Introduces the 3- or 4-year-old to the world of dance. This 60-minute lesson is designed to encourage a relationship to music using creative movement and some elementary ballet vocabulary. Props are used to stimulate the imagination.
Pointe work (or toe dancing) will not be offered before age 11, nor before a student has studied ballet for at least 3 years. Some exceptions may be made, but only at the discretion of the instructor. At the Ballet III level, some students may be introduced to pointe work for the last 15 minutes of class. At age of 11 or 12, pointe work is given in one 1/2 hour lesson per week, following the regular ballet class. The Intermediate and Advanced level pointe classes are 45 to 90 minutes in length. All students studying pointe are required to attend class twice weekly.
This class is offered for the child who is at least 5 years of age. The structure is much like that of Pre-Ballet but lends more emphasis to the basics of ballet. Fifteen minutes of introductory tap is combined with 45 minutes of ballet.
Modern dance introduces students to non-traditional dance forms, with emphasis on technique. Class is taken barefoot, using a diversity of music, and includes acting and improvisational skills. The styles of Graham, Horton, and Limon are used to prepare the dancer for the demands of the profession today.
A specified type of body conditioning that emphasizes strengthening “the core” muscle groups. Mat classes are now available several times weekly at CBA.
In these levels, a structured ballet barre is given along with appropriate stretching exercises to promote technique, strength, and flexibility. Center work focuses on coordination, musicality, and performance quality. Ballet II level and above are advised to attend two classes weekly.
Tap classes are available in levels I through V and are encouraged to develop coordination and a good sense of rhythm. Pre-Ballet students ages 4 1/2 to 6 may enjoy 15 minutes of tap following 45 minutes of ballet training.
A native American dance form with emphasis on rhythm. Children may begin studying jazz at age 8, provided that they have studied ballet for at least one year. We suggest that they continue to study ballet to provide necessary form and technique.