Sangre de Cristo School of Dance Schedule

Sangre de Cristo School of Dance Schedule

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SCHOOL OF DANCE | 2017-2018 CLASS CATALOG

 

EARLY EDUCATION

“Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.”

-National Dance Education Organization

Early Education classes at the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance use a syllabus based on the basic elements of dance and the National Core Standards for dance education. Students learn different kinds of coordination and begin to understand use of space, timing, and energy with age-appropriate instruction for each class level.

Creative Movement, Ages 3 & 4:

Our youngest class level, Creative Movement places emphasis on connecting ideas with movement, creative expression, and musicality.

Dance Exploration, Age 4 & 5: 

After moving up from Creative Movement, young dancers will experience a class that builds on the ideas explored in the younger class and places new emphasis on social and spatial awareness and character development.

Intro to Dance, Ages 6 & 7:

Our Intro to Dance class is the most advanced Early Education class we offer for our younger students. It is designed to prepare students for entering the school division class of Pre-Ballet. This class focuses on body and rhythm awareness, pattern/pathway reproduction, and classroom etiquette.

Combined Early Education, Ages 3-7:

For the convenience of our parents/students, we offer combined early education classes throughout the week. These classes emphasize a combination of concepts explored in the Early Education classes listed above based on the ages of enrolled students.

 

RECREATIONAL DIVISION

Beginning in Fall 2017, we are happy to announce that we are offering recreational division classes. These classes are designed for children, teenagers, and adults that are trying dance for the first time or are seeking a dance experience without the time commitment of the formal training within our school division. These are generally considered beginner level classes where introductory concepts of dance will be explored while surrounded by peers of the same age and level of experience.

Freestyle Movement: Ages 7+          (previously Hip-Hop)

Freestyle movement is replacing our hip-hop class. Students can expect a focus on body awareness and musicality. This will be emphasized through stretching, body isolations, and strengthening as well as learning and improving movements that are important for every kind of dancer in a fun and interactive environment. 

Teen Ballet: Ages 13 -17

This class is specialized for teens who have wanted to try ballet or dance in general, but did not begin training at a young age. Curriculum will focus on the basic concepts of ballet at the barre, but will include more free movement and center work than Ballet 1.

Adult Ballet: Ages 18 +

A welcoming and vibrant community environment for those who always wanted to try ballet or those who are returning to dance. Emphasis will be placed on development of muscular strength, flexibility, and motor control.

Teen Jazz: Ages 13 -17

Teens with no prior dance experience will be exposed to various styles of jazz with an emphasis on learning proper dance technique and terminology from a highly acclaimed and award-winning teacher. Class curriculum is based on introductory ballet techniques layered with basic jazz movement and includes a warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations.

Adult/Teen Modern: Ages 13+

This class is for adults and teens with little or no modern dance training. Graham, Limon, and Bartenieff Fundamentals are referenced as students learn floor work, weight shifting, and traveling, as well as practice dynamic, expressive interpretations of movement. Emphasis is placed on alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility to enhance proper dance technique.

 

SCHOOL DIVISION

School division classes within the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance range begin at age 7 with Pre-Ballet and extend through our highest student level of Ballet 7. Students in Ballet 2 and above have the option to study several other styles of dance. Class types can include, modern, jazz, character, and additional classes that are not offered at any other school in southern Colorado. Students in these classes will be evaluated twice in a year to determine progress and problem areas within each individual’s technique and practice.  

Pre-Ballet – Ages 7 & 8

Building on the skills learned in our Early Education program, Pre-Ballet formalizes classroom etiquette, builds attention span, and begins to develop muscular strength and neuromuscular awareness in preparation for Ballet 1.

Ballet 1, Ages 8+

Emphasis on alignment, placement, self-control, and positions. This level marks the beginning of the formal training in the art of ballet. Students begin practicing their turnout, begin formal barre work (plies, tendus, jetes, and ronde de jambe in their most basic forms), and begin to find stability and balance in the center of the room.

Ballet 2-3, Ages 9+

In this class, students are expected to maintain consistent alignment throughout given exercises and begin to improve strength in the lower body, feet, and back. Coordination between movements is introduced. The study of pirouettes and pointe begins (as permitted by instructor).

Ballet 3-4 Ages 12+

The purpose of this class is to expand classical vocabulary for those moving into the higher combined ballet levels, as well as strengthen pointe work and technical skills.

Ballet 4-5, Ages 13+

Emphasis on strengthening stability in various positions and movements, delving into musicality and artistic expression, and further developing pointe work. Importance is placed on developing graceful transitions and suppleness while working to perfect performance quality.

Ballet 6-7, Ages 14+

The more difficult forms of adagio are introduced while continuing to polish the technique of turns and more advanced sections of allegro (jumps). Further development of combinations in adagio, allegro, and exercises en pointe, with the use of both classical and contemporary music. The main focus of this class is on the development of exceptional technique, artistry, and individualism. 

Pas de Deux/Partnering (Ballet 5-7)

This class will focus on the technique of classical pas de deux as well as explore the weight-sharing and lifting techniques of contemporary dance partnering. In addition to learning the techniques needed to support, turn, and lift a partner; students will also learn the skills to carefully coordinate the shape and timing of their movement with their partner.

Classical Variations, Ages 14+

This class has a prerequisite. Students are expected to have reached at least Ballet Level 5 or have consent of the instructor to take this class. This class provides a study of classical and contemporary solo variations from famous ballets. Students are introduced to and gain an appreciation for the technical difficulty of solos as well as an opportunity to express their individual style and artistic ability.

Men's Technique, Ages 12+                         (offered within ballet classes for 2017-18 school year)

The expanded study of jumps, leaps and turns that are specific to men’s technique.

Modern 1, Ages 9+

This class has a prerequisite. Students are expected to have reached at least Level 2 in ballet in order to take this class. Emphasis is placed on alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility to enhance proper dance technique. Graham, Limon, and Bartenieff Fundamentals are referenced as students learn floor work, weight shifting, and traveling, as well as practicing dynamic and expressive interpretations of movement.

Modern 2, Ages 12+

Focuses on self-expression and further building of strength, flexibility, and musicality. Floor work, qualitative movement, improvisation, inversions, and beginner partnering skills are covered throughout the year. Graham, Limon, and Bartenieff fundamentals are referenced as students develop floor work, weight shifting, and traveling, as well as practicing dynamic and expressive interpretations of movement.

Contemporary 3, Ages 14+

This class offers a more advanced and fast paced study of all modern styles with emphasis on contemporary movement. Focus is placed on the details of technique, consistency, and expression along with further mastery of turns, jumps, falls, and floor work.

Jazz 1, Ages 9+

This class has a prerequisite. Students are expected to have reached at least Level 2 in ballet in order to take this class. Emphasis is placed on learning proper dance technique and terminology. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. 

Jazz 2, Ages 12+.

This intermediate level jazz class focuses on learning and improving proper dance techniques like body isolations, performance quality, and developing intricate rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. 

Jazz 3, Ages 13+

Advanced jazz students will be expected to take risks and explore their own unique style. Combinations become increasingly more complex and intricate. Mastery of technique, speed of the movements, musicality, and flexibility is expected within this class.

Character 1, Ages 12+

Character dance is the study of ethnic forms of dance as presented and interpreted in the classical repertoire. Character dance encourages exuberant expression, greater understanding of line, and complex rhythmic structures. Most importantly, character dance requires the student to think about the cultural context of the dance and the responsibility of how to best honor that through their work.

Character 2-3, Ages 14+

This class has a prerequisite. Students are expected to have taken Character 1 in order to take this class. Character dance is the study of ethnic forms of dance as presented and interpreted in the classical repertoire. Character dance encourages exuberant expression, greater understanding of line, and complex rhythmic structures. Most importantly, character dance requires the student to think about the cultural context of the dance and the responsibility of how to best honor that through their work.

Pathways in the Arts, Ages 14+

Students will explore the possibilities of careers in dance and the arts. They will learn about developing their brand as an artist, applying to college programs, securing a job, and learn the legal and financial aspects of the business of dance. In this class we emphasize the importance of building a life in the arts, not just a living.

Yoga for Dancers, Ages 11+

This class requires consent of the instructor. Yoga for Dancers is designed to help dancers develop mental and emotional skills that will assist them in challenging life situations throughout their dance careers and beyond. Focus is placed on breathing techniques and balanced muscle usage.