Upper Levels

Students ages 9 and older must attend a placement class or summer audition. All students are thoughtfully placed based on their technical ability and mentally maturity, to challenge students and reduce injury

BALLET

Ballet I (Ages 9-12; twice a week recommended)

Current class offerings

To instill knowledge and use of the basic ballet vocabulary while gaining awareness of correct posture and proper turn-out. Work on increased balance and weight transference. Build upper body strength for future partnering.

Boys’ Beginning Ballet
(Ages 7-12; additional ballet class recommended)

To continue instilling knowledge and use of the ballet vocabulary while gaining greater awareness of correct posture and proper turn-out. Work on increased balance and weight transference for more difficult turns and jumps. Build upper body strength for future partnering.

Ballet I/II (Ages 10-15; twice a week)

To continue building knowledge and ballet vocabulary while gaining awareness of correct posture. As strength and body awareness increases, more complex application for technique and added coordination of port de bra and épaulement will be added along with striving to show more performance quality and artistry. This class build more toward those setting their sights on dancing on pointe.

Boys’ Ballet I
(Ages 11-15; must take additional ballet classes weekly)

Boys rehearsing for Nutcracker 2016To continue building knowledge and ballet vocabulary while gaining awareness of correct posture. As strength and body awareness increases, more complex application for technique and added coordination of port de bra and épaulement will be added along with striving to show more performance quality and artistry.

Ballet II
(Ages 10-15; additional weekly ballet classes recommended)

To continue building knowledge and ballet vocabulary while gaining awareness of correct posture. As strength and body awareness increases, more complex application for technique and added coordination of port de bra and épaulement will be added along with striving to show more performance quality and artistry. This is the level when dancers may audition to become apprentices with the City Ballet of Cleveland. Pre-Pointe and Beginning Pointe weekly if appropriate.

Ballet III
(Ages 11-16; additional weekly ballet classes recommended)

Continuing to improve alignment and posture; increase range of turn out and more extensive use of port de bra and &eaccent;paulement. Increase better application of known steps. Add more strenuous and longer combinations as well as working more with en avant and en arriére. This is also when female dancers are invited to pre-pointe leading to beginning pointe. This is the level when dancers may audition to become apprentice or junior company members with the City Ballet of Cleveland. Pre-Pointe and Beginning Pointe weekly if appropriate.

Ballet IV
(Ages 14-21; additional weekly ballet classes recommended)

Add more strenuous and longer combinations, as well as more difficult steps in all their varieties. Ladies will often be taking technique class on pointe during the week. Saturday conditioning class is to build strength for a dancer’s core, turn-out, alignment, and feet to reduce chance of injuries as well as to prepare for what is necessary for pointe work. Pointe three times a week.

Pointe classes

Pre-Pointe and Beginning Pointe

Students take Ballet II three times a week and have been place in this pointe class. Dancers have danced a minimum of three years and have been screened for pointe readiness.

Pointe I

Must be enrolled in Ballet III, three times a week including the ballet class prior to this pointe class. Students have been dancing for four or more years and placed in this class.

Ballet IV & Pointe

Pointe in conjunction with more advance classes

JAZZ

Beginning Jazz (Ages 6-9)

Works on placement, fundamentals for turns and jumps, musicality and weight transitions while connecting movement phrasing and building jazz terminology. Ballet is recommended for increased strength

Jazz I (Ages 9-14; previous experience & ballet required)

Builds on work from beginning jazz while building additional strength and better balance and coordination of movements increasing terminology and increasing coordination working toward turns and jumps.

Jazz II (Ages 12-16; previous experience & ballet required)


Working on increasing strengths developed in previous levels adding more variety in jumps while increasing terminology and creating more artistic individual expression. Must also be taking ballet.

Contemporary/Jazz III
(Ages 14-and up; previous experience & ballet required)

By placement only and strong ballet background is necessary. Work on building more strength and flexibility from previous levels and working toward more difficult coordinated turns and jump sequences while developing more freedom in movement and expression. Must also be taking ballet.

Lyrical I (Ages 12 and up) or Lyrical II (ages 14 and up)


Pre-requisite is to be in Ballet II or Higher and Jazz II or Higher. The technique in lyrical will build upon ballet and jazz techniques and work with mature themed concepts. The students will work on conveying a motivation or meaning through their dancing. Previous experience, ballet and placement required.

Musical Theater A
(Ages 8-up) & Musical Theater B (Ages 14 and up)

Theatre and dance go hand in hand. It is even important for performers to have nice lines and body movement. This class melds together dance and performance techniques. Half the class is focused on basic ballet and jazz foundations and the other half of the class is focused on learning/picking up choreography in different styles of dance. Students learn to adopt the character for each dance. The combinations come from a wide array of musicals such as The Wiz, Mary Poppins, The Tap Dance Kid and many more. Musical productions that come to Cleveland also inspire the type of dances we perform in class. 

MODERN

Children’s Beginning Modern
(Ages 6-9; no pre-requisite required).

An introduction to the basic elements of modern dance including using the ground, making shapes with the body, elements of exploring space and utilizing our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping, and leaping.

Modern I
(Ages 10 and up; concurrent enrollment in ballet required)

This includes an introduction to the basic elements of Graham-based modern dance technique, such as the concepts of contraction / release and spirals. This class emphasizes correct alignment and placement and efficient use of the breath while exploring rhythmic and spatial accuracy and performance qualities. Students should have some ballet experience, and concurrent enrollment in Beginning Ballet or Ballet I is required.

Modern II
(Ages 12 and up; concurrent enrollment in ballet required)

An exploration of the fundamentals of Graham-based modern dance technique emphasizing on the maintenance of static and dynamic anatomical alignment and correct display of effort. Also emphasized is the incorporation of the basic elements of contraction / release and spirals into more complex movement phrases.

Modern III
(Ages 14 and up; concurrent enrollment in ballet required)

Based on evaluation (must take ballet) Ages 14 and up with concurrent enrollment in Ballet IV; by placement of instructor. The further development and application of Graham-based modern dance technique and Horton technique, particularly maintenance of static and dynamic anatomical alignment and correct display of effort will be used. Emphasis on the incorporation of these fundamentals into advanced technical skills, such as turns and falls, and complex movement phrasing.

TAP

Tap I or Tap II (Ages 9 and up)

Its musicality and precise footwork is beneficial for students in musical theater. Tap technique includes center technique, rhythm sequences, progressions and choreography focusing on the clarity of movement and sound. More complex rhythms and technique continue to build

Advance Tap by invitation

HIP-HOP

Beginning Hip-Hop (Ages 7-11)

Students will learn the fundamentals including hip-hop culture and history embodied in the movements. This includes the dance element of hip-hop sound and origins, while delving into each style along with strengthening techniques such as body isolations, breaks and dynamic moves.

Intermediate Hip-Hop (Ages 12 and up)

Students will learn the fundamentals including hip-hop culture and history embodied in the movements. This includes the dance element of hip-hop sound and origins, while delving into each style along with strengthening techniques such as body isolations, breaks and dynamic moves.

Last updated: September 03 2020

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