Placement of a child into the next division is based on ability, talent, attitude, size, deportment, body line and most importantly, the professional judgement of Miss Maxine, Miss Kim, or the teacher in charge.
PRE-SCHOOL (AGE 3) SATURDAY CLASSES
A one-hour fun introduction to dance designed to stimulate creativity and imagination while encouraging a love of dance. Along with teaching pre-ballet techniques, routines for fun, mat and beginner tap dancing, this class features rhythm games, basic motor skills, coordination activities, creative movement and may participate in the June Recital.
BEGINNERS (MINIMUM AGE – 5 YEARS OLD) SATURDAY CLASSES
This division concentrates on the fundamental techniques of ballet, tap, character dance and mat work. The classes are one hour or one and a half hours a week, and focuses on the development of strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, body awareness and basic dance skills. Emphasis begins on correct body placement. Class members may participate in the June Recital.
INTERMEDIATES (MINIMUM AGE – 8 YEARS OLD)
JUNIOR ADVANCED DIVISION (MINIMUM AGE – 9 YEARS OLD)
SENIOR ADVANCED DIVISION (MINIMUM AGE – 11 YEARS OLD)
BEGINNER JAZZ/MODERN DIVISION (MINIMUM AGES – 7 YEARS OLD)
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED JAZZ/MODERN DIVISION (MINIMUM AGE – 12 YEARS)
SPECIAL NOTES ON POINTE (TOE DANCING) FOR PARENTS
It cannot be too strongly stressed that pointe work is the end result of slow and gradual training of the whole body, back, hips, thighs, legs, feet, coordination of movement and the “placing” of the body… so that the weight is lifted upwards off the feet, with straight knees, perfect balance, with a perfect demi-pointe, and without any tendency on the part of the feet to sickle either in or out or the toes to curl or clutch. This moment will arrive at different times in different children, not only by virtue of previous training but according to their physical type, and in this may be included the growth of the bones.
Pointe work is slow and gradual, and rarely starts earlier than ten years of age. It is an unfortunate fact that it is among amateur classes that too early pointe work is most likely to be seen. In serious schools of ballet, it arises from the years of training naturally and at the proper time.
(This information is quoted from a handbook for teachers of ballet entitled “Anatomy and Ballet” by Celia Sparger, Physiotherapist, Sadler’s Wells School)
TUITION / REGISTRATION
Tuition is based on a ten-month syllabus (dance curriculum) starting in September and ending in June. Payments are paid on a quarterly basis every two and a half months. All boys are on half scholarship. Tuition payments are non refundable.
PAYMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
First Payment: At the child’s first lesson
Second Payment: November 15th
Third Payment: January 15th
Fourth Payment: March 15th