Classes & Programs
At A Terre we delight in exposing children to the art and discipline of ballet in a family oriented environment. We strive to support young people to nurture their passion for technique and excellence while leaving space for them to learn more about themselves.
Creative movement for dancers ages 3-5, includes engaging activities that help pre-ballet students begin to understand the elements of ballet, rhythm, and motion.
Students learn through song, dance, play, and physical challenge. Instructors emphasize the importance of posture, lengthening of limbs, and musicality through exercises in stretch, center, free dance play (follow the leader), and across-the-floor. Pre-ballet students learn to cooperate in a group setting through lign up and circle making activities. Some basic ballet vocabulary and movements are introduced at this level.
Fundamental principles of ballet Port de bras, posture, alignment, positions, and foundational movements. Introduces children ages 5-7 to more formal instruction. Children may continue with pre-ballet until age 6, but students who move into ballet 1 at age 5 or begin after age 5 receive a 60 minute class that is one third stretching with floor work, one third barre, and one third centre/across-the-floor. Ballet 1 builds on pre-ballet while adding emphasis on rotating legs from the top of the thigh and working from the center to support proper Port de bras (arm motion, alignment, and shape). Ballet 1 introduces students to basic ballet positions, alignment, actions steps, and vocabulary that will become the foundation for level 2.
Increased emphasis on strengthening and stretching body for improved execution of basic steps, while maintaining rotation, alignment and posture. Students learn to coordinate Port de bras with body movements. Ballet levels1b-2 build on the platform of ballet 1, but expand student's knowledge and practice of more complicated steps. At this level we introduce Épaulement (shouldering) and the orientations of ballet. Students entering ballet after age 7 often begin in a faster moving class as they absorb information more readily. At age 10, we begin assessing dancers for pointe readiness. However, we require dancers to be physically developed enough and technically proficient before beginning pointe work.
Increased emphasis on strengthening and stretching body for improved execution of basic steps, while maintaining rotation, alignment and posture. Students learn to coordinate Port de bras, Por de tete, and Épaulement with stationary body movements at the barre. Students develop a repertoire of steps increasing in difficulty.
Continue development of individual flexibility and strength, honing alignment to greatest efficiency. Pre-pointe work develops students’ strength and accuracy through Relevé. Increased focus on artistry, expression, and virtuosity.
Beginning pointe, students learn to apply technical principles to work in pointe and begin learning the basic principles of pointe technique. Increased focus on artistry, expression, and virtuosity.
Advanced level technique en soft and pointe shoes including Pas de deux, variations, conditioning, jazz and modern dance.