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 Monday 4-5:15 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Ballet & Conditioning  Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
Creative Dance Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Studio 607 T. Griggs


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

Ballet
Character
Conditioning
Pre-pointe/Boys
Elective: Creative Dance 


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 3A Classes

Ballet Monday 5:15-6:45 p.m. Studio 607 S. Brooker
PBT Monday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 607 A. Dore
Ballet Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 612 S. Brooker
Pre-Pointe Tuesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. Studio 612 A. Dore
Ballet Wednesday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Character Wednesday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 298 S. Brooker
Ballet Friday 5-6:30 p.m. Studio 610 S. Brooker

Prep 3B Classes

Ballet Tuesday 5:15-6:45 p.m. Studio 607 A. Blanco
Pre-Pointe Tuesday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 607 A. Dore
Ballet Wednesday 4:45-6:30 p.m. Studio 607 A. Blanco
Character Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Studio 607 A. Blanco
Ballet Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 612 A. Blanco
PBT Thursday 5:45-6:45 p.m. Studio 612 A. Dore
Ballet Friday 5-6:15 p.m. Studio 607 A. Blanco


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 4 Classes

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


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 S. Shapiro
Character/Historical Monday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 615 S. Shapiro
N. Danilova
Ballet Tuesday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 298 C. Stewart
Pointe Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 298 C. Stewart
Boys Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 612 A. Blanco
Ballet Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m. Studio 398 C. Stewart
Pointe/Boys Wednesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. Studio 398 C. Stewart
Contemporary Wednesday 6:45-7:45 p.m. Studio 398 T. Griggs
Ballet Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. Studio 614 A. Blanco
Pointe Thursday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 614 C. Stewart
Boys Thursday 7-7:45 p.m. Studio 612 A. Blanco
PBT Friday 5:15-6:15 p.m. Studio 615 A. Dore
Ballet Friday 6:15-7:45 p.m. Studio 615 A. Blanco

 

 

Elective classes, performance opportunities and additional courses

Elective Classes

Prep 2 Elective

Creative Dance Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Studio 607 T. Griggs

Prep 3A and 3B Elective

Contemporary Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Studio 607 R. Holleman

Performance Ensemble: Levels 1-5

Fall: September 11 - December 22
Spring: January 8 - June 11

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, 3A, 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 398 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker

Junior Performance Ensemble
Prep 2-3
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Senior Performance Ensemble
Prep 4-5
Saturday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Performance Ensemble (Spring)
Prep 2-5
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, 3A, 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 398 A. Blanco,
S. Brooker

8th and 9th grade Coaching Class

Fall: September 7 - December 18              
Spring: January 8 - May 15

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.

Jazz

Fall: September 11 - December 22

These dynamic jazz classes allow students to broaden their versatility and range of movement by studying a variety of age-appropriate jazz styles. Choreography studied will be performed in the Spring Festival.

Senior Jazz: Prep 4, 5 Saturday 12:45-2 p.m. Studio 398 R. Holleman

Making Dances

Spring: January 15 - June 5

Junior Making Dances
Prep. 2, 3A, 3B
Saturday 11:45-12:45pm Studio 298 T. Griggs
Senior Making Dances
Prep. 4, 5
Saturday 1:00-2:30pm Studio 398 T. Griggs