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Colorado Ballet Academy Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

The Academy provides training to students ages 3 through adult, beginner through professional, utilizing the most current schools of ballet training. We incorporate traditional ballet pedagogy into our ballet curriculum and secure teachers with extensive experience. In addition to ballet we offer modern, jazz, pilates, yoga and boys only classes, in order to train well educated and healthy dancers. Our students are versatile and company ready when they graduate.  

*Students will be assessed on ability and accomplishment of certain guide posts before being invited to participate in a higher  level of training. Most students will remain in the same class for at least 2 years. Colorado Ballet Academy levels are not dictated by age and do not always coincide with academic grade levels or other dance school programs. We try to keep our program consistent with worldwide expectations and age appropriate development. Our evaluations will be done at the end of the semester and sent out after our Spring Showcase.

Parent Tot- (Ages 1 1/2-3 years with a Parent or Guardian) Designed for the young child that loves to move and dance with music. Emphasis is placed on fine and gross motor skill development, coordination and balance in a safe nurturing environment.

Creative Dance- (Ages 3-5 years) Assists the very young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns as well as encourages taking turns and direction from the teacher.

Boys Intro to Dance- (Ages 9 and up) An introduction to ballet and movement conditioning in an atmosphere where boys can feel free to explore different aspects of dance.

Pre Ballet- (Ages 5-6) An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts such as turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and class etiquette. 

Ballet Level 1 – (Ages 7 and up) The goal of this class is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet . This class focuses on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, french terminology and musicality.  

Ballet Level 2- (Ages 8 and up) As with each level, students are invited to level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary are areas that this level focuses on.

Ballet Level 3- In this level, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and feet , developing movement sequences, use of the head, balance, proper preparations for barre and center work as well as port de bras throughout.

Ballet Level 4- In these classes students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work. Simple beats as well as basic pirouettes are introduced. Pre pointe and pointe classes are sometimes offered for this level.

Ballet Level 5/6- Focus on pointe work, pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps come into focus in this level. Training at this level becomes much more rigorous. Students at this level are suited to the Open Intermediate Ballet classes as an addition or alternative.

Ballet Level 7- Attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps are some of the focuses of this level. Students should have a strong mastery of pointe work and a desire to pursue ballet seriously. Students at this level are welcome to take the Open Intermediate/ Advanced classes.

Youth Modern- Youth Modern will follow classical modern techniques ranging from Evans Method, Limon, Humphrey-Weidman and others.  Dancers will focus on full body integration, developing strength and dynamic quality for performance in a creative, energetic and positive environment.

Intermediate Modern- This class focuses on alignment, technique and performance, while also exploring floor work, partnering and improvisation. This class is influenced by the techniques of José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins and Alwin Nikolais.

Advanced Modern- Chris Harris’ Modern classes are designed to build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality. Using elements from Nikolais/Louis, Graham, Limón, & Hawkins techniques dancers explore the inner connections (breath, core to distal, head to tail, top to bottom, homo-lateral, and cross-lateral) that are necessary for freedom and ease in creative, outward expression.  

Tap- This class emphasizes the development of tap technique & terminology. We’ll explore coordination, rhythm and timing within a wide range of musical accompaniment. Class begins at the “tap barre” and progresses to center floor combinations and repetitive exercises, instilling a strong foundation for the beginner and intermediate tapper.

Pre Professional- This level is by invitation only and is a serious training ground for students wishing to pursue a career in classical ballet. 

Youth Beginning Ballet- (Ages 9 and up) This class covers the fundamentals of ballet in an encouraging, disciplined atmosphere, helping the student  to progress quickly to age appropriate goals. Perfect for the recreational dancer once a week or the late starter.

Therapeutic Yoga for Dancers- Specifically geared toward the dancers body, this class incorporates breath in movement, stretching and strengthening as well as core awareness through yoga poses and flow postures. Class will help students build strength, flexibility and endurance necessary make the most of their rigorous dance education.  Taught by Mieke Scripps Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dance Medicine Specialist, and Yoga instructor

Stretch/Conditioning- This class focuses on building the balanced flexibility and strength necessary for good technique and proper alignment. In order to best serve each individual student’s needs it will pull from different fitness modalities including yoga, Pilates and bodywork to explore how students can work more efficiently and safely both in and out of class.

Adult Beginning Ballet- Suitable for the beginner adult as well as students who would like to work in a slower paced environment. This class progresses slowly and is open to adult beginners at any point in the semester. Students are encouraged to follow  more experienced students as well as ask questions when needed.

Open Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet- Welcomes students teen through adult with at least 3 years of committed ballet training. This class, like all of our open classes, are subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. Students attending this class are expected to know basic barre and center vocabulary as well as simple petite allegro, pirouettes, combinations from the corner and grand allegro.


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