Classical Ballet Division

Ballet is DanceArts core discipline. Classical ballet is based on formalized movements and positions of the arms, feet, and body designed to enable the dancer to move with the greatest possible agility, control, speed, lightness, and grace. Classical-ballet technique is based on the turn-out position of the legs, which increases the range of movement through added mobility in the hip joint and also imparts a more pleasing line to the extended leg. (Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “classical ballet”, accessed April 05, 2015)

Ballet 1 and 2 – 1st and 2nd grades

Ballet 1 and 2 are the first classes of classical ballet.  Dancers in these levels will learn basic ballet positions of the arms and feet through a variety of movements in warm-up, center, and barre activities.  Appropriate ballet attire and ballet etiquette is expected of all dancers, and instructors will utilize classical ballet terminology in all classes.

Dancers in Ballet 1 or 2 are also offered the option of enrolling in jazz and/or tap classes each week. These classes are not required, but dancers are required to be enrolled in ballet in order to enroll in jazz or tap.

Ballet 1 is for dancers who are 6 years old by September 1st and enrolled in first grade, and Ballet 2 is for dancers who are 7 years old by September 1st and enrolled in the second grade.  Dancers are not required to have completed Pre-Ballet 1, 2, or 3 or to have had previous dance training to enroll in Ballet 1 or 2.

1 ballet class per week – 1 hour class

1 jazz and/or tap class per week – 30 minute class for each

 

Youth Ballet

Youth Ballet is designed for older elementary school aged students who have not completed Ballet 1 and/or 2 and do not have previous ballet instruction.  Dancers in this class are taught basic classical ballet arm and foot positions as well as footwork and terminology.  Dancers are evaluated in this class and may be moved into the Classical Ballet Division in an appropriate level.

1 class per week – 1 hour

 

Ballet 3, Ballet 4B, Ballet 4A – 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades

Building upon the foundation created in Ballet 1 and 2, Preparatory Division continues to develop ballet technique and build core strength preparing students to study ballet en pointe. Dancers will progress by adding different training techniques such as floor barre to center and barre activities and by increasing the number of hours they are in the dance studio practicing.

Dancers in all Prep levels are also offered the option of enrolling in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and/or tap classes each week.  While hip hop and jazz are offered, interested dancers will need to choose between these two classes because they are scheduled at the same time.  These classes are not required, but dancers are required to be enrolled in ballet in order to enroll in one of these other classes.

Dancers in all Prep levels must have completed Ballet 1 and/or 2 and the previous Prep level to advance.  Dancers who are in third, fourth, or fifth grade who have previous dance instruction will be evaluated by DanceArts Greenville instructors for appropriate placement for dance instruction.  Dancers who are in third, fourth, or fifth grade who do not have previous dance instruction may enroll in the Ballet Elementary class.

Ballet 3- 2 ballet classes per week – Ballet3 -1 hour class for each

Ballet 4B- 2 ballet classes per week – Ballet 4B -1.25 hour class for each

Ballet 4A- 2 ballet classes per week – Ballet 4B -1.25 hour class for each

 

Additional classes in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and/or tap class per week 

 

Intermediate Ballet

Intermediate Ballet (Intermediate) introduces dancers to dancing en pointe.  Dancers continue to evolve and expand center and barre activities while adding pointe classes. Instruction fosters core strength development and increases in the number of hours spent in the studio by dancers.

Dancers in all Intermediate levels are also offered the option of enrolling in jazz, lyrical, and/or tap classes each week.  These classes are not required, but dancers are required to be enrolled in ballet in order to enroll in one of these other classes.  Intermediate dancers are also eligible to apply to DAYCO for extra instruction and performance opportunities.

Dancers in all Intermediate levels must have completed Ballet 1 and/or 2, Prep Ballet, and the previous Intermediate levels to advance.  Dancers who are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade who have previous dance instruction will be evaluated by DanceArts Greenville instructors for appropriate placement for dance instruction.  Dancers who are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade who do not have previous dance instruction may enroll in the Ballet Elementary class.

Ballet 5B

Ballet 5A

3 ballet classes per week 

1 to 2 pointe classes per week – 45 minute class for each

 jazz, lyrical, and/or tap class per week – 45 minute class for each

 

Advanced Ballet

Dancers in Advanced Ballet (Advanced) are required to have completed a minimum of three years of ballet instruction including pointe instruction. Advanced dancers are perfecting ballet technique and pointe work in preparation for college dance programs or employment in professional dance companies.  These dancers are required to balance three to four evenings per week in the studio with the demands of high school.

Dancers in all Advanced levels are also offered the option of enrolling in jazz, lyrical, and/or tap classes each week.  While hip hop and tap are offered, interested dancers will need to choose between these two classes because they are scheduled at the same time.  These classes are not required, but dancers are required to be enrolled in ballet in order to enroll in one of these other classes.  Advanced dancers are also eligible to apply to DAYCO and YAGP for extra instruction and performance opportunities.

Dancers in all Advanced levels must have completed Ballet 1 and/or 2, Prep Ballet, Intermediate Ballet and the previous Advanced levels to advance.  Dancers who are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade who have previous dance instruction will be evaluated by DanceArts Greenville instructors for appropriate placement for dance instruction.

Ballet 6B

Ballet 6A

 

 4 ballet classes per week

3 pointe/variation classes per week – 45 minutes to one hour class for each

 

jazz, lyrical, and/or tap class per week – 45 minute class for each