Pre-Ballet – ages 4 and 5: A once-a-week class to introduce children to basic elements of movement and ballet in a creative, fun environment. Includes some basic ideas from classical ballet.
A once-a-week class at a beginning level of Classical Ballet training. The Tuesday class will be reserved for students enrolled in the Performance Class participating in The Nutcracker and the Spring Performance.
A graded twice-a-week curriculum of more formal Classical Ballet instruction. Level 2 has two one-hour classes per week, Levels 3 and 4 have two 90-minute classes per week. Level 5 has three 90-minutes classes per week. All 4th graders as well as 3rd graders who have already been in Level 1 Ballet will be placed in Level 2. Level 3 and 4 students who are 11 years old and older may add Pointe class (with faculty approval).
Students generally do not advance to Level 3 until at least 5th grade. Some students advance more quickly.
Students generally do not advance to Level 4 until at least 7th grade. Some students advance more quickly.
Students generally do not advance to Level 5 until at least 9th grade. Some students advance more quickly.
Students generally do not advance to Level 6 until at least 11th grade. Some students advance more quickly.
Three 90-minute classes per week including pointe work and men’s work. Students must also take Pointe/Variations and/or Modern for a minimum of 5.75 hours per week.
These are “rehearsals” for The Nutcracker
and for a special “dance” in the Spring Performance with costumes and original choreography created specifically for the students involved.
Performance Level 1 – for Level 1 Ballet students
Performance Level 2 – for Level 2 Ballet students
Performance Level 3 – for Level 3 Ballet students
Performance Levels 4 – for Level 4 Ballet students
Performance Levels 5 – for Level 5 Ballet students
Performance Level 6 A, B, and C – for Level 6 Ballet students
(must be 11 years old and approved by faculty) – A once-a-week class to introduce intermediate ballet students to working “en pointe.” Dancing on toe is part of the classical ballet technique for more experienced dancers after several years of intense training.
(must be in Level 6) – A once-a-week class to introduce advanced ballet students to the classical repertoire of female pointe solos.
(for Ballet Level 4 and above) – A once-a-week class to introduce competent ballet students to the vocabulary of American modern dance as invented by Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and others. Similar to the work done at most college/university dance programs and at the Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center
Introduces students to the basics of Classical Ballet technique including barre work, center work, turns, and jumps. It is paced for adult brains, so we can cover more than a six-year-old beginner, but we give consideration to the fact that the adult bodies may not be in perfect ballerina shape! Each class will be taught to the level of the students attending, usually an intermediate level.
Jazz – With a focus on warm-up and stretches, across the floor combinations, and skills and technical development; these structured classes progress and challenge the eager-to-learn dancer. Jazz uses ballet technique to create a more stylized form of movement influenced by the mood and music of different decades.
Tap – Traditional American Tap dancing; from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover. Students develop and perfect rhythmic sounds using the full foot or ball of the foot. Tap shoes required.