**WE USE THE PRINCESS BALLERINA CURRICULUM**

The following is a brief description of work covered in each level of the dance training program at Pointe of Grace Dance Academy.

BALLET/CREATIVE MOVEMENT Age 3

Our Ballet/Creative Movement class is a forty-five minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little dancers inspired to dance. The use of props such as “dancing bears”, hula hoops and maracas, enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!

Through this program, dancers gain a sense of joy and accomplishment. Sharing this positive experience with their peers, students gain an understanding of teamwork that positively benefits and influences their everyday lives.

Song, basic ballet, tap, and tumbling are used to help engage students’ attention and imagination.  Students perform one dance routine in our annual recital.

 

BALLET/TAP COMBO Ages 4-5

Ballet/Tap Combo is an age specific 60 minute class containing ballet, tap/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one.


The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as maracas for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!

Children learn the correct disciplines of the ballet barre, ballet positions, body alignment and center floor work. Students develop a sense of rhythm and musicality through the basics of tap dance. As the finishing touch, young dancers are also introduced to the exhilarating world of Jazz Dance. Twinkle Toes students will perform one dance routine at our annual recital.


COMBO CLASSES Ages 6+

Our signature Combo Classics Program allows dancers to attend one class a week incorporating the fundamental teachings of three different genres: Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

Combo is an age specific, 60 minute class. Twenty minutes each of ballet, tap, and jazz, give the children a fantastic base and exposure to different types of dance. We have found that this “combination” technique helps to keep the kids excited, interested, and focused for the entire 60 minute period.

We also offer One Subject classes where students may specialize in one particular genre (ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop) All One Subject classes are 1-hour individual subject classes. Students are placed in classes based on their experience and are continually evaluated by our faculty to insure proper placement.

The length of class time increases as the dancer progresses in age, interest, vocabulary and ability. In an environment that builds self-esteem and confidence, parents are assured their child will develop necessary life tools that extend far beyond the classroom.

Performances

Parents, family and friends of all students enrolled in the Combo Classics and One Subject program will enjoy watching their dancers in our professional annual recital held each June.

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BEGINNING BALLET


This level emphasizes correct postural alignment, principles of turn-out, balance, control and elementary barre exercises with special emphasis on the body directing and releasing the movement of the arms, legs and head. Center work consists of a repetition of barre work, port de bras, develope [adagio], temps lie, releve, eleve and positions of the body in relationship to the eight points of focus [four walls and four corners] of the room/stage. Special emphasis is placed on how movement produces the shapes of classical ballet – – shapes do not produce the movement. Emphasis is also placed on artistic expression which dancers at POG begin developing as young as 2/3 years old. At POG, our staff will never lose sight of the fact that we are helping in the development of the creative individual.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET

Includes all barre work from Beginning Ballet  with exercises becoming more complex and of a longer duration, adding more work on the 3/4 pointe to increase strength and flexibility. Increased study of the coordination of the head/eye, arm and leg movements. More complexity to center practice, reviewing all material from Beginning Ballet and increasing the complexity and duration of combinations.
Special emphasis is placed on the dancer’s ability to connect and link steps for fluid movement. At this level we encourage the dancer to examine the combinations and plan ahead for self correction.

ADVANCED BALLET

At this level there is a marked developmental leap, both in the technical aspects of class and in the seriousness with which training is taken by the dancer. This is the age when the young dancer begins to seriously evaluate past experience in dance, and to question whether or not a career would be desirable or possible in this difficult profession. Training intensifies to match this period of self-evaluation. All past work is repeated in more complex combinations increasing strength, endurance, stamina and ability to link steps together in a fluid manner. Understanding of motivation, movement goals, imagery and presentation are stressed with a better understanding of the development of artistic expression becoming more visible in the dancer.


Reviewing and strengthening all of the work from previous levels. From this level forward the plasticity, coordination and smooth connection of movements of the arms, legs, feet, head and body is the primary developmental goal. Rhythmic patterns are emphasized and attention is given to aiding the dancer’s ability to “tune in” to muscular feelings. Emphasis is placed on greater stability and complexity in study of adagio and developing the smooth, graceful and subtle qualities in movement. Study of turning in open positions is part of daily routine at this level, as is the study of battu and petite allegro which will in turn facilitate the development of elevation in grand allegro. Regular and repeated reference will be made as to the dancer’s understanding of movement goals and ability to “self correct”.

TAP

Tap is an exciting rhythmic exercise and dance form which is enjoyable to both kids and adults. Rooted in African-American History, tap offers a variety of styles and techniques. Students will realize results in dance movement after a minimum number of classes. The classes stress the basics of tap and allows dancers to build into combinations which are great to watch and delightful to hear. Try tap for fun and fitness.


JAZZ

Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance, to ballet. Rhythm, upon which all dance forms depend, is particularly integral to jazz dance. The first half of class consists of exercises which stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure. Using jazz, soul, R&B, ethnic and pop music, jazz classes are a great work-out and a fun way to release tension while attaining a body awareness that can be applied to everyday activities.



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