Children in our lively ballet classes work their core muscles and improve posture, coordination and movement while developing a graceful means of creative expression. This music-driven group activity helps the children with their listening and language skills and extends their athletic abilities as well. Teachers use a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary, from Disney themes to musicals.
Teachers use balance beams, props, scarves, wings and more. Sessions begin with warm-ups and stretching. In the younger classes, techniques covered include pointing and flexing, arm movements, posture, balance (on a small beam, with assistance), simple choreography, and moving in tempo. Older students may approach basic choreography and initial ballet positions (plies, relevés and tendús in some classes), turns, jumps, leg strengthening. They hold more challenging poses and create dance steps with short choreography, learning how to use the space in a more energetic way.
Children of all levels can join at any time. Children rehearse a special dance piece, culminating in a show or special class session for parents at the end of the term. Both boys and girls love this class!