The Pre-Professional Division consists of the three highest levels in our progressive, methodically designed program of ballet training. Advancement in these levels occurs on an individual basis, only when the student has mastered the concepts and curriculum of the Preparatory Division to the best of his/her ability. A student’s work ethic, professionalism and maturity displayed throughout the year also play a role in advancement.
Ballet 5 is the first level in our Pre-Professional Division. It is a high intermediate level as material begins to increase in complexity. Focus will be on rotations (pirouettes), more intricate jumps, finishing on one foot and developing carriage of arms (port de bras). As with Ballet 4, this level is critical in a student’s training as he/she continues to refine and add flow and expressiveness to movement. Students generally stay in this level for 2 or more years.
Ballet 6 is an advanced class, building upon the concepts of Ballet 5 by raising the difficulty level of already established exercises and with additional vocabulary. Combinations grow in complexity, requiring increased strength and speed, double rotations (pirouettes) are expected and beats (battut) are added to jumps. Students will be required to do exercises en relevé and pointe work is extended.
Ballet 7 is the culmination of the 7 levels of our Ballet curricula training. It challenges the student’s technical efficiency, speed and versatility. Musicality, interpretative skills and the ability to learn and perform complicated combinations of steps, turns and jumps are all emphasized. Ballet 7 students will have partnering class approximately 2x per quarter. Level 7 students, upon invitation by the Artistic Director, will have the opportunity to take Ballet Idaho’s Company Class on Saturday, when the Company is in session.
Jazz Technique (levels 4-7) follows the traditional jazz class format, beginning with a conditioning warm up, continuing into percussive isolation techniques. The class material builds strength, balance and extension through rhythmic exercises, floor stretches and across the floor combinations. Jazz technique is important for the ballet dancer as it increases core strength, sharpness and versatility.
Contemporary (Modern) Technique (levels 6 -7) This expressive dance form offers a chance to develop creativity and versatility as the student finds new and exciting ways to explore movement in space. Students are exposed to improvisational and movement techniques that extend core strength, lightness and fluidity.
Pointe and Variations Students will be introduced to Classical Repertoire through learning and working on a selection(s) from classical ballets.
Boys Class (ages 9 – 12) Our Boys Class introduces students to the basics of ballet through focus on athletics and jumping. It will build strength, flexibility and coordination. Come join in the fun!
Youth Jazz (ages 8 – 12) begins with a conditioning warm-up and emphasizes strength, balance and extension through isolation techniques, rhythmic exercises, floor stretches, across the floor combinations. Improvisation is introduced through group and individual exercises, allowing students to delve into expression through movement.
Youth Hip Hop (ages 8 – 12) Come join in the fun by taking Hip Hop, a relaxed, freestyle form of street dance that is set in a fun and fast-paced environment. Class will start with a warm up, followed by exploration of different rhythms and moves from this highly energetic dance genre.
Youth Ballet (ages 9 – 12) offers students ballet training without having to meet the rigorous schedule of the required Preparatory and Pre-Professional ballet classes. Students learn combinations that focus on the principles of placement, alignment and turnout. Emphasis is placed on development of coordination, flexibility, port de bras and musicality.
Youth Sampler (ages 8 – 12) engages students by providing a pallet of the alternative high energy dance forms of Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary, all within one class. Through comparison and contrast, students learn the similarities and differences inherent in each of the forms. This class is fun and it provides an outlet for releasing creativity and stored up energy.
Youth Contemporary (Modern) (ages 10 – 13) explores movement based in traditional Modern Dance technique. The class includes warm-up, stretching and core work. Students work with the qualities of suspension, swing, flow and percussion and will see how these qualities add dynamics to movement. It emphasizes students’ individual choices and expressions, helping to unlock new movement and sensations hidden within the body.