Focus Track

Riverside Performing Arts offers an accelerated dance program in Ballet, Tap and Jazz for the focused dancer who committed to the art of dance. This is an invite only program and requires that each student take at least one ballet class (focus or recreational). Students are placed according to skill and not age. All focus classes will perform in the Focus Performances in January and June at Washougal High School.

 

 


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

Is an example of proper classroom etiquette and dress code

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.


Jazz

Jazz Curriculum


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

Requirements for Jazz Level I

Take at least one year of jazz and be familiar with basic terminology: Plié, Tendu, Coupé, Passé, Chasé, Pivot turn, leap

Jazz Level I

Focusing on class development, dancers learn the fundamentals of proper placement and alignment. Musicality becomes a key element, learning progressions 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.


 

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Dance Director and students

Requirements for Jazz Level II

Battement front, side, and back keeping hips and shoulders squared and level

Hold a flat back with arms and legs in second position

Single pirouette

Pas de bourée, Pivot, Ball-change, and Chasé should be executed without fault

Grand Jeté in second arabesque without bent knees

Is an example of proper classroom etiquette and dress code

Jazz Level II

With fundamentals established students experience carefully regulated exercises in progression to warm up, strengthening the body. Muscle memory evolves with balancing, turning, jumping, and stretching. Class room etiquette is enforced to promote a healthy discipline. Dancers learn to pick up progressions quickly and efficiently, developing a unique memory skill.


Requirements for Jazz Level III

Show a wide range of flexibility in feet, legs, torso, and back
Fan kick without raising hips
Double Pirrouette
Grand A’ La Seconde Jeté
Single tour
Inside jazz floor roll
Right and Left cartwheel

Jazz Level III

A student’s endurance and strength is pushed to new limits, seamlessly connecting steps and lines in powerful configurations. The dancer learns how to balance and transfer their weight without hesitation. With dynamic jumps and exciting turns dancers experience the intensity and showmanship as athletes.


Requirements for Jazz level IV

Battement Layout
Right and left split
Triple Pirrouette
Fouetés
Tour Jeté
Back Jeté
Side Aerial

Jazz Level IV

Advanced students experience the training of a pre-professional dancer. Artistic development blossoms as lyrical, contemporary, and pop jazz genres are explored.


Tap Curriculum

Entry to a tap focus level is by audition or invitation from the dance director of RPA. All students in Focus Tap must be enrolled in a Focus or Recreational Ballet class. Oxford Tap shoes are required.

Requirements for Tap Level I

Take at least one year of tap and be familiar with basic terminology; Brush, Spank, Heel toe, Toe heel, Ball change, Shuffle, Flap, Paradiddle, Side-to-side Paradiddle, Cramproll, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Beat Riff, Toe heel turn, Buffalo, Triplets, Maxiford, Cramproll Turn, Knowledge of: Whole note, Half note, Dotted half note, Quarter note, Eighth Note, Sixteenth Note.

Tap Level I

Focusing on class development, dancers learn the fundamentals of tap and rhythm. Musicality becomes a key element, learning combinations to music with simple arm movements. Different styles of tap are taught throughout the year with an emphasis on proper rhythm and parallel foot and leg placement.


Requirements for Tap Level II

All of the steps in Level I plus Two-sounded pickups, Drawbacks, Cincinnatis, Side-to-side Cramprolls, Front Irish, Back Irish, Broadway, Maxiford change overs, 12 Beat Riff, Two footed toe stands at the barre.

Is an example of classroom etiquette and dress code

_DWC5508Tap Level II

With fundamentals established students will begin working on more stylized arm movement as well as performance quality. A more fast paced warmup will promote greater control over step execution and allow students to quickly recognize steps in their choreography. Class room etiquette is enforced to promote a healthy discipline.


Requirements for Tap Level III

All of the steps in Level I and II plus Swapping pick ups, 4-Sounded pick ups, Wings, Toe Stands away from the barre, Toe Rolls, Lindy Turns, Maxiford Turns, Toe slides on tips.

Tap Level III

With a keen sense of rhythm and musicality, students are challenged to express their choreography through facial expressions, well executed arm movements and the ability to use the whole body while dancing. Students will begin to pick up choreography quickly without a lot of breaking down of steps as well as begin to explore their own choreography.


Requirements for Tap level IV

All of the steps in Level I, II and III plus Shuffle pick ups, 4-Sounded Wings, Over the tops, Scissors, Wings to tips, Front pick ups, Double footed shuffles, One footed toe slides on tip,

Tap Level IV

Advanced students experience the training of a pre-professional dancer. Different styles of tap are explored using a variety of music as well as a cappella work.