September-December class will be taken entirely in soft ballet shoes and will include a center barre and center combinations. Starting in January, dancers with a strong foundation in pointe work will be allowed to take a portion of class en pointe.
Dancers will work to increase extension, improve artistry, add beats and turns in more intricate combinations, and increase stamina and strength.
Dancers will continue to work on connecting elements, transferring weight cleanly, multiple pirouettes, hops en pointe, and traveling in sequences. Emphasis will be placed on smoothly transitioning to and from pointe while executing turns, piqués, and one leg work, including ballonné. Dancers will learn one classical variation each semester.
Dancers will work on becoming stronger storytellers through dance by working on classical jazz technique, exploring different dance styles, and learning choreography from various musicals. Dancers will be introduced to more advanced jazz elements including multiple turns and switch leaps. Dancers will learn at least three combinations from Broadway musicals per semester.
Combinations will be designed to enhance performance skills, while still working to refine rhythm and musicality. Students will be exposed to all styles of tap while focusing on clean technique, separated sounds, and developing one's individual artistry. Combinations will be adapted to accommodate each individual's level.
Private lessons are available in classical ballet, pointe, musical theatre jazz, tap, and audition technique.