DANCE EXPRESSIONS, 1 & 2 (Ages 2.5-5)
In Dance Expressions, your child will participate in a well-rounded, conceptual dance class consisting of pre-ballet, tap, jazz, and creative movement. Each class focuses on the basic elements of dance and movement as well as coordination skills, self-expression, and creativity. Throughout the year, students will focus on correct body alignment and poise, develop flexibility and strength, learn basic ballet movements and positions, engage in imaginative movement, and develop rhythm and coordination. In a fun,motivating atmosphere, children will gain a love of dance as well as build a strong dance foundation.
EXPRESSIONS BALLET & EXPRESSIONS COMBO (Ages 5-6)
Exp. Ballet students are introduced to barre work using and expanding upon the movements they learned in Dance Expressions. These exercises are performed while facing the barre to help them learn proper control over their bodies. They work in first and second positions, the easiest of the ballet positions, and learn to use their arms and legs in a harmonious way. Through work in the centre, the young dancers learn poise and begin to develop balance and the ability to jump and travel.
Exp. Combo provides a well-rounded study of dance forms. Ballet, tap, jazz, and creative movement will be taught. Classes will concentrate on a few oft he dance styles for a portion of the year, then move on to other dance forms. Students will continue to build a solid dance foundation while developing and expanding upon the skills and concepts taught in Dance Expressions.
BALLET BASICS & COMBO BASICS, 1 & 2 (Ages 5-8)
Students' knowledge of ballet is enhanced while participating in Ballet Basics, levels 1 & 2. In a fun, motivating atmosphere, classes emphasize placement of the body, posture, and poise. While learning more ballet steps, the young dancers are trained to rotate the legs from the hips. Exercises become longer with variations in rhythm and arm movements. They continue to work in first and second positions and add third position to their repertoire and continue facing the barre. In the centre, the children continue to advance while learning simple turns, jumps, and traveling movements.
Combo Basics, levels 1 & 2, teaches a combination of dance forms. As in Expressions Combo, focus changes throughout the year, but includes the study of ballet, jazz, and tap. Combinations and rhythms become more advanced while students enjoy learning a variety of dance styles.
INTRO TO BALLET & JAZZ (Ages 6-8)
Students in Intro to Ballet & Jazz are introduced to the basic techniques of both ballet and jazz styles. In a fun and motivating atmosphere, classes emphasize placement of the body, posture, and poise. Combinations and rhythms become more advanced in both styles. Students continue to work in first and second positions and add third position to their repertoire. In the centre, the children continue to advance in turns, jumps, and traveling movements. Techniques learned in this class create a solid foundation for future training in both ballet and jazz. Students must attend class two times a week to facilitate development.
JAZZ CLASSES (Ages 8+)
In our jazz classes, students will enjoy learning a variety of jazz styles including hip hop, broadway, contemporary, lyrical, and funk. While using current popular music, classes will concentrate on correct placement and jazz technique and develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. While being innovative and fun, the music and movement used continues to be tasteful and appropriate for our young dancers.
BALLET CLASSES (Ages 8+)
Formal training begins in Ballet Basics 1 & 2. Emphasis is placed on correct ballet technique without compromising self-expression and personal development. Dancers perform exercises at the barre and in the centre which develop balance, flexibility, and strength. By the end of the year, all of the positions of the feet and arms will be learned and barre and centre combinations will increase in complexity. Students must attend class two times a week to facilitate development.
In Ballet Basics 3 , exercises continue to increase in length to train the dancers' minds as well as their bodies. Through the repetition of correctly performed exercises, the students continue to develop muscle memory. Students must atend class two times a week to facilitate development.
In Youth 1 Ballet , the intensity of study continues to increase. Exercises lengthen and more complicated movements are introduced. The study of the use of the arms and different body positions has become more complex. As part of the curriculum, students participate in Pointe Prep. This is for students preparing for, or beginning, pointe work. Students will be evaluated on technique, strength, flexibility, and physical maturity. After individual evaluation by the teacher, some dancers in Youth 2 will make the transition to pointe shoes. Until then, students will participate in the class without pointe shoes. By doing the conditoning and barre exercises, students will work toward building the strength and technique necessary to begin pointe work. Students must attend class two times a week to facilitate development.
In Intermediate and Advanced Ballet, ballet technique continues to increase in difficulty. Pointe work lengthens in duration. Variations from different ballets are taught. Emphasis is placed on developing the artistry of the dancer as well as their technique. Students must attend class three or more times a week to facilitate development.
WASATCH BALLET PERFORMING COMPANIES
As part of enhancing and rounding out the dancer's study of dance, WBC offers Performing Companies for the Youth, Intermediate and Advanced levels. After auditioning, dancers rehearse weekly to learn choreography of all styles and then perform at various venues throughout the area.