The Collage Ballet Conservatory offers ballet programs for dancers ages 4 to 18 and a creative movement program for dancers ages 2-4. Each ballet program is 40 weeks long and runs from August through May. There are two semesters of Creative Movement, August – December and February – May.
Creative Movement — Exploratory Movement for ages 2 – 4
Saturdays, 10 – 10:45 AM
Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore movement, channel energy, stimulate imagination, promote creativity and embrace discipline. Numerous creative movement exercises will be used to help the young student explore the four basic body movements: bending, stretching, turning and jumping. Through these four basic movements, children will learn about their bodies, the space around them, and working together as a group. Creative Movement will introduce the young student to French vocabulary and will prepare the student for the Petit Pas program.
Petit Pas — Beginner Ballet for ages 4 – 6
I: Saturdays, 9 – 10 AM II: Saturdays, 10 – 11 AM III: Saturdays, 11 – 12 PM
In this introductory ballet program, the young student will learn musicality to a range of classical and contemporary music compositions. The program will acquaint students with the French language and introduce them to classical ballet concepts. The student will develop body coordination while learning to dance with a group. In Petit Pas I, various creative movement exercises will be used to encourage the student’s ability to express their individuality within the discipline of classical ballet. In Petit Pas II & III students will be introduced to the concepts of turnout and proper dorsal alignment.
Tarantella — Beginner and Intermediate Ballet for ages 7 – 9
I: Mondays & Wednesdays for 1.5 hours II: Tuesdays & Thursdays for 1.5 hours III: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays for 1.5 hours
In this highly energetic program the young student will learn and master basic ballet positions through a curriculum which utilizes the Vaganova and Maggie Black ballet techniques. Emphasis will be placed on perfecting the proper body alignment required for advanced ballet instruction. Students will learn stretching exercises to encourage healthy mobility of the joints, tendons and muscles. The student will continue to grow their French vocabulary and will progress to learn a complete ballet barre and center work.
Allegro — Beginner/Intermediate Ballet for ages 9 – 16
II: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 1.5 hours
In this gateway program the student will learn basic ballet positions through a curriculum which utilizes the Vaganova and Maggie Black ballet techniques. The Allegro program is designed for students with little or no previous ballet training. Emphasis will be placed on perfecting the proper body alignment required for intermediate and advanced ballet instruction. Students will also learn stretching exercises to encourage healthy mobility of the joints, tendons and muscles.
Etude — Intermediate and Advanced Ballet for ages 9 – 16
I: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 1.75 hours II: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays for 2 hours
The curriculum for this program utilizes various classical techniques, including the Opera de Paris French School, Maggie Black, Bournonville and Balanchine. This comprehensive class will provide the student with solid ballet technique that will prepare them for introduction and mastery of other dance disciplines and genres.
Tap — Beginner and Intermediate Tap for ages 7+
I & II: Saturdays for 1 hour
In this high-energy introductory tap program, students will learn the fundamentals of rhythm tap. Students will learn tap terminology and short combinations to prepare them for intermediate and advanced study. The program will focus on strengthening each student’s musicality, rhythm, timing, speed and coordination. Students will learn how to hear and interpret music in a more advanced way through combinations that employ syncopation and dynamics. Students will also learn the history of tap, one of the oldest American forms of dance that dates back to the mid-1800s and has significant roots in the African-American experience.