Ballet Etudes is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Creative Movement (ages 3-5):  A beginner’s introduction to dance and movement while using their imagination. Dancers will move across the floor with basic steps, basic ballet in the center and occasional barre work.

Pre-Ballet (ages 5-6): A beginner’s introduction to dance and movement while using their imagination. Dancers will move across the floor with basic steps, basic ballet in the center and occasional barre work.

Beginning Ballet (ages 6-7):  Students will learn the basic ballet vocabulary and movements while being introduced to a ballet class setting.

Ballet 1 and 2 (ages 7-10):  Ballet for this age group reinforces the basic concepts learned in Beginning Ballet and then gradually moves the students into the traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises. Moving in time with the music becomes more important, as well as memorization of ballet terminology. More complex combinations are given as students progress.

Ballet 3A and 3B (ages 10-13):  This level of training is designed for children who want to advance their studies and, for girls, prepares them for pointe. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized. Students who want to go on pointe must attend at least three classes a week in order to build the necessary strength. Pointe work traditionally begins at level 4. The difference between 3A and 3B is their ability to execute technique properly.

Ballet 4, 5, and 6 (age not applicable):  This level of training is designed for children who have gained a solid technical foundation and knowledge of ballet. The traditional ballet class format of barre followed by center exercises is used. Correct placement and turnout continue to be emphasized.

Teen Ballet (age 10+):  This class is designed for the beginning teen dancer. This class follows the traditional ballet class format of barre preceding center exercises. Though a beginning class, this offers more complex combinations with a slightly faster pace while emphasizing correct placement and ballet terminology.

Advanced Ballet (age not applicable):  Students will have mastered the vocabulary of ballet and will have a solid technical foundation. Emphasis lies in artistry, stamina, pointe work and strength.

Pointe:  Pointe class may be taken by students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe. Readiness for pointe work is determined by each student’s strength and physical development, not by their age. The instructor will advise parents when a student has the necessary strength and maturity to go on pointe. Pointe class may be taken only with the permission of the instructor.

Adult Ballet:  This class is open to all experience and levels and provides an excellent workout in a fun, relaxed, and nurturing environment. 

Strength/Stretch (ages 7+): Strength/Stretch Class is designed with two primary intentions: First and foremost is the health and well being of the dancer, by developing full body strength and flexibility in congruence with proper biomechanics in relation to our anatomy and physics. Second is specific strength and conditioning exercises to improve and enhance dance training. With the integration of these two intentions dancers learn how to improve their longevity by developing better functioning bodies more suitable to the demands of ballet.

Contemporary 1/2 (ages 6+): This class incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary technique and curriculum. This level is recommended for students trying out dance for the first time, dancers enrolled in Ballet 1 or Ballet 2, or dancers enrolled in Ballet 3B trying Contemporary for the first time.

Contemporary 3/4 (ages 9+): This class incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary techniques curriculum. This class is recommended for Ballet 3B students, Ballet 3A students, and Ballet 4, or students who have completed all of the training requirements for Contemporary 2. At least 1 1/2 hours of ballet per week is required as part of the training for this class.

Contemporary 5/6 (age not applicable): This class incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary technique and curriculum and furthers a dancer’s physical and artistic proficiency. This class is recommended for serious students with extensive dance training in Lyrical, Jazz or Contemporary, or who are currently enrolled in Ballet 5 or Ballet 6. At least 2 1⁄2 hours of ballet training per week is required to enroll in this class.

Advanced Contemporary (age not applicable): This class incorporates Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary techniques and curriculum and requires a high level of proficiency in both Ballet and Contemporary dance forms, artistic expression, and performance. This class is appropriate for dancers in Advanced Ballet, or serious students with extensive training in Contemporary dance. At least 4 1⁄2 hours of ballet training per week is required to enroll in this class.

Broadway Jazz 3/4 (ages 9+): This 30-minute class will teach intermediate level Broadway style jazz dance. You must be enrolled in Contemporary 3/4 or higher to register for this class. If you are not enrolled in Contemporary 3/4 or higher and you desire to take this class, an audition will be required. *(No warm up will be given for the class; dancers should warm themselves up before arriving.) 

Broadway Jazz 5/6 (ages 9+): This 45-minute class will teach a more advanced level Broadway style jazz dance. You must be enrolled in Contemporary 5/6 or higher to register for this class. If you are not enrolled in Contemporary 5/6 or higher and you desire to take this class, an audition will be required. *(No warm up will be given for the class; dancers should warm themselves up before arriving.)