Temple Terrace Ballet
Pre-Ballet Ages 3 & 4 - 3/4 hour classes
Introduction to very basic Ballet positions and exercises (e.g. 1st through 3rd, tendus, demi-pliés, passes, bourées, etc.) Movement to music is done through the imitation of animals; flowers and other make- believe situations.
Pre-Ballet Ages 5 & 6 -1 hour classes
This age group works on flexibility and grace while keeping a fun fairy-tale atmosphere. Emphasis is given to proper alignment of the body and turnout through a ½ hour barre followed by simple centre exercises and age-appropriate folkloric dances.
Level I Ages 7 & up -1 hour classes
Beginning ballet introduces the students to basic body and arm positions and steps (e.g. pliés, tendus, degagés, rond de jambes, developpés and grand battements), at the barre and centre. Exercises such as pas de bourées, chasses, and sautés are also executed. Emphasis is given to the correct alignment of the body and to the strengthening of the ankles through relevés and to the torso through cambré movements at the barre.
Level II Ages 7 & up -1 hour classes
A continuation of the study of the basics of Ballet with a ½ hour barre followed by centre work. Simple step combinations in centre with the introduction of glissade, balancé, soutenu turns, pas de chat, and assemblé. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of line and building of strength.
Level III Instr. Approval - 1 hour classes
This class meets twice per week. Intensification of barre exercises for the development of strength, balance and stamina. Introduction of centre body positions and epaulement exercises such as croisé, effacé, and ecarté. Centre work focuses on phrasing and beauty of movement. Some grand allegro is introduced. Concentration on improving balance and stamina through more intense practice of various dance elements including relevés, promenades, pirouettes, and jumps.
Level IV Instr. Approval - 1 hour classes
Taken in conjunction with beginning pointe. Intensification of barre and centre work with emphasis on the aesthetic quality of movement in the coordination of arms, head, legs, and body during the execution of more complicated exercises. The student will concentrate on turns and jumps during centre work. Expanded vocabulary (French terms) and complex combinations are added. Students may do their barre work on pointe during the second semester. Emphasis is placed on the rhythmical accuracy, musicality and artistry needed to achieve a high standard of dance and correct use of space.
Level V Instr. Approval - 1 1/2 hour classes
Students ready to advance to serious training should be taking Ballet Technique classes at least 3 times per week together with Advanced Pointe, Variations, Pas De Deux , and Modern technique classes. Emphasis is placed on the execution of more difficult combinations displaying complete control of balance, pointe of reference and stamina. Musicality, coordination, expression and dynamics of performance while achieving the quickness necessary for the execution of petite and grand allegros.
Level VI Instr. Approval - 1 1/2 hour classes
This Level is geared to students who are serious about their future as dancers and want to enter the pre-professional level. Instructor approval is necessary to take this class.
Teen/Adult I - 1 hour classes
This class is geared to the teen/adult who has had little or no Ballet training. The basic steps and positions are introduced at the barre and centre. It is a fun and beautiful way to stay in shape and feel better. The opportunity to perform at recital is offered, but not required.
Teen/Adult II - 1 hour classes
This class is geared to the teen/adult who has had previous training. The basic steps and positions are reviewed and combinations are executed at the barre and centre. It is a fun and beautiful way to stay in shape and feel better.
Pointe: Beginner/Intermediate - Instr. Approval - 1/2 hour classes
Beginner: To be taken in conjunction with Level IV this class introduces pointe through the elever and relever exercises, piques and bourées all facing the barre and later at the centre when the student is ready. Some diagonal work.
Intermediate: Taken in conjunction with Levels IV and V will continue the advancement of the students on an individual basis using the barre and/or centre.
Pointe: Advanced - Instr. Approval - 1/2 hour and 1 1/2 hour classes
The student taking this class has to be strong on her pointe work so as to take a ballet class (barre and centre) on pointe. Student should be able to relevé and balance on one leg on pointe at the barre and centre as well as perform clean single pirouettes en dehors at the centre.
Mini Acro (Ages 3-6) 45 min. classes
Young students learn basic tumbling skills including forward and backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, handstand forward rolls and limbers while maintaining proper alignment. Classes are taught by a safety-certified instructor and feature games, obstacles and drills to reinforce skills in a positive environment. Students will demonstrate learned skills in a recital presentation.
Acro Dance I (ages 6 and up) 1 hour classes
Students learn beginner through intermediate tumbling skills to complement their ballet technique including cartwheels, handstands and walk overs leading up to back handsprings. The class is taught by a safety-certified instructor and emphasizes proper alignment, technique and conditioning to encourage a strong, well-rounded dance education. Students will demonstrate learned skills in a recital presentation.
Acro Dance II (Instructor approval) 1 hour classes
Students with demonstrated beginner through intermediate tumbling skills continue improving strength and execution of various skills including cartwheels, handstands and walk overs and focus on developing higher skills including aerial cartwheels, front handsprings and back handsprings. The class is taught by a safety-certified instructor and emphasizes proper alignment, technique and conditioning to encourage a strong, well-rounded dance education. Students will demonstrate learned skills in a recital presentation.
Acro Dance III (Instructor approval) 1 hour classes
Students with demonstrated intermediate to advanced tumbling skills continue improving strength and execution of various skills including cartwheels, handstands and walk overs and focus on developing higher skills including front aerial cartwheels, and front and back saltos (tuck, pike, & layout flips). The class is taught by a safety-certified instructor and emphasizes proper alignment, technique and conditioning to encourage a strong, well-rounded dance education. Students will demonstrate learned skills in a recital presentation.
Ballet Theatre (Level I and up) 1 – 1 ½ hour classes
This course focuses on the theatrical & story-telling elements of dance performance such as pantomime, use of facial expressions and gestures, & character development. Through this study, students develop more expressiveness for their dancing in general, along with the ability to portray characters and convey meaning through ‘body language’.
Each session the group will focus either on presenting a short work of its own, or be the main characters in an extended work which incorporates other dance classes. These presentations help us to reach a wider dance audience and to educate our dancers and audiences about the traditions and history of Classical Ballet, which helps to preserve it for future generations.
The class is open to all ages 7 y.o. to adult and accepts students from beginners to advanced. Participants are required to be taking at least one Ballet Technique classes at TTB (Level I or above) concurrent with Ballet Theatre enrollment. If a student has experience in theatre or music, or special skills such as baton or acrobatics, we will seek to incorporate them into our performances as well. The main requirement is the desire to play a character role in a dance performance, and the willingness to play whatever part is needed to tell the story. One time you may get to be a beautiful swan, and another time we may need you to be a whacky bird. Remember, “There are no small parts…..”
Dance Ensemble (Level III and up – with instructor approval) 1 – 1 ½ hour classes
The TTB Dance Ensemble is a repertory performing group for more dedicated dance students who wish to advance their skills and gain additional experience. The class focuses on developing dance works from classical to contemporary forms, in groups large or small or solo. In addition to performing on TTB recitals, the Dance Ensemble performs at community events such as the Temple Terrace Fall Arts and Crafts Fair and Relay For Life. Ensemble members understand that they are thus representatives of TTB, as well as the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex and the Community of Temple Terrace, and are thus expected to exhibit appropriate behavior in order to present themselves and those organizations in the most positive light, and to be a positive role model for younger dancers. Participants and parent/guardian must sign the Dance Ensemble Participation Agreement. Participants are required to be taking at least two Ballet Technique classes at TTB appropriate to their level concurrent with Dance Ensemble enrollment, and are recommended to take Modern Dance, Acrobatics and other classes offered at their respective Level.