The Colorado Ballet Academy will offer six weeks of ballet classes for children ages 3 to 9+ this summer in June and July. These classes will take place Monday through Thursday, June 6 through July 15 (no classes on July 4) at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Register today!
Classes offered this summer include:
- Creative Dance for ages 3-4 - Class assists the young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns while fostering independence. Students will be introduced to the concepts of body, energy, space, & time as well as encouraged to take direction from the instructor and share turns with peers.
- Pre-ballet for ages 5-6 - An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.
- Ballet Level 1 for ages 7 and up - The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work.
- Ballet Level 2 for ages 8 and up - As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary.
- Ballet Level 3 for ages 8 and up - In Ballet Level 3, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work Students begin focus on repetition and retention.
- Ballet Level 4 for ages 9 and up - Level 4 students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Single pirouettes and grande allegro are introduced.