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CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

CHILDREN’S DIVISION:   2 Levels of Instruction.  Ages 3 to 6.  No prior dance experience required. Placement determined by age.            

PRE-SCHOOL  -  Ages 3 and 4 – Ballet and Jazz/Creative Movement Intro

PRE-BALLET  -  Ages 5 and 6  -  Ballet and Tap Combination

PEE WEE HIP HOP – Ages 5 and 6 – Intro to Hip Hop and Jazz Technique (enrollment in a Pre-Ballet class is not required to take this class, but is recommended)

ELEMENTARY DIVISION:  6 Levels of Instruction.  Ages 7 to 12. Placement determined by age, experience and ability.

CLASSES OFFERED: Ballet, Pointe (Elem. 5 & 6), Pointe Preparation (Elem. 4), Lyrical, Hip Hop, Stretch & Conditioning

Classical Ballet Enrollment and Training Requirements (Female Dancers):

Elementary 1 -  1 Class per week REQUIRED ; in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional class per week RECOMMENDED for “ELITE” status.*

Elementary 2  1 Ballet Class AND 1 Additional Genre  per week REQUIRED ;  in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional ballet class per week RECOMMENDED for “ELITE” status.*       

Elementary 31 Ballet Class AND  1 Additional Genre per week REQUIRED in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional ballet class per week RECOMMENDED for :ELITE” status.*

Elementary 4  -  2 Ballet Classes AND  1 Pointe Preparation class  AND  1 Additional Genre REQUIRED; in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional ballet class per week RECOMMENDED for “ELITE” status.*

Elementary 5  -  2 Ballet Classes AND 2 Pointe classes  AND 1 Additional Genre per week REQUIRED; in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional ballet class per week RECOMMENDED for “ELITE” status.*

Elementary 6  -  2 Ballet Classes AND 2 Pointe classes  AND 1 Additional Genre per week REQUIRED; in addition to the foregoing requirements, participation in one summer program OR 1 additional ballet class per week RECOMMENDED for “ELITE” status .* Note: Most students will train in Elementary 6 for 2 years before advancing to the Pre-Professional Division A level.

*ELITE STATUS  -  ELIGIBILITY FOR BRANDYWINE BALLET PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: in order for any student in the Elementary Division to be eligible for performing opportunities with the Brandywine Ballet Company, including The Nutcracker, she must follow and satisfy the RECOMMENDED requirements for her level (not just the base requirements).

**STRETCH & CONDITIONING is NOT considered an “Additional Genre”.  Stretch & Conditioning class is for the serious dancer committed to excellence by working to improve their strength and flexibility which goes hand in hand with dance technique and injury prevention.  This class is strongly recommended for all dancers.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:  4 Levels of Instruction.  Placement class required.    Ages 12 to 18. These students are eligible for acceptance into Brandywine Ballet Company, Brandywine Ballet Theatre, and Brandywine Contemporary by audition only.

CLASSES OFFERED:  Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Stretch & Conditioning

Classical Ballet Enrollment and Training Requirements for Acceptance (Female Dancers):

A and B Level  -  3 Ballet Classes per week, 2 Pointe classes per week, plus 1 Additional Genre*

C and D Level -  4 Ballet Classes per week, 2 Pointe classes per week, plus 1 Additional Genre*

*Stretch & Conditioning: Stretch & Conditioning Classes are for serious dancers committed to excelling in dance by working outside the dance class to improve his/her core strength and flexibility, which is an imperative element for success in dance and overall fitness.  Enrollment in a Stretch & Conditioning class is recommended for dancers of all levels to supplement their dance training and is strongly recommended for all dancers in the Pre-Professional Division.  However, it is not considered an Additional Genre.

TEEN/ADULT DIVISION:  Ballet/Lyrical combination class is for the beginner level student or for the student who is returning to dance for pure enjoyment.  Intermediate Tap and Luxe Barre & Stretch Classes are also available.

MALE DANCER REQUIREMENTS for SCHOLARSHIP:    Pre-Professional Division male dancers: 3 Ballet classes per week, Partnering Class, 1 Additional Genre, and participation in the June Student Recital required.  Elementary Division Level 4,5,6 male dancers:  1 Ballet Class per week, Boys’ Class, 1 Additional Genre, and participation in the June Student Recital required.  Children’s Division and Elementary Division 1, 2 and 3 male dancers:  1 Class per week required and participation in the June Student Recital required.  PLEASE NOTE:  All male dancers who qualify for full scholarship will pay a $50 Registration Fee as well as all fees associated with the June Student Recital.

Enrollment and Training Without Classical Ballet: Training in ballet is the basis for all other forms and genres of dance.  Dancers in other disciplines are well-served and have greater technical abilities when they have a solid core foundation of ballet training.  For this reason, we strongly recommend that all dancers, no matter their preference or primary interest, enroll and continue with classical ballet training in addition to other genres to promote the technical advancement and overall quality of technique for each dancer.  With that said, if there are dancers who are unable or unwilling to enroll in classical ballet classes, we welcome those students to enroll in classes in the Additional Genres to suit their needs.