CLASS LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS AND DRESS CODE

ATTENDANCE POLICY

*Students are not permitted to wear colored leotards until all missed classes are made up.

Missed classes should be made up by taking a lower level.

 

 

Creative Dance

 

Ages 3-4. This class is designed to develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, and flexibility in addition to nurturing creativity.

 

*Black or Pink Leotard, Pink Leather Ballet Slippers, and white socks. Hair should be neatly secured

in a bun with wisps sprayed or pinned back.

 

Level A

 

Ages 5-6. This class is a prelude to formal ballet instruction. Students will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a positive learning environment. Exercises will introduce students to the ballet barre to develop correct posture and technique. Students will begin center exercises that will develop flexibility, balance, and strength as well as traveling steps, which will encourage development of gross motor skills. Students will begin to learn the French vocabulary, movement expression, and proper ballet etiquette in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

*Black or Pink Leotard, Leather Ballet Slippers, and Pink Tights. Hair should be neatly secured in a

bun with wisps sprayed or pinned back.

 

Level B

 

Ages 7-9. This class begins the first level of the graded-level ballet syllabus.

Students will be learning the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all ballet steps. The student moves into beginning centre work, away from the support of the ballet barre.

 

*Black, Pink, White Leotard with Pink Tights and Leather Ballet Slippers. Hair should be neatly

secured in a bun with wisps sprayed or pinned back.

 

Level C

 

This class focuses on the second/third level of the graded-level ballet syllabus and continues to focus on the basic positions and progression of the ballet barre. Students will increase the amount of centre work away from the support of the barre as well as introduce the student to exercises for pre-pointe work. Students will be taught to focus on slow repetition and there will be an emphasis on quality over quantity.

 

*Black, Pink, White, Purple, or Blue Leotard with Pink Tights and Leather Ballet Slippers. Hair should be neatly secured in a bun with wisps sprayed or pinned back.

 

Level D

This class focuses on the third/fourth level of the graded-level ballet syllabus and continues to focus on the progression of the ballet barre. Students will increase the amount of center work away from the support of the barre as well as increase the amount of pointe work. The emphasis of the class will be focused on slow repetition while advancing the artistry and musicality of the students.

 

*Black, White, Pink, Blue, Purple, Red leotards may be worn for class.

Pink Leather Ballet Slippers. Ribbons on Flat Shoes and Pointe Shoes

Level E

 

This class focuses on the fourth/fifth level of the graded-level ballet syllabus and continues to focus on the progression of the ballet barre. Students will increase the amount of center work away from the support of the barre as well as increase the amount of pointe work. The emphasis of the class will be focused on speed and musicality, while advancing the artistry of the students.

 

Any color leotards may be worn for class. Pink Leather Ballet Slippers. Ribbons on Flat Shoes and Pointe Shoes

 

Open Division

Open Division classes at the Patterson School of Ballet offer classes for Beginner through Advanced level students to progress at a quick, but comfortable pace while increasing strength and flexibility. 

Virtual 

The Virtual Program at the Patterson School of Ballet is a great addition to your current school’s program to supplement your training. More virtual classes will be added as needed.

Adult

 

Adult classes are a great way to challenge your mind and stretch your body. This class will be for intermediate through advanced adult students and will focus on building strength and flexibility using classical ballet as the vehicle for change.

 

Boys/Men

 

(Ages 3-7)

 

White T-Shirt, Black Shorts, White or Black Leather Ballet Shoes with White Socks.

 

(Ages 8-10)

 

White T-Shirt, Black Tights, Black or White Leather Ballet Shoes (with White Socks)

 

(Ages 11 and Up)

 

White or Black T-Shirt, Black or White Tights, Dance-Belt, Black or White Ballet Shoes (with White Socks)

 

Michael Patterson, Artistic Director

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