Ballet Level B
Recommended: Attend class 2x weekly (2x required for future pointe work training)
Level B is for dancers who have completed Level A2. Dancers with 3+ years of previous ballet training will take a placement class. Level B is the next level for teen/adult dancers who have mastered the basics from the teen/adult class and want to further study ballet. Students can be at this level for 2-3 years when attending 2x weekly.
Level B reinforces the foundation established in level A2 and more difficult steps will be introduced. Barre work will be longer and includes all the traditional classical ballet exercises taught at a professional school. Combinations are longer and more complex. Students continue to improve jumps learned from previous levels and will perform these jumps moving quicker and in more complex combinations. Center exercises will include combinations adding the use of arms and head in all directions of croisé, effacé, and écarté. There is increased emphasis on balancing, flexibility of legs with extensions, and ankle strength which is developed using repetitions in relevé. Turns en dehors and en dedans in the center and consecutive turns across the floor are studied in more detail with emphasis on spotting, proper placement in preparation, the timing at the beginning of a turn, and controlling the finish. Begin study of large leaps and tour jeté.
Dancers at this level are taught to “self-correct” and are given more individualized corrections. They are held more responsible for understanding and maintaining corrections given to them. Explanations are given of how the muscles in ballet and dance interact with each other to produce a movement. Classes are designed to challenge the dancer by teaching new steps, changing the tempo, or adding arm and head movements. All dancers are taught at their own pace in a positive environment meant to foster their self-confidence.
There is a separate Performance Class and it is an additional time requirement to regular class time. It will be announced in the spring schedule. Students are encouraged but not required to participate in the yearly student showcase in June. Dancers attending class 1x weekly will require additional time to gain skills at this level and will not be allowed to participate in pointe classes unless they are dancing 2x weekly for 3 years. Dancers with a goal of wearing pointe shoes must train 2x weekly at this level to begin acquiring the strength and technique needed to safely wear pointe shoes when they are ready for pointe. Parents are invited to observe a class each fall and spring semester.