ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM & LEVELS
Classes at Ballet 180 School are taught as a progression of skills following the ABT® National Training Curriculum, a training methodology assembled by world class dance artists and a medical advisory board to provide medical guidelines for healthy dance training. Class levels for ages 2-7 are based on a student’s age as of September 1. Students looking to join our pre-professional program (ages 8+) are asked to schedule a level placement class.
A Note About the 2021-2022 School Year
Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is automatically set-up as in-studio. COVID mitigation efforts in Pennsylvania have been steadily lifting and we no longer need to limit class capacity. We will still be requiring masks for dancers who are not fully vaccinated, as well as encouraging social distancing and good hand hygiene.
If a class is full, please add yourself to the waitlist. We will be evaluating waitlists to see if we are able to add any additional classes to the schedule based on demand. We will also refer to the waitlists should a spot open up.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Toddler Dance (age 2-3)
This class is an intro to dance for young students interested in trying dance for the first time. The class provides light exercise coupled with basic movement vocabulary. Therefore, it is a great way to explore movement in a safe and friendly environment.
Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap (age 3-4)
Pre-primary classes encourage creative movement, self-expression and group interaction while introducing basic movement and music concepts.
Primary Ballet & Tap (age 4-5)
Primary classes encourage creative movement, self-expression and group interaction while introducing basic movement and music concepts. Therefore, the classes introduce children to music and movement through a structured progression of lessons, activities, and games.
Elementary Ballet (age 5-8)
Elementary dance classes are a prelude to formal dance instruction. Students will learn basic vocabulary and steps in a structured, but fun environment.
Elementary Contemporary (age 5-8)
This style of dance applies ballet technique to lyrical music to convey the meaning or mood of the music. In contrast to ballet, it is typically done barefoot and in parallel. Students will learn basic vocabulary and steps in a structured, but fun environment. Dancers attending contemporary classes are required to attend ballet.
Elementary Tap/Jazz (age 5-8)
This class combines the energy of jazz with the rhythm of tap. Students will learn basic vocabulary and steps in a structured, but fun environment. Dancers attending tap/jazz classes are required to attend ballet.
Levels 1-4 span ages 8-18, so it is normal to repeat levels once you reach level 1. Each level is meant to be taken as a progression in which skills are mastered through repetition. Our goal is to guide each student in their own individual development so that they progress safely and successfully.
Students in Ballet 1 study correct form, alignment, and placement through the use of body positions, terminology, and barre work.
Students in Ballet 2 develop and strengthen proper alignment and technique while applying their technique to a variety of movement styles and forms of expression. For appropriate progress, two ballet technique classes per week are required at this level.
Students in Ballet 3 go beyond basic technique. As a result, students at this level begin arranging more complicated dance patterns through increasingly difficult steps. For appropriate progress, two ballet technique classes per week are required at this level.
Students in Ballet 4 will begin to focus on the musicality and performance quality of their movement through increasingly difficult steps executed with an emphasis on artistry. For appropriate progress, three ballet technique classes per week are required at this level.
Pointe class in done in toe shoes and requires great strength of the legs and feet. Dancers attending pointe class are required to attend at least two ballet technique classes per week to maintain the appropriate strength for pointe.
This style of dance is rooted in ballet technique, but also uses dynamic shapes and expression to convey the meaning or mood of the music. In contrast to ballet, it is typically done barefoot and in parallel. Dancers attending contemporary classes are required to attend ballet.
Set to pop music, this style of dance features high energy movement coupled with technical steps such as leaps and turns. Dancers attending jazz classes are required to attend ballet.
This class emphasizes rhythm through the percussive use of footwork. Dancers attending tap classes are required to attend ballet.
PRE-TEEN & TEEN/ADULT BALLET
The pre-teen and teen/adult ballet classes are recommended for dancers who wish to continue their ballet training past the Ballet 1 level by attending class once per week. These classes are an excellent option for dancers who enjoy dancing on a more flexible schedule while also learning in a fun, yet professional environment.
Designed for males age 3-18 to enhance athletic skills, strength, discipline, flexibility, mental focus, teamwork, and creativity. Participants in the program will have performance opportunities in Ballet 180’s annual performances. Scholarships available for male students registered for ballet. Please contact the studio for more information.