Class Descriptions

BALLET CLASSES

FAMILY DANCE – (For ages 18 months to 3 years) It’s never too early or too late to start dancing!  When children experience dance and music within a joyful community, it creates a foundation for budding artists and beautiful human beings.   In this class, you’ll dance with your child in a fun mixed aged setting.  Older children and adults serve as role models, while younger children follow in their own way.  Ms. Kris believes that artistry, like language, is best taught through immersion in the early years.  She hopes her classes give parents inspiration to continue dancing and singing at home.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT – (For 3-year-olds by September 1) This class assists the very young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music, and rhythmical patterns. It encourages taking turns and taking direction from the teacher. Class meets 1x a week for 30 minutes and has an in-studio performance/demonstration each semester for family and friends. ** This class is still learning performance skills so they will NOT participate in The Nutcracker yet**

PRE BALLET – (For 4-year-olds by September 1) This class is an introduction to ballet with reference to 1st position, coordination, spatial awareness and class etiquette. Class meets 1x a week for 45 minutes and has an in-studio performance/demonstration each semester for family and friends. ** This class is still learning performance skills so they will NOT participate in The Nutcracker yet**

BEGINNING BALLET – (For 5-year-olds by September 1 who are entering kindergarten) This class introduces 1st and 2nd leg and arm positions, basic ballet vocabulary, and coordination. Class meets 1x a week for 60 minutes and has an in-studio performance/demonstration in December and participates in the May School Performance at the Civic Center Theatre. ** This class is still learning performance skills so they will NOT participate in The Nutcracker yet**

LEVEL 1 – (For 6-year-olds by September 1 who are entering first grade and have previous training with Ballet Lubbock) This level imparts the fundamentals of classical ballet and focuses on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology, and musicality. Class meets 1x a week for 60 minutes and participates in The Nutcracker and May School Performance at the Civic Center Theatre.

STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO LEVEL 2 AND EACH SUBSEQUENT LEVEL AFTER THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED FULL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PREVIOUS LEVEL’S CURRICULUM.

LEVEL 2 – This level focuses on positions of the arms, direction of the body, and increased movement vocabulary. Class meets 2x a week for 60 minutes.

LEVEL 3 – This level focuses on the the proper extension of the legs and feet, developing movement sequences, use of the head, balance, proper preparations for barre and center work, as well as port de bras throughout. Also, ballet body positions are introduced. Class meets 2x a week for 75 minutes.

LEVEL 4 – This level continues to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work. Simple beats as well as basic pirouettes are introduced. Class meets 3x a week for 75 minutes.

LEVEL 5 – This level focuses on foot work, stronger technique with longer combinations, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. Training at this level becomes much more rigorous. Students are expected to make a commitment to their dance training. Class meets 3x a week for 90 minutes.

LEVEL 6 – This level focuses on pre-pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps. Students at this level must attend technique and modern dance. Students who have demonstrated physical readiness will go on pointe in this level as determined by the Artistic Director. Technique Class meets 4x a week for 90 minutes with Modern meeting 1x a week for 60 minutes.

LEVEL 7 – This level focuses on pointe work, attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression, as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. Students must be on pointe and make a serious commitment to their ballet training. Technique and Pointe Class meet 4x a week for 90 minutes. Modern class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes.

LEVEL 8 – This level focuses on pointe work, attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression, as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. Students must be proficient on pointe and committed to their ballet training. Students in this level are expected to understudy in called Company rehearsals. Technique and Pointe Class meet 4x a week for 90 minutes. Modern class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes.

APPRENTICE AND COMPANY- This level is for the most advanced dancers in the school. The Ballet Lubbock Company offers our students the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a professional dancer. As a company member, dancers learn to work in an environment with higher expectations, and a more performance-based setting than the average academy program. Students engage in rigorous rehearsals with the reward of year-round performance opportunities. Technique and Pointe Class meet 4x a week for 90 minutes. Modern class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes. Rehearsals are called on Thursdays and Saturdays with the possibility of additional rehearsals on additional days.

BALLET ESSENTIALS I & II (8-10 year olds & 11-15 year olds)
*There are two sections of Ballet Essentials: (8 – 10-year-olds) & (11 – 15-year-olds)
This class introduces the fundamentals of ballet in both an encouraging and disciplined atmosphere. Attention is paid to the basic positions, proper body alignment, and developing movement sequences through coordination of the arms and head. Helping the student to progress quickly to age-appropriate goals, this class is perfect for the recreational dancer or the late starter. Like all of our open classes, this class is subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. The instructor will evaluate when a student is ready to move into a school level if the student is interested in that goal. This class will participate in the end of the year school performance, but does not perform in The Nutcracker. The 8-10 year old class meets once a week for 60 minutes and the 11-15 year old class meets twice a week for 60 minutes.

BOYS CLASS – (LEVELS 1-4 and LEVELS 5- Company) – This class is an introduction to ballet and movement with physical conditioning, coordination, and flexibility. Class meets 1x a week for 90-120 minutes.

ADVANCED OPEN STUDIO (LEVEL 5 and up) – This is an open studio class suitable for Level 5 students and up who would like to have additional time for their practice. This class meets once a week for 90 minutes.

ADULT BALLET (Ages 16 and up) – This class is suitable for the beginning adult as well as students who would like to work in a slower paced environment. This class progresses slowly and is open to adults at any point in the semester. A 60-minute class is offered 2x a week.

MODERN

Modern I – (Level 6) This class is an introduction to modern and contemporary movement. Dancers will focus on full body integration, developing strength, and dynamic quality for performance in a creative, energetic, and positive environment. Class meets 1x a week for 60 minutes.

Modern II – (Level 7) This class focuses on alignment, technique and performance, while also exploring floor work, partnering, and improvisation. Class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes.

Modern III – (Level 8) This class focuses on alignment, technique, and performance, while also exploring floor work, partnering, and improvisation. Class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes.

Modern IV – (App/Company) This class is designed to build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality. Dancers explore the inner connections that are necessary for freedom and ease in creative, outward expression. They will explore more choreographic elements. Class meets 1x a week for 90 minutes with rehearsals TBA.

JAZZ

Jazz I – This class Introduces hip hop and jazz. Optional class that meets 1x a week for 60 minutes.

Jazz II – This class teaches hip hop and jazz.
Optional class that meets 1x a week for 60 minutes.