Ages 5 to 8
Pre-Ballet introduces the student to the formal structure of a classical ballet class without requiring the total outward rotation of the hip joint. Elementary vocabulary is introduced, concepts of alignment, the positions of the feet and arms, simple stretches, and movements that teach transference of weight, balance, use of space, large and fine motor coordination and jumps. The class also includes a healthy dose of creative elements so that the student doesn’t lose the natural ability to move freely in space and express his/her feelings through dance. Over the course of the year, students become familiar with the structure of a dance class beginning with the barre, progressing through center work and allegro. Class finishes with ‘free dance’ which allows the students to create their own movements and costumes using ribbons, scarves, fans, baskets and hats.
[60-minute class; light pink leotard]
Parents and students are encouraged to avoid making appointments during class time. Students who miss class regularly will be moved into a lower class level in order to maintain the integrity of each class’s curriculum. Parents must notify the Academy if their child is going to be absent. Students are encouraged to make-up all missed classes as quickly as possible.
The class terms at the Academy are August thru July. Meaning, classes begin in mid-August of one year and end in July of the next year. Tuition at the Academy is based on a single amount divided into twelve monthly payments. Tuition is due by the tenth of each month. A late fee of $10 is expected for payments received after the tenth of each month. Tuition is not reduced to reflect missed classes due to illness, work schedules, vacations, or holidays. Make-up classes can be arranged with the teacher. Adjustments will be made for summer vacations if the Academy is notified in writing beforehand.
A student is considered enrolled in a class until the Academy is notified in writing that the student will not be returning. This policy permits the Academy to keep the enrollment in each level from exceeding the limit established by the Directors to maintain professional standards. Tuition is due until written notification is received. Notifications can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.