Class Descriptions

CSU Dance Conservatory Class Descriptions

 


MOVE-A-LITTLE, MOVE-A-LOT (3 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Young students are introduced to a class structure that is age appropriate. Simple stretching exercises, rhythm, self-awareness, imagination, and social skills are emphasized. This class also includes story time that encourages young children to explore, experiment, and create. Added benefits are increased flexibility, coordination, balance, dance appreciation and a lot of fun. Students take one class per week.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT (4-5 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Our program emphasizes the eight elements of movement: centering, gravity, balance, posture, gesture, rhythm, moving in space, and breathing. These elements are not only the foundation of dance but also necessary skills as children develop physically and emotionally in order to get ready for more formal and structured instruction. Students take one class per week.

PRE-BALLET (5-6 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is the beginning of a more in depth study of ballet technique. Introduction of steps using proper ballet terminology is necessary. Ballet etiquette instruction is part of the curriculum. At this level, individual expressions of feelings, music interpretation, spontaneity, storytelling, and team work are taught. Students take one class per week.

PRE-LEVEL 1 (6-7 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ages 6-7. A class designed to help students make a smooth transition from the Pre-School program into the next level. Students will be introduced to the structure and discipline of a ballet class as well as music awareness and ballet terminology with special emphasis on increased exercises for strength, coordination, flexibility and alignment. Rhythmic movement and music is emphasized. Classical ballet vocabulary is introduced and the foundation for the Level Program begins.

LEVEL 1 (7-8 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students are introduced to a more in-depth study of ballet technique and will continue to learn new skills using proper ballet terminology as well as individual expression, music interpretation, spontaneity, storytelling, and team work. Students take two classes per week.

LEVEL 1-2 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training gained in Level 1. Students will explore a large variety of classical ballet terminology, enabling them to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.  All . dancers will work towards building flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, concentration and communication of expression through movement.

LEVEL 2 (8-9 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

With two classes of training per week, more detail and in-depth understanding of classical ballet technique is taught. Strength and mastery of some of the most important skills are emphasized and expected. New students must be evaluated prior to placement.

LEVEL 2-3 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training gained in Level 2. Students will explore a large variety of classical ballet terminology, enabling them to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. All dancers will work towards building flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, concentration and communication of expression through movement. An emphasis is made on increasing the technical vocabulary of the barre and center.

At this level, it is suggested that students take a minimum of two technique classes per week.

LEVEL 3 (9-10 YEARS OLD)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

At this level the training is more rigorous and demanding, and a minimum of three classes of training per week is recommended for best possible progression. New steps and more challenging combinations are introduced. Strength and mastery of all skills is expected. New students must be evaluated prior to placement.

LEVEL 3-4 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training gained in Level 3. Students will explore a large variety of classical ballet terminology, enabling them to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. In this class, vocabulary of the barre and center, the foundation or the 5 modes of jumping, as well as the leg alignment for pointe work is begun. Students at this level should aim to take a minimum of 3 technique classes per week. All dancers will work towards building flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, concentration and communication of expression through movement.

LEVEL 4 (10 YEARS AND UP)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an intense program designed for more serious students. A minimum of four classes of training per week is recommended for best possible progression. Students will prepare for pointe training. New students must be evaluated prior to placement.

LEVEL 4-5 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a transitional class geared to more serious levels of technical training gained in Level 4. Students will explore a large variety of classical ballet terminology, enabling them to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.  All dancers will work towards building flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination, concentration and communication of expression through movement. This level will incorporate the beginnings of pointe work.  Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet that concerns pointe work, wherein a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet in pointe shoes. Pointe is by recommendation only, usually once a student has progressed through Level 4.

Students begin by building strength at the barre and successively progress to center work and longer enchainements (combinations).

LEVEL 5

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This program is designed for students who enjoy the challenge of more advanced training or would like to pursue a professional career in dance. With up to five classes per week of training en pointe and technique classes. New students must be evaluated prior to placement. This is a two year course of study.

LEVEL 5-6 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This class is designed to develop additional strength and refinement en pointe.

Emphasis is placed on proper alignment, sculpting the legs and feet, anatomically building both endurance and stamina for executing advanced class work. Students at this level should aspire to take a minimum of 4 technique classes and one stretch per week.

LEVEL 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This program is for the most advanced dancers who have experience dancing en pointe. New students must be evaluated prior to placement. This is a two year course of study.

LEVEL 6-7 TRANSITION

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an advanced class for the ballet student who is disciplined, professional, and possesses the desire to dance. It will include more complex and difficult technique and coordination. More advanced pointe work will be emphasized.

These students should aim to dance at least 5 days per week.

Level 7

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This level is only for those who have a strong desire to pursue ballet seriously. This class will pay attention to fine details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps. Students are required to take a minimum of 6 technique classes per week as well as register for YAGP.

PARTNERING

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the basic concepts of classical ballet partnering, Dance Conservatory students (Levels 5 & 6) will learn technical partnering skills (lifts, turns, and Adagio partnering). Dancers will be challenged to develop the connection to each other that is essential as the primary means to communicate synchronized movement between partners. Students from other dance schools are required to audition before registering.

STRETCH

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Stretch is a fitness class which works on balance, muscular strength and endurance (stamina), flexibility, grace, and confidence. The class incorporates movements and techniques from ballet and jazz.

CONTEMPORARY (LEVELS 4, 5 AND 6)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Through integration of various dance styles, dancers develop increased stability, flexibility, and fluidity. Students engage in full body phrase work and movement exploration. Classes will begin with a structured warm up and progress to longer combinations center and across the floor. Dancers will be challenged to work on their musicality, attention to detail, and flow through movement patterns. Some ballet technique is required.

ACROBATICS (AGES 7 AND UP)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Tumbling and acrobatic techniques for ages seven and up for all skill levels. Classes are geared for those interested in integrating these techniques into their performing arts training. Students will be instructed appropriate to their skill level from very beginner to the more advanced. Students will gain strength, flexibility, and agility that will help them achieve a better body awareness to maximize their dance and performance potential. Choose the class level based on your acrobatic ability.

INTERMEDIATE JAZZ (LEVELS 3 AND 4)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This class explores various jazz dance styles and helps increase the strength, alignment, and flexibility of each dancer. New steps and more challenging combinations are introduced. Some ballet training is required.

DAY PROGRAM (LEVELS 4-6)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The CSU Dance Conservatory Day Program offers students with dance career potential the opportunity to complete a further training program in stretch, technique, and repertoire. Students are typically home schooled. The day program offers morning technique classes while including stretch, and repertoire as well as pointe as part of the curriculum. Further core strength and conditioning work is available through Pilates and stretch classes. The day program is limited to 15 students. Trainees gain valuable rehearsal and performance experience as members of the CSU Dance Ensemble and as participants in Columbus Ballet productions.

ADULT BALLET (AGES 18 AND UP)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

These classes are generally structured the same as classes for younger dancers. Your class will warm up at the barre, then progress to the center of the studio for bigger movements. Aim is to strengthen and tone your body and, most of all, have fun. Taking part in an adult ballet class is good for your body as well as your mind.

ADULT STRETCH AND PILATES (AGES 18 AND UP)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an entry level class. If you want a healthier and stronger back, flatter abs and toned body, then this class is for you. Pilates teaches the awareness of using your core effectively, aligning the spine and lengthening the entire body. It is an excellent aid and enhancement to other exercises.

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