(1st & 2nd Grade, Ages 3-6)
Dancers will be introduced to classical ballet technique. They gain body awareness, flexibility, and learn how their muscles coordinate to help them dance. Classes include floor exercises, center work, introductory barre exercises and across the floor natural movements. Dancers will learn 3 positions of the feet (parallel, 1st and 2nd positions) and practice the 4 positions of the arms based on Vaganova classical ballet technique. The focus is to recognize the feeling of straight legs, pointed feet and good torso alignment. They become familiar with basic ballet steps and movements, start to develop balance, and learn to count music. Exercises that travel across the floor promote natural movement and introduce simple stage directions. Classes are taught in a supportive environment meant to encourage and create self-confidence. Parents are invited to observe a class each fall and spring semester. Students may participate in various performance opportunities once they have completed a full fall or spring semester.