CURRICULUM

Pre-Kinderdance – AGES 4 (Must be 4 by September 30 and must be potty trained) —
A 30 minute class with maximum enrollment of 10 children. 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. Maximum of 10 students

Kinderdance – AGES 5 TO 6 (Must be 5 by September 30) — A 30 minute class with a maximum enrollment of 12 children.  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. Maximum of 10-12 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. Maximum of 14-16 students,  *Can add jazz.
Level IB (Light Blue ) – 2nd graders  1 hour Ballet/Tap class 1 time a week. Maximum of 14-16 students, *Can add jazz and/or Acro I.


Level IIA (Navy) – 3rd – 4th graders – 1 hour class 1 time. Maximum of 16-18 students, *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.


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.
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

REQUIREMENTS for Level IIIB:

  • Attend the Jeffrey Lyons 2 week workshop Aug. 21-24 and Aug. 28 – 31  plus AT LEAST 1  additional week of summer study.
  • May be invited to perform in LABT fall show and will perform in the March 2018 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.
  • POINTE – Only by discretion of director.  Student must have at least 4 years of consistent classical ballet training with good attendance, required strength, maturity and technique as determined by 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

REQUIREMENTS for Level IV:

  • Attend the Jeffrey Lyons 2 week workshop Aug. 21-24 and Aug. 28 – 31  plus AT LEAST 1 additional week of summer  study.
  • Perform in the fall LABT show on Nov. 17/18, 2017 and spring Gala March 24, 2018.
  • Level IV Apprentices may be invited to perform in LABT fall show and will perform in the March 2018 Spring Gala.
  • 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. Level IIIA and IIIB 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 – Unable to execute a standing backbend unassisted. Friday class only

Acro II- Able to execute a standing backbend unassisted. Friday class only

Acro III – Able to execute a back handspring unassisted. 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

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

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

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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ADULT TAP CLASSES – – 1 class per week – 6th grade and up – 1 hour tap class that meets once a week in 6 week sessions. This class is designed for “beginners” or those with previous experience. Participants in this class are not included in the studio recital.

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