Children's Division - Pre-Primary & Primary

 

Toddler Dance - Early Childhood 


This class  provides a unique early childhood experience that develops fine and gross motor skills, coordination, listening skills, spatial awareness and musicality.  It's a place for the toddler to bond with Mommy or Daddy throught the magical world of dance that includes musicality, song and dance movement. 
 


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PRE-PRIMARY 

Pre-Primary children are introduced to dance with emphasis on nurturing the child's inherent joy for movement. The class is structured in nature, yet, allows for the child to explore their vivid imaginations through the magical world of dance. 
In tune with overall learning the curriculum incorporates dance in ways that increases cognitive skills, sensory contrasts, musicality development and spatial.  Basic dance movements are taught in a play-ful yet controlled environment.  The class includes the use of  props that assist with learning - an all-time favorite is galoping  with the colorful collection of hobby -horses, unicorns, giraffes and more.    

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PRIMARY STUDY 

Divided by age into three levels of study  the student is introduced to ballet positions, ballet exercises that are age-appropriate.  The student begins the study of ballet following the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.  The foundations of ballet are taught and with each level of study the student gains greater assimilation of movement, increased coordination, stamina, physicality, balance and strength.  The class is also structed to allow a short but important time for the student to move expressively through improvisitional dance, which develops artistry and a voice for an unspoken but important means of communication.  

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Conservatory Division - Levels 1 and Higher

Students age 8.5 and older begin refining skills as they increase their dance training through greater physicality and intellectual growth through the study of the solid AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ® National Training Curriculum (ABT NTC).  Female students in Level 2 begin pre-pointe work and in Levels 3 and higher pointe work is part of the training program.  In addition to ballet technique class, the students learn repertoire, contemporary dance, modern dance, character dance, dance conditioning.  Additionally the students learn ballet theory and the french terminology as well as they are introduced to history of dance.   Pre-professional students train in Pas de Deux.  

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ADULT PROGRAMS

Beginner Ballet
introduces the adult student to the elementary positions of classical ballet including barre work, center work and across the floor.  the curriculum is designed to develop or hone the skills of greater physicality, posture and alignment, strength and flexibility, all the while studying the art form that dates back to the 17th century. 

Intermediate Ballet
this class is suitable for the adult student able to move easily through a ballet barre, center and across the floor work.  the pace of the class is quicker than the beginner level and somewhat more complex it is suitable for an adult returning to dance.    

High Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
this class is suitable for the adult student that has a solid foundation in ballet training with a secure technique and the capacity to keep up in a fast-paced class. the exercises are more complex and overall more demanding.  large movements, beats and pirouettes are executed in all the positions and directions.  

Ballet Workout Class
this unique fitness/workout class borrows floor exercises from ballet to assist the student to develop core muscles, firm gluts, contoured waist, sculpted legs and arms; while instilling proper posture and alignment to develop grace in movement, energy through increased circulation and physicality, and overall wellness.

Yoga
to promote overall wellness and awareness the adult student will explore and move through yoga positions/poses to increase flexibility, balance, lung capacity, circulation and strength.  a yoga mat is required.

OUTREACH

ABT Project Plié 

Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn is a Project Plié Partner Teacher. Project Plié Partner Teachers are ABT Certified Teachers that have committed to the mission of increasing diversity in the art form of classical ballet. The initiative started in 2013 and works to expand opportunities for students, teachers, and arts administrators currently underrepresented in the art form.


 Project Plié Partner Teachers are instrumental in the initiative through teaching master classes in Boys and Girls Clubs of America nationwide, identifying talented children for training, providing scholarships and support for identified children, and nominating teachers who work with diverse communities for scholarships for the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Teacher Trainings. For more information on Project Plie, please visit: http://www.abt.org/education/projectplie/




WORKSHOP

Lectures and workshops such as; Anatomy For Dancers, and History of Ballet, based on Frank Augustyn’s, Television Series, Footnotes, The Classics of Ballet. Lectures and workshops are presented by professionals in their given field such as Andrea Ward, PhD, Frank Augustyn, Hon. Litt. D. (2003, Trent), Hon. Litt. D. (1979, York) Hon. LL. D., (1979, McMaster)

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PERFORMANCE & PRESENTATIONS

To complement the overall training of a dancer CSB students present performances on a bi-annual basis. The higher level students are often awarded the opportunity to be coached in classical repertoire by Frank Augustyn, former dancer of internationally acclaimed status. Mr. Augustyn has danced all the major classical ballets in every major cultural city of the world. CSB has presented works such as, Bela’s Garden, Flower Fairies of Winter and classical repertoire from Nutcracker, Napoli, Esmeralda, Flower Festival of Genzano, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia, to name a few.

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