Ballet Technique

  • Continue floor barre work (developing professional skills)
  • To develop students stamina by repeating already known exercises in a quicker tempo and increasing quantity
  • To learn barre exercises on demi-pointe (depending on technique), working out demi-turns and turns on one leg
  • Start learning pirouette at the barre and in the center
  • To execute exercises in poses
  • To complicate combinations for developing coordination more
  • To learn allegro with ending on one leg
  • To work on expression and musicality.

DEPENDING ON TECHNIQUE (after reaching above goals):

  • To develop balance
  • To use demi-point during exercises at the barre and in the center
  • Speed-up the exercise tempo (some exercises should be on 8th beats)
  • To start using en tournant in exercises
  • To learn pirouette
  • To learn pirouettes with moving on diagonal
  • To start learning grand allegro (simple combinations)
  • Continue to develop coordination in all exercise sections, to work on expression and musicality.

Pointe

• Technique for proper pointe work
• Individual evaluation of each student for the timing of wearing pointe shoes
• The feet, ankles, turnout, back and abdominal muscles must be strong enough to stand on pointe correctly without the risk of injury to the student.

Dress code

Girls:

• Pink tights, black leotard, pink ballet shoes
• Color coded alignment belts are assigned
• Pointe shoes must be approved by teaching staff
• For colder weather, tight fitting leg warmers are acceptable for barre work.

Men:

• Black tights, white T-shirt or tank leotard, black ballet shoes

 

Conditioning

• Enhancing muscle flexibility, strength and endurance
• Increasing awareness of the body’s potential for movement
• Injury prevention and safety for the dancer

Dress code

Athletic wear or ballet class dress code