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Curriculum of Classes

Pre-School – Ages 3 and 4
This class gives the student a combination of ballet and modern jazz introduction.  The main emphasis is on ballet as it is 30 to 35 minutes of the class.  The ballet instruction is taught with classical music emphasizing Russian technique concepts taught with age-appropriate lessons.  This class is a fun introduction to world of classical dance!

Pre-Ballet – Ages 5 and 6
This class gives the student a combination of ballet and tap. The main emphasis is on ballet as it is 30 minutes of the class. The remaining l5 minutes is tap introduction in which rhythm and counting are reemphasized accompanied with a different type of music and movement. The ballet instruction is taught with classical music emphasizing Russian technique concepts. More emphasis is given in this level on feet and arm positions as well as classical movement and terminology. This class is a structured, yet fun introduction to the Elementary Division of the school.

Pee Wee Hip Hop – Ages 5 and 6
This class gives young dancers an introduction to Hip Hop. Many requests have been made for this class as some young children are not interested in learning ballet, but have a great interest in other forms of dance. Pee Wee Hip Hop will give your child a great exercise experience while learning age-appropriate hip hop moves based on jazz technique and creative movement.

Elementary 1 Classical Ballet and Tap Combination – Ages 7, 8
The ballet portion of this class is the formal introduction to the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance (Russian Method) emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and introduction to proper technique. Ballet is the main emphasis, however 15 minutes of tap concludes the class for a well-rounded dance lesson. The opportunity to perform in the Brandywine Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" is given to all students in this level, if they so choose.

Elementary 1 Classical Ballet and Contemporary Combination – Ages 7, 8
The ballet portion of this class is the formal introduction to the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance (Russian Method) emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and introduction to proper technique. Ballet is the main emphasis, however Contemporary Dance, which is a combination of lyrical and creative movement, concludes the class for a well-rounded dance lesson. The opportunity to perform in the Brandywine Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" is given to all students in this level, if they so choose.

Elementary 1 Classical Ballet and Jazz Hip Hop Combination – Ages 7, 8
The ballet portion of this class is the formal introduction to the Vaganova Method of Classical Dance (Russian Method) emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and introduction to proper technique. Ballet is the main emphasis, however 30 minutes of Jazz Hip Hop concludes the class for a well-rounded dance lesson. The opportunity to perform in the Brandywine Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" is given to all students in this level, if they so choose.

Elementary 2, 3, 4/5, 6 Classical Ballet – Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Five levels of training are available in the Elementary Division based on age and experience: Elementary 1, Elementary 2, Elementary 3, Elementary 4/5, Elementary 6. All levels follow the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet (Russian Method) emphasizing feet and arm positions, correct terminology, stretching, and introduction to proper technique. After Elementary 3, all ballet students are required to attend at least two ballet classes per week.

Elementary Jazz Hip Hop – Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Five levels of Jazz class based on Hip Hop technique. Popular music of today is used for instruction emphasizing stretching, coordination exercises and age-appropriate combinations. Ballet is not required to take this class, but it is strongly recommended.

Elementary Contemporary – Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
All Elementary Lyrical classes will be varied in content which will include a combination of Lyrical and Modern Dance. Once the students become comfortable with the basic skills, combinations and routines will be put together incorporating all aspects of the class. Contemporary dance gives the student an opportunity to reach beyond his/her technical ballet training into a more abstract, yet structured form of dance.

Regular Division Ballet – Ages 12-up
Three levels of ballet are taught based on age and experience. All levels follow the Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet (Russian Method) emphasizing proper technique and the development of classical artistry. Most classes will include Pointe at the end of each lesson, although separate Pointe classes are available at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Two classes per week are required for enrollment in B level classes. Three classes per week are required for enrollment in C level classes. D level classes are available to select students only after completing a sufficient number of years training in B and C level.

Regular Division Jazz Hip Hop – Ages 12-up
Popular hip hop music is used for instruction emphasizing the foundation of solid jazz technique, but basing the combinations on various hip hop moves and choreography.

Regular Division Lyrical Dance – Ages 12-up
Lyrical Dance, unlike ballet, jazz, and modern, has no set technique but pulls from each of those styles emphasizing the emotion behind a song through a dancer's body. This class will focus on tapping into character and conveying meaning through every move the dancer makes. Each combination will focus on a different story and how the dancer can convey that story through emotion.

Regular Division Modern Dance – Ages 12-up
Modern Dance gives the students an opportunity to reach beyond his/her technical ballet training into a more abstract, yet structured form of dance.

Stretch and Conditioning – Elementary and Regular Division
This class is designed to stretch and tone the entire body emphasizing upper and lower abdominals complimenting ballet technique, and cross training with stretch exercises for injury prevention and enhancement in dance class. This class is designed for ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and lyrical dancers.

Luxe Barre and Conditioning – Adult Division
This vigorous exercise class is designed to stretch and lengthen muscles in the body using ballet barre exercises and yoga techniques. Exercises for upper and lower abdominals will also be incorporated as well as overall general fitness. This class is open to all adults who enjoy stretch and tone exercises.