KINDERGARTEN: CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Kindergarten ballet students in this Creative Movement class will be introduced to the basics of movement and meaning of dance with equal focus on ballet technique, enrichment, imagery, passion and the overall enjoyment of dance. Creative Movement is an integral component of dance education that prepares students for proper training through a love of dancing. Creative Movement curriculum is divided into key components that introduce the etiquette of dance. These key components include: listening to the teacher, learning to take turns, following another dancer or leading the way, waiting quietly and patiently, working together with others, safety in dance class and safety with props.
Students in Grades 1-6 have the opportunity to join the afterschool Elementary Dance Program. Discipline and proper ballet etiquette are emphasized with students in the afterschool dance program. Dance students of the afterschool Elementary Dance Program also participate in CH Elementary school performances throughout the year.
DANCE 1 (1st Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 1 are introduced to the ballet classroom after exploring creative movement through imagery & passion in dance. The Dance 1 ballet students will learn 1-3 exercises at the barre, work en centre and line up properly for across-the-floor exercises. Students will learn to follow directions and cooperate with each other as they develop spatial orientation and musicality. An introduction to ballet terminology and proper ballet class manners will be taught. This is a performance class.
DANCE 2 (2nd Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 2 develop confidence by being challenged to dance the classical technique and feeling pride in a sense of accomplishment in movement. Students learn primary steps of ballet technique and are challenged in memorization, and ballet terminology. Students become further skilled at controlling their movements by working on more complex forms of weight transfer, balance and movement patterns. This is a performance class.
DANCE 3 (3rd Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 3 are introduced to the artistic expression and the elements of dance. Combinations at the barre become more complex with and introduction to epaulement; emphasis on head and arm position as well as consistent turnout of the legs. Dancers learn a variety of combinations at the barre, as well as en centre allegro and adagio sections of the class. Musicality and expression are being developed in these dancers to encourage the artistic expression of dance. Dancers build strength and control to balance on one leg. This is a performance class.
DANCE 4 (4th Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 4 study the balance between the technical and artistic elements of ballet. They integrate their arms, legs, and head positions, called epaulement, with artistic expression in all movements to produce a strong quality of dancing. Students consistently demonstrate an understanding of proper ballet technique and poise, as well as the self-control and discipline necessary to progress through the ballet program. Ballet students of Dance 4 must exhibit a consistent understanding of the material from the prior levels and have a high degree of mental focus and physical technique. This is a performance class.
DANCE 5 (5th Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 5 focus on the graceful movements of the dancer’s entire body, as opposed to solely focusing on footwork. The developments of the fluid port de bras as well as the epaulement of the upper body are primary goals. En Centre combinations develop more complexity by adding three or more exercises at a time. Moving in a faster-paced class is expected. Dancers are motivated to apply self-correction and to demonstrate a higher level of self-awareness. Greater consistency of turnout is expected at this level, as is a strong understanding of the fundamental technique and theories of ballet. This is a performance class.
DANCE 6 (6th Grade)
Ballet students of Dance 6 are expected to learn combinations quickly and be able to apply rules learned at prior levels to new movements that are introduced. Moving in a faster-paced class and memorization of combinations en adagio and allegro is expected. Students continue to work on the strength and fluidity of their dancing, with equal emphasis on their epaulement. Dancers are confident and proficient enough to place equal emphasis on Vagonova technique and performance ability in order to express greater emotional nuances on the stage. Dance 6 ballet students are able to self-correct their own technique and quickly memorize ballet combinations with correct musical timing. Students may begin dancing en pointe upon teacher approval. This is a performance class.