Ballet

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As the foundation of many forms of dance, proper ballet technique is essential. Taught by Linette Doherty, Anna Collins, and Sarah O'Brecht, Ballet is both challenging and exhilarating. It not only develops strength and flexibility, but also grace, poise, and discipline. This classical art form is as athletic as it is beautiful, and male dancers are renowned for their strong jumps and masculine form. Many professional athletes take ballet to improve their balance, agility, and co–ordination, and we encourage boys as well as girls to pursue ballet. While there are many different methods of ballet training, The SPACE offers dancers the opportunity to train and complete examinations in Cecchetti technique. The Cecchetti method is renowned for its clean lines and pure technique, and is studied all over the world. In open classes, dancers will have the opportunity to learn a variety of styles, including English and Russian techniques. Exposure to these major systems gives our dancers a unique, well rounded approach to ballet, and also prepares those interested in pursuing dance to meet the demands of today's choreographers. Beginner and Junior classes focus on musicality and telling a story through movement. Each class begins with a warm up at the barre, and stretching. Students are introduced to basic ballet technique, including proper posture and alignment. Technique is reinforced through repetition in the centre. Cecchetti syllabus work is introduced in the Junior levels, and students wishing to prepare for exams must take class twice a week. Elementary and Intermediate classes continue to build on technique learned in Junior levels, and prepare students for the more advanced work of Senior classes. It is strongly recommended that students take class twice a week at this level. Dancers wishing to progress to Senior classes and begin pointe work should be in ballet class four times a week - two syllabus classes plus two Elementary/Senior open classes per week - due to the increasing demands at this level. At the Senior level the emphasis shifts to mastering more complex steps, including jumps and turns en pointe. A note on pointe: since everyone develops differently, some may take longer than others to acquire the skills and strength necessary for pointe. Students will be notified in writing when the teacher is satisfied that they are ready to safely meet the greater physical and technical challenges of pointe work. Adult Ballet is an open recreational class; adults of any age or level of experience are welcome to participate.

Who can register for this class? For the serious ballet student as well as the beginner, ballet is for boys and girls aged 6–18, with a separate class for adults. Written approval required for pointe; please do not register for pointe without this letter (new students with sufficient ballet training will be assessed in class). Ballet is recommended for Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre students. Beginner/Junior Ballet is for children 6–8 years old, Junior ballet is for 9–11 year olds, Elementary/Intermediate Ballet is for ages 12 and up, and Senior Ballet is for those 14 or older with sufficient prior training. Adult Ballet is open to those 18 and older. Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre classes are also offered to enhance performance. Click here to download a registration form.

What do I wear? Girls – black leotard, pink tights, and soft pink ballet slippers. Teachers will advise students when pointe shoes are required. Boys – fitted white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants or bike shorts, and black ballet shoes. Warm up clothing must be removed when class begins, and long hair pulled back neatly into a bun (not a ponytail, since we must see the line of the neck to ensure proper technique). Shorter hair may be kept out of the face with a band. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle; you’ll be working hard!

When is the class?Click here to see a class schedule.

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