Pre School (4 yr old), Kindergarten,
1st & 2nd grade (45 minutes)
This class allows dancers to experience their own self-expression through movement exploration. They also work on social skills
( i.e., interacting & cooperating). Physical skills worked on include: body part identification, large and small motor skills, movement coordination and control, and right/left understanding. Each year the fundamentals progress toward basic ballet positions, movements and terminology, laying the ground work for a solid placement for ballet technique. Improvisational aspects continue to be incorporated throughout.
2nd grade-adult (50 minutes - 1 hour)
Tap is a dance technique that is based on rhythm! Class format includes a study of the basic steps, improvisation, rhythmic structures and dance combinations.
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3rd grade-adult (1—1.5 hours)
The art of Classical Ballet is about sculpting space, creating beauty, & learning to fly! The technique is a demanding physical activity that teaches good posture, fine muscle control, coordination, flexibility, and strength. Class has two parts: barre & center. Barre work consists of exercises that warm-up, strengthen, and train the muscles & mind in many pieces of movement. Center work takes what the student has learned at barre and links the pieces together into movement phrases. Classes increase in length and frequency as a student advances.
4th grade-adult (1—1.5 hours)
Modern Dance uses technique & improvisation to explore the body and its unique abilities to move and express, finding how it connects to mind & spirit. It is most importantly a point of view about moving.
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4th grade-adult (1—1.5 hours)
Jazz is the study of dance and music of popular culture emphasizing flexibility, strength and style. Class format includes a general warm-up, technique focus, stretching, traveling across the floor, and a dance combination. Steps and music are merged using jazz and Broadway-style music.
Special classes with guest teachers are offered throughout the year.
DANCE & DESSERT & More!
Dancers in level 4 and up are invited to audition in September to be part of this special cast of around 20. The cast rehearses many hours outside of class time for the performances held the first weekend in December. This collaboration with A Center for the Arts raises funds that go toward bringing professional dance companies to Fergus Falls to perform and teach. The Kindergarten classes are invited to participate along with several other classes (notified in October). The cast then also has the chance to perform at places such as: the Broen Home, the Pioneer Care Center, the Otter Fury Dance Team Invitational Show, the Frazee Fly Girl Invitationals, the Kinetic Playground in MPLS, the Someplace Safe Tea, and at lecture/demonstrations at various schools in the region.
Boys: Black legs and a white t-shirt.
Girls: Light pink footless tights and black leotard. Hair secured off neck and face.
Boys: Black legs, white t-shirt, and white ballet shoes.
Girls: Light pink tights, plain black leotard (without decoration or skirt attached) and pink ballet shoes. As with a swimsuit, underwear is not worn under leotards and tights. Girls many wear skirts for center work the last class of the month. Ballet 3 and higher students may wear colored leotards with black or pink tights.
Hair: Girls hair must be securely off the face and UP OFF the neck in a bun or pinned braid. Short-short hair can be just clipped back.
Ramona is happy to give "bun lessons: as many times as needed!
Black leotards and tights in black or pink and tap shoes. Capri length dance pants are optional. Tap 3 and higher students may wear solid colored leotards and tights or capris.
Leotards and footless tights in any solid color and jazz shoes. Jazz pants are optional.
Leotards and footless tights in any solid color. Bare feet.
BOYS, YOUNG MEN & ADULTS can wear what their comfort level allows. Suggested attire for men: black sweat pants, white or black shirt, and appropriate footwear.
The DANCE BAG—Dancers should have a bag to keep their shoes and clean dance wear in to prevent things from getting “lost”. This helps the dancer to be ready and prepared. Extra items can be included such as: Comb/brush, safety pins, Band-Aids, hair supplies, warmers, water bottles, etc.!
WRITE NAMES in all shoes and clothing!
WHEN CAN I START?....
Fundamentals are for children,
ages 4-7. They are placed by school grade because the physical and emotional development of the child is the main factor at work rather than “technical skills”.
Tap students are accepted in 2nd grade. It is at this point that their coordination has developed far enough to where they can master the beginning level skills.
Jazz, because of the style of movement, and Modern Dance, because of the mental concepts involved, are not appropriate for students before 4th grade.
Ballet begins in 3rd grade with class just once a week. Beyond the basic level, to become proficient at ballet, students need to develop very specific muscular and mental strengths. Taking frequent classes is necessary to acquire those skills. The greatest improvements are seen in those who take more classes. Ballet 3 and 4 students take at least 2 classes per week and Intermediate Ballet takes at least 3 classes per week. If we had more studio space and teachers we would offer class 6 days a week for our ballet students.
WHAT LEVEL SHOULD I BE AT?...
Two years is the usual length of time spent in each level. Some levels are split into two parts: A and B, with A being the first year of the level and B, the 2nd.
Students often work in the higher levels for several years. Older beginning students are placed with care into classes where they may be older and/or less skilled, but will hopefully have a successful and satisfying experience.
The use of pointe shoes, is a natural extension of ballet technique. Because of the strength required, dancers must be taking at least two ballet classes a week to be considered for pointe. Students ages 11 and up are constantly being evaluated by their teacher as to their readiness to begin pointe.