danceFIT kids classes

Pre-Ballet (Age 3-4): A program developed for the young dancer that focuses on coordination, motor skill development and an introduction to ballet and proper studio etiquette. Dancers are exposed to traditional ballet terminology, such as plie, releve, chasse, and passe. A portion of the class is devoted to increasing flexibility and body awareness through stretching and other fun exercises, as well as free dance encouraging students to respond individually to different types of music.

Pre-Ballet II (Ages 5-6): Dancers focus primarily in first and second position. Correct body placement is emphasized at the beginning of each class and proper studio etiquette is stressed. Typical barre exercises include: plies, tendus, degages, rond de jambe, and grande battemante; the very foundation of the art of Ballet.  While the students are exposed to the technical names, the movements are explained in fun terms to help the young dancers remember. Stretching and strengthening continues to be an important part of each class. Dancers will also be introduced to traveling movements across the floor.

Student Division

DanceFIT Studio’s Student Division offers more classical ballet instruction with an emphasis on form and technique at and away from the barre.  For those dancers who have expressed a unique passion from an early age two classes per week is recommended. No dance experience needed.

Ballet I (Ages 6-7): Dancers will be encouraged to perfect their posture, body alignment and basic ballet technique in this class. Vocabulary and classical dance movement will be taught. Dancers will explore the art of balance and learn various jumps and combinations. Short dances, focused on the skills acquired during class, will be taught and performed in class for their peers as they begin to be gradually introduced to performing.

Ballet II (Ages 8-12): This class will cover the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a more formal setting which includes a traditional barre and that will give dancers the discipline to mature as dancers. The importance of strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality, and memorization will be stressed. Basics of performing and choreography will be introduced.

Pre-Pointe: (For the serious Ballet II dancer who studies 2 times a week. Soft ballet shoes worn.)