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Chamberlain School of Ballet Programs and Classes

Ballet

Class Disciplines:

Versatility is demanded by current trends of the professional dance world.  While based in the tradition of the ballet art form, the school is progressive and in keeping with those trends.  An expansive multi-disciplined program is offered including classical ballet, pre-ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement, composition, musical theatre dance, and an open teen/adult ballet program. The goal of our program is to encourage self-confidence and appreciation as well as a love for dance that will last a lifetime.

Required Attire:

Dance clothing and costumes are considered inappropriate street wear. Both young dancers and adult students are asked to wear street clothes and shoes to and from the studio. Shoes must be worn in and around the building.   Students will not be allowed to participate in class without proper attire. In order for the faculty to offer the highest quality of injury free and anatomically correct instruction, the full anatomy must be seen; therefore no rubber pants, leg warmers, or sweat pants are permitted in any class. Also, no jewelry, other than pierced ear studs, may be worn in class.

Classical Ballet

  • Pre-Ballet
  • Beginning Ballet
  • Advanced Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
  • Pre-Professional Division
  • Teen/Adult Open Classes

 

Chamberlain School of Ballet - Childrens Class

Pre-Ballet – Ages 4 – 5 Years Old

The Pre-Ballet program offers a creative and enjoyable introduction to ballet specifically designed to bring the joy of movement and music to your children. These classes introduce students to the basic shapes, vocabulary, and postures of classical ballet. Coordination and motor skills become more refined as children are challenged to mold their bodies to these very specific positions. Musicality, flexibility, and dynamics of movement are stressed as the students gain more control of their bodies and learn the healthy habit of exercising at an early age. Pre Ballet classes for ages 4 through Kindergarten meet once a week for 45 minutes.

Girls:

Black leotard (NO skirts, please), theatrical pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes-no split soles (preferably Capezio, Bloch, or Sansha), hair secured in a bun or ponytail. A secured headband may be worn for short hair.

Boys:

White short-sleeve fitted T-shirt, black fitted legging pants or black shorts with white socks, or black tights with no socks, black ballet shoes.

Chamberlain School of Ballet - Plano, TX - childrens class

Beginning Ballet – Ages 6 Years and Older

Ballet is the foundation for all dance forms. Students may begin here with no previous training, or the preschool and kindergarten students can incorporate what they have learned in Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet and begin their formal introduction to classical ballet training. The student begins training with the emphasis on working at the barre, focusing on the muscle development that is necessary to execute basic classical movements. Center floor work is continued to develop motor skills and musicality. Ballet classes for 6-8 year olds meet once a week for 1 hour. Students 8 years and older attend ballet twice a week for an hour.

Chamberlain School of Ballet - Beginning Ballet

Girls:

Black leotard (NO skirts, please), theatrical pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes (preferably Capezio, Bloch, or Sansha), hair secured in a bun. A secured headband may be worn for short hair.

Boys:

White short sleeve fitted T-shirt, black fitted legging pants or black shorts with white socks, or black tights with no socks, black ballet shoes.

Advanced Beginning/Advanced Intermediate Ballet – Ages 8 years and older – twice a week or more

Students may begin here with previous training. The School’s intermediate classes enter a more focused phase of classical ballet training. Students concentrate on technique and strength development. Faculty continues to guide students in proper positioning, body alignment and technical knowledge. Students at this level focus on increased center floor work, particularly in the areas of petite allegro and pirouettes. Girls begin pre-pointe exercises to strengthen their feet, ankles, and legs for future pointe work. Intermediate Level is when pointe work may be introduced. Students will begin pointe work upon approval of the instructor and/or Artistic Director. Girl’s pointe work for teacher-recommended students begins at the age of 12 and up. Ballet classes meet twice a week for 1 hour or more as the student progresses.

Girls:

Black leotard (NO skirts, please), theatrical pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes (preferably Capezio, Bloch, or Sansha), hair secured in a bun. A secured headband may be worn for short hair.

Boys:

White short sleeve fitted T-shirt, black fitted legging pants or black shorts with white socks, or black tights with no socks, black ballet shoes.

Pre-Professional Division

The heart of the school is based on the intensive professional preparatory program.  This is a prelude program to the semi-professional Chamberlain Performing Arts (ballet company) founded in 1984 as a non-profit, 501 C 3 organization to provide a vehicle to prepare students for a professional dance career.  Students are accepted to the program by audition only.

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Teen/Adult Open Classes

Chamberlain School of Ballet’s Adult/Teen Ballet consists of a traditional barre and center floor work. Classes are designed to accommodate a variety of training backgrounds. Ballet develops confidence, coordination, strength, flexibility and body awareness and is a great workout for teens and adults. There is no formal dress code but please do not wear anything baggy. Ballet slippers are required.

Our Adult Ballet Program is priced on a card purchasing basis. Each card is valid for six weeks.

  • 4 classes – (1 per week) – $75
  • 8 classes –  (2 per week) – $95
  • 12 classes – (3 per week) – $125
  • Single Class Rate – $20
  • Professional Rate – $15

For all open class programs, there is an annual registration fee of $35.00.
Please click here for our open enrollment schedule and information document.

Creative Dance

Ages 3 – 4 Years Old

This class shares the world of dance in its most inventive and expressive forms with the student. The goal is to combine the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression without the emphasis of repetitious movement typically involved in other forms of dance. Students explore the playful, creative, physical world with limbering exercises, exposure to a wide variety of music, rhythmic play, and a cooperative learning focus. The creative play enhances the development of fine and gross motor skills as they run, skip, leap, stretch, coordinate, isolate and move to the music. Improvisation exercises emphasize the dance elements of the body, space, force, and time. This brain-compatible approach supports intellectual learning as well as the obvious physical benefits.

To help understand the brain–compatible approach, here is a link to Anne Green Gilbert’s website — BrainDance.

Creative Dance classes for ages 3-5 year olds meet once a week for 45 minutes. Creative Movement classes for 1st graders and up meet once a week for 1 hour.

Girls:

Any color leotard, any color convertible or footless tights, bare feet, hair pulled up and away from the face.

Boys:

Any color T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement. NO jeans, please.

This class is designed to develop large and fine motor skills, coordination, and musical awareness while promoting creativity, group interaction and the joy of self-expression.  Creative Dance classes meet once a week for 45 minutes.

Creative Movement

Grades 1 – 5

This class shares the world of dance in its most inventive and expressive forms with the student. The goal is to combine the mastery of movement with the artistry of expression without the emphasis of repetitious movement typically involved in other forms of dance. Students explore the playful, creative, physical world with limbering exercises, exposure to a wide variety of music, rhythmic play, and a cooperative learning focus. The creative play enhances the development of fine and gross motor skills as they run, skip, leap, stretch, coordinate, isolate and move to the music. Improvisation exercises emphasize the dance elements of the body, space, force, and time. This brain-compatible approach supports intellectual learning as well as the obvious physical benefits. Creative Movement classes for 6 year olds and up meet once a week for 1 hour.

Girls:

Any color leotard, any color convertible or footless tights, bare feet, hair pulled up and away from face.

Boys:

Any color T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement. NO jeans, please.

Chamberlain School of Ballet - Creative Movement

Jazz

Grades 4 and Up

Jazz dancing has had a long evolution. Consider the many varied dance forms that have fed into jazz, making it such a rich dance medium: ballet, African dance, modern dance, show dance, theatre dance, social dance, and East Indian folk movement. Jazz has always been a reflection of the trends and temper of the times. Early in America’s history, jazz music and dance had their foundations in the culture of African slaves. It wasn’t until the 1920’s, “the Jazz Age,” that the population at large started to admire and emulate the contribution of black musicians and dancers. In the 1990’s (starting with MTV’s appearance on the scene in 1981), music video dancers, club dancers, and street dancers sparked a new interest in jazz, especially among young people. Today, jazz is universally recognized as a uniquely American contribution to dance art. (from “Jazz Dance Class” by Gus Giordano)

Both Jazz dance and modern dance techniques are based on the basics of the old ballet tradition, even though both forms where considered to rebellions against it. To excel in jazz dance, the dancer must master ballet techniques. Classical training not only gives the student basic vocabulary, but it also teaches discipline in the legs and feet. The essence of jazz dance is entertainment to the people of the day, a form of dancing which is easy to understand for anyone seeing it. As the famous modern choreographer and pioneer Alvin Ailey said “The dance came from the people, and should always be given back to the people.”

Famous jazz dance pioneers worthy of note: Jack Cole’s animalistic and explosive style which led to protégé Matt Mattox’s angular and sharp technique. Just the opposite is the languid fluidity of Luigi. Also of importance is Gus Giordano’s modern and yoga influenced classical jazz dance.

Classes:

This class includes a set center warm-up that combines ballet, modern and jazz techniques, and is designed to strengthen and increase flexibility, including stretching, plies, tendus, extensions and isolations. The warm-up is an essential part of each class.

Floor exercises continue further body placement, strengthening abdominal and lower back muscles and leg stretches. Progressions across the floor have a specific intention and focuses on putting technique into action with a series of challenging steps, turns, and jumps that helps the dancer connect movements. It focuses on agility, style, and supports the work in the combination. The final combination will challenge the dancer to put all the elements together with a sense of style and presentation.

The aim is to develop dancers with the freedom of movement that comes from a firm technical foundation, grace style and attitude! Styles covered in classes include Classic Jazz, Broadway, Latin, Lyrical, and Hip Hop.

Jazz classes for 5th graders and up meet once a week for 1 hour- 1.5 hours. Additional classes are optional and available as well.

Dress Code:

Girls: Any color leotard, any color non-shiny tights , fitted jazz-style pants or shorts (tights must be worn under shorts), black split-sole jazz shoes (preferably Capezio, Bloch, Sansha, or Leo’s), hair pulled up and away from the face. (NO Dance Sneakers, please.)

Boys: Any color fitted T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement, black split-sole jazz shoes. (NO Dance Sneakers, please.)

Modern – Grades 6 and Up

These classes combine the fundamentals of the techniques of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Bill Evans, and Lester Horton. It is important to acknowledge the origin of the term “modern dance,” in that this dance form broke from earlier classical traditions in order to reflect the contemporary issues and artistic expressions of the time. Therefore, this class develops a training methodology which focuses on developing the “thinking” dancer, who will use his or her artistic expression and technique to express the issues and aesthetics of contemporary times. Modern classes meet once a week for 1 hour- 1.5 hours.

Dress Code

Girls: Any color leotard, any color convertible or footless tights, bare feet, hair pulled up and away from the face.

Boys: Any color fitted T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement.

Music and Movement

Looking for a different kind of dance class for your child?

We have an exciting summer program on Saturday mornings incorporating movement, music, and stories.

Rhymes and Rhythms: Classics – Ages 3-6

Saturdays 9:00-9:45 am

 

Young children learn and explore the world naturally through movement, music and stories. This class series provides children the time to experience and practice rhythmic patterns, musical phrasing, and various music and dance genres through singing, movement, and instruments. After initial voice and body warm-up exercises, children will participate in a shared read aloud of high quality children’s literature. They will have time to act out and extend the text using music, movement, and speaking.

“Rhymes and Rhythms: Classics” looks deeper into classic nursery rhymes, songs, and stories such as “Little Bo Peep”, “A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”, and “The Little Red Hen”.

Tales and Tempos: Around the World – Ages 6 – 9

Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 am

 

Children ages 6-9 begin to look beyond themselves to the larger world. While they will find many things different than their own family and community, children can also find commonality and understanding. “Tales and Tempos” explores the unique sounds, stories, and movement qualities of cultures on every continent so as to gain a deeper understanding of the peoples of the worlds.

“Tales and Tempos” provides children the time to experience and practice the unique music and dance genres of various cultures through a traditional story of the culture in focus. After initial voice and body warm-up exercises, they will participate in a shared reading of a piece of high quality children’s literature. Children will have time to act out and extend the text using music, movement and speaking.

About the Teacher:

Jeanne Elser Smith gained her Masters of Education with Reading and Natural Science specializations at Lesley University, is Montessori certified and has taught in public and private schools for many years. She currently teaches ages 3-6 at Lakewood Montessori in Dallas. She is a former professional ballet dancer, having danced with Hartford Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and made many guest appearances in the Dallas area. Ms. Smith developed the early childhood program for Miami City Ballet and has taught ballet to ages 3 through adults. She is also trained in Music Together, LLC music education. Ms. Smith is the founder of bibli-erto, a company focused on developing excellent curriculum in arts and education.

Tap – Grades 1 and Up

The discipline of tap will be used to explore rhythms, musicality, coordination and timing. This course will consist of tap technique, terminology and history. The student will explore rhythms, tap steps and combinations. Tap technique and styles for the musical theatre are geared toward acquisition of basic concepts and skills fundamental to tap dance styles with a continuation of tap technique study emphasizing stylistic variance of tap repertory specific to the American Musical Theatre. Tap classes meet once a week for 1 hour.

Girls: Black leotard, theatrical pink or flesh color tights (match to skin tone – non shiny), fitted jazz-style pants or shorts, hair pulled up and away from the face, and Beginner and Adv. Beginner – Mary Jane-style tap shoes with Velcro buckle or actual buckle strap (NO split soles).  Intermediate and Advanced – black oxford-style tap shoes (NO split soles).

Boys: White short sleeve fitted T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement, black oxford style tap shoes. (NO split soles).

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Musical Theater Dance:

Grades 1 – 5

Musical Theatre Dance is a class comprised of dance techniques for the musical theatre stage. Students will explore warm-up stretches, progressions across the floor and choreography styles based in novelty jazz and ballet. During the course, students will be given roles specific to a particular musical and will learn a selection from that musical to be presented in class for Parent Observation Day. Light costuming and props will be utilized where applicable. Classical dance background is recommended. Musical Theater Dance classes meet once a week for 1 hour.

Girls: Any color leotard, non-shiny tights, black jazz shoes, hair pulled up and away from face.

Boys: Any color fitted t-shirt, exercise pants or shorts that do not restrict movement, black jazz shoes.

Composition:

Grades 6 and Up

Building on the elements of dance explored in Creative Movement, Composition students choreograph longer movement studies leading to dance compositions. Students choreograph on themselves and each other. The creative process is pivotal to the class, as students work together to create, perform, assess, and evaluate. Composition classes meets once a week for 1 hour- 1.5 hours.

Girls: Any color leotard, any color convertible or footless tights, bare feet, hair pulled up and away from the face.

Boys: Any color T-shirt, exercise shorts or pants that do not restrict movement.