( photo credit : Gail Paquette, 2018)

 

Our  ballet program has been designed for the recreational ballet student, with the aim of encouraging an appreciation of dance, physical activity and self-discipline. Students of this program progress through each level at a pace matched to their own development. Drawing from the combined traditions of the Cecchetti syllabus, R.A.D. and Vaganova systems  our professionally trained teachers will ensure that each student acquires a solid fundamental  base in ballet technique. Our  Ballet Company members (invitation only) are given the  opportunity to work with professional choreographers as well as  perform for the community.  We currently offer six  levels of ballet training as well as pointe and repertoire classes.  We believe that ballet is the foundation of  strong dancers.  Through our ballet program, we strive to develop dancers who are able to use their ballet technique in other contemporary dance forms. A new and exciting ballet syllabus will be implemented in the fall of 2019 as well as yearly examinations for those who wish to participate.

 

 

  ( photo credit : Gail Paquette,  2018)

Age is only one consideration in placing our dancers in the correct class. We aspire for each of our students to succeed, and maximize their potential. Students will move on to the next level according to their own progression.

 

Ballet 1- This class allows children to explore basic ballet technique, movement and musicality in a structured setting. 1 hour, once a week. This level participates in the year end performance. Students at this level are generally aged between 6 and 7 years and have completed their Primary Ballet classes.

Ballet 2 – This class expands on the precepts acquired during level one as more ballet steps are introduced and refined. Students at this level are invited to participate in the annual performance. At this level students are generally aged between 7 and 9 years and have completed their Ballet level 1 classes. Class placement is based on ability, previous training and the teacher’s discretion.

Ballet 3 -Student ages for this level range from 8 to 12 years old. The level 3 class helps to build a strong base to assure that each individual student acquires their essential basic clean technique. Students are monitored, encouraged and corrected to ensure they are constantly improving. At this stage, the method and reasoning behind the movements are explained during barre work and centre work. Classes at this level are small enabling the teacher to give each student individual attention. Students will perform in the end of year show.

Level 4-Student ages range from 12 to 16 in these classes, depending upon their own level of training and development.  In level 4 girls are introduced to pointe work depending upon their strength and readiness.  All dancers will perform at the end of the year. The level 4 classes challenge each dancer to their full potential to develop a strong ability in ballet from barre work to center work. Many will also join the Ballet Company where they will have the opportunity to expand their potential with individual, or small group performances.

Level 5/6-At this level, students usually aged 15 and over continue to refine their technique. Some may choose at this stage to aim for a professional career while others dance for pleasure, exercise and the joy of dance. Dancers in the level 5/6 class are demanded to use their proper technique to maximize their performance on stage. Many of the advanced dancers are also part of the Ballet Company.