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Classes & Descriptions

Creative Movement                          
Ages 3 & 4 

Creative Movement Classes offer an introduction to the work of movement. The dancers learn different styles of dance, musicality, rhythm, and creative imagery to help with their development and coordination, all the while learning the joy of what dance has to offer! You may choose one or two classes a week for your little dancer to partake in. Each class will help the dancers explore movement and find their own unique self-expression through the various dance styles while also learning awareness in space, how to work in a group, disciplined individual work, how to follow directions, and respect for oneself and others. These are all skills that can translate to everyday life, even for the little ones. 
  
Pre-Ballet 
Ages 5 & 6 

Pre-Ballet classes begin looking to explore the different concepts of grace, line, posture, and stretch in a manner that they will still find enjoyable as an extension of creative movement. They will continue learning musicality, rhythm, self-awareness in space, how to work in a group, disciplined individual work, how to follow directions, and respect for oneself and others, while beginning to learn basic steps of ballet, terminology, barre' technique, and traveling across the floor with movement. Although Pre-Ballet is the beginning of more structured work compared to creative movement, students will still be learning the love of movement and the joy that comes with it.

Lower Level Division

The Lower Level Division classes consist of Levels 1, 2, & 3 and is where formal dance training begins. Specific class descriptions are listed below. 

Level 1

Ages 6 & 7 

Level 1 begins more structured classes, the young dancers start the process of building solid foundations for their personal growth and development of their own individual artistry, which prepares them for performance training. Classes offered are ballet. Each class will have a piece for students to perform in the 'Spring Conservatory Performance Series' allowing students the opportunity to perform.     
 

​Level 2

Ages 7 & 8

Similar to Level 1, dancers in Level 2 have more structured classes which continue improvement on their foundations built, but begin adding more challenging movements to each style, all the while developing core strength, individual artistry, and continued performance training. Classes offered are ballet andcontemporary. . Each class will have a piece, for students to perform in the 'Winter and Spring Conservatory Performance Series' allowing students the opportunity to perform on stage.  

​Level 3

Approximate Ages 8 & 9

Must be selected by Artistic Director Jennifer Foster-Drake for this level via returning promoted student, drop in class, or audition)

Level 3 classes begin to dive into more complex steps and musicality while still building upon a solid foundation from prior level curriculum along with strength building, continued artistic growth, and performance training. Classes offered are ballet and contemporary. Each class will have a piece for students, with the exception of pre-pointe, to perform in the 'Winter and Spring Conservatory Performance Series' allowing students the opportunity to perform on stage.



Upper Level Division

The Upper Level Division classes consist of Level 4 & Level 5. Similar to level 3, classes begin to dive into more complex steps and musicality while still building upon a solid foundation from prior level curriculums along with strength training, continued artistic growth, and performance training. Some class times may be longer than the prior year's classes. Pointe classes continue developing strength training. 


Level 4

Approximate Ages 10-12 

Must be selected by Artistic Director Jennifer Foster-Drake for this level via returning promoted student, drop in class, or audition based on skill level)

Level 4 classes offered are ballet, pre-pointe/pointe technique, and contemporary. One day a week these dancers will be taking with the advanced level 5 class.

Level 5

Approximate Ages 13-18  

Must be selected by Artistic Director Jennifer Foster-Drake for this level via returning promoted student, drop in class, or audition based on skill level)

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Level 5 is our advanced level. Classes offered are ballet, pointe, and Contemporary. This is the level for

advanced students who are serious about their craft and training. 

Each class within the Upper Level Division, with the possible exception of pointe and variations, will have a piece for students to perform in the 'Spring Conservatory Performance Series' allowing students the opportunity to perform on stage.