Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309

(703)780-7878

Email: terrysdanceandgym703@gmail.com

Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 5:30-8:30 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00-1:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

TSD BALLET

Classical Ballet is life! TSD teaches the underpinning of skills and techniques on the body’s alignment and proper positioning with solid posture. We use Barre instruction along with choreography combos to help the student connect rhythmically, with their flexibility and coordination. Since Ballet is the basis for all dance genres, along with strength development for sports play, we prefer a curriculum based on self-control, discipline and self-awareness.

Creative Movement – Age 3, The structure of a classroom environment is introduced and the children learn to take simple direction from the teacher. Children gain body awareness and begin to master group work, for example, moving in a circle or working with partners. Musicality and rhythm are taught through clapping, singing and improvising to music. Creative imagery, mime and props are used to help the children respond to music. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic walks/runs, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet.

Beginning Ballet I – Ages 3-6 / 0-2 years experience, Progressing from Creative Movement, children now learn to work in lines and on the diagonal. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic walks/runs, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet. Students continue to work with partners and in groups to facilitate a sense of teamwork. Barre and center work is introduced, as ballet technique is given emphasis in this class.

 

Beginning Ballet 2– Ages 7-10 / 1-4 years experience, Level 2 introduces students to the foundations of barre work in order to develop proper alignment and classical technique. Students continue to work on traveling steps. At this level an emphasis is placed on turning, jumping, and linking steps. Introductory character work and free movement study provide students with an avenue for self-expression and performance style. Students are expected to show awareness of basic technique, appropriate timing and musicality.

 

Intermediate Ballet – Ages 8-11 / 3-5 years experience, Intermediate students are given similar structure to Beginner Level 2 students, with an increased expectation of proper technique and musicality. Students will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control needed to execute ballet moves. Students at this level are given extended barre exercises with increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. Classical ballet lines should be established along with a new vocabulary for traveling steps, elevation and pirouettes. Each class will emphasize barre exercises and will also include a challenging combinations of center floor work and across-the-floor combinations.

 

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet – Ages 10-13 / 3-5 years experience, Students at this level are given extended barre exercises with increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. Classical ballet lines should be established along with a new vocabulary for traveling steps, elevation and pirouettes. The lyrical use of arms and upper back builds on the free movement established in the previous level. Students at this level have a strong understanding of classical vocabulary and can now adequately demonstrate use of line and musical performance.

Advanced Ballet – Ages 14+ / 5+ years experience, Advanced. Students now have an extensive ballet vocabulary. At this level, articulate footwork and secure use of legs is crucial. Class work continues to improve the dancer’s spatial awareness and orientation of the body. Dancers continue to work on coordination of the whole body with the addition of fluidity of movement. Added steps include multiple pirouettes and beating jumps. This class allows the dancer the ability to fully warmup the legs and body to prepare for pointe class.

Pointe – Also known as pointe work, the dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet using a pointe shoe, a special dance shoe that consists of a hardened box and a stiff-shanked shoe. Beginning pointe students begin at the barre, learning proper foot placement and becoming confident in shoes with exercises in releve, sauté and echappe. Students with increased pointe experience learn center combinations and turns, such as chaine, pirouette and fouette are introduced. Due to the demands that pointe work places on the body, students must have the necessary strength in their core, legs, ankles and feet, as well as meeting the necessary class requirements and passing a studio evaluation to be considered for this advanced class. In certain circumstances, a doctor examination of the feet may be needed to ensure proper growth plate development. Students are required to take Advanced Ballet and to be assessed by a teacher before dancing on pointe.

What are Ballet Technique Classes? Want more time in the studio to perfect that soutenu? Take this non-performing class each week and see the increased results before your eyes. Your instructor will work with you on perfecting your technique, so whether you want to perform stronger in your ballet class or jazz class, or get higher marks at your competition…this class is for you.

 

Why should you add more ballet to your week?

1. Footwork gains precision and speed

2. Muscles become more pliable and warm

3. More ballet helps body prepare for more jumps and leaps

4. Flexibility and strength in the dancer will increase

5. Ballet improves a dancer’s balance and MUCH more

Ballet Technique Class – Ages 10+ Intermediate/Advanced, must have at least 2+ years recent ballet experience. Students will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control needed to execute ballet skills. Each class will emphasize barre exercises and will include a combination of center floor work and across-the-floor combinations.

 

This level is designed to give the necessary training to students wishing to study ballet seriously, encouraging the technical requirements along with establishing artistry, musicality and feeling. New steps are introduced to further establish the dancer’s repertoire of skills , while the precision and line of the dancer is improved. Correct technique, posture and strength are required of the dancer for pirouettes and grand allegro for Ballet Tech.