Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions:

Please note that the ages listed for each level are a general guide based on the curriculum presented. The RAD Director and School Principal will make the final decision on appropriate placement for each student. Furthermore, students are not promoted from one level to the next simply because they've had a birthday. Dancers will be evaluated in the fall and spring by their instructors and the RAD Director. Students will be advised at the end of the school year regarding placement for the summer and next school year. It is very common for students to remain in a level for more than one year in order to fully achieve the artistic and technical goals set forth for that level.

Wee Dance w/Mom
Ages 2 & 3. A 30 minute class in which moms/caretakers and their little ones may participate together. Focus is on helping the child become comfortable moving in a studio setting with a group, creativity, and the basic introduction of rhythm, coordination, and musicality.

Preballet
Ages 4 & 5. A 30 minute class introducing pre-ballet principles. Focus is on creativity, rhythm, coordination and musicality.

RAD Primary
Ages 6 & 7. A 1 hour ballet technique class following the RAD* (Royal Academy of Dance) curriculum, in preparation for RAD 1.

RAD 1
Ages 7 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class focusing on RAD* Grade 1 set  syllabus work .

RAD 2 Prep
 
Ages 8 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class following the RAD* curriculum, in preparation for and reinforcing the RAD Grade 2 syllabus work. Dancers at this level are also eligible to enroll in Beginning Modern.

RAD 2
Ages 8 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class focusing on RAD* Grade 2 set syllabus work. Dancers at this level are also eligible to enroll in Beginning Modern.

RAD 3 Prep
Ages 9 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class following the RAD* curriculum, in preparation for and reinforcing the RAD Grade  3 syllabus work. Dancers at this level are also eligible to enroll in Beginning Modern.

RAD 3
Ages 9 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class focusing on RAD* Grade 3 set syllabus work. Students at this level are highly encouraged to enroll in two weekly RAD 3 classes.  Dancers at this level are also eligible to enroll in Beginning Modern.

RAD 4
Ages 10 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class focusing on RAD* Grade 4 set syllabus work. Students at this level are encouraged to take two Grade 4 classes weekly, and are also eligible to take Strength (PBT), Modern/Contemporary I and Pre/Beginning Pointe, when so advised by their instructor and the School Principal or RAD program director. Students first recommended for Pre/Beginning Pointe should always report to class in flat ballet shoes, and wait to purchase pointe shoes until so instructed.

RAD 5
Ages 11 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class focusing on RAD* Grade 5 set syllabus work. Students at this level are encouraged to take two Grade 5 classes weekly, and are also eligible to take Strength (PBT), and the appropriate levels of pointe and modern/contemporary, when so advised by their instructor and the School Principal or RAD program director. Students first recommended for Pre/Beginning Pointe should always report to class in flat ballet shoes, and wait to purchase pointe shoes until so instructed.

Open Ballet
Ages 13-18. A 1 hour ballet technique class well-suited to students with little or no prior ballet experience. This class is also suitable for students desiring to develop their technique in order to improve in other types of dance (lyrical, jazz, hip hop, contemporary).

Beginning Adult Ballet
Ages 18 and up. A 1 hour ballet technique class for beginner adult students. 

Intermediate Adult Ballet
Ages 18 and up. A 1 1/4 hour ballet technique class for intermediate adult students. 

Adult Strength/Modern
Ages 18 and up. A 1 hour combination class of conditioning exercises as well as modern dance. This class is suitable for any level of adult student. 

RAD Intermediate Foundation
Ages 11 and up. A 1 1/4  hour ballet technique class following the RAD* vocational curriculum. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least two ballet technique classes weekly. Those desiring to take exams are required to enroll in both Intermediate Foundation classes and a pointe class is highly recommended.

Ballet III
Ages 11 and up. A 1½ hour intermediate level ballet technique class allowing students to experience a curriculum based on a variety of technical styles. Students should have some prior ballet experience. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least two ballet technique classes weekly.

RAD Intermediate
Age varies. A 1 1/4  hour ballet technique class following the RAD* vocational curriculum. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least two ballet technique classes weekly. Those desiring to take exams are required to enroll in both Intermediate classes and a pointe class is highly recommended.

RAD Advanced Foundation
Age varies. A 1 1/2 hour ballet technique class following the RAD* vocational curriculum. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least three ballet technique classes weekly. Those desiring to take exams are required to enroll in both Advanced Foundation classes and take a pointe class.

RAD Advanced One
Age varies. A 1½ hour ballet technique class following the RAD* vocational curriculum. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least three ballet technique classes weekly. Those desiring to take the exams are required to enroll in both Advanced One classes and take a pointe class.

Ballet IV
Ages varies. A 1½ hour advanced level ballet technique class allowing students to experience a curriculum based on a variety of technical styles. Placement in this level is at the discretion of the School Principal or RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least three ballet technique classes weekly.

Advanced Two
Age varies. A 1½ hour ballet technique class following the RAD* vocational curriculum. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the RAD Program Director. Students at this level are encouraged to take at least three ballet technique classes weekly. Those desiring to take the exams must enroll in both Advanced Two classes and take a pointe class.

Pre/ Beginning Pointe
Age varies. A 1 hour class en pointe, or taken in ballet shoes if the student has been recommended for Pre-Pointe. To qualify for pointe work, a student must be placed in an RAD Grade 4, Intermediate Foundation or Ballet III class or above. They must demonstrate strong technical skills with regard to correct placement, core strength, alignment of the lower back, and stability and strength in the knees, ankles and feet. Because this is a safety issue, permission must be given by The Conservatory ballet faculty before a student can enroll in a beginning pointe class, and pointe shoes must be approved by the student’s pointe teacher prior to sewing. This class must be taken in concurrently with at least one other ballet technique class.However, two other ballet technique classes are strongly encouraged. Students new to the Conservatory, or transferring into the class mid-semester within the school, are asked to report to this class in ballet shoes, so that the Pre/Beginning Pointe instructor may give a final evaluation toward the purchase of pointe shoes or work en pointe in class.  

Intermediate Pointe 
Age varies. A 1 hour class en pointe. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the ballet faculty. Students must have had at least one year of pointe prior to enrolling. This class must be taken in conjunction with at least one other ballet technique class. However, two other ballet technique classes are strongly encouraged.

Advanced Pointe
Age varies. A 1 hour class en pointe. Placement in this class is at the discretion of the ballet faculty. Students must show a high degree of technical skill and strength en pointe. This class must be taken in conjunction with at least one other ballet technique class. However, two other ballet technique classes are strongly encouraged.

Beginning Modern (RAD 2/3)
A 1 hour modern technique class focused on students placed in RAD 2 Prep through RAD 3. Even though this class has been created in general for ages 8-11, older beginner modern students may also opt to take this class. This class will be taken in bare feet.

Contemporary 1 
Students placed in RAD 4 or above are eligible to take Contemporary 1 . A 1 hour class incorporating principles of contemporary dance, involving free-flowing movement and dynamics. This class is generally taken in ballet shoes, at the discretion of the instructor.

Contemporary 2
Placement in this level is at the discretion of the instructor, and generally for students at a ballet technique level of RAD Int. Foundation or above with previous experience in Contemporary work.   A 1 hour class incorporating principles of contemporary dance, involving free-flowing movement and dynamics. The use of ballet shoes or pointe shoes will be at the discretion of the instructor.

PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) 1 & 2
PBT 1 is generally best for students placed in RAD 4, 5, Intermediate Foundation and Ballet III. 
PBT 2 is generally best for students placed in RAD Intermediate or above, or Ballet IV.
A 1 hour class that targets and develops the muscle groups necessary for excellent ballet technique. Students use exercise balls and resistance bands to assist in proprioception and strengthening. Students enrolled in this class must bring a yoga ball to class, and will be charged $10 to have a resistance band specifically measured and cut to their appropriate length.

Private Lessons
Ages 6 through Adult. If you are interested in private lessons, please contact the main office at 479-553-7400.

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