Freshman Year

Ballet 1

The study of classical ballet for the entering student with little or limited previous study and experience. Emphasis is placed on fundamental principles of ballet technique: correct body placement, alignment, turn-out, transfer of weight, muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality and classical port de bras. Students will learn and practice in detail the mechanics, dynamics and artistic qualities of basic ballet movements and develop self-discipline and a professional attitude.

Ballet 2

The study of classical ballet for the entering student with previous study and experience. Students will work on refining their knowledge and execution of proper turnout and correct placement and alignment; these concepts will be integrated through the entire class. Students will learn and practice in detail the mechanics, dynamics and artistic qualities of ballet movements and develop self-discipline and a professional attitude.

Modern 1 & 2

An introduction to the concept of modern dance through the technique developed by Martha Graham. By practicing floor work, standing work and traveling phrases in the Graham style, students will pay close attention to gesture, breath, focus and attack.

Survival Skills I

The study of dance-related areas including dance etiquette, nutrition, anatomy, prevention and treatment of  dance injuries, and dance vocabulary.

Survival Skills II

A foundational approach to learning about the body with emphasis on its relationships to dance and creating strong and graceful movement.

Extra-Curricular Activity-Pointe

This afterschool class is open to all female students. Students will enter one of the two specified levels to strengthen the lower leg, ankles and feet in order to produce strong and graceful movement. This class has prerequisites for participation.

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