This level emphasizes correct postural alignment, principals of turn out, balance, control and barre exercises with special emphasis on the body directing and releasing the movement of the arms, legs and head. Center work consists of a repetition of barre work and a special emphasis is placed on how movement produces the shapes of classical ballet.
- Class format:
- Barre Technique
- Center Floor (e.g. planks, jumps, stationary turns)
- Across the Floor (e.g. turns, leaps, waltz, chasse combinations)
At DanceArt Studio we follow the Royal Academy of Dance Method in addition to the Cecchetti Method.
The most identifiable aspect of the Royal Academy of Dance (or RAD) teaching method is the attention to detail when learning the basic technique of ballet and the progression in difficulty is often very slow. While the difficulty of an exercise may only increase slightly from grade to grade, more importance is placed on whether the student is performing the step with improved technique. For example, plie exercises (bending of the knees from different positions of the feet) are employed consistently throughout the lower grades to enable the student to progressively deepen the plie and improve turnout. The principle behind this is that if enough time is spent achieving optimal technique before introducing new vocabulary, the easier it is for the student to learn the harder steps, whilst exercising basic technique to the maximum.
The goal of the Cecchetti Method is for the student to learn to dance by studying and internalizing the basic principles, in an effort to become self-reliant rather than imitating the movements executed by their teacher. This method ensures that different types of steps are practiced in a planned sequence, and that each part of the body is worked evenly. Each exercise is executed to the left as well as to the right. As with all ballet training techniques, the Cecchetti method teaches the student to think of the movement of the foot, leg, arm, and head,h not as something apart, but in its relation to the whole body, to develop a feeling for graceful lines. The Cecchetti method teaches that it is more important to execute an exercise correctly once, than to do it a dozen times carelessly. Quality rather than quantity is the guiding rule. The Cecchetti Method is classic in its focus on line without extravagance or fussiness of movement. The method includes a comprehensive vocabulary composed by Cecchetti for the development and maintenance of the dancer’s abilities. It is particularly noted for its eight port de bras.
Type of student this is for: The dedicated, creative, and student that loves ballet.
Students can expect:
- To learn ballet technique
- To spell and define vocabulary
- To gain self-confidence and independence
- To enjoy the company of other students
- To have fun and leave the class feeling accomplished
We will be learning, spelling, defining, and using the following terms during ballet classes:
Demi, Grande, Pointe, Plié, Tendu, Dégagé, Battement, Relevé, Elevé, Sauté, Changement, Chassé, Piqué, Passé, Chainé, Pirouette, Devant, Segond, Derrière, En Croix, Pas de Bourré, Balancé, Jeté, Saut de chat, Port de bras