Class Descriptions & Dress Code

LDT is dedicated to nurturing future dancers and dance lovers in a supportive, professional environment. We focus on proper technique and the progression of each dancer as an individual – we recognize that dancers learn at differing rates and have varying aspirations.  To that extent, students are likely to remain in the same level for several years as they progress through the program.

 

2015-2016 Season Class Descriptions and Dress Code

Dance Classes for Students
 
Dancing Together (age 3+ with parent) Through the use of colorful props, songs and simple dance steps, you and your child will discover the wonderful world of creative movement while developing both your imagination and coordination skills.
 
This 45-minute course meets in 3 eight week sessions that may be taken all together or independently.
 
Dress Code: Pink leotard and pink footless tights. Shoes are unnecessary and parents may wear comfortable clothes.
 
Creative Dance (age 4+) utilizes imagination and creative movement to introduce the student to the initial steps of ballet and modern dance. This introductory movement class explores rhythm, song, body awareness, locomotive skills, and creative expression.
 
This 45-minute course meets in 3 eight week sessions that may be taken all together or independently. 

Dress code: Pink leotard and pink footless tights. No shoes needed.

Dance Sampler (ages 7+) explore the basics of three different idioms- ballet, jazz, hip hop. Students are taught technique and skill building in all three styles. A strong emphasis is placed on learning terminology, a fundamental understanding of music and its relationship to movement along with elements of body alignment and positioning. This course is repeatable.
 
This 60-minute class meets once a week.
 
Dress Code: Plain leotard, tight fitting dance or workout tops and dance pants. Ballet shoes and dance sneakers.
 
Lyrical 1 (ages 8+) explores the fusions of contemporary modern movements, classic jazz and ballet while combining creative dance elements and choreography.
 
This 60-minute course is repeatable yearly and meets once a week.
 
Dress Code: Plain leotard, tight fitting dance or workout tops and dance pants. Lyrical or half-sole shoes.
 
Teen Intermediate Tap (ages 10+) assumes previous tap experience. Using rhythm as a basis, this class combines foot isolation, strength, weight shift, balance and coordination to synthesize movement using dynamics and phrasing. Tap shoes are required, flat soled tap shoes are preferred. This class is repeatable.
This 45-minute course meets once a week.
 
Dress Code: Plain leotard, tight fitting dance or work out tops and dance pants. Flat soled tap shoes.
 
Teen Hip Hop (ages 12+) Incorporates current music and street dancing with rhythmic isolations, syncopation, and the latest hip hop moves. It is the ultimate dance workout. This 60-minute course is repeatable yearly.This class meets once a week.Dress Code: Plain leotard, tight fitting dance or workout tops and dance pants. Jazz/dance sneakers.
Lyrical 2 (ages 13+) assumes at least one year of prior jazz or lyrical completion. Combining classic jazz and contemporary modern movement, this fusion of dance styles expresses more intricate and complex rhythms and combinations than the level 1 class.
 
This 60-minute course is repeatable yearly and meets once a week.
 
Dress Code: Plain leotard, tight fitting dance or workout tops and dance pants. Lyrical or half-sole shoes.

Graded Ballet Program

Levels Ballet II and up contingent on placement class prior to registration

Primary Ballet (ages 5-6) utilizes rhythm and creative movement while introducing the student to the discipline and initial steps of ballet. This class combines ballet technique with structured creativity while still studying body awareness, rhythm and alignment.

This 60-minute course meets once a week

Dress Code: Pink or red leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.

Ballet I (ages 6+) is the first year of serious study. Students are now prepared both mentally and physically for serious classical ballet study. Barre work and center practice increase strength, flexibility, and an understanding of ballet vocabulary.

This 60-minute class meets once a week.

Dress Code: Pink or red leotard, Pink tights and pink ballet slippers

Ballet II (ages 8+) assumes at least one year of Ballet I.  The student progresses toward more challenging classical ballet barre work, vocabulary and terminology.  Barre work and center practice are designed to increase body alignment, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, rhythm and musicality.  This course is repeatable yearly until student evaluation progresses to the next level.

This 60-minute course meets once a week

Dress Code: Red Leotard, Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes 

Ballet III (ages 8 +) assumes at least 2 years of study and the full completion of Ballet I and Ballet II.  This class is a one hour and 15 minute class that meets twice as week as is required for more challenging classical ballet barre work, vocabulary and terminology in preparation for future hour and half ballet classes.  Barre work and center practice are designed to increase body alignment, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, rhythm and musicality.  This course is repeatable yearly until student evaluation progresses to the next level.

This 75-minute course is required twice a week

Dress Code: Red or black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. 

Ballet IV (ages 9+) assumes at least 3 years of serious study and/or the full completion of Ballet I, II, and III.  This hour and a half class is required twice a week and focuses on increased strength, flexibility, body alignment, consistent leg rotation, and use of epaulement (alignment of head and shoulders). Barre and center practice become more complex. The syllabus grows with student abilities to include body directions, coordination, balance, pirouettes, jumps, use of spatial levels and pathways, increased knowledge of rhythm and musicality, and synthesis of information.  This level is repeatable yearly until student evaluation progresses to the next level.

This 90-minute course is required two times a week but strongly encourages three classes per week.

Dress Code: Red, black or white leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.

Ballet V (ages 12+) assumes at least 5 years of serious study and/or the full completion of Ballet I, II, III, and IV. Dancers are now expected to integrate body alignment, turn out, use of upper body, epaulement positions, transitions and musicality.  Increased strength and flexibility are emphasized for leg extensions, turns, adagio and allegro work in preparation for multiple turns, turn progressions, and/or a more complex class.  Integration of dynamics, phrasing, and synthesis of information are incorporated into class exercises. This level is repeatable yearly until student evaluation progresses to the next level.

This 90-minute course is required three times a week and strongly encourages dancing more each week.

Dress Code: Red, black or white leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers

Ballet VI (ages 15+) assumes at least 7 years of serious study and/or the full completion of Ballet I, II, III, IV, and V.  At this level, classical ballet expects dancers to have a physical understanding of technique, musicality, and artistry.   Through the use of space, dynamics, expressiveness, phrasing, synthesis of information, transitions, clarity of movement and commitment, this level prepares the dancer to transition their technique from classwork to the stage.

This 90-minute course is required three times a week and dancing more each week is strongly encouraged.

Dress Code: Red, black or white leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers

Graded Ballet with Pointe Program

Requires faculty consent and placement

Pointe I is the ground work for dancing on pointe, developing foot and ankle strength, as well as, stamina for safely rising on to the tips of the toes while maintaining turn out, coordination and grace.  Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet technique and requires consistent attendance in ballet classes. This class is repeatable yearly until student evaluated to the next level.

Requires attendance in ballet program and a minimum of three 90-minute classes per week.
 
Dress Code: Red or Black leotard and convertible Pink tights. Pointe shoes recommended by instructor
 
Pointe II a continuation of the foundation built in Pointe I. Students build strength an coordination while working at the barre and begin incorporating advanced pointe work, balances and allegro movements, in center practice. This class is repeatable yearly until student is evaluated for the next level.
 
Requires attendance in ballet program and a minimum of three 90-minute classes per week.
 
Dress Code: Red or Black leotard and convertible Pink tights.  Pointe shoes recommended by instructor
 
Pointe III Pointe work is an extension of classical ballet technique, students have a foundation of pointe work that allows them to build strength and confidence working in a pointe shoe. Incorporating all elements of a technique class, balances turning and jumping in all forms, adagio and allegro movements.
 
Requires attendance in ballet program and a minimum of three 90-minute classes per week.
 
Dress Code: Red or black leotard, convertible pink tights and pointe shoes as recommended by instructor