At LAAC we believe the fundamentals of Ballet are the foundation of all dance. We offer a complete Ballet curriculum to take dancers from the beginning exploration of ballet technique to the artistry of advanced classical ballet. Classical Ballet is the most formal of dance styles and honors traditional techniques. Our Ballet program puts great emphasis on the method and execution of movement in an encouraging and disciplined atmosphere. Indeed, the primary levels are the most important levels in ballet and should not be rushed through.
The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work. This class is offered once or twice a week.
Students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of Ballet I. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. A student will be required to be in class twice weekly in order to add Pre-Pointe.
In our advanced level classes, students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work. Class will emphasize focus on repetition and retention.Students will begin pointe work, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps.
This class is designed to prepare the dancer to begin working in pointe shoes. Emphasis on alignment, strength, and injury prevention provide a balanced foundation for dancers looking to advance into pointe work.
This Next-Level class expands the vocabulary of Ballet pointe work in the center and across the floor, while maintaining a strong focus on the students strength, alignment and injury prevention.
*Students will be assessed on ability and accomplishment of certain expectations before being invited to participate in a higher level of training. Most students will remain in the same class for at least 2 years. Los Angeles Arts Collective class levels are not always dictated by age and do not coincide with academic grade levels or other dance school programs. We try to keep our program consistent with worldwide expectations and age appropriate development. Our evaluations will be done at the end of the semester and are discussed after our Spring Performance.