CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

All age ranges are approximate and are not the primary factor in level placement. Class placement will be based on the level of individual dancers at the discretion of their teachers and in consultation with the directors. The birthday cutoff for all ages is September 1st of a given year (ex: Ballet 1 students registering for either session in the 2020-21 season must be 6 years old by September 1, 2020 in order to enroll.). However, for Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet, the dancer must be of age by the first day of the session.

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Ages 3-5

This class allows girls and boys to be introduced to dance through the use of imagery, stories, and movement games. It is designed to address the child’s developmental needs while stimulating their imagination and introducing them to musicality, simple ballet movements, and locomotor skills. Children also focus on learning to follow directions, wait patiently, observe class etiquette, and dance as part of a group. This is a 45 minute class where children participate without a parent.

PRE-BALLET

Ages 4-7

Girls and boys further develop the skills learned in Creative Movement with a heavier emphasis on ballet basics. The class structure includes more elements of a standard ballet class, including barre and center, in preparation for Ballet 1. Students are introduced to ballet etiquette, basic ballet exercises, and technical elements such as turnout and posture. This is a one hour class.

 

Dancers who are 4 years old should have already taken Creative Movement and been recommended for this class by their instructor. Children who are 5 years old may start in this class without having taken Creative Movement first.

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BALLET 1

Ages 6-9

Dancers begin to move through the rudimentary structure of a standard ballet class, including barre and center practice, while greatly expanding their knowledge of movement and terminology. The goal for this class is to solidify basic movements and develop greater awareness of technical concepts. It is recommended that dancers at this level take 2 ballet classes per week.

BALLET 2

Ages 9-12

This class begins to transition young dancers into the full structure of a standard ballet class with increased exercises and vocabulary. The focus of this class is to create good technical habits while building strength and flexibility. This class will prepare dancers for more advance movement, while solidifying skills learned in Ballet 1. It is recommended that dancers at this level take at least 2 ballet classes per week.

BALLET 3

Ages 10-14

The goals of this class are similar to Ballet 2, but at a slightly higher level: to solidify good technical habits while building strength, flexibility, and overall body coordination. Higher level movement, combinations, and technical skills are introduced. It is recommended that dancers at this level take at least 2 ballet classes per week.

BALLET 4

Ages 12-16

Dancers who already have a thorough knowledge of elementary ballet start to establish a stronger technical foundation and begin to explore more advanced movement and concepts. Proper technique is emphasized through a full ballet class, and dancers begin to incorporate musicality, projection/performance quality, and artistic expression. Dancers may begin pointe class with the permission and approval of the instructor. It is recommended that dancers at this level take at least 3 ballet classes per week. This class is available for drop-in for youth and adults.

BALLET 5

Ages 14-18

This class is for advancing dancers who have a thorough understanding of technique and are able to apply it. The goals for this class include improved performance quality, consistent use of the head and upper body, and more refined body coordination (especially between the upper and lower body). Dancers will begin to explore and practice character work and learn to apply it to movement. It is recommended that dancers take at least 4 ballet classes per week. This class is available for drop-in for youth and adults.

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BEG/INT POINTE

Ages 12+

This class is intended for those dancers who have shown adequate physical strength, accurate technique, and necessary mental awareness to go en pointe. Students will learn and practice pointe at the barre with heavy emphasis on correct foot and body alignment and the development of foot/ankle strength. A slow and careful approach is used to ensure a safe and solid foundation en pointe. This class is intended for dancers who are new to pointe as well as dancers in their first or second year en pointe. Youth dancers must be enrolled in at least 2 ballet classes at CCB, and dancers must be recommended and approved for pointe by their CCB instructor. This class is open to youth and adult dancers, but it is available as a drop-in for adults only.

INT/ADV POINTE

Ages 14+

This class is for those dancers who have had at least 2-3 years of pointe and requires recommendation and approval from a CCB instructor. Dancers should have a safe and solid pointe foundation with a high level of control and consistently strong technique. Dancers will perform exercises at the barre and in center, learning more advanced steps en pointe. The goal for this level is for dancers to become just as comfortable dancing en pointe as they are dancing in ballet shoes. This class is open to youth and adult dancers and is available for drop-in.

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BEG/INT BALLET or OPEN LEVEL BALLET

Ages 14-adult

This is a beginner/intermediate level ballet class open to all dancers ages 14 through adult. This class is perfect for adults or teenagers who are new to ballet as well as those who have been dancing for years but are looking for a slower paced class or are looking to work on the fundamental basics of ballet. This class is available for drop-in.

INT/ADV BALLET

Ages 14-adult

The goal of this class is to two-fold: first, to provide mature adult dancers with an artistic outlet for class, and second, to give dancers 14 through post-college a chance to participate in a more mature practice of the art form. Dancers at this level have a strong base and work to refine technique in more advanced movements. Stress is placed on well-rounded technique, including correct placement, proper use of turn out, flexibility/extension, and use of port de bras and arms, as well as strong performance skills, like musicality, projection, style, and artistic expression. This class is available for drop-in.

CONDITIONING/CROSS-TRAINING

Ages 12-adult

(Ballet 4 and up)

This class focuses on exercises designed to strengthen the weaknesses that dancers often have. The goal is to create overall strength and endurance and to maximize control through movement. It is intended for intermediate/advanced dancers who have a thorough understanding of movement and their bodies and who are seeking to supplement their ballet training. This class will help increase athleticism while strengthening and honing the muscles used for ballet. This class is DROP-IN ONLY (no registration available).

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BEG/INT YOUTH TAP

Ages 8-14

This hoofing style tap class teaches basic tap skills and combinations and helps build the necessary strength and endurance for more advanced tapping. Students also develop focus, patience, and endurance. Previous tap experience is not required, but welcome.

BEG/INT TAP

Ages 14-adult

All ages 14+ are welcome (though the class is mostly comprised of adult students.) This hoofing style tap class teaches basic tap skills and combinations and helps build the necessary strength and endurance for more advanced tapping. Dancers also develop focus, patience, and endurance. This class is available for drop-in.

INT/ADV TAP

Ages 12-adult

All ages 12+ are welcome. This hoofing style tap class teaches more advanced tap skills and combinations in a fast-paced structure with a focus on longer combinations and improvisation. This class is open to youth and adult dancers and is available for drop-in.

JAZZ

Ages 12-adult

This is an “open” level jazz class whose goal is to build non-ballet skills that will give dancers a more well-rounded and diverse performance quality, as well as build strength, endurance, and basic conditioning. This class is open to youth and adult dancers and is available for drop-in.

PRIVATE LESSONS/COACHING

Ages 6+

Private lessons and coaching are available by appointment. This can be for private or semi-private technique, audition prep, or performance coaching. Please email the school at charmcityballet@gmail.com for scheduling, pricing and studio availability. At least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation must be given or the student will be charged for the full rate of the lesson.

Charm City Ballet

116 Lake Front Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030

charmcityballet@gmail.com

443-318-4902

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