CLASSES DESCRIPTIONS

Bay Ridge Ballet is a classical ballet conservatory. We provide dance classes throughout the school year and camps during the summer.

 

Students are welcome to take a free trial class and register at any point throughout the year, however, the best results are accomplished by committing to an entire school year's program. We recommend early registration to adequately prepare your young dancer for class advancement and Bay Ridge Ballet performances.

2019/2020 School Year

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS 

Pre-Ballet I (Age 3)

 

Class Description:  Pre-Ballet I will give children the opportunity to sing, stretch and increase self-confidence while being introduced to basic ballet concepts, stretching exercises, locomotor skills and some free-form movement exploration. Pre-Ballet I classes are 45 minutes in length. 

 

Pre-Ballet I classes have Observation Days at the end of each semester.    

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Pre-Ballet II (Age 4)

Class Description:  Pre-Ballet II is an introduction to ballet basics that use age-appropriate methods designed for young imaginative minds and bodies. Students begin to work on simple body alignment and posture through fun exercises, learn simple stretches, practice locomotor skills, as well as development of self-expression through creative movement activities. Pre-Ballet II classes are 45 minutes in length.

 

Pre-Ballet II classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. Recommended for children in a 4-year-old Pre-K program.    

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Elementary Ballet I (Age 5)

Class Description:  Elementary Ballet I begins to teach students the fundamentals of ballet technique using captivating imagery that inspires the young dancer. The teacher will emphasize technique, vocabulary and dancer etiquette. Students will also explore ballet based improvisation allowing the child to freely express individuality. Elementary Ballet I classes are 45 minutes in length.  

 

Elementary Ballet I classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. Recommended for children in Kindergarten. 

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Elementary Ballet II (Age 6)

 

Class Description:  Elementary Ballet II focuses on fundamental concepts such as maintaining proper body placement, developing strength and endurance, increasing flexibility, as well as explore ballet based improvisation. Elementary Ballet II classes are 1 hour in length.

 

Elementary Ballet II classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year.  Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. Recommended for children in 1st grade.

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Elementary Ballet III (Age 7)

Class Description:  Elementary Ballet III students will develop foundational concepts such as practicing proper body placement, building strength and endurance, increasing flexibility, as well as explore ballet based improvisation. 

Elementary Ballet III classes are 1 hour in length.

 

Elementary Ballet III classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year.  Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. Recommended for children in 2nd grade.

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Ballet I (Age 8+)

Class Description:  The goal of Ballet I is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Classes will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students at the Ballet I level will practice at the barre and in center. Students will experience a more disciplined class to help build their endurance and develop their proficiency in fundamental ballet technique.

 

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students at the Ballet I level to take 2 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training.  

 

Ballet I classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

 

Recommended for children in 3rd grade or higher. Your child's class level is initially based on age, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class.  

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Ballet I with Pre-Pointe (Age 8+)

Class Description:  Ballet I with Pre-Pointe will include exercises designed to strengthen the feet and ankles in preparation for pointe work and fine tuning placement. This class provides boys and girls alike, practices that will enhance core strength, hip rotation, alignment and balance.

 

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students at the Ballet I level to take 2 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training.

Ballet I with Pre-Pointe classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

Recommended for children in 3rd grade or higher. Your child's class level is initially based on age, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class. 

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Broadway Jazz (Age 8+)

Class Description:  Broadway Jazz is highly recommended as a secondary class to Ballet I classes. Jazz introduces students to syncopated rhythms and a repertoire of standard moves. Jazz dance is fast paced and a more energetic style of dance. The class includes a warm-up with stretching, isolations, strength building exercises and then moves across the floor to work on turns, leaps and jumps. Each class ends with a fun combination with a focus on character development. 

 

Broadway Jazz classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year.  Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

 

Recommended for children in 3rd grade or higher.

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Ballet I Student Ensemble Program (Age 8+)

 

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Ballet II

Class Description:  Ballet II becomes more rigorous focusing on intermediate barre work and center combinations. Students will learn proper technique and placement, focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. 

 

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students at the Ballet II level to take 3 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training. 

Ballet II classes have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

Your child's class level is initially based on age and experience, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class.

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Ballet II Pre-pointe/Pointe

Class Description:  Ballet II with Pre-Pointe/Pointe will include exercises designed to strengthen the feet and ankles in preparation for pointe work and fine tuning placement. This class provides boys and girls alike, practices that will enhance core strength, hip rotation, alignment and balance. BRB faculty will give guidance to students when they are ready to get their first pair of pointe shoes. Excellent ankle strength, flexibility and core control are required to get pointe shoes.   

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students at the Ballet II level to take 3 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training.

Ballet II with Pre-pointe/Pointe has Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

Your child's class level is initially based on age and experience, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class.

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Modern Technique (Age 10+)

Class Description:  Modern Technique is highly recommended as a secondary class to Ballet II. Modern dance builds on the foundation of ballet, with less emphasis placed on structured steps, and more on quality of movement. While emphasizing musicality, Modern Technique classes will have elements of floor work, center exercises and movement phrases that teach the dancer to move in a more grounded way.  

 

Modern Technique has Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital.  

Recommended for children in 5th grade or higher.

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Ballet II Stretch & Conditioning

Class Description:  Stretch & Conditioning focuses on building core strength and increasing endurance and flexibility through a variety of exercises including yoga, pilates and traditional ballet stretches. An essential secondary class for every young dancer seriously training. Also a great exercise class for young students not training in dance, but who are looking to gain flexibility and strength. 

 

Stretch & Conditioning does not participate in the Recital. 

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Ballet II Student Ensemble Program

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Ballet III

Class Description:  Ballet III focuses on advanced barre work and center combinations. Classes will focus on fine tuning technique with pirouettes, use of the head and upper body, fluidity of port de bras as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps.

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students in the Ballet III Program to take 3 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training.

Ballet III will have Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital.   

Class level is initially based on age, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class.

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Ballet III Pre-Pointe/Pointe & Variation 

Class Description:  Ballet III Pre-Pointe/Pointe will include exercises designed to strengthen the feet and ankles in preparation for pointe work and fine tuning placement. This class provides boys and girls alike, practices that will enhance core strength, hip rotation, alignment and balance.  BRB faculty will give guidance to students when they are ready to get their first pair of pointe shoes. Excellent ankle strength, flexibility and core control are required to get pointe shoes. Students will learn classical ballet variations in this class, focusing on technique as well as performance development.   

At this stage in dance studies, it is recommended for students in the Ballet III Program to take 3 ballet classes a week for proper physical development and sufficient technical training.

Ballet III Pre-Pointe/Pointe has Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

Class level is initially based on age, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class.

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Advanced Limón Modern Technique

Class Description:  Advanced Limón Modern Technique is highly recommended as a secondary class to Ballet III level classes. The Limón technique includes concepts including fall and recovery, rebound, weight, suspension, succession and isolation. Limón Technique classes will have elements of floor work, center exercises and movement phrases that teach the dancer to move in fashion very different from ballet, enhancing the dancers quality of movement in all dance forms.  

Advanced Modern Technique has Observation Day at the end of Fall Semester and students participate in the Recital at the end of the school year. Good attendance is required for participation in the Recital. 

Class level is initially based on age, however a placement class is required for final acceptance into this class. 

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Ballet III Student Ensemble Program

 

Learn more about the pre-professional training program HERE!