Albemarle Academy of Dance

26810 Ross Drive - Albemarle, NC          704-982-7514    

Beginning Ballet: Mini Level
Fun and expressive movement for 2.5 to 4 year olds.
This is a motivating and exciting class that introduces young students to the fundamentals of ballet & movement in a fun, yet structured atmosphere. This class aids in the child’s physical coordination and musicality while introducing age appropriate ballet exercises to increase fine motor development. Students will use props and creative ways to aid in learning proper technique.   
Suggested additions to this class:  Mini Hip Hop, Mini Tumbling

Ballet: Primary Level
Suggested Ages: 5-6
The ballet barre and age-appropriate placement and alignment exercises are introduced in these classes.  Class begins with a more in-depth ballet warm-up and is followed by barre work, center work and movements across the floor.  The dance education program continues in this class where students will study classical ballet, music, anatomy and composers.   
*Students in these classes are encouraged to also enroll in a tap, tumbling, hip hop and/or musical theatre in order to develop as a well-rounded dancer.   

Ballet: Young Level
Suggested Ages: 7-9
Come enjoy the excitement and beauty of classical ballet! Students will expand their ballet vocabulary through
through the execution of barre work, center, and across the floor exercises, while building strength and flexibility.
This class will focus on ballet terminology and technique. Classroom etiquette and discipline are emphasized in a positive, creative, and energetic atmosphere.   
In order to complete a well-rounded performing arts eduction, students are encouraged to to also enroll in Tap, Hip Hop, tumbling and/or musical theatre/voice  

Ballet: Junior Level
Suggested Ages: 9-11

This class continues to work on perfecting the basics of Ballet technique, while introducing new terminology and steps. Students will expand their ballet vocabulary through through more complex barre work and choreography and will develop  strong understanding of proper alignment, grace and core strength. 
In order to complete a well-rounded performing arts eduction, students are encouraged to to also enroll in Tap, Hip Hop, tumbling and/or musical theatre/voice

Ballet: PreTeen Level
suggested Ages: 10+
 This Ballet Class that will focus on developing classical technique, understanding ballet terminology, correct execution of basic steps as well as a basic understanding and application of placement and alignment. More challenging barre and center work is introduced. Students in this level will benefit from at least two ballet classes per week. 
In order to complete a well-rounded performing arts eduction, students are encouraged to to also enroll in Tap, Hip Hop, tumbling and/or musical theatre/voice​

Ballet:  Advanced Prep & Advanced Levels

Suggested Ages 11 & up  
The foundation of all artistic dance. These classes are for our intensive level students.  Our staff’s meticulous attention to detail makes it invaluable to any serious dancer.
Students at this level should be enrolled in multiple ballet classes weekly and pre-arroval is required.

Pointe: Advanced Prep & Advanced Levels

Approval Required

 The natural progression of serious ballet students who have successfully passed a pre-pointe evaluation. Students must enrolled in at least three full-length ballet classes per week.  Special care is given to the safety and well-being of each student. Their progress is closely supervised. 

Tap: Primary through  Advanced Levels
Suggested ages 5 & up  
Tap is fun and beneficial addition to any dance education. With focus on rhythm and timing, tap builds a rhythmic awareness like no other danceform. 

 Rhythm tap: A stimulating intricate style of tap that builds from rhythm and percussion and classical tap techniques are both taught at all levels.   

*Students with some previous dance training should add tap to their current classes. 

Tumbling: Mini through Advanced Levels
Suggested ages 4 & up
Our tumbling program is designed to benefit our dancers by focusing on the development of strength, flexibility and agility. The syllabus is based on floor gymnastics/tumbling techniques with some acrobatic skills and is beneficial to dancers and cheerleaders. In the beginning level classes, students will learn basic tumbling skills including rolls, handstands, cartwheels and bridges. As students advance to higher level classes they will concentrate on walkovers, handsprings, aerial skills and advanced tumbling passes.
* Tumbling is a great addition to any dance class as it aids in flexibility and upper body strength.

Modern:  Advanced Prep & Advanced
A style of dance that stretches the limitations of classical ballet and favors movement deriving from the expression of inner feeling.  This class  encourages students to use their technique merely as a tool to allow them to express themselves through movement.  Techniques taught include Horton, Weidman and Limon.

Students should have significant ballet training prior to enrolling. 

Jazz:  Levels Junior - Advanced
These classes will cover basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality. Instructors will focus on teaching basic body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, hips, feet and arms and will layer jazz style over the traditional technique of ballet. Students will also learn about the history of jazz dance and movement that is in pace with today but rooted in the traditions of classical jazz. As the student progresses to the next level, emphasis will be placed on developing rhythmic awareness, individual expression and the use of the body as a rhythmic percussive instrument. 
* Jazz technique is derived from a strong ballet basis and should only be studied by students who are also enrolled in ballet and have a good understanding of basic ballet technique.

Hip Hop
Suggested Ages 3 & Up
​A blend of today’s high energy “street style” movement. The style boasts that everyone is capable of taking part and having fun! Past hip hop experience is great, but even beginners will have a blast in this fast paced, high energy dance class which introduces basic hip hop, the latest trends, & exciting break-dancing moves. Dance conditioning will be introduced to strengthen the body for more advanced hip-hip training. Performed to age-appropriate music.

Since ballet vocabulary is used in all dance forms, it is highly recommended that all youth division students take a ballet technique class in addition to another dance discipline.  For the Triple Threat Performer, a working knowledge of many dance forms, plus acting and singing is a necessity.  Our comprehensive performing arts education is unparalleled and has successfully trained many working perfromers. 

The following classes are great additions for students ages 5 & up:

Musical Theatre
Ages 5 & Up
This class is a must for the aspiring performer of ages 5 and up. This is a fresh and unique approach to musical theatre galore. Students are introduced to  acting, singing, dancing and the many facets of musical theatre. 

Theatre & Improvisation
Ages 7 & Up
This class includes everything the young actor needs to gain a stronger understanding of improvisation, theater, scene study and analysis as well as acting for the camera and auditioning techniques.  Technical theatre training is a part of this class curriculum.

Ages 8 & Up
Students will concentrate on fine tuning their singing skills while working on vocal warm ups, pitch range and identification, note recognition and projection. Songs and the ability to sight read music and lyrics will be taught. Class PlacementStudents are carefully placed in the appropriate class to encourage a love of the performing arts, advance their technique and performance skills and be mindful of their personal development and safety.  

Level placement is at the sole descretion of the Artistic Faculty.  Students generally remain in each level two full years before gaining the strength and development necessary to advance without injury or hampering technique.   All students gain self-discipline, strong work ethic, self-motivation, improved confidence, and an appreciation for high standards of excellence.

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