Description: Technique work at the barre, center and across the floor designed to tune the dancer's instrument; to gain flexibility, strength and poise within the frame work of Classical Ballet.
Apparel: Leotards and tights, or any style of dance clothing considered. Ballet slippers preferred. Male dancers usually wear a t-shirt and shorts or warm-up pants.
Class: Usually begins on the floor followed by exercises at the barre. Punctually is important in that this time not only prevents injury, but includes important work on technique. The next section of the class consists of movements incorporating steps and techniques learned at the barre into progressive movements in center and across the floor. Movement combinations require the student to work on timing, phrasing and eventually dynamics.
Grading: Based on attendance, participation, and mastery of fundamentals while taking into account each individual student's previous dance training.
l. Know the fundamentals of barre work.
2. Know the French Terminology.
3. Be able to perform center and across the floor sequences.
Attendance, attention and effort are rewarded.
Text: None. Although theory and history will be introduced, no written tests are given.
Office hours/Conference: Immediately after class in the dance studio, or by appointment in R016. Please discuss any problems with the class.
Betty Ann Platt (425) 564-2968