Ballet Levels 2016-2017

 

Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors. Placement is based on age and experience, but above all, the ability to cope with the steps in that level.

First Steps - Early Childhood Program  - 2.5 to 5 years old

    The structure of a classroom environment is introduced and the children learn to take simple direction from the teacher. Children gain body awareness and begin to master group work, for example, moving in a circle or working with partners. Musicality and rhythm are taught through clapping, singing and improvising to music. Creative imagery and mime are used to help the children respond to music. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic runs walks, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet.

     

    Dance Attire - First Steps

    Girls- pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, white or pink tights and pink full sole ballet shoes with elastic.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, white socks, black full sole ballet shoes.

RAD Pre-Primary, 5-6 years old

    Progressing from First Steps, children now learn to work in lines and on the diagonal. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic runs walks, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet. Students continue to work with partners to facilitate a sense of teamwork.

    Dance Attire - RAD Pre-Primary

    Girls- pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, white or pink tights and pink full sole ballet shoes.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, white socks, black full sole ballet shoes with elastic.

RAD Primary, 6-7 years old

    Traveling movements learned previously are given more complexity with the addition of skips forward, backward and simple jump combinations. Expression and musical awareness are taught through free movement , mime and storytelling. Coordination and control of the body, arms, hands and head are improved. Primary level students have now developed the ability toretain basic movement combinations and can now perform short dances in solo form.

    Dance Attire - RAD Primary

    Girls- pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, white or pink tights and pink full sole ballet shoes.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, white socks, black full sole ballet shoes with elastic.

RAD Grade 1, 8 - 9 years old - 1 hour class

    Level 1 introduces students to the foundations of barre work in order to develop proper alignment and classical technique. Students continue to work on traveling steps with an introduction to grand allegro. At this level an emphasis is placed on turning, jumping, and linking steps. Introductory character work and free movement study provide students with an avenue for self expression and performance style. Students are expected to show awareness of basic technique appropriate timing and musicality.

    Dance Attire - RAD Grade 1

    Girls- lilac blue short sleeved leotard, white or pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Black character skirt and character shoes.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, white socks, black ballet shoes with elastic.

 RAD Grade 2 / 3, 8 - 11 years old - 1 hour class

    Students at this level are given extended barre exercises with increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. Classical ballet lines should be established along with a new vocabulary for traveling steps, elevation and pirouettes. The lyrical use of arms and upper back builds on the free movement established in the previous level. Character steps now include those from the Russian Peasant style as seen in many classical ballets. Students at this level have a strong understanding of classical vocabulary and can now adequately demonstrate use of line and musical performance. Students are required to attend 2 to 3 classes per week to perform at this level.

    Dance Attire - RAD Grade 2/3

    Girls- royal blue short sleeved leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Black character skirt and character shoes.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, white socks, black full sole ballet shoes with elastic.

RAD Grade 4, 12-13 years old - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED THIS YEAR

    Students continue to build their vocabulary with a new set of specific exercises at the barre and is the centre. At this level an emphasis is placed on detail and artistry, therefore, increasing stamina, concentration and discipline are required. Dancers will learn to communicate expression and feeling in their movement. Character steps in the Russian style are expanded as students are now expected to show a clear understanding of stylistic and rhythmical nuances. Pre pointe shoes will be considered at this level up at the discretion of the teacher. Students MUST attend 3-4 classes per week. ***This requirement is to insure the proper strengthening in preparation for pre-pointe and pointe shoes.***

    Dance Attire - RAD Grade 4

    Girls- red capped sleeve leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  Black character skirt and character shoes. (soft block, pre-pointe, and pointe are at the discretion of the teacher)

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings, white socks, black ballet shoes. Black Jazz shoes for character work.

RAD Grade 5, 12-13 years old - NO CLASSES SCHEDULED THIS YEAR

    Students continue to build their vocabulary with a new set of specific exercises at the barre and in the centre. At tis level an emphasis is placed on detail and artistry, therefore, inscreasing stamina, concentration and discipline are required. Dancers will learn to communicate expression and feeling in their movement. Character steps in the Russian style are expanded as students are new expected to show a clear understanding of stylistic and rhythmical nuances. Students MUST attend 4-5 classes per week

    Dance Attire - RAD Grade 5

    Girls- red capped sleeve leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  Black character skirt and character shoes. (soft block, pre-pointe, and pointe are at the discretion of the teacher)

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings , white socks, black ballet shoes. Black Jazz shoes for character work.

RAD Vocational - Intermediate Foundation-Intermediate, 12-14 years old

    The vocational syllabus is the continuation of classical ballet from the grade work adding pointe work and dances. This level is designed to give the necessary training to students wishing to study seriously. Encouraging the technical requirements along with stablishing artistry, musicality and feeling. Many more steps are introduced further establishing the movement and line of the dancer. Good stance and placement required for pirouettes and grand allegro. Having developed strong posture and at the desecration of the teachers, students can now begin to train en pointe. Students are required to attend 4-5 ballet classes per week.

    Dance Attire - RAD Vocational - Intermediate

    Girls- Peacock,purple or Black leotard, tights, pink soft shoe, pink pre pointe, pointe show. Optional: matching short wrap or circular chiffon ballet skirt

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings , white socks, black ballet shoes. Black Jazz shoes for character work.

RAD Grade 6,7,8 - 14 yrs & up

    Students who have progressed to preprofessional level, now have an extensive ballet vocabulary. At this level, articulate footwork and secure use of legs is crucial. Class work continues to improve the dancerís spacial awareness and orientation of the body. Dancers continue to work on coordination of the whole body with the addition of fluidity of movement. Added steps include multiple pirouettes and beating jumps. Strengthen Pointe work. Students at this level are required to attend 4 to 5 classes per week in order to take the exam and maintain the strength needed for pointe.

    Dance Attire - RAD Grad 6,7,8

    Girls- Mulberry leotard and matching mid calf length skirt, pink ballet shoes & tights.  (soft block, pre-pointe, and pointe are at the discretion of the teacher).  Black character skirt and character shoes for character work.

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings, white socks, black ballet shoes. Black Jazz shoes for character work.

Advanced Foundation and Ad 1 - 15 yrs & up

    Students who have progressed to preprofessional level, now have an extensive ballet vocabulary. At this level, articulate footwork and secure use of legs is crucial. Class work continues to improve the dancerís spacial awareness and orientation of the body. Dancers continue to work on coordination of the whole body with the addition of fluidity of movement. Added steps include multiple pirouettes and beating jumps. Strengthen Pointe work. Students at this level are required to attend 5 classes per week in order to take the exam and maintain the strength needed for pointe.

    Dance Attire - Advanced F and Ad 1

    Girls- purple,mint green, pink, or black leotard, tights, pink pre-pointe and pointe shoes. Optional: matching short wrap or circular chiffon ballet skirt

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings, white socks, black ballet shoes. Black Jazz shoes for character work.

Advanced Ballet (Ad2 and Solo Seal) , 15 years old and up

    Students at this level have a vast knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary and will have passed the above grades. Having achieved this high standard students are now working on Advanced 2 and the Solo Seal Award. Pirouettes in open positions batterie and extended combinations on pointe are now included in class work. Refining technique continues to challenge as students are now expected to perform at a professional level. As such, the endurance needed to maintain that standard requires students to attend no less than 5 classes per week.

    Dance Attire - Advanced Ballet

    Girls- purple,mint green, pink, or black leotard, tights, pink pre-pointe and pointe shoes. Optional: matching short wrap or circular chiffon ballet skirt

    Boys- white t-shirt, black tights/shorts/leggings, white socks, black ballet shoes.

SHSD - MONTARA GARDENS STUDIO,   496 6TH STREET,   P.O.BOX 370651, MONTARA, CA 94037 - 650-728-7519

Copyright © 2006   -- www.shaywarddance.com