
Intermediate Ballet III
Pre-Pointe & Beg. Pointe
Advanced Ballet I
Advanced Ballet II
Advanced Ballet III

Ballet classes are grouped according to age and skill level based on teacher observation and recommendation.  Class curriculum is drawn from Cecchetti, Vaganova and other classical ballet techniques resulting in a dancer with a well-rounded background able to adapt to the different styles and teachers they may encounter.   Ballet classes begin at the Basic Level, meeting one hour per week with 15 minutes of Introduction to Tap included for 2 years.  As the dancer advances beyond the basics more hours of classes per week are needed to reach proficiency levels in the skills required to progress.  Each dancer progresses along the ballet curriculum according to their own physical attributes, background experience, maturity level, ability to focus, body awareness, attendance consistency, internal desire, drive and work ethic.  Completing a year of instruction at a certain level does not guarantee progression to the next level.  Dancers will be recommended for advancement on an individual basis by instructors familiar with their progress. Placement in upper level classes may be adjusted at the discretion of the instructor.

BASIC BALLET/TAP – Basic ballet skills are introduced including static positions and movement across the floor for 45 minutes.  Basic Tap skills are introduced to gain comfort in tap shoes and coordination of feet on specific steps.
LEVEL 1A – 5 year olds – Monday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 1B – 5 year olds- Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 2A – 6 year olds – Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 2B – 6 year olds – Thursday, 5:00-6:00 at LSOD

BEGINNING BALLET– Beginning ballet skills are taught including: ballet barre, movement across the floor, port de bra and sautee combinations.
LEVEL 1– 7 – 8 year olds – Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 2 – 7 – 8 year olds – Thursday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD

INTERMEDIATE BALLET – Intermediate level ballet skills are taught following a progression of increased complexity and speed as skills are mastered using focused repetition.   Previously learned skills are refined and strengthened and the dancers’ vocabulary of ballet steps is expanded.  There are four levels of Intermediate Ballet and students are placed in each level based on teacher recommendation.

LEVEL 1 – Thursday, 6:00-7:00 at LSOD Downstairs
LEVEL 2 – Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD Upstairs
LEVEL 3 – Monday, 4:00-5:00 at HS dance studio and Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 at LSOD

ADVANCED BALLET– Advanced Ballet classes combine all previously learned skills with a large vocabulary of new skills introduced in a progressive sequence of difficulty and length.  Classes include:  ballet barre, exercises in the center encompassing; adage, pirouettes,  petit allegro, combinations and turns across the floor, grand allegro, stretching and pointe work.  Dancers are exposed to stage craft, learn performance skills ,they become part of a cohesive group focused on a common goal and gain confidence and composure with successful performances and accomplishments.  Students are placed in these classes based on teacher recommendation.

LEVEL 1- Monday, 5:00-6:30 at the HS dance studio, and Tuesday 4:00-5:30 and Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 at LSOD
LEVEL 2- Monday, 5:00-6:30 and Tuesday 5:30-7:00 and Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 3 – Monday, 6:30-8:00, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30, Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 and Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 at LSOD

POINTE – Based on teacher recommendation, dancers ages 11 & up with adequate skill level are introduced to the art of Pointe Dancing.  Classes focus on proper pointe technique with strengthening exercises for the feet, legs and core. Proper body alignment is emphasized and only those who are able to demonstrate skills consistently will be recommended for pointe shoe purchase.   The process of ordering, fitting and preparing shoes to be worn will be covered.   Students must have teacher approval to wear pointe shoes in class.

LEVEL 1-Pre & Beginning Pointe, Friday, 4:00-5:00 at LSOD
LEVEL 2 – Advanced Pointe – not offered this semester

ADULT Ballet
Wednesday 8:00 – 9:00 PM at LSOD