Christian Academy of Dance provides students with a pre-professional training program focusing on classical ballet technique. Through the development of strong technique, flexibility, artistry and musicality, the student acquires the skills and discipline necessary to pursue a career in dance.
Students are placed in the school by age and ability and are required to meet their classes as set forth in the class schedule. Assessment of a student's progress is ongoing, and evaluation of each student's progress is made at the end of the year.
Students must be 3 years old by September 1st
45-minute class once a week
Parent must remain in the building the entire class time.
A class specifically tailored for 3-year-olds that introduces the beginnings of movement through creative expression. Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building solid foundation helpful in future dance study. Concentration is on establishing developmental skills needed to execute dance steps. Since this will be one of the first classroom experiences for most students, studio etiquette will be gently introduced. For the same reason parents are asked to remain in the building during class time.
1-hour class once a week
This class provides an excellent foundation for students wanting to pursue the study of classical ballet. Taking into account the special characteristics of this age level (their wonderful imagination and boundless energy), many of the excercises and skills are taught through story, song, and role-playing.
Ages 5 & 6
This program is designed to help each child develop physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. The excercises enhance flexibility, coordination, strength, and muscle tone. The use of several types of music develop musicality, rhythm and creativity. Gentle discipline and adherence to classroom etiquette promote self-discipline and self-confidence. Repetition of movements and excercises increase auditory and visual memory.
This class is the last step until upper level training. The fundamentals of correct body placement, alignment, and musicality are introduced in the beginning of the year and reinforced in the second half. Students are challenged with different combinations. Basic ballet vocabulary is introduced to the student.
The aim of Ballet 2 is to produce a proper understanding and execution of basic ballet technique. The requirement to maintain this level is two ballet classes per week. Emphasis is placed on the discipline and classroom etiquette. Students who have come from Ballet 1 will notice the difference in class structure. The students will focus on flexibility and strengthening muscles. The student is introduced to terminology and vocabulary tests are given to ensure that the student has a grasp of the terms used in class.
This level continues to work on stamina, turns, and jumps. To maintain this level you must take three ballet classes per week and a pre-pointe class. In this level technical proficiency is enforced with the added element of artistry. Students start to find their own style within the technique and express themselves through movement. Students at this level begin preparation for Pointe work. Students are expected to attend class three to four times a week.
Students in Ballet 4 are challenged to work towards their own personal level of excellence. The combinations become more complicated and rhythms of music will become more varied. Pirouettes, adagio, and big jumps are added to the centre combinations which increase strength, balance, and stamina. Phrasing, movement dynamics, and individual artistry are incorporated to bring forth the uniquemess of the individual dancer. Ballet 4 students are expected to attend three or more ballet classes a week including Pointe and are strongly encouraged to take Jazz and/or Modern class. Different forms of dance help you become more dimensional as a dancer.
BALLET 5 & 6
Students continue to develop the proficiency of technique, strength, and stamina necessary to produce the artistry in movement. Students are expected to attend five to seven classes per week with work in pointe, variations, modern, and jazz.