Ballet

Ballet Curriculum


Entry to a ballet focus level is by audition or invitation from the dance director of RPA

Requirements for Level I

Have taken at least 1 year of ballet, be familiar with basic terminology such as Plié, Tendu, Degagé, Passé, Sauté, Arabesque. Know and understand how to behave in a classroom setting outlined in the Class Etiquette Sheet.

Ballet Level I

Focusing on class development, the dancer learns fundamentals of proper placement and alignment. Musicality becomes a key element, learning combinations to music with preparations. New stretches are introduced to promote flexibility. Primary positions are introduced with arms and legs with the expectation of knowing them without fault before moving on.


Requirements for Level II

Know the 5 basic ballet positions of the feet and arms

8 Relevés at the barre in First and Second Position with heels staying on the ground in each plié with proper hip placement

Sur Le Cou-de-pied to Retiré, properly wrapped without sickling as the foot lifts and lowers

Sauté, Changement, Pas de chat, Assemblé, Glissade, should all be executed correctly

Ballet Level II

With fundamentals established the student experiences carefully regulated exercises in progression to warm up and strengthen the body. Muscle memory evolves with balancing, turning, jumping, and stretching. Class room etiquette is enforced to promote a healthy discipline. The dancer learns to pick up combinations quickly and efficiently developing a unique memory skill.


Requirements for Level III

Quickly pick up combinations without relying on others

Show a wide range of flexibility in torso, back, legs, and feet

Balance in Sous-sus, Coupé, Retiré, Attitude, and Arabesque in correct alignment with ease at barre

Pirrouette from fifth, Chainé, and Piqué turns without elevated shoulders or compromised positions

Changement, Soubresaut, Entrechat Quatre, Échappé, must all be clean

Grand Jetés, Pas de Chats, and sissonnes must all be executed with ease while maintaining turn out with a strong but calm port de bras

Ballet Level III

Classic ballet lines are taught with the nine directions of the body. A student’s endurance and strength is pushed to new limits. Seamlessly connecting steps and lines in multi fashion students learn how to balance and transfer their weight without pause. A complete class with all the ingredients of barre, center, progressions, petit and grand allegro, révérence, are created in many ways, promoting versatility and strength. Dancers experience the same intense training as elite athletes.


Pre-Pointe

A class that focuses on getting the strength needed for pointe shoes. The anatomy of the foot, muscles, and bones structure are taught to prepare students for what happens to feet while on pointe. Specific exercises are introduced to target certain muscles in the foot and calf.

*There may be a mixture of students starting pointe and those preparing for pointe

*Taking this class does not guarantee you will start pointe.

Requirements for Pointe

Be 11 yrs. old

16 Relevés on each foot at barre with other foot in coupé derriere without tiring or faltering

Have a straight line or past from ankle to toes when pointing feet while sitting on the floor

Engage quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes while on relevé, pulling up knee caps

Have a strong core, holding correct pelvis alignment without tipping forward and allowing lower back to push the abdomen forward in class

Show strong ankles in relevés in class always having the weight in the 2nd toe, never rolling the ankle forward or back

8 temps levés on each foot in coupé derrière, arms in low fifth without labored upper body


Requirements for Level IV

Take a year of pre-pointe

Developpés must be at least 90 degrees

Clean double pirrouettes

Show clean beats in petit allegro

Have a confident port de bras in grand allegro without relying on others

Take three ballet classes a week

*Taking a lower level class to supplement the requirement is acceptable.

Ballet Level IV

Advanced students work on combining pointe with technique class, a key moment in a ballet dancer’s training. Pointe work is integrated into class work. Artistic development is encouraged; the grace and poise of a ballerina dancer is perfected. Students experience the training of a pre-professional dancer.