Prep Dance Classes

Preparatory Dance

Prep Dance Classes

Students are placed into classes according to age and ability, taking into account the developmental needs of the individual with an emphasis on the health of the whole dancer. Classes are designed to develop versatile dancers with an organic feeling for line, musicality and quality which will allow them to move from one dance technique to another with ease. View class offerings below, then register.

Prep 1

Students at this level take two ballet classes a week, conditioning and creative dance. Focusing on posture, coordination and musicality, students will begin to control the rotation in their legs, articulate through their feet and feel the alignment of the spine.

Prep 1 Classes

Ballet & Conditioning Monday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Ballet Thursday 4-5:15 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Creative Dance Thursday 5:15-6:15 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker


Prep 2

Students at this level take two ballet classes a week, conditioning, character, prep for pointe and boys class. Creative Dance is an elective class. Students will sustain their alignment to allow them to strengthen use of rotation in the hip joints. More sophisticated awareness of body directions, feeling for line and development of classical ballet vocabulary is introduced.

Prep 2 Classes

PBT Monday 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Studio 607 A. Dore
Ballet Monday 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Ballet Wednesday 5:30 - 7 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Pre-pointe Wednesday 7 - 7:30 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Ballet Friday 4 - 5:30 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Character Friday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Elective: Creative Dance Thursday 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker


Prep 3

Students at this level take four ballet classes a week, Progressing Ballet Technique conditioning class, character, boys and pre-pointe. Contemporary Dance is an elective class. Students’ posture and alignment should be sustained throughout all exercises and students are expected to take responsibility for personal corrections through awareness of their unique gifts and challenges.

Prep 3B Classes

Ballet Tuesday 4 - 5:30 p.m. Studio 612 A. Blanco
Character Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30  p.m. Studio 612 S. Brooker
PBT Wednesday 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Studio 607 A. Dore
Ballet Wednesday 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Studio 607 A. Blanco
Ballet Thursday 4 - 5:30 p.m. Studio 612 A. Blanco
Pointe Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Studio 612 A. Dore
Ballet Friday 5 - 6:15 p.m. Studio 610 A. Blanco
Elective: Contemporary Friday 6:15 - 7:30 pm Studio 610 T. Griggs


Prep 4

Students at this level take four ballet classes a week, Progressing Ballet Technique conditioning class, character, contemporary, boys and pointe. An extra ballet class is an elective. Students will be using artistic and musical nuance to develop and enrich quality of movement. The strength to sustain directions of the body en l’air, with a feeling of line in the port de bras is important, together with the ability to coordinate allegro with use of épaulement.

Prep 4A & 4B Classes

Ballet Tuesday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 614 A Blanco
Pointe Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 614 S. Brooker
Ballet Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 398 A. Blanco
PBT Wednesday 5:45-6:45 p.m. Studio 398 A. Dore
Contemporary Wednesday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 398 T. Griggs
Ballet Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 298 A. Blanco
Pointe Thursday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Character Friday 5:15-6:15 p.m. Studio 614 A. Dore
Ballet Friday 6:15-7:45 p.m. Studio 614  C. Stewart
4B Elective: Ballet Monday 5:15 - 6:45 pm Studio 615 C Stewart
4A&B Elective: Historical Dance Monday 6:45 - 7:45 pm Studio 615 N. Danilova


Prep 5

Students at this level take five ballet classes a week, Progressing Ballet Technique conditioning class, character, contemporary, boys and pointe. Students in Prep. 5 should be competent in the vocabulary of the previous levels and have the artistry, technique and musicality to develop more complex movement patterns with confidence and performance quality. They should have the maturity to work independently and be self-motivated.

Prep 5 Classes

Ballet Monday 5:15-6:45 p.m. Studio 615 C. Stewart
PBT Monday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 615 N. Danilova
Ballet Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 610 C. Stewart
Pointe Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Studio 610 C. Stewart
Ballet Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Character Wednesday 5:45-6:45 p.m. Studio 610 T Griggs
Contemporary Wednesday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 610 A. Dore
Ballet Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 614 A. Blanco
Pointe Thursday 7 - 7:45 p.m. Studio 614 C. Stewart
Ballet Friday 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. Studio 615 C. Stewart
Ballet Friday 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Studio 615 C Stewart

 

 

Elective classes, performance opportunities and additional courses

Elective Classes

Prep 2 Elective

Creative Dance Thursday 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker

Prep 3B Elective

Contemporary Friday 6:15-7:30 p.m. Studio 610 T. Griggs
Prep 4 Electives

4B Elective: Ballet Monday 5:15 - 6:45 pm Studio 615 C. Stewart 
4A & 4B Elective: Character Monday 6:45 - 7:45 pm Studio 615 A. Dore

Performance Ensemble: Levels 1-5

Fall: September 17 - December 18
Spring: January 7 - June 10

The Nutcracker Tea Party (Fall)
Prep 1-5

Students have the opportunity to dance in The Nutcracker Tea Party. This Preparatory Dance program production gives students the chance to expand their performance experience. As Drosselmeyer recounts the story of the Nutcracker from his book of memories the Prep. students dance the story to a young audience, many of whom are experiencing the joy of "The Nutcracker" for the first time.

Junior Performance Ensemble
Prep 1, 2, 3B
Saturday 1-3 p.m. Studio 298 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker
Senior Performance Ensemble
Prep 4, 5
Saturday 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Studio 298 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker

Performance Ensemble (Spring)
Prep 1-5
Performance Ensemble classes give students the opportunity to study age=appropriate choreography in different dance styles and hone their performance skills. Classes will be held on Saturday in the Spring, and choreography studied will be performed in the Spring Festival and during other performance opportunities.

Junior Performance Ensemble
Prep 1, 2, 3B
Saturday 1-3 p.m. Studio 298 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker
Senior Performance Ensemble
Prep 4, 5
Saturday 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Studio 298 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker

8th and 9th grade Coaching Class

Fall: September 10 - December 17              
Spring: January 7 - May 20

This coaching class is designed to prepare students moving from the Preparatory Dance program into the UNCSA High School or other pre-professional dance programs. The focus is on strengthening personal details of artistry, technique and vocabulary. Guest faculty from the UNCSA High School program will be invited to work with students during the Spring session.

NEW! Stomping Ground: Prep Dance Contemporary Program

September 13, 2022 - June 8, 2023
Ages 11 - 15

The UNCSA Preparatory Dance Contemporary program is designed to introduce and develop the technical and creative aspects of Contemporary Dance for the young dancer.  Drawing on multiple styles of dance and somatic practices, students will take Contemporary technique class twice a week followed by Dance Composition, Improvisation, or Performance Ensemble.  

With an emphasis on finding joy in movement and student driven choreographic explorations, the Preparatory Dance Contemporary program provides a welcoming environment for passionate and creative movers and makers.

Course attire: Contemporary Dance students may wear solid color shirts or leotards with solid color leggings or tights.

Contemporary Tuesday 4 - 5:30 p.m. Studio 607 T. Griggs
Composition & Improvisation Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Studio 607 T. Griggs
Contemporary Thursday 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Studio 607 T. Griggs

NEW! Open Adult Ballet Class

September 10 - November 12, 2022
Age 16 and older
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Alberto Blanco, Instructor

Mr. Blanco will focus on building classical technique and quality with students of all levels.

NEW! Fall Dance Camp

October 15, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages 3 - 7 (limited to 15 dancers)

Come dance with us to celebrate the beauty of the fall season, through creative movement, storytelling, and craft time.

Private Lessons

Private lessons may be scheduled with faculty members on an individual basis. Contact program director Susan Brooker brookers@uncsa.edu to schedule private lessons.