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The Ballet Conservatory of Dance Revelation

 

BCDR Class Descriptions

Ballet A

Students begin learning elementary exercises at the barre, which will enable them to master the placement and coordination of the body. Students study basic port de bras with all the barre and centre exercises in order to develop coordination, artistry, musicality and strength. The study of adagio begins by introducing simple combinations that challenge the mind as well as the body. The technique of turns introduces half turns at the barre and later these turns are studied in the centre. The students begin the study of basic petit allegro and the students learn the technique of the utilization of plie a quart and demi plie and when to use which form and which depth of plie. The basics of grand allegro begin with special attention to musicality, phrasing and technical proficiency. In addition, all students learn the application of practical musical interpretation with all of the ballet exercises.

Ballet B

During this period of study, students learn to repeat the Ballet A exercises which are increased in number, difficulty and speed, which enhances coordination and fluidity between the movements. Students are introduced to exercises on demi pointe work and further attention is given to the arms and the head in order to emphasize the importance of the development of epaulement. The study of demi pointe and basic turns begins in the center of the studio, as does the study of simple directional center exercises, which may include a variety of different jumps. The students continue to develop technical proficiency of the steps included at this level in the curriculum, and they also develop a personal sense of artistry thereby preparing them for future performing opportunities.

Ballet C

Students learn to repeat the Ballet B exercises, which are increased in number, difficulty and speed, which enhances coordination and fluidity between the movements. Students continue to achieve exercises on demi pointe and further attention is given to the arms and the head in order to emphasize the importance of the development of epaulement.Students are further instructed on personal artistry. The study of demi pointe and basic turns begins in the center of the studio, as does the study of simple directional center exercises, which may include a variety of different jumps. The students continue to develop technical proficiency of the steps included at this level in the curriculum and they also develop a personal sense of artistry thereby preparing them for future performing opportunities.

Ballet D/E

At this level a number of sequential training methods are taught including exercises to increase flexibility, upper body strength/flow and stability. Students at this level study all movements at the barre on flat and demi pointe after rond de jambe and in addition basic turns are introduced at the barre. The students study more complex forms of adagio in the centre mastering all the directions of the body and incorporating epaulement in all the enchainesments.The study of turns is intensified and all exercises are executed on demi pointe. The enchainesments for petit allegro and for grand allegro is more complex involving transference of weight at greater speeds.

Pre Pointe (For Ballet D/E Only)

Pre-Pointe Class includes the fundamentals of classical ballet and strengthening exercises for the core, back, and legs. Specific “releve” exercises are given at the barre and repeated weekly to ensure the strengthening and coordination of the dancer in pointe shoes.

Ballet class requirements are determined based on your child’s placement in our ballet conservatory. Please refer to your child’s placement letter for a full and detailed schedule of required classes.

Jazz and Tap

All BCDR dancers must take a tap and jazz class. Levels usually correspond with the student’s ballet level. In some cases, teachers may see the need for the student to be placed in a more advanced or lower level for jazz/tap than their ballet level.