Ballet is offered two days a week in the winter and five days a week in the spring. In May, dancers perform in an annual recital.
In the winter, dancers combine classical training with a traditional sport three days a week in order to highlight the benefits of ballet for athletic performance. Special focus is given to the fundamentals of ballet technique and terminology. These class are slower paced and are perfect for new dancers. In a typical class, dancers prepare the body with a series of pilates based movements that focus on core strength and mobility. Next, students progress through barre exercises and basic center work. Awakening body awareness and increasing flexibility, two things that all athletes can benefit from, are the primary goals of the winter season.
The spring season is designed with returning and more advanced dancers in mind and culminates in an end of the year recital. Two days a week dancers participate in ballet conditioning. These exercises strengthen the body to achieve safe and correct technique. In the process, students explore basic anatomy. The pace of the spring season is accelerated. A full 45-minute barre prepares students for center work.
Dancers learn a classical variation as well as original choreography. Seniors are given the opportunity to perform solos and may request outside rehearsal time. Student musicians may accompany dancers in order to create a unique performance opportunity which is held in our beautifully renovated fourth-floor studio each May.
Additional activities that dancers participate in include trips to Charlottesville’s Hip Joint as well as performances by the Richmond Ballet.