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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 Excelerate

  • Ballet 3a

  • Ballet Intermediate A

  • Ballet 3b

  • Ballet Intermediate B

  • Pre-Pointe/Pointe 3b/Int B/4

  • Ballet 4 w/ pointe

  • Ballet 5 w/ pointe

  • Ballet 6-8 w/ pointe

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread and highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. Ballet has been influential globally and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Various styles like Cecchetti, Vaganova, RAD, etc., have been created throughout the years as an evolution of the original Italian style.

Ballet is the cornerstone of Colorado Ballet Society’s curriculum. We currently follow the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum. Dancers may begin as early as age 2.5 in our Sparkle and Superhero programs, where they learn age-appropriate skills and expression. Dancers have the opportunity to progress through numerous levels, pre-pointe programs, and finally pointe classes. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

Pre Pointe

Invitation Only

Colorado Ballet Society developed and offers this specially designed preparation program as a part of our focus on health and safety for a young dancer. The curriculum for the class includes: a look into the 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, dancers 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 go en pointe between October and January.

Variations

Variations 3b / Int B

Variations 4

Variations 5

Variations 6-8

Variations class is designed to give students an opportunity to work on learning classical ballet choreography that combines technique, style, and performing quality. Students will learn level-appropriate solos or group variations from classical repertoire to help prepare them for the stage, competitions, auditions as well as professional ballet companies. The repetition of working on one variation and focusing on set choreography gives the students the chance to grow as a dancer, explore different dancing styles, express their individuality, as well as gain confidence and consistency. Variations class also teaches the students how to apply personal corrections and how to approach rehearsals for any kind of dance setting.

Character Dance

Our Character Levels Include:

  • Character 3b/Int B

  • Character 4

  • Character 5

  • Character 6-8

Character dance is an integral part of Ballet training and is a specific subdivision of Classical Ballet. Character dance classes are much like a Ballet class in that they begin with a complete barre before going to the center, except everything will be in a specific cultural style. It is often the stylized representation of traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries, and uses movements and music adapted for the theater. Popular character dance adaptations for ballet include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Spain: csárdás, mazurka, tarantella, flamenco. These styles are represented and portrayed in many full-length ballets, such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote.

Contemporary Dance

Our Contemporary Levels Include:

  • Contemporary 1b

  • Contemporary Excel

  • Contemporary 2

  • Contemporary 3a/Int A

  • Contemporary 3b/Int B

  • Contemporary 4

  • Contemporary 5

  • Contemporary 6-8

Contemporary dance classes have a large focus on modern technique mixed with elements of ballet and jazz. Dancers will explore different movement styles, a wide range of floor work, and movement through multiple levels of space all while maintaining proper placement and alignment. Dancers are encouraged to strengthen their technique and physicality, enhance their movement quality, and expand their versatility as dancers.”

 

Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers, ages 7 and up. All students have 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, Connexus.

Jazz Dance

Our Jazz Levels Include:

  • Broadway/Jazz 1a

  • Broadway/Jazz 1b

  • Broadway/Jazz 2/Excel

  • Jazz 2a/Int A

  • Jazz 3b/Int B

  • Jazz 4-8

Jazz is an energetic and athletic style of dance where students work on strength, flexibility, and stylistic techniques. It combines elements of Ballet, Contemporary, African, and Modern dance. This style of dance is often influenced by the pioneers of Jazz dance such as Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Jack Cole. Jazz dance has an emphasis on strong lines, musicality, and performance skills.

 

Classes are available for beginning through advanced dancers, ages 6 and up. All students have the opportunity to 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

  • Tap 1b

  • Tap 2

  • Tap Basic

  • Tap 3A

  • Tap 3B

  • Tap 4

  • Tap Intermediate

  • Tap Advanced

Tap is a type of dance that is defined by the rhythmic, percussive sounds made by the metal taps on the bottom of the dancer's shoes. The style features creative and interpretive body movements that allow a dancer to express themselves. Tap helps dancers improve their musicality by emphasizing the downbeat of the music, and clear rhythm. Tap is included in our two youngest levels of classes. Tap is also offered as an individual class for ages 6 and up. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

Broadway

Our Broadway levels include:

  • Broadway/Jazz 1a

  • Broadway/Jazz 1b

  • Broadway/Jazz 2/Excel

  • Broadway 3/Int

  • Broadway 4-8

Broadway dance, seen in musical theater productions, is a fusion of various dance styles with theater and singing. Elements of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and contemporary movement are used to tell an integral part of the musical's plotline.  In CBS's Broadway/Jazz class, students will use jazz dance as the basis of their class technique. While exploring a diverse collection of family-friendly musicals, students will participate in a wide variety of theatrical movement styles. This class tends to be high-energy and face-paced while still emphasizing the proper technique needed for student safety as well as technical and artistic growth. Students are highly encouraged to audition for annual musicals with Elevate Productions, the resident theater performance company of Colorado Ballet Society.

 

Classes are available for dancers ages 5 and up. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

Hip-Hop Dance

Our Hip-hop levels include:

  • Hip Hop 1

  • Hip Hop 2/Excel

  • Hip Hop 3/Int

  • Hip Hop 4-8

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or has evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It is a fun, high-energy class that encourages individual style and creativity while learning and developing coordination, confidence, and a wide variety of styles. It includes a wide range of styles, primarily breaking, locking, and popping, created in the 1970s and popularized by dance crews in the United States. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

Acro

Our Acro levels include:

  • Acro Ages 3-5

  • Acro 1

  • Acro 2/Excel

  • Acro 3/Int/4

Acrobatic Dance is the beautiful fusion of classic dance techniques and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. It is often defined by unique choreography, flexibility, stretch, balancing, limbering, and tumbling. Acro dancers blend musicality, emotional expression, lines, and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.

Stretch

Our Stretch classes are for Levels 3a / Int A

Stretch is a fantastic class for our young dancers as they grow physically into their bodies. While these dancers are malleable and can be stretched in a healthy and monitored class, we work with them to ensure safety and assist the dancers in learning clear and understandable forms of stretching. While it is important to stretch your body, it is even more important to have a clear understanding of how to do so with attention and care. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion.

Conditioning

Our Conditioning levels include:

  • Conditioning 3b/Int B/4

  • Conditioning 4

  • Conditioning 4-8

  • Conditioning 5-8

Conditioning class is vital for our dancers to strengthen the body both with attention and care. We break down the muscle groups being used during specific exercises while focusing on repetition and control throughout the body as a whole. Conditioning will ensure that the dancers use their muscles properly while executing exercises in daily dance classes and even in day-to-day life. This class will complement the dancers' training, preventing injuries. We also study and discuss Kinesiology (the study of the body’s movements) to broaden the understanding of our bodies physically but also to train our minds.

Progressing Ballet Technique

The PBT curriculum appears in our Conditioning Classes.

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 a 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.

Praise

Praise 1b

Praise 3/Int

Praise 4-8

Praise class strives to equip students with the skills to dance for Jesus as a form of worship. Students are lead in a short Bible study then proceed through contemporary ballet combinations. During these combinations, students are encouraged to worship while they dance by using principles found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Finally, students are lead through a time of Creative Worship where they can implement the skills they have learned.”

Superheroes

Superheros 3-5

Challenging the stereotype of early childhood dance classes, Superheroes is a class focused on building strength, athleticism, coordination, and determination in a boy-friendly environment, with girls welcome. Superheroes will learn basic dance technique as they explore the world of dance through daring and exciting adventures aboard pirate ships, in outer space, and under the ocean depths. Capes and swords will take center stage over tutus and wands as students learn what it takes to be a gentleman or lady of focused determination. All students have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a year-end performance.

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

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.

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.

 

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