CURRICULUM

Pre-Kinderdance – AGES 4 (Must be 4 by September 30 and must be potty trained) —
A 30 minute class with maximum enrollment of 12 students. This class uses imaginative, fun musical activities to build strength, flexibility, and body awareness; and improve gross motor skills, coordination, and posture. Special musical activities help develop a child’s sense of rhythm and an awareness of the rich language of music. Includes floor work; basic, introductory ballet steps and vocabulary; and large movements across the floor. Children also learn to share space, time, and attention with their classmates.

  • Must be age 4 by Sept. 30th
  • Class Schedule: 30 minute ballet/creative dance class once a week
  • PreKinderdance classes have three sections to choose from – please refer to the schedule for days and times
  • Class size maximum of 12 students

Kinderdance – AGES 5 TO 6 (Must be 5 by September 30) — A 30 minute class with a maximum enrollment of 12 – 14 students.  These 30 minute classes introduce children to ballet basics and are somewhat more structured than the Pre-Kinderdance class. Includes learning proper warm-up techniques, fun floor activities to help develop strength and flexibility, basic ballet steps and body directions, and large movements across the floor.

  • Must be age 5 by Sept. 30th
  • Class Schedule: 30 minute ballet/creative dance class once a week
  • Kinderdance classes have three sections to choose from – please refer to the schedule for days and times
  • Class size maximum of 12 – 14 students

BALLET – LEVELS I – IV
In these classical ballet technique classes, students advance through the class levels based on the mastery of developmental skills and class syllabus. Time will periodically be devoted to the written as well as spoken French ballet terminology. At the Beginner levels, classes are one hour; at the higher levels, classes are 1 ½ each, with a minimum requirement of two ballet technique classes per week. Pointe work is offered for girls who are a minimum of eleven years old and have at least two years of ballet training and the strength required for pointe work. Placement on pointe is at the discretion of the Director. *All ballet technique classes will emphasize correct body placement and ballet posture, musicality, and the mastering of the steps and arm movements that form the basic skills for all ballet steps. Students will be placed in the proper level by the Director, according to age, physical development, and prior dance training.


Level IA (Light Blue ) – 1st  graders  1 hour Ballet/Tap class 1 time a week.  *Can add jazz.
Level IB (Light Blue ) – 2nd graders  1 hour Ballet/Tap class 1 time a week. *Can add jazz and/or Acro I.

  • Class Schedule: 1 hour ballet/tap combination class once a week
  • Level IA and IB classes have three sections to choose from – please refer to the schedule for days and times
  • Class size maximum of 14-16 students

Level IIA (Navy) – 3rd – 4th graders – 1 hour class 1 time. *Can add jazz, hip hop, tap and/or Acro.
Level IIB (Navy) –  4th – 6th graders – 1 hour 15 minute class, meets twice a week. *Can add jazz, hip hop, tap and/or Acro.

  • Class Schedule: 1 hour ballet/tap combination class once a week
  • Level IIA  classes have two sections to choose from – please refer to the schedule for days and times
  • Level IIB classes have four sections – students will be placed by academy director into the class sections.
  • Class size maximum of 16-18 students

Level IIIA (Maroon) –  5th grade and up with at least 2 years of classical ballet training – 1 hour and 15 minute ballet class that meets twice a week. *Can add jazz, hip hop, tap and/or Acro.

  • 5th grade and up with at least 2 years of classical ballet training
  • Class Schedule: 1 hour and 15 minute ballet class that meets twice a week.
  • Level IIIA classes have three sections to choose from to meet the required times – two days a week, please refer to the schedule for days and times
  • May be invited to add “Beginning Pointe Class” which is a required additional class per week. This is determined by director and by invitation only
  • Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director.

Level IIIB (Maroon) TRAINEE LEVEL, Ballet/Pointe (LABT JUNIOR COMPANY AND APPRENTICES) – 1 class option – 6th grade and up – Must have at least 3 years of classical ballet training and who are ready for pointe – Two 1 hour and 15 minute ballet classes AND one 1 hour and 15 minute pointe class weekly. (Those not beginning pointe will still attend the pointe class.) Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only. *Can add jazz, hip hop, tap and/or Acro

  • 6th grade and up – Must have at least 3 years of classical ballet training and who are ready for pointe
  • Class Schedule: Two 1 hour and 15 minute ballet classes AND one1 hour and 15 minute pointe ( or 1 hour beginning pointe) class weekly, meets three days a week.
  • Level IIIB has one section available to meet the required times – three days a week, please refer to the schedule for day and time
  • Those not beginning pointe will still attend a pointe class.
  • May be invited to be a part of the LABT
  • Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only.

REQUIREMENTS for BEGINNER POINTE CLASS for Level IIIA and Level IIIB

  • Student must have at least 3 years of consistent classical ballet training with good attendance, required strength, maturity and technique.
  • Class meets once a week for 1 hour.
  • Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only.

REQUIREMENTS for Level IIIB LABT COMPANY MEMBERS:

  • Attend the Jeffrey Lyons 2 week workshop Aug. 20-23 and Aug. 27 – 30 plus AT LEAST TWO additional weeks of summer study
  • Perform in LABT fall show on Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 2018 and may be invited to perform in the March 2019 Spring Gala.
  • Invited and encouraged to attend any Level IV rehearsal to “understudy”
  • May miss no more than 5 total absences in fall and 5 total absences in the spring. All missed classes are required to be made up.
  • Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only.

Level IV – TRAINEE LEVEL–Ballet/Pointe (LABT SENIOR COMPANY and APPRENTICES) –  1 class option – 9th grade and up with at least 3-4 years of classical ballet training and at least 2-3 years of pointe.  Two 1 hour and 30 minute ballet classes AND one 1 hour and 15 minute pointe class weekly.  Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only. *Can add jazz, tap, contemporary, variation’s class and/or Acro

TRAINEE LEVEL–Ballet/Pointe

  • 9th grade and up with at least 3-4 years of classical ballet training and at least 2-3 years of pointe.
  • Class Schedule: Two 1 hour and 30 minute ballet classes AND one 1 hour and 15 minute pointe class weekly.
  • Level IV have one section available to meet the required times – three days a week, please refer to the schedule for day and time
  • Placement in this level is at the discretion of the director and by invitation only.
  • May be invited to be a part of the LABT

REQUIREMENTS for Level IV:

  • Attend the Jeffrey Lyons 2 week workshop Aug. 20-23 and Aug. 27 – 30 plus AT LEAST TWO additional weeks of summer study
  • Perform in the fall LABT show on Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 2018 and Spring Gala March =30, 2019
  • May miss no more than 5 total absences in fall and 5 total absences in the spring. All missed classes are required to be made up.

Level III/ IV – RECREATIONAL LEVEL – 1 class option – Must be at least 6th grade with at least 2-3 years of classical ballet training.  One 1 hour and 15 minute ballet class per week.  *Can add additional classes with director’s approval.

  • Must be at least 6th grade with at least 2-3 years of classical ballet training.
  • Class Schedule: One 1 hour and 15 minute ballet class per week.
  • Level III / IV Recreational level has one section available to meet the required time, please refer to the schedule for day and time
  • Can add additional classes with director’s approval.
  • Level IIIA and IIIB students may take as an extra class to help strengthen their technique.

ACRO – 2nd grade AND UP — This thirty minute to one-hour class teaches tumbling and acrobatics by developing skill levels incrementally. Students begin each class with a floor warm-up that includes strengthening and flexibility movements specifically geared to acrobatics. Each student progresses at his or her own speed, using a syllabus that emphasizes safety in execution and mastery of a movement before progressing to the next level of difficulty.  The acrobatic skills taught are compatible with ballet. Friday class only

Acro I – Can only do standing backbend with assistance. Friday class only

Acro II-  MUST be able to do unassisted standing backbend. Friday class only

Acro III – MUST be able to do unassisted back handspring. Friday class only


JAZZ – Level I AND UP — This 30 – 60 minute class emphasizes lyrical, Broadway-style jazz, and traditional forms of jazz movement. Class structure is similar to a ballet class, beginning with a warm-up to increase flexibility, strength, and coordination; and emphasize proper body alignment. Center work combinations and large movement locomotor combinations across the floor complete the class.  Jazz movements and costuming will always be tasteful and age appropriate to the class.


HIP HOP – Level II AND UP This 30 – 45 minutes class is an ideal way to express one’s creativeness. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Not only is hip hop a good physical exercise, but it helps dancers to improve flexibility, to develop body balance, and to coordinate movements to a specific beat.

CONTEMPORARY – Level III AND IV—Contemporary dance is a mixture of modern, jazz and ballet.  Strong ballet technique and physical strength is needed for this class.

Tap II – Beginner/Intermediate tap for 3rd grade and up

  • 3rd grade and up
  •  Class Schedule: 1 hour class that meets once a week.
  • Tap II has one section available to meet the required time, please refer to the schedule for day and time

Tap III  – Intermediate/Advanced tap for 4th grade and up with at least 2 years experience in tap

  • 4th grade and up
  • Class Schedule: 1 hour class that meets once a week.
  • Tap III has one section available to meet the required time, please refer to the schedule for day and time

Tap IV – Advanced Tap for 6th grade and up with more than 3 years experience and by recommendation.

  • 6th grade and up
  • Advanced Tap for with more than 3 years experience, and by recommendation.
  • Class Schedule: 1 hour class that meets once a week.
  • Tap IV has one section available to meet the required time, please refer to the schedule for day and time

ADULT BALLET CLASSES – – 1 class per week – 6th grade and up – 1 hour ballet class that meets once a week in 6 week sessions. This class is designed for “beginners” or those with previous experience who wish to eventually transition into the LCDA ballet curriculum or for those who wish to learn and refine the ballet basics. Participants in this class are not included in the studio recital.

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