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CORE CLASSES

BALLET

Ages: 2 – 18

Classical ballet curriculum is based on the Vaganova syllabus of training and is designed to produce dancers with versatility , strength, and artistry. As dancers mature in age and ability, they progress through ballet levels of increasing difficulty. Ballet serves as the basis for all dance genres and is the sole focus of South Georgia Ballet.

TAP

Ages: 5 – 18

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Tap is offered to students entering Kindergarten and continues through graduation. Tap is an integral part of dance trying as it works on rhythm, musicality and syncopation.

JAZZ

Ages: 4TH grade & Up

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. This jazz class is a part of the combo classes required from 4th grade through 12th grade. We do offer jazz as an option for children in 2nd and 3rd grade.

CONTEMPORARY

Ages: 7TH grade & up

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Dancers often enjoy the freedom of expression that this class offers. Contemporary in this level will focus on more of the modern technique to prepare students for collegiate level dance. Contemporary elective is offered for students 2nd grade through 6th grade as an option to add to their dance experience.

Pre-pointe & pointe

By instructor placement only

Pointe is offered to a student when they have shown strength, proficiency in ballet, control of turn out, and the focus needed to learn how to dance en pointe. This class will work on general readiness of the body, alignment and ankle strength. Simple and repetitive movements will be executed to gain the control needed for technical proficiency. The first exercises at the barre are usually relevés and échappés.[8] When the student is comfortable executing these steps on both feet and sufficiently strong, steps ending on one en pointe foot are introduced such as pas de bourrée and retiré. Once introduced, dancers are required to continue their pointe work through graduation.

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