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2017-2018 Dance Program Handbook


Fall-Winter-Spring Class Descriptions

Our dance program is organized into four progressive categories that are based on a variety of factors including age, ability, and commitment level: Pre Dance, Elementary Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced Company, and Recreational Dance. For schedule and class times, see registration form.

Our curriculum is designed to develop strong, expressive, and well-rounded dancers.  The progression of levels has been carefully structured to ensure the safest, most thorough development of the dancer.  Students are carefully evaluated and placed in the appropriate level by the instructors and class placement decisions are made in the best interest of the student. Students must have reached minimum age for the class they are registering for by the first day of semester. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Pre Dance:

For young dancers ages 3 – 6.

creative movementCreative Movement (Ages 3-4) – 45 min class
No previous experience required. Must be potty trained.
A joyful introduction to movement through music and rhythms in a class structure. Students will develop physical skills and stimulate their imaginations.

Dress Code: Children should wear comfortable clothing that allows a full range of movement. Bare feet recommended. Hair should be pulled back securely and off the face in a ponytail or bun. Dresses and jewelry are not permitted.

Pre-Ballet I (Ages 4-5) – 45 min class
No previous dance experience required.
Introduction to ballet with careful attention given to the mastery of basic locomotive movements, rhythm, and muscular strength through creative and fun activities.

Pre-Ballet II (Ages 5-6) – 45 min class
Must have completed at least one semester of Pre-Ballet I.
Continuing study of ballet through fundamental movement and classical steps. Careful attention is given to the mastery of basic locomotive movements, rhythm, and student’s strength and flexibility.

Dress Code for Pre Ballet I & II:
Girls: plain black leotard (no embellishment), pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes with elastics sewn and strings tucked in. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair should be pulled back off face and tightly secured (ponytail or ballet bun). No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted.
Boys: Black tights, plain white T-shirt, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Elementary Ballet (Ages 6+)

Levels assigned by faculty. New students contact us for placement. 

Classical Ballet Levels I & II (Ages 6+) – 60 min classclassical 1
Introduction to the formal ballet class with emphasis on theory, terminology, postural alignment, and rhythmic awareness. These classes prepare the student for placement in the upper Classical Ballet Levels.

Classical Ballet Levels III (Ages 8+) – 60 min class, 2 classes per week
Continuation of formal ballet class with emphasis on theory, terminology, postural alignment, and rhythmic awareness. This class prepares the student for entrance into Ballet Wooster Company and further study in the upper Classical Ballet Levels.

Dress Code for Classical Ballet Levels I-II-III: Girls: plain black leotard (camisole style preferred – no embellishments), theatrical pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather) with elastics sewn and strings tucked in. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair secured in a ballet bun with hairnet. No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted.
Boys: black tights, dance belt, plain white T-shirt tucked in, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Intermediate & Advanced Company (Ages 9+):

Levels assigned by faculty. New students contact us for placement. 

A pre-professional program for intermediate and advanced students ages 9+. Formal training in the Classical Ballet technique utilizing a structured syllabus designed to increase technical knowledge and understanding of theory. As students gain proficiency, strength, and confidence, emphasis is placed on artistry, movement quality, and performing skills. These pre-professional students are committed to multiple classes per week, including ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, contemporary, and variations; guaranteed roles in performances; have opportunities for additional master classes, workshops, and intensives; and receive discounts at local dance stores.

Minimum weekly class requirements for each level:
Classical Ballet Level IV – 75 min class, 2 classes per week
Classical Ballet Level V – 90 min class, 3 classes per week required, 4th class recommended
Classical Ballet Level VI – 90 min class, 3 classes per week required, 4th class recommended

Dress Code:
Girls: plain black leotard (camisole style preferred – no embellishments), theatrical pink footed tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather) with elastics sewn. No ballet skirts or leg warmers please. Hair secured in a ballet bun with hairnet. No jewelry other than small stud earrings is permitted. Dancers on pointe should wear convertible tights with split soles.
Boys: black tights, dance belt, plain white T-shirt tucked in, white socks, white ballet shoes with elastics sewn.


Recreational Dance:

For a variety of ages, levels, and dance styles.

Adult / Pre Teen Ballet Basics  (Ages 11+) – 60 min class
No previous experience required.
A perfect opportunity for adults and pre teens to begin ballet or for those who wish to return to the studio.  Classes will emphasize the joy of movement while working on flexibility, strength, balance and grace. No experience required.

Adult / Teen Continuing Ballet (Ages 13+) – 60 min class
Contact us for placement.
A perfect opportunity for adults and teens to continue their training from Ballet Basics or advanced adults who wish to return to the studio. Classes will emphasize the joy of movement while working on flexibility, strength, balance and grace. Contact us for placement.

Dress Code for Adult Ballet: Ballet shoes (leather or canvas), any style leotard and pink or black tights (dance skirts optional), OR comfortable clothes to move in such as yoga pants and a T-shirt. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and able to move freely.

Int / Adv Musical Theatre (Ages 11+) – 60 min class
Contact us for placement.
Students will learn jazz steps and basic acting skills while exploring past and present musical theatre and Broadway shows. Material will be presented in a clean and tasteful manner, and will challenge dancers to grow as performers while they develop personality and character.

Dress Code: Any colored leotard and pink or black tights. May wear tight fitting shorts over leotard.  Barefoot, black or tan jazz shoes. No baggy clothes please. Hair secured off the face.


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