Beginning Adult Ballet
This class is for adults with 0 to 2 years of experience or for students with former education who want to get back into training. Fundamentals of formal ballet will be taught. Necessary skills such as core stability, weight placement, turnout, and alignment will be introduced.
Intermediate Adult Ballet
This class continues to build on the information learned in Beginning Adult. Students should have 2 to 4 years of continuous training and teacher recommendation. In adage movements, instructors will be watching for the development of weight placement over the forefoot of the supporting leg in order to facilitate correct turnout and strength. Single pirouettes should become refined and strong, and doubles will be introduced. Ballon in petit allegro should be cleanly established. Grand allegro will become refined.
Advanced Adult Ballet
Students should have 4+ years of continuous training and teacher recommendation. Further development of strength and control of the trunk and pelvis will be concentrated on in adage work. This control of the body’s core will be further called upon to perform the correct throwing action of the leg for a grand battement and also in grand allegro. Double pirouettes should be easily attained at this level.
ADULT TAP 1
It’s never too late to learn the shim-sham! In this class you will learn basic tap fundaments that will keep you fit and jivin’ all year long
ADULT TAP 2
Refine your tap fundaments, and expand your technique. “Get your groove on” dancing to jazz, rock, Broadway, and classical music, as well as creating your own “riffs” through improvisation.
Prerequisite: Adult Tap 1
ADULT TAP 3
This class is for tappers with previous experience who have mastery over tap fundaments and the basic elements of musicality. This class addresses intermediate/advanced technique, more complex musicality, and explores how percussive dance can function to create character, tell a narrative, or express an abstract idea. Students will be encouraged to develop their own individual “tap voice” through improvisation.
Prerequisites: Children’s Tap 2 or Adult Tap 2
Adult Pointework will be included in the Advanced Adult Ballet class and is designated for adults who want to work on strengthening their feet and work in pointe shoes carefully. Students interested in taking the pointe portion of Advanced Adult Ballet must be taking two technique classes per week and be approved by Dance Arts staff. Students enrolled in Advanced Adult Ballet who do not wish to take pointework will continue class on demi pointe and be given additional strengthening exercises.