Acton School of Ballet

Supplementary Classes

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SUPPLEMENTARY CLASSES

To build onto our core syllabus, we encourage students to take additional classes to supplement their training. Supplementary classes are specifically designed to increase basic strength, deepen the student’s understanding of the ballet vocabulary, and broaden the scope of her/his training. In the Lower School (up to Level 2) students may take additional classes at their syllabus level as supplementary classes. Beginning in the Upper School, the following supplementary classes are offered. See below for more detailed descriptions.


Modern 1/2 - FULL 

 

 

Ballet Level
3-5 or Level 6 if first year

Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Utz)

Modern 3


 

Ballet Level
6 with one year of modern or Level 7+

Thursday 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Utz)

Modern is an important way to supplement and enhance a dancer’s ballet training. These classes introduce and refine the grounded technique of modern dance. Classes begin with a thorough warm-up and proceed with combinations in center and across the floor. Modern classes are accompanied with live music. 


Variations 6/7/8

 

Ballet Level
6/7/8

Friday 5:15 - 6:30 pm (Diarbekirian)

Open Variations

 

Ballet Level
5+

Saturday 1:15 - 2:45 pm (Stark)

Students study the great classical variations in depth. Variations classes help students improve performance presence and obtain a deeper understanding of ballet history and performance. Students learn and perfect 3-4 variations and participate Variations Performance at the end of each semester.  


Floor Barre

Ballet Level
5+

Monday 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Pons)

Ballet Conditioning

 

Ballet Level
5+

Tuesday 6:30 - 7:30 pm (Shelton)

Floor Barre is a great tool to help dancers' alignment without the stress of gravity associated with 'standing' at the barre. Dancers will learn how to execute classical ballet exercises on the floor with correct anatomical alignment using the proper muscles and will strengthen, lengthen, and fine-tune their movements for ballet class.

Ballet Conditioning is designed to improve student’s flexibility and extensions, strengthen abdominal and back muscles and to build stamina as required for ballet technique. Each student will receive individual instruction appropriate to her/his age and experience.


Supplementary Pointe

 

Monday 6:30 - 7:30 pm (Diarbekirian)
Saturday 12:15 - 1:15 pm (Stark)

Ballet Level
6+ (Level 5 by invitation)

Supplementary Pointe is a way for students to improve strength and alignment as it relates to pointe work. Each student receives instruction appropriate to her current technique level.


Repertory 8/9/10

 

Ballet Level
8/9/10

Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00 pm (Jefferies)

Junior Repertory

 

Ballet Level
3 & 4

Saturday 12:30 - 1:45 pm (Shelton)

Repertory 8/9/10 is a class for pre-professional level students in Level 8, 9 or 10 to learn repertory in the classical, neo-classical, and contemporary styles. Students will learn works by world-class contemporary choreographers, as well repertory by Mr. Jefferies and will perform excepts from the class in the variations performance at the end of each semester. 

In Junior Repertory students will learn some of the classic ballet group variations, with appropriate modifications for age and technique. This class will perform in the Variations Performance at the end of each semester.


Choreography

Ballet Level
6+ 

Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Utz)

Boy's Class

Ballet Level
Upper School or by Invitation Only

Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Jefferies)

Choreography class offers students an opportunity to learn the basic principles and tools for creating dances, casting and managing dancers, selecting music, and organizing and leading rehearsals. Students will create work to be presented at the Variations Performance at the end of each semester.

In Boy's Class student's will be introduced to the fundamentals of ballet technique as it specifically relates to the male dancer. Male students will also learn strengthening and conditioning exercises to benefit their dancing in a safe and healthy way. This class is by invitation only. For new students, please contact us to learn more.


Open Contemporary

Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Utz)
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Utz)

Ballet Level 6+

 

Open Contemporary is available to students in Levels 6 and up as a supplementary class. Students may take Tuesday OR Thursday OR both classes. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, students who take only one class will be eligible to perform in the Spring Performance. To read more about the Contemporary Ballet syllabus, click here.