Dance Collective follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus as training for ballet. Ballet technique is the root of all performance oriented dance forms and helps develop poise, flexibility, strength, and proper alignment as well as precision, agility, and fluidity in movement. It is recommended that those dancer’s involved in Jazz, Lyrical or Tap take at least one ballet class to strengthen their technique.
Must be taking advanced ballet. Permission (assessment) required from the teacher and an artistic director.
Attendance is mandatory.
Ballet class runs 60 minutes in length.
What to Wear
For all ballet classes, hair must be pulled up in a bun and off the neck so that the instructor has a clear view of the body.
Pre-Primary & Primary: Pink tank style leotard, ballet pink tights, ballet slippers with elastics (no split shoe soles or ribbons).
Grade 1 & 2: Light blue tank style leotard, ballet pink tights, ballet slippers with elastics (no split shoe soles or ribbons), and character shoes with pink elastic and lower heel.
Grade 3: Navy blue tank style leotard, ballet pink tights, ballet slippers with elastics (no split shoe soles or ribbons), and character shoes with pink elastic and Cuban heel.
Grades 4 & Up: Black tank style leotard, ballet pink tights, ballet slippers with elastics (no soft pointe shoes), and character shoes with pink elastic and Cuban heel.
Boys: White short sleeved leotard or tight T-shirt, black leggings, white socks, and black ballet slippers with elastics.
Open Ballet: Leotard, ballet pink tights, and ballet slippers.
Pointe Class: Will need to purchase at least two pairs of shoes. New pointe shoes must be purchased for the final show early enough to be broken in.
All dance forms have ballet technique as their base. Students with strong ballet technique will progress more rapidly in other dance forms. We strongly encourage students who study jazz, tap, or musical theatre to include a ballet class as part of their training.
Students who wish to intensify their training in a particular dance style should take more than one class, as well as ballet, to enhance their development of technique. Students taking more than one class per week, including one of each of the different dance styles, will enjoy the technical crossover benefits.
Please be aware that students do not necessarily advance to the next level each year. Often it takes at least 2 years to learn, complete, and be proficient in the technical work of each level. Please see the teacher or coordinators for the appropriate class placement each year.