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- Creative Movement (ages 3 and 4) This class assists the very young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmic patterns. Students practice self control, taking turns and following directions from the teacher. 45 min class
- Pre-Ballet (ages 5 and 6) Pre-Ballet is an introduction to basic ballet concepts such as posture, coordination, musicality, spatial awareness, class etiquette and terminology. 1 hr class
Dancers should anticipate staying in each level for more than one year. However, the more often dancers attend class, the quicker they will build strength, master the material, and advance to the next level.
- Level 1 Dancers practice the focus and etiquette required for the serious study of ballet. They learn fundamental vocabulary and the essential elements of technique. Strength is built through careful repetition with new material added each week. Dancers must be in or beyond first grade before being invited to start Level 1.
Recommended study 1-2 days/week
- Level 2 Dancers expand their vocabulary and continue to focus on building strength in the legs and feet. A greater emphasis is placed on developing balance, preparing for turns, and exploring various movement qualities.
Recommended study 2-3 days/week
- Level 3 Dancers continue to expand their vocabulary and begin combining steps. Exercises increase in rhythmic complexity. Dancers begin to study jumps with batterie. The focus is on coordination of the legs and upper body and practicing epaulement. PrePointe classes specifically focus on the strength required in the lower leg and foot for later pointe work.
Recommended study 3 days/week
- Level 4 Dancers improve flexibility, build speed, and add additional vocabulary, particularly in center and allegro. More complex patterns and longer combinations are included. Grand pirouettes are introduced. Dancers with faculty approval start the study of pointe work.
Recommended study 4 days/week
- Level 5 Dancers expand their vocabulary to include virtuoso steps. The focus is on refining technique, developing subtlety and nuance. Dancers explore the individual choices in movement quality, timing, and expression that develop artistry. The goal of this level is to prepare the dancer for a professional career or University.
Recommended study 5-6 days/week for those desiring to continue professionally.
Teen/Adult Classes The Beginning level class is intended for those with no or minimal previous dance training while the Intermediate level class is intended to those already proficient in ballet. These classes may also be attended by current students who would like a make-up class.
Pilates This class is for all level students and adults who would enjoy the benefits that Pilates offers. Modifications will be given for those who are more advanced.
Dress Code for Ballet Classes
***Girls must overdress and wear street shoes when entering and exiting the building.
BALLET SLIPPERS MAY NOT BE WORN IN THE PARKING LOT.
Creative Movement and Pre Ballet:
Girls: Any style plain black leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers, black ballet skirt (optional).
Boys: black or white t-shirt, black or white shorts or leggings, black or white ballet slippers. socks optional
Girls: plain black leotard, pink ballet tights, and pink ballet slippers. For some productions, tights with seams will be required.
Beginner Boys: white t-shirt, black biker type shorts, black or white ballet slippers with matching thin socks.
Intermediate and Advanced Boys: white t-shirt, black tights, dance belt, black ballet slippers. FREE LEO Saturdays.
***Level 4 and 5 students may wear a solid color leotard of any color on Saturdays.
Teen/Adult Students: Comfortable work-out clothes. ballet slippers.
Hair must be pulled neatly into a bun for class. All bangs and wispies should be pinned or secured up away from the face. Please feel free to ask other moms or me how to secure a bun. There are numerous ways.
2016-2017 Ballet Faculty
Kerri graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with an M.F.A in Dance where she was a Foundation Fellow and the recipient of awards for choreography and contributions to the arts. She performed soloist and principle roles with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, OU Opera Theatre, Gainesville Ballet, Bighouse Dance Theare, Anton del Calizon’s Fusion Flamenco, and as a guest artist. She studied the art and dance pedagogy under the direction of Diane Callahan and Mary Margaret Hold, and attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training Seminar 2 years. Lambert has produced and choreographed evening length story ballets and concerts of contemporary dance as well as created ballets for the USC Dance Company and the Gainesville Ballet. Kerri joins us from the University of South Carolina with her husband and young son.
Yuka studied with Ayako Takagi, Tatsuo Kasuya, Noriyasu Ikegame, and Yoko Ota in Japan. After winning a Silver Medal in the Itabashi Ballet Competition, she studied at The Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France as well as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. She has worked on a number of film projects including performing in George Galanchine’s Minkus Pas de Trois for The Balanchine Foundation and performina a variation choreographed by Rosella Hightower for a film of the French Ballet Examination at Paris Opera Ballet. In 2001, she came to the US, dancing soloist and principal roles with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Corpus Christi Balley, Oakland Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and New Jersey Ballet. In addition, she has been coached by Gelsey Kirkland personally and danced with dancers from the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
An Evansville native, Amy Scharf began her dance education under Clarice Duffy at the University of Evansville Ballet and Deena Laska at the Evansville Dance Theatre, where she performed in such ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. She majored in English Composition, Education, and Theatre Performance at the University of Evansville, choreographing and dancing in various theatre department productions. In Los Angeles, she studied dance under Stephan Wenta at The Dancer’s Studio, as well as Charles and Phillip Fuller at Le Studio. Amy and her family moved back to Evansville in 2003 where she joined the Signature School staff. At Signature, she established the school’s International Baccalaureate Dance program in 2011.
Ballet Indiana is a non profit production organization that provides opportunity for the dancers of The Ballet Academy to perform. They sponsor all performances including Nutcracker and the Spring Showcase.