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Class Descriptions

Classical Ballet

Our Ballet levels include:

  • Sparkle Babies (ages 2.5-3) 

  • Sparkle (ages 3-4)

  •  Sparkle (ages 4-5)

  • Ballet 1a Silver

  • Ballet 1a Gold

  • Ballet 1b Silver

  • Ballet 1b Gold

  • Ballet 2

  • Ballet 2+

  • Ballet 3a

  • Ballet 3b

  • Pre-Pointe/Pointe 3b/Int B

  • Ballet 4 w/ pointe

  • Ballet 5 w/ pointe

  • Ballet 6-8 w/ pointe

  • Ballet Basic Teen

  • Ballet Basic Tween

  • Ballet Intermediate A

  • Ballet Intermediate B

This is the cornerstone of the Ballet Society curriculum. We begin teaching children as early as age 2½ and progress them through specific skills and age-appropriate expression. From the learning of basic movement, to ballet positions, to pre-pointe and finally actual pointe work we produce young artists who often take their craft to the professional world of dance and teaching.

Contemporary Dance

Our Contemporary Levels Include:

  • Contemporary 2

  • Contemporary Basic

  • Contemporary 3a/Intermediate A

  • Contemporary 3b/Intermediate B

  • Contemporary 4

  • Contemporary 5

  • Contemporary 6-8

Contemporary dance combines modern, ballet, and jazz elements. A wider range of floor work is introduced in addition to quality of movement exercises. Students will gain a comprehensive vocabulary, and will be able to explore different movement through space while maintaining effective body alignment and proper technique. Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up. All students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance. Those who reach a higher level of achievement may audition for our Contemporary Dance Company.

Jazz

Our Contemporary Levels Include:

  • Jazz 1b

  • Jazz 3b/Intermediate B

  • Jazz 4-5

  • Jazz 6-8

Jazz dance is an exciting, energetic, and athletic art form. Students work on strengthening and flexibility exercises, progressions across the floor, and center floor combinations. Students acquire an awareness of body control and alignment, musicality, fundamental style development, performance skills, and learn to execute proper jazz technique. Students will also begin to develop an extensive jazz vocabulary. Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up. All students are given the opportunity showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

Tap

Our Tap Levels Include:

  • Sparkle Babies (ages 2.5-3) 

  • Sparkle (ages 3-4)

  • Sparkle (ages 4-5)

  • Tap 1a/1b

  • Tap 2

  • Tap 3

  • Tap 4

  • Tap Basic

  • Tap Intermediate

  • Tap Advanced

This traditional form of American art is an ideal way to bring children into the experience of dance. Tap is included in our two youngest levels of classes. Tap is also offered as an individual for ages 6 and up. Performance opportunities are included in the program.

Broadway

Our Broadway levels include:

  • Broadway 11b

  • Broadway 2/Basic Tween

  • Broadway 3/Intermediate

  • Broadway 4-8

In the 20th century, dancing and drama became truly integrated in America, and "Broadway dance" was recognized as a new style of jazz dance. In Musical Theatre, a song or dance occurs when the emotional state of a character, or characters, becomes so heightened that they can no longer express themselves in words. In our workshops, time is spent on developing the character of the story and applying basic technique to the various styles in musical theater dance. Auditions are held for placement in Production Night numbers. Each dancer will learn and perform in at least 2 full numbers. There is opportunity for solos, duets, and small ensembles. No singing experience is required. Performance opportunities are included in the program. Classes are available for dancers ages 7 and up.

Character

Our Character levels include:

  • Character 3/Int A

  • Character 3/Int B

  • Character 4

  • Character 5-8

Character dance is a specific subdivision of classical dance. It is the stylized representation of traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theater.


Character dance is integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire. A good example of character dance within ballet is the series of national dances that take place at the beginning of Act II of Swan Lake. The ballet Don Quixote also features many character variations based on traditional Spanish dances. Popular character dance adaptations for ballet also include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Spain: csárdás, mazurka, tarantella, flamenco, etc.


Well known schools that incorporate character dance into their teaching syllabus are the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the Royal Ballet School in London, the Australian Ballet School; as well as it being taught as a separate skill within the syllabus of the graded examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Folk traditions have been incorporated into what is known as ballet for centuries but it was not until Aleksandr Shirayev, Assistant to Marius Petipa, that character dance became a unique and codified art-form that takes its rightful place as an integral part of classical ballet.

Hip-Hop Dance

Our Hip-hop levels include:

  • Hip-hop A

  • Hip-hop B

  • Hip-hop C 

  • Hip-hop D

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. Our faculty also specialize in modern hip-hop techniques and we encourage students to grow in their confidence and swagitude with a fun, upbeat class environment.

Acro

Our Acro levels include:

  • Acro Ages 4-7

  • Acro (1, 2, 3, 4)

The Acrobatic Arts Syllabus is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexbility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, artistic gymnastics, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program.

Stretch

Our Stretch classes are for Levels 3/Int.

Stretch is a carefully and thoughtfully designed program for our levels 3a-8. The definition of stretch is; a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion.

Progressing Ballet Technique

Our Stretch classes are for levels

Int B-8.

PBT is a unique and innovative program designed to help students understand the depth of training in muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. PBT uses fit ball, therabands, fusion balls and other tools to aid dancers in their training. PBT has amazing success in guiding dancers in their understanding of core strength, stability, and alignment. This program will benefit any dancer wanting to enhance technique and strength by offering an understanding of how to use muscles correctly and safely.

Pre Pointe

Invitation Only

Colorado Ballet Society developed and offers this specially designed preparation program as part of our focus on health and safety for the young dancer. The curriculum for the class includes a look into history and how dancing on pointe evolved; a basic understanding of the anatomy of the foot, as well as the structure of the pointe shoe; proper foot care; and how to care for and sew ribbons and elastic onto pointe shoes. Most importantly, you will be taught theraband, Pilates, and physical therapy exercises designed to strengthen the structures of the foot and ankle, while continuing to work on placement and strengthening of the legs and core.

 

Pre Pointe is by invitation only to dancers that have shown physical, mental, and emotional readiness. Pre Pointe is usually begun in the summer and continues into the fall semester. Following pre pointe, dancers are put on pointe between October and January.

Adult Classes

Currently we have no

Adult beginner classes

Currently we have no Adult beginner classes. With interest, new classes will form in Fall 2019. A minimum enrollment of 4 students is needed to form a class.

Adults with previous dance experience are sometimes able to participate in intermediate and advanced classes. A free placement session is offered to assure that each individual is properly assessed by ability and experience, with the final decision determined at the discretion of the director. A dancer's ability to execute the required material is given high consideration.

Level Placement

A free placement class is offered to insure that students are properly assessed by ability and experience, with the final decision being determined at the discretion of the studio director/faculty.

Level Advancement

Advancement through Ballet Society levels is based on many factors including a student's strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of material, and artistic development as assessed by the faculty and Director. A student's ability to execute the required material is considered above all other factors, including age. Advancement to the next level may occur at any time during the year, but is generally determined in the spring and summer.

 

Parents and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet levels do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. Because the range of criteria for promotion is so diverse, it may be two or more years before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.

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