Intermediate Ballet Class Prerequisites, Objectives, and Content

Disclaimer: This class description was written by Webmaster Chic as an exercise. It has not been reviewed or approved by The Boss, Miss Cecily, who is very busy teaching right now. Therefore, you read it at your own risk (;-) Any errors are my own. If it turns out to be good, I can remove this disclaimer. Your nasty-or-nice comments and criticisms are welcome. chicbee@mac.com


Prerequisites

You should really enjoy taking ballet classes. What other reason would you have to want to attend? Well it is great exercise and gets your endorphins flowing. It makes you feel good. Plus, as your skills increase, and they will, it will also make you feel very good about yourself.

Intermediate level technical skill. Just show up and take a class. Miss Cecily will place you in the proper class if the one you took was too hard or too easy for you. Also she will quickly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and how she can get you, very quickly, to be a performer, or at least to look your very best offstage and be happy.

You should have a body. Everyone we know does. We do not specify a body type. All body types are welcome. Everyone will benefit, Ballet is very athletic and healthy. The exercise improves everyone's body and mind. Your self awareness will become very positive.

Commitment to enthusiastic Class Attendance, Rehearsal Attendance, and Performance Attendance. This assumes you would like to perform on a wonderful stage. if not, she will just make you a very nice dancer who has fun learning. We know from experience that you will have a lot of fun, get lots of personal attention, and learn very quickly!!

Commitment to doing your personal best, so you really shine. After all, you are a star!! Every ABT Dancer is a Princess or a Prince.

Commitment to supporting the group's development so that we all achieve our learning and performing goals. As you know we view it as an important part of our mission to create a happy safe place for our dancers. You are part of that, so you will be nice and helpful to the other dancers too. A great life skill to have when applying for positions involving working with other people in most organizations.


Intermediate Ballet Class Objectives

A. To obtain the necessary skill levels to perform on a stage in live, high quality performances. Ballet is performing art!

B. To learn ballet terminology and become more skillful at using the typical ballet class progression for your development.

C. To master dance combinations that are longer in duration than at an elementary level.

D. To increase your coordination, balance, and strength, and to move toward the day when you go from pre-pointe to en pointe.

E. To work on increasing your foot flexibility through Miss Cecily's foot exercises.

F. Develop your kinesthetic sense of beautiful movement, and practice enough so that your muscle memory becomes active.

G. To develop skills and a conceptual understanding of correct body alignment, and begin to lengthen your "line."

H. To develop skill with the key elements of ballet technique as well as use of correct rhythm and phrasing.

I. To improve your turn-out.

J. To develop and practice precision in small, detailed moves.

K. To develop and practice absorbing new material quickly and to perform combinations with attention to technique.

L. To develop and practice interesting, fun, and exciting choreography for performances.


Course Content

A. Ballet Technique and Ballet Terms

1. Barre: degagé, developpé, demi plié, fondu, frappé, grand battement, grand plié, passé, petit battement, port de bras, relevé, rond de jambe, soussus, tendu.

2. Body Positions: arabesque, attitude,, croisé, effacé, ecarté, en facé épaulment.

3. Adage and Center Practice:balancé, chassé, degagé, developpé, fondu, pas de bourrée, passé, pique, port de bras, plié, relevé, rond de jambe, temps lie, tendu, tombé.

4. Turns: chainés, pique, pirouette, soutenu.

5. Character Dances: We love waltzes and polkas! Right now we are doing The Waltz of The Week in our intermediate and more advanced ballet classes. It's lots of fun.

6. Petit and Grand Allegro: Saute, changement, echappe, chasse, temps leve, glissade, assemble, petit jete, coupe, pas de chat, sissonne, grand jete, pas de basque.

7. Reverence: At the end of a ballet class, the ballet dancers pay respect to and acknowledge gratitude for the teacher. Reverence usually includes bows, curtsies, and ports de bras. It is a delightful way to celebrate the ballet tradition of elegance and graciousness.

B. Fun, Exciting, and Interesting Choreography

1. Our choreography has lots of highs. Why be boring? It's designed to make each dancer look his and her best. 2. We play with symmetrical and asymmetrical design, various rhythms and tempos, and circular and crossing paths. 2. We focus on developing an awareness of traveling patterns, i.e. where everyone is, and where we should be in relation to the others. We always focus on our rule: No Collisions.
C. Commitment to enthusiastic Class Attendance, Rehearsal Attendance, and Performance Attendance