5 weeks January 9, 16, 30, February 6, 13
Registration priority for the Spring 2020 classes will be given to students who participate in the Winter Session. Parents must sign students up for the spring session by January 31st or they will lose their early access.
Instructor: Jen Holland
Your 4-5 year old will practice ballet basics and dance movement with this fun beginning dance program. Using barre, floor, and center work we learn ballet positions and ballet terminology including port de bras, plie, releve, tendu, battement, bourre, passe, retire, saute, arabesque, chasse, and chaine. The class includes stretching and simple follow along routines to children’s songs and classical music. Pre-Ballet II also includes beginner tumbling techniques! This class is intended for children who were old enough to qualify for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
Our philosophy is that dance is for everyone, and as a result we respect the varying developmental phases of children and recognize that not everyone will be following along perfectly all of the time. That’s okay! This class is about exploring movement and having fun.
APPROPRIATE DANCE ATTIRE: Students should wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Boys may wear a black or white T-shirt and athletic shorts/pants/sweats, but nothing too baggy. Ballet shoes are made of leather or canvas and have a flexible leather sole or a split leather sole and should fit properly. Too loose of a fit (or bedroom-slipper style ballet shoes like those sold at Walmart or Target) can cause injury to the dancer and are not permitted. Ballet shoes can be purchased at Payless Shoe Source, Dance Wear Etc in Salisbury, Zappos.com, or DiscountDance.com.
APPROPRIATE DANCE ATTIRE: For company classes, students should wear a black leotard and black leggings, jazz/yoga pants or black or “suntan tights”. Tan jazz shoes are required for the performance, but either black or tan can be worn for class. Boys may wear black jazz shoes, a black or white T-shirt and athletic shorts/pants/sweats, but nothing baggy.
Dance Level Placements
Our performing arts programs are growing quickly and evolving to suit the developing needs of our young performers. Dance programs at the Red Doors aim to instill the joy in each student the joy of dance as an art form. The program includes technical skills, choreography, improvisation, musicality, and performing skills in a supportive and structured atmosphere.
Pre-Ballet I is for children ages 2-4 who turned 2 before the first day of the class.
Pre-Ballet II is for children ages 4-6 who turned 4 before September 1, 2018 and are eligible for prekindergarten or kindergarten. Kindergarteners with prior dance experience may choose to dance up a level in Mini Company instead.
Mini Company is for children in Kindergarten who have prior dance experience and 1st graders.
Junior Company is for children in 2nd-3rd grade.
Demi Company is for children in 4th-6th grade.
Senior Company is for students in 7th-12th grade. Performance choreography will be differentiated for varying skill levels from beginner to advanced.
Classical Ballet is for any student 3rd grade and older wishing to study ballet in the Vaganova tradition. Proper alignment, positioning, technique, and strength are a focus of this mixed-age class. Students will be preparing to dance en pointe from age 12 on after several years of study and permission from the instructor.
Pointe is classical ballet wearing pointe shoes, and requires permission from the instructor who will determine if technique, core strength, and ankle strength are of an appropriate level for the student to dance en pointe.