Philadelphia Studio Ballet
Ballet Pre through Professional•Jazz•Hip-Hop•Tap•Lyrical
CLASS CURRICULUM

Whether you’re a dancer, or a parent looking to inspire your child by enrolling them in their first dance class, Philadelphia Studio Ballet has something to offer every student from the beginner to the aspiring professional!

GENERAL INFORMATION
Classes are separated into several divisions.  Students will be placed into one of the following: Early Dance Division, Primary Division, Graded Division, or Pre-Professional Division. Classes are held at a frequency that is appropriate for each level and age group. 

Children will be registered into specific classes based on age and past training. Each student's ability is considered when determining final placement.

The first week of classes will be used as a placement week. A child may be moved after an instructor’s evaluation. Please note: this may mean a change of schedule.

CLASS / DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS

EARLY DANCE DIVISION
Introduce your child to the enchanting world of ballet with fundamental dance instruction, costumes, props, music acting, fairy tales, and cherished ballet stories.

"Mommy & Me"
       Ages 18 months – 3 years
Children and their parents/caregivers are invited to enter the world of the ballet through creative movement and imagery. These delightful classes introduce little ones to fundamental exercises and spark their imaginations with magical fairy tales and ballet stories. After completing a short basic class, our students are dressed in costumes by their caregivers and given a chance to “create.” 

Ballet Petite              Ages 3 - 4
Designed for children with no formal ballet training, these classes teach alignment, posture, rhythm and coordination through group and individual participation.  Creative movement and ballet fundamentals are introduced. Tiny dancer’s imaginations are sparked through the use of costumes and props and they are given the opportunity to “create.”

Pre-Ballet 2                    Ages 4 - 5
Designed for children with little or no formal ballet training, pre-ballet introduces simple, correct ballet technique and the basic concepts of alignment, posture, rhythm, coordination and group participation.   Classes include warm-up to build body awareness, strength and flexibility, and center floor work to develop coordination. To reinforce creative exploration, dancers use costumes and props to help show what they can create to a provided theme --- all entwined with cherished fairy tales and classical ballet stories.  

Some pre-ballet classes include jazz, tap or hip-hop.  See schedule for full details.

            Minimum study requirement: once weekly.  Twice weekly if desired.

Pre-Ballet 3
            Ages 5 - 6
Pre-Ballet 2 builds on our younger Pre-Ballet 1. Additional fundamentals are introduced and students spend more time developing center floor.  Dancers continue to explore creative movement through the use of costumes and props.

Some pre-ballet classes include jazz, tap or hip-hop.  See schedule for full details.

Minimum study requirement: once weekly.
   Twice weekly if desired.

**Pre-ballet classes are open throughout the year to new students; 
you do not need to wait for the beginning of a new trimester to enroll!**


PRIMARY DIVISION

Primary Ballet  1
        Ages 6 – 7
Excellent preparation for Graded Level. Prior formal ballet training is not required. This class follows Pre-Ballet and precedes the Primary Ballet 2.

Suitable for students with one year or less of formal ballet training. Students focus on the muscular development necessary to execute classical ballet movements. Classes explore the fundamentals of correct alignment, turn-out, balance, strength, and flexibility.

                        Minimum study requirement: once weekly.   Twice weekly recommended.

Primary Ballet  2        Ages 6 – 7
Excellent preparation for Graded Level. Requires at least 1 year of prior formal training (pre-ballet not included).

Students focus on the muscular development necessary to execute classical ballet movements. Classes explore the fundamentals of correct alignment, turn-out, balance, strength, and flexibility.

                        Minimum study requirement: once weekly.   Twice weekly recommended.



GRADED DIVISION
For children 7 and older who have been introduced to ballet. We offer a variety of programs and levels of instruction, according to proficiency. These classes develop technique and require commitment and discipline.

Class Placement: Students are placed on an individual basis per teacher recommendation and advance in level at the Director’s discretion.

The assigned age requirements are noted as points of reference, only. 
Students are positioned according to skill level, regardless of age.


Ballet 3                           Ages 7 - 8

At least two years of formal ballet training (pre-ballet instruction not included) is required. Continuing the progression established in Ballet 2 these classes focus on building strength and coordination through the study of body directions, the use of more complex movement sequences, increased repetition, and speed. 

Minimum study requirement: once weekly.  Twice weekly strongly recommended!


Ballet 3X                   Ages 9 - 10
Suitable for students with 2 to 3 years of classical ballet training (pre-ballet instruction not included.) A placement process decides assignment to this level. Classes focus on increased center floor work and the refinements of technique and style.

Minimum study requirement: twice weekly.  Additional classes strongly recommended! 

Ballet 4                    Ages 10 - 12
Suitable for students with 3 to 4 years of classical ballet training (pre-ballet instruction not included). Classes focus on increased center floor work and the refinements of technique and style. Pointe classes are introduced by invitation only.

Minimum study requirement: twice weekly.  Three classes per week stronglyrecommended.

Ballet 4X                  Ages 11 - 13
On completion of level 4, or at the discretion of the faculty, students may advance to level 4X after being assessed by the School Director. Curriculum content includes accelerated ballet and point technique if age appropriate.

            Minimum study requirement: twice weekly.  Three classes per week strongly recommended


PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
The pre-professional division offers a serious training program. As these students progress, they take on more demanding steps and complex sequences of movement eventually mastering advanced technical skill, articulation, musicality and expression.

Ballet 5X                    By Ability
Level 5 builds on the Ballet 4 curriculum. At the discretion of the faculty, students may advance to level 5 after being assessed by the School Director. Curriculum content includes accelerated ballet and point technique if age appropriate.

Minimum study requirement: 3 ballet technique classes per week.  Variations & Lyrical  strongly recommended in addition to classical ballet!

Ballet 6                 By Ability
Level 6 builds on the Ballet 5 curriculum. Students may advance to level 6 after being assessed by the School Director. Curriculum content includes accelerated ballet and point technique. Variations are introduced.

Minimum study requirement: 3 ballet technique classes per week.  Variations, Jazz and Modern are strongly recommended in addition to classical ballet.

Ballet 6X By Ability
On completion of level 6, or at the discretion of the faculty, students may advance to level 6X after being assessed by the School Director. Curriculum content includes accelerated ballet and pointe technique.

Minimum study requirement: 3 ballet technique classes per week.  Variations, Jazz and Modern are strongly recommended in addition to classical ballet.

Ballet 7                By Ability
Level 7 builds on the Ballet 6 curriculum. Students may advance to level 7 after being assessed by the School Director. Curriculum content includes accelerated ballet and pointe technique.

Minimum study requirement: 4 ballet technique classes per week. Variations, Jazz and Modern are strongly recommended in addition to classical ballet.

Variations Levels 6, 6X & 7 only
The teaching and staging of existing ballet repertoire.



EXPANDED DIVISION
Our expanded programs offer a variety of classes including beginner, intermediate and advanced Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Lyrical.  


Jazz / Hip-Hop / Lyrical Ages 5 + (refer to Schedule for full age listing)
These popular forms of dance, each with its own distinctive style, greatly appeal to a dancer’s need for freedom and self-expression. Fun for all ages!

Recommendation: We encourage jazz students to take at least two ballet classes per week, as this is widely recognized as a strong foundation for every dance form. Do not dismiss the necessity of strong classical technique in order to excel in other dance forms. 

NEW! Tricks & Turns
Tricks and Turns is a special class being offered to help dancers work on these often challenging areas of dance. This class will concentrate on the technical aspects of leaping, jumping and turning by means of progressions across the floor and combinations in the center. Dancers develop balance, strength, and elevation and have the opportunity to perfect old tricks and skills while also learning new ones.

Modern
Modern dance  refused classical ballet's stress on feet as the primary catalyst for dance movements and instead put stress on the torso employing such elements as contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation.  It is usually performed in bare feet.

Tap
This fun and exciting American form of dance has its emphasis on rhythm and allows students to develop physical coordination and musicality.

Enrichment Program
Our newest dance program!  Specifically designed for students with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities.  This program contains many exciting dance styles combined with creative movement.  

**Please refer to Performance Opportunities for information about our competition team**


OPEN TEEN / ADULT DIVISION
These classes allow dance enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the beauty and discipline of all dance forms. For adults, dance is an effective and exciting exercise alternative that increases movement, develops strength and stamina, tones muscle, and improves posture. Beginner and intermediate classes are available in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Zumba. 

Body Logic
bodyLOGIC™ was created in 2010 by classical and contemporary dancer, Jillian Dreusike. It is a mix of ballet principles with fun and sweat-worthy original exercise choreography. By combining our very own bodyLOGIC CardioBallet™ choreography sequences with the unique usage of our own Cardio BarreBand™ for a little extra resistance, bodyLOGIC™ is sure to get you in the best shape of your life in record time! It is the perfect fit for both dancers and non-dancers alike!






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