Class Descriptions

PRE-PRIMARY (ages 3+): Before introducing the traditional structure of a classical ballet class, it is important to cultivate the natural abilities of a child. This class creatively develops motor skills, movement fundamentals, movements in dance, socialization, rhythm and self-expression. Game-like exercises help focus attention and emphasize posture, alignment, musicality, and coordination. Dances created by the instructor encourage concentration, observation and self-confidence. Students learn the discipline of ballet.

PRIMARY (ages 4+): At this level students begin to learn the structure of a traditional ballet class. Exercises are aimed at conditioning the body for dance and begin to focus on turnout, the feet, the abdominals, the back and stretches to gain flexibility. Students begin to learn the ballet vocabulary. Each exercise is designed to strengthen a specific area of the body and create musculature neccessary for the demands of classical ballet. All fundamentals learned in the previous level are contuined and further developed in this level. 

LEVEL 1 (ages 6+): Students are introduced to barre work at this level. Exercises are aimed at conditioning the body for dance and focus on turnout, the feet, the abdominals, the back, stretches to gain flexibility, and proper alignment. New ballet vocabulary will continue to be introduced and reviewed. Each exercise is designed to strengthen a specific area of the body and create musculature neccessary for the demands of classical ballet. All fundamentals learned in the previous level are contuined and further developed in this level. 

LEVEL 2 (ages 8+): Students should know the basic ballet vocabulary of the previous levels. New vocabulary continues to be introduced and more challenging exercises are developped. Each exercise is designed to strengthen a specific area of the body and create musculature neccessary for the demands of classical ballet. Maximum turnout and correct posture are expected from students in this level. All fundamentals learned in the previous level are contuined and further developed in this level. 

LEVEL 3 (ages 10+): Students should know the basic ballet vocabulary of the previous levels. New vocabulary continues to be introduced and more challenging exercises are developped. Each exercise is designed to strengthen a specific area of the body and create musculature neccessary for the demands of classical ballet. Maximum turnout and correct posture are expected from students in this level. All fundamentals learned in the previous level are contuined and further developed in this level. 

TEEN BALLET (ages 12+): FAB offers open level ballet classes for teenage dancers. This class is for the recreational dancer looking for less of a commitment and/or a beginner dancer. Students will learn the basic ballet vocabulary. Exercises are aimed at conditioning the body for dance and focus on turnout, the feet, the abdominals, the back, stretches to gain flexibility, and proper alignment. 

PRE-POINTE (ages 9+): Prior to pointe work, students must take a minimum of one year of pre-pointe classes. Pre-pointe is required to strengthen the feet, toes, calves and anterior tibialis. 

POINTE (ages 11+):  Pointe work is offered to students that have achieved the musculature, alignment and strength necessary to support themselves correctly and confidently en pointe. Exercises are introduced that build strength and stability. A slow and careful approach to pointe work ultimately yields the best results. Students must have approval by the director to begin pointe work. 

JAZZ: This class focuses on the beginning elements of jazz technique with a strong focus on coordination, style, and rhythm. Students will learn the basics of body isolations, pirouettes, jumps, and classic jazz footwork along with more modern combinations of movement.