For Dancers Ages 6-13
(depending on dance experience)
Our Junior Division allows for growth and greater knowledge of placement and the mechanics behind how every step is performed. Dancers will be challenged, encouraged and motivated to grow in placement, technique and artistry.
Ballet - Cecchetti - Jazz
*REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS APRIL 1, 2019!
DANCE CLASSES OFFERED
Ballet 1, 2 & 3
Our ballet faculty members have collective decades of experience and share the belief that ballet technique should be taught with a foundation in correct mechanics and placement, building on the basics to incorporate beauty, strength and performance.
As dancers advance, personal artistry, musicality and presentation are strongly emphasized, with athleticism being every bit as important to the ballet experience as elegance and grace.
Cecchetti training is a rigorous method which pays careful attention to the laws of anatomy. It develops all of the qualities essential to the dancer: balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, “ballon”, etc. It is classic in its purity and clear-cut style.
In younger children, Cecchetti technique will develop poise and musicality while striving to instill the love of and dedication to dance. Lower student grades will develop proper placement of torso, hips, and legs without exceeding anatomical limitations. The coordination of arms and head are developed with a concentration on smooth transitions throughout the exercises.
As dancers grow, a more mature sense of musicality and quality of movement is emphasized as students develop strength and stability in the demonstration of the pirouettes and grand allegro. Suppleness and smooth graceful movements are developed in these levels along with the coordination of head, arms, legs, and body.
Jazz 1, 2 & 3
Jazz showcases each dancer’s individual style. Energetic and fun, it uses hips and syncopation, fancy footwork, and for the more advanced dancer, kicks, leaps and turns. In our Junior Division, lyrical and contemporary dance are also incorporation, with a great emphasis on floor work as well as the freedom of the torso and body. All our jazz styles build from classical ballet technique, and are crucial to the training of today’s dancer. Jazz, lyrical and contemporary will particularly appeal to those students wishing to express themselves fully and individually while dancing.