Our Program

INTRODUCTORY SERIES

Our introductory series, Creative Movement and Intro to Dance, are designed to support and enhance a child’s motor development, integrated movement and kinesthetic awareness that is beneficial in any movement-related activity. Since the curriculum is developmentally rooted, placement is more likely to be age-related than any of our other series of classes.

Creative Movement (approximately ages 3-5)

Focuses on basic locomotor steps: walking, running, jumping, skipping, galloping, as well as balance, recognizing right and left, rhythm, coordination and pattern.

Intro to Dance (approximately ages 4-7)

Builds on Creative Movement, and progression is largely developmentally dependent.  Still very broad movement-based ideas, with more focus on alignment, opposition, articulation, quality and perception of movement and more complex locomotor steps in sequence and turning.

*NEW* Beginning Ballet (approximately ages 6-9)

Builds on Intro to Dance, and progression is still developmentally dependent.  Introduces the structure of a Ballet technique class and teaches introductory level dance positions and terminology.

TECHNIQUE-BASED SERIES

Ballet 1-5 and Modern 2-4 encompass our technique based curriculum in Modern and Ballet. Both tracks begin with Ballet 1, as ballet is the basis for modern technique as well. Throughout all levels, dancers will work to increase their flexibility, and work to be able to control their current level of flexibility. Moving forward, advancement is on an on-going, individual basis (not by age or numbers of years at each level) to ensure a dancer’s continual success, safety and longevity in movement.

Ballet 1

A dancer is typically ready for a technique focused class around age 7. They must demonstrate a basic kinesthetic and spatial awareness, be able to follow directions and maintain focus. Dancers will begin to work on the basic positions of the feet and arms with proper pelvis placement, accessing their hip rotators, spotting with their head and moving forward and backward through space.

Ballet 2

Building on Ballet 1, Ballet 2 dancers work to maintain their placement and use of their rotators through more varied movement, both with and without the support of the barre. Extensions (tendu/degage) to the back (derriere/arabesque) are introduced, as well as proper placement and spot for pirouettes at the barre. Much of the technique and strength at this level relies on the ability to access the deep abdominal (“core”) muscles and hip flexors.

Ballet 3

Once dancers have demonstrated sufficient core stability and rotator strength they are ready to begin working more on a single leg.  Ballet 3 is designed so that dancers develop the same core strength and rotator control on each leg alone as they do on two.  Dancers also begin to work on connecting one step to another cleanly, maintaining placement and rotation.  Single and double en dehors and en dedans pirouettes are introduced center floor and work is begun on the placement for fouetté turns at the barre.

Ballet 4/5

More complex ballet vocabulary is introduced, again with a focus on placement, core and rotator control.  For female dancers, technique class may also be en pointe to allow them to work on gaining the additional strength to maintain their placement while in pointe shoes.

POINTE SERIES

Our Pointe Series consists of Pre-Pointe, Beginning Pointe, Pointe 1, Pointe 2 and Partnering and/or Variations. Typically while in Ballet 2 a dancer will gain enough strength and control of their rotators and core muscles to begin to prepare for pointe.  Developmentally, no dancer may start en pointe before the age of 10, as their bones will not have solidified enough for it to be safe.  Dancers must also maintain two ballet technique classes per week in order to maintain the necessary strength for any of the Pointe Series classes.

Pre-Pointe

Once a dancer has demonstrated consistent use of their rotators during technique class, as well has the ability to engage their core, they may be invited to join a pre-pointe class.  This class will teach the dancers exercises to increase the strength and flexibility of their feet to be able to safely dance en pointe.

Beginning Pointe

Once a dancer is at least 10 years old and has mastered the necessary strength and flexibility to support themselves, they will be invited to join the Beginning Pointe class.  All first pairs of pointe shoes must be approved by the instructor before the dancer may join the class.  Beginning Pointe will work mainly at the barre on basic rélèvé and piqué based steps beginning on 2 legs and moving to single leg.

Pointe 1 and Pointe 2

Once dancers can demonstrate proper placement single leg and one hand to the barre, they will be ready to continue to build on that technique with exercises in the center and then progress to taking full technique classes en pointe as well as adding variations and partnering courses.

MODERN SERIES

Modern Instruction

Modern dance offerings at The Ballet Academy expose dancers who have achieved solid ballet fundamentals (Ballet 2 or above) to such qualities as use of breath, musicality, nuanced methods of counting or working in groups, challenging rhythms and a use of time and space that differs from traditional ballet.  The Modern Series can be a supplement to ballet training or it can become an avenue of training that is supported by a basic level of ballet.  The current modern dance instruction draws from the techniques of José Límon and Merce Cunningham.  Progression through the Modern Series loosely follows that of the Ballet Series.

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64 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740-366-0003

Office Hours

Monday 4:30-8:15pm
Tuesday 5:00-8:45pm
Thursday 5:00-8:45pm

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