Fall 2014 Semester Classes & Schedule (For a grid version: updated fall 2014)
“The first step in becoming a dancer is to love to dance.”
Creative Ballet is an age-appropriate introduction to classical dance using rhythmic games, simple steps and positions, imagery, props, and improvisation. The gently structured curriculum is based on the innovative “Leap ’N Learn™” syllabus which was developed by a former dancer in collaboration with a child psychologist.
Dress Code Girls: pink leotard, tights, and slippers, skirt optional, hair secured away from the face. Boys: white t-shirt, socks and slippers, black shorts or sweatpants.
|Creative Ballet: Age 3|
|Creative Ballet: Age 4|
|Creative Ballet: Age 5|
“Ballet is important and significant, yes, but first of all, it is a pleasure.” — George Balanchine
Basic Classical Ballet Technique with an Introductory Level for 6-year-olds
Classes are meant to inspire a love of ballet in a traditionally structured, yet nurturing environment. Ballet is considered to be the foundation of most Western contemporary dance styles and is strongly recommended for gymnasts, skaters, and competitive dancers. Classes include barre-work, basic vocabulary and positions, and simple combinations of steps in the center. Correct alignment, port de bras, turn-out, and footwork are taught as goals to reach for. We encourage all our dancers in Level B to take at least two classes per week.
Dress code, Girls: tank-style black leotard, pink tights and slippers, long hair in a neat bun, short hair in a headband away from the face. No legwarmers, t-shirts or sweatshirts. Boys: White t-shirt, socks, and shoes, black tights or shorts.
|Intro Ballet Technique: Age 6|
|1-2 classes per week are recommended|
|Level A: Ages 7-8|
|1-3 classes per week are recommended|
|Level B: Ages 8-9|
|2-4 classes per week are recommended|
“Plié is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master.” — Suzanne Farrell
Levels C through Intermediate , ages 10 -17
Dancers continue to work on the fundamentals of classical ballet technique while learning steps and combinations of increasing difficulty. Third Division dancers are strongly encouraged to study at least three days per week. Pointe Fundamentals is open to Level C and Intermediate dancers, who must be at least 10 years old and taking a minimum of two ballet technique classes per week. Avanced Pointe is open to Advanced dancers. All Pointe classes must be preceded by a Ballet Technique class. No exceptions! Contemporary/Character, Stretch/Tone, and Choreography and Production Workshop* are open to the Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Elements of Balanchine Style® and excerpts of his ballets are introduced to Advanced dancers.
Dress Code: Female dancers Level C through Intermediate: black leotard, pink tights, pink shoes. Advanced Dancers: Any color leotard, pink tights, no sweatpants or baggy shirts, no shorts without tights in Ballet classes. Practice tutu for Variations optional. Additional skirts or shoes may be required for Contemporary and Character Classes. Male dancers, any color t-shirt, no graphics, black tights, white or flesh-colored shoes.
|Level C: Ages 10-12|
|Minimum 2-5 Ballet Technique classes per week recommended|
|Sat||11:30-12:30||Stretch and Tone||Banu|
|Intermediate Ballet Ages 12-16|
|Minimum 2-5 Classes per week recommended|
Conservatory and Pre-Professional Division, ages 10-17
The Scarsdale Ballet Studio offers unique opportunities for very committed ballet students who wish to make dance their primary after-school activity. Conservatory and Pre-Professional Dancers may aspire to a professional career in dance or plan to pursue their dance studies in college. They may simply love to dance! Our Conservatory dancers are consistently accepted into the most prestigious summer dance intensives. You may visit our Studio News and Alumni Page to see where our Pre-Professional SBS graduates are now.
Conservatory II dancers are required to take a minimum of four Ballet Technique classes per week and to take Pointe and Variations at least once a week. All Pointe classes must be preceded by a Ballet Technique class. Conservatory I dancers are required to take a minimum of three Ballet Technique classes per week.
No exceptions will be made! We encourage Conservatory II and Advanced/Pre-Professional to take advantage of Stretch/Tone, Modern, and Contemporary as well as to participate in Concertdance. Conservatory dancers must attend the required minimum of ballet technique classes per week at SBS, unless special permission has been obtained from the Artistic Director. The faculty of SBS will not accept new private students who are not full-time SBS students.
Dress Code: More specific details regarding leotard style will be listed later in the summer. Male Dancers: White t-shirt, black tights, white or flesh colored shoes.
Pre-Professional/Advanced Level is a very challenging course for dancers aged 14 and up, who have had at least five years of training at SBS or the equivalent. Classical repertoire and Balanchine repertoire will be studied. Pre-professional dancers are expected to take class on a daily basis. However, we recognize the importance of academics, and suggest that you discuss your training program with Ms. White before enrolling. New students must be evaluated by a faculty member before being admitted to this level. Pre-Professional dancers are encouraged to take advantage of Pointe/Variations, Modern, Contemporary, Stretch/Tone, and Concertdance. On days when no Pointe class is scheduled, Pointe will be incorporated into the technique class. Dancers must take a Ballet Technique class before a Pointe class. Exceptions may be made only with permission of Diana White and at your own risk.
|Conservatory I Ages 10-12|
|Must attend minimum 3 Ballet Technique classes per week|
Conservatory I Leotard: Balera style MT757 in Grape
|Conservatory II Ages 12-14|
|Must attend minimum 4 Ballet Technique classes per week|
Conservatory II Leotard: Balera style MT 2214 in Violet
Dancers must have this particular leotard, as it will be used in the recital. However, leotards of the same color may be worn in class. For classes on Saturday dancers may wear the color of their choice.
|Pre-Pro/Advanced Ballet Ages 14-18|
|3-4 Ballet Technique classes per week highly recommended|
|Thurs||7:00-8:00||Pointe and Variations||Kazantsev|
“Dance is for the people. I believe it came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” – Alvin Ailey
Concertdance # 11
“When you perform, you are out of yourself. Larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are, for minutes, heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours for the taking.” — Agnes de Mille
Rehearsals are on Saturdays from three to seven o’clock. Information will be posted in September.
“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop dancing.” — Anon
|Open Ballet Classes|
|Tues||10:00-11:45||Adult Int. Ballet w/ Pointe||Laverdiere|
|Tues||7:30-9:00pm||Adult Int. Ballet||Sobel|
|10:00-11:30||Adult Beg. Ballet
Adult Int. Ballet
|Thurs||10:00-11:30||Adult Beg. Ballet||Saur|
|Sat||11:15-12:45||Adult Int. Ballet||Kazantsev|
“The only way to do it is to do it.” — Merce Cunningham