CLASS SCHEDULE

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*By invitation, only.

 

All class leveling is done by the Artistic Director.

 

All candidates for pointe-level classes will be evaluated by the Artistic Director several times throughout the year.

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PRIMARY BALLET

 

Primary Ballet is a creative movement class with a ballet emphasis. Classes are designed to encourage students to explore the elements of dance. Boys and girls gain an awareness to ballet basics through a creative process that allows each student to experience their passion for dance. Activities vary weekly and focus on developing fundamental motor skills, strength, rhythm and coordination. In a creative setting, children learn self-expression, self-discipline, and respect for others. Students in Primary Ballet will perform at the end of year student recital.

BEGINNING BALLET

 

Beginning Ballet defines the formal structured approach to classical ballet training.  The student identifies and demonstrates knowledge of the body as an instrument by refining movement skills and coordination. Students gain a basic understanding of French vocabulary (ballet terms), a simple anatomical awareness as it applies to ballet, and nutritional (“food for fuel”) concepts. Body conditioning and flexibility exercises are introduced as well as an expanded knowledge of program exercises. Students continue to explore musical awareness and learn simple elements of character dance. Progress at this level is rated by an evaluation completed by the Artistic Director and Artistic Advisory Board at the end of the school year. Because of the age span of this level, it is not unusual for a student to repeat Beginning Ballet. Students are encouraged to experience the commitment and excitement associated with a culminating performance. Dancers in Beginning Ballet are eligible to audition for A Season of Giving and our Spring Showcase in addition to performing in the end of year student recital.

ADVANCED BEGINNING BALLET

 

Advanced Beginning Ballet is a continuation of Beginning Ballet and prepares the dance student for entrance to the upper school. After successfully demonstrating the required elements to progress to Advanced Beginning Ballet, students now focus on expanding their knowledge and perfecting the skills that they have acquired. Students begin a more in-depth exploration of locomotor skills and gain control of posture, alignment, strength, coordination, and flexibility. During this progression, students become aware of the long-term goals inherent to classical ballet training. We foster each child’s natural abilities and encourage their continued passion for dance. Progress at this level is rated by an evaluation completed by the Artistic Director and Artistic Advisory Board at the end of the school year. Because of the age span of this level, it is not unusual for a student to repeat Advanced Beginning Ballet. Students are encouraged to experience the commitment and excitement associated with a culminating performance. Dancers in Advanced Beginning Ballet are eligible to audition for A Season of Giving and our Spring Showcase in addition to performing in our annual student recital.

INTERMEDIATE BALLET

 

Intermediate Ballet is the first level in the upper division of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. Training at this level intensifies as students prepare for the rigors of a potential career in classical dance. Upon placement in Intermediate Ballet, students begin to experience the satisfaction of a more comprehensive knowledge of the American Ballet Theatre's National Curriculum ® and the ability to execute its principles. The emphasis in this level is the development of the “whole child”. Along with continued progress in their physical development, students enjoy a more detailed curriculum. Pre-pointe exercises are introduced and boys continue with boy’s class Pre-pointe classes are often offered to ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pre-pointe classes stress correct alignment and correct classical ballet technique. Pre-pointe classes also allow teachers to assess readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.  Students in this level are highly encouraged to participate in NMYB’s Ensemble Ètoile and Junior Partnering. Students are encouraged to experience the commitment and excitement associated with a culminating performance. Dancers in Intermediate Ballet are eligible to audition for A Season of Giving and our Spring Showcase in addition to performing in our annual student recital.

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE BALLET

 

Intermediate Advanced Ballet is a continuation of Intermediate Ballet. Students in this level begin to understand a commitment to excellence and the desire to achieve their “personal best”. It is at this stage in a student’s training that we begin to see them emerge as young artists. We continue to build on each student’s natural abilities while emphasizing strength, stamina, and technical accomplishment. In addition to technique, character and conditioning classes, the students add jazz and repertory to their program. Boys continue with boy’s class while girls at this level are carefully evaluated and typically placed on pointe. With support and guidance student’s progress at a pace tailored to match their individual needs. Students in this level are highly encouraged to participate in NMYB’s Ensemble Ètoile and Junior Partnering. These additional studies are offered by invitation and through audition acceptance. Students are encouraged to experience the commitment and excitement associated with a culminating performance. Dancers in Advanced Intermediate Ballet are eligible to audition for A Season of Giving and our Spring Showcase in addition to performing in our annual student recital.

ADVANCED BALLET

 

Dancers within the Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate classes make up the academic levels of the Upper Division. Upon completing the elementary requirements of training and successfully demonstrating appropriate skill level and maturity, students are ready for a more intense and challenging course of study. Female students at this level must show a structural capacity for pointe work and all students must possess ample strength and stamina. All of the classes in our comprehensive curriculum reflect the rigors established from the ABT® National Teaching Curriculum and are designed to best provide the skills necessary to pursue a career in dance. We believe in a holistic, healthy, and nurturing approach to the development of each student. As the level of difficulty increases, so does the passion for the pursuit of excellence. As a result, every student’s advancement through the program is based on their ability rather than their age.  Students in this level are highly encouraged to participate in NMYB’s Ensemble Ètoile. Students are heartened to experience the commitment and excitement associated with a culminating performance. Dancers in Advanced Ballet are eligible to audition for A Season of Giving and our Spring Showcase in addition to performing in our annual student recital.

 

ENSEMBLE ÈTOILE AND APPRENTICE ENSEMBLE

 

Ensemble Ètoile, named after the highest rank given to the male and female dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, is a unique experience that provides the camaraderie of a professional ballet company.  Participating students will benefit from the technical and artistic consistency that is vital for developing young dancers during this stage of their ballet education.

 

Ensemble Ètoile has been specifically designed to enhance the ballet education provided by Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. Instruction focuses more intensely on technique, while further developing a sense of musicality and personal artistry.  In addition, dancers will have an opportunity to perform a more diverse dance repertoire which is technically and developmentally appropriate. Members will also have the additional benefit of two master classes and two professional dance field trips.

 

Apprentice Ensemble focuses more heavily on training, technique, artistry, and dance history and performance opportunities rather than competition exposure. However, some members of Apprentice Ensemble will be invited to join Ensemble Ètoile in a large ensemble piece to compete at the YAGP Regional Semi-Finals.

BALLET IS LIKE LIFE LESSONS 101. YOU LEARN SOME OF LIFE´S MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS HERE THAT YOU WILL CARRY WITH YOU FOREVER.

HENRY HAVELOCK ELLIS

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BALLET IS LIKE LIFE LESSONS 101. YOU LEARN SOME OF LIFE´S MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS HERE THAT YOU WILL CARRY WITH YOU FOREVER.
BALLET IS LIKE LIFE LESSONS 101. YOU LEARN SOME OF LIFE´S MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS HERE THAT YOU WILL CARRY WITH YOU FOREVER.

BALLET IS LIKE LIFE LESSONS 101. YOU LEARN SOME OF LIFE´S MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS HERE THAT YOU WILL CARRY WITH YOU FOREVER.

HENRY HAVELOCK ELLIS