Pre-Ballet – These classes will introduce the basic ballet positions and vocabulary to build upon in later training. The emphasis is on rhythm skills, spatial awareness and fun, easy choreography with games to build coordination, strength, and flexibility. This class is geared towards inspiring the young dancers’ dreams and developing an appreciation for dance. Ages 3-4.
Beginning Ballet & Beginning Ballet I – This 2 year (4 semester) program introduces the younger student to the basic elements of dance. Class begins with a brief introduction to the ballet barre, followed by simple stretches and isolation exercises. Basic dance positions and movements and the French words for them are introduced, and coordination and musicality are explored with traveling steps across the floor such as gallops, skips, and waltz steps. Dancers also learn about listening skills and class etiquette. Ages 5+.
Ballet I – This is a 3 year (6 semester) program with a possible transition year (Ballet I/II) based on teacher recommendation. At the barre, students are taught the fundamental aspects of ballet technique and develop proper/appropriate alignment, posture and placement in the elementary positions, promoting safety and strength. In center floor, students practice full movements and positions of the arms and head, learn various traveling steps, and explore rhythms. Ages 7-10.
Ballet II – This is a 3 year (6 semester) program with a possible transition year (Ballet II/III) based on teacher recommendation. Focus is on further developing a strong basic technique, using more difficult positions, leading to the ability to perform a wider range of movement vocabulary in the center floor. Ages 8-12.
Ballet II- Pre Pointe – Is designed specifically for the older student with not much experience. It is an accelerated class to help move them forward quickly. Ages 12+.
Ballet II, Pointe – Dancers practice basic steps and movements used in pointe class, focusing on strength in the feet, ankles in legs, to prepare for pointe-work. Those who are beginning pointe will take the same class in their pointe shoes. Focus is on developing strength in the fundamentals of pointework so that students can work correctly and safely. Participation requires teacher recommendation, 2 years continuous training and 2 ballet classes per week. Students will also need to pass a physical and oral examination. Ages 11+.
Ballet III, Pointe – Dancers fine-tune the basic positions and movements at the barre, complete with fully coordinated use of the arms and head. Skills are applied to further develop center work, where greater strength leads to a larger vocabulary of traveling steps, turns, and jumps. Students must have teacher recommendation to move to Ballet III. To best prepare for future endeavors, students will be introduced to a variety of variations and repertoire from traditional classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppelia to name a few. Ages 12+.
Ballet IV, Pointe – MAPA’s highest level of ballet: students practice more advanced barre work, focusing on accents and speed with accurate placement. Center work becomes more precise, allowing increased balances, extensions and speed, and more complicated steps. To best prepare for future endeavors, students will be introduced to a variety of variations and repertoire from traditional classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppelia to name a few. Ages 13+.