Divisions

OPEN DIVISION

(Ballet Class Levels)
(Ages are approximate and placement is based on ability.)

PRE-BALLET: For ages 3 – 5 with little or no previous experience. Basic rhythm patterns and movement to music form the basis of this class. Stress is placed on the joy of dance and it becomes a creative outlet for the young imagination.

BALLET 1: For ages 5 ½ – 8. Primary ballet positions and terminology will be covered. Rhythm patterns are introduced along with the beginning fundamentals of ballet in a creative atmosphere. Tap and jazz classes are offered to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 2: For ages 7 – 10 with previous training. Basic positions and terminology are elaborated on while the fundamentals of ballet are reinforced. Students learn to couple ideas together to create movement within the classical framework. Stress is placed on proper body alignment. Tap and jazz classes are offered to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 3: For ages 8 and up who have completed at least one year of serious study. Theory of body movement, correct alignment and terminology will be emphasized in a structured and nurturing environment. Tap and jazz classes are advised to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 4: For ages 9 and up. A more in-depth study of ballet technique continues as a solid preparation for pointe work is begun. Tap and jazz classes are advised to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 5: For ages 11 and up who have completed several years of serious study and have begun or are ready to begin pointe work. Classical variations, tap and jazz classes are strongly advised to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 6: For ages 12 and up who have completed several years of pointe work and have progressed to a greater technical proficiency and maturity in the classroom. Classical variations, modern, tap and jazz classes are strongly advised to provide a well-rounded dance education.

BALLET 7 & 8: For high intermediate and advanced level students who have progressed to a greater technical proficiency. Performance training continues with emphasis placed on artistry. Classical variations, modern, tap and jazz classes are strongly advised to provide a well-rounded dance education.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION – TRAINEE TRACK

(By audition/invitation only)

For committed students at the advanced level who are on a professional track. Class requirements include all available ballet, pointe, classical variations, modern, tap and jazz classes, etc. totaling 12-14 classes per week. Career counseling, special choreography classes, and the opportunity to take supported adagio and technique classes with Ballet Tucson’s professional dancers are offered. Professional Division students must participate in all performance opportunities and attend all four weeks of Ballet Tucson’s Summer Dance Workshop 2018. There are no exceptions to these policies.

All potential candidates must apply prior to August 14, 2017.

TEEN/ADULT DIVISION

TEEN/ADULT BEGINNING BALLET OR JAZZ: For teens and adults with little or no previous experience. Basic terminology and fundamentals are covered in an enjoyable classroom atmosphere. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

TEEN/ADULT INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED BALLET OR JAZZ:
For teens and adults with previous training who have progressed to a more involved level of study. Pointe classes and conditioning are also available. All class placement is determined by the instructor and Artistic Director.

DRESS CODE

Monday — Saturday: All Levels/All Classes/All Rehearsals

Ladies
Ballet pink tights (no underwear)
black leotard (plain, no mesh, velvet or strappy webbing)
pink ballet shoes (leather only), black jazz shoes or boots
approved pointe shoes

Men
black tights
white T-shirt or tank leotard
black ballet shoes (leather)
black jazz shoes or boots
approved tap shoes

• Hair must be neatly put up in a bun for all ballet classes and securely tied away from the face for tap and jazz classes. No Bangs.
• Watches or jewelry of any kind must not be worn.
• Black skirts are acceptable for classical variation classes only.
• For colder weather, tight fitting, waist high or full body leg warmers are acceptable for barre work. No nylon pants.

(We do NOT allow canvas ballet shoes. Sansha, Bloch, Grishko or Gaynor Minden pointe shoes must be approved by director.)

DO NOT wear ballet shoes and dance clothes outside. This policy reflects the professional atmosphere of Ballet Arts and our concern for our students. DO NOT use fabric softeners on dance clothes or apply lotions before class as this will damage the floors.

STUDENTS NOT DRESSED PROPERLY WILL BE DISMISSED FROM CLASS.

STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE WILL BE ASKED TO OBSERVE CLASS.