A fun introduction to the world of ballet for the youngest student. Creative play activities set to music introduce students to the basic elements of beginner ballet, including positions of the feet and arms, and simple ballet steps such as demi plie, battement tendu, eleve, chasse, etc. Students are given semi-structured improvisation opportunites in the class, developed around well-known children’s stories and classical ballet librettos. Emphasis is placed on developing good motor skills, as well as age-appropriate social skills in a classroom setting. Students in this level perform at an in-studio recital/demonstration at the end of May or beginning of June. *Students must be toilet-trained to attend Creative Movement or any other class at the Corvallis Academy of Ballet.
Fun, yet structured activities and imaginative games are utilized to learn basic ballet steps, and to further develop the child’s use of space and rhythm. This level has a longer classtime and a slightly more structured environment than Creative Movement, gradually moving the students closer towards a formal ballet technique class. Preballet I is the first level in the academy where students perform onstage in the annual recital.
A formal introduction to the study of classical ballet technique. Students practice barre and center work at each class, and are introduced to the concept of ballet as a serious art form, which requires focus and dedication, as well as enthusiasm. Ballet I students take class just one day per week, while Ballet I Intermediate students take class two days per week.
In this level, students begin to learn the methodology of Vaganova (Russian) ballet technique. Students in this level are expected to start learning and memorizing the french classical terminology for the steps they learn, as well as the english translations for these steps. This level requires consistent attendance with a minimum of 2 technique classes per week. Students in this level are also encouraged to enroll in Beginner/Intermediate Character Dance, and/or Chinese Dance.
Minimum of 2 technique classes per week, with emphasis on more advanced class work taken from the first and second years of the Vaganova syllabus. This is considered the Pre-Pointe year for female students at CAB. Students in this level are also encouraged to enroll in Chinese Dance, and/or Beginner/Intermediate Character Dance.
Classes are a minimum of 3 technique classes per week, with class material taken from the 3rd & 4th years of the Vaganova syllabus. This is the first-year Pointe class for female students at CAB. Students in this level are also encouraged to enroll in Chinese Dance, Body Conditioning, and/or Beginner/Intermediate Character Dance.*
Classes are now a minimum of 4 technique classes per week, with class material taken from the 4th & 5th years of the Vaganova syllabus. This is the intermediate-level Pointe class for female students at CAB. There may be some understudy/performance opportunities with Willamette Apprentice Ballet, for select Level V students. Students in this level are also encouraged to enroll in Advanced Character Dance, Level II Modern Dance, Body Conditioning, and /or Chinese Dance.*
*Students in Ballet IV & Ballet V have the option on Thursdays of taking Modern Dance technique and repertoire classes instead of a combined Ballet IV/V technique class.
For the very dedicated dancer, this level requires advanced-level classical ballet technique, with class material taken from the 5th-8th years of the Vaganova syllabus. Technique classes are now a minimum 4 days per week, with the option of taking a 5th class on Saturdays (Ballet V or IV). This is the intermediate/advanced level pointe class for female CAB students. Students in this level are invited to perform with Willamette Apprentice Ballet, a non-profit, pre-professional performance group. Ballet VI dancers are encouraged to enroll in Level II Modern Dance and Body Conditioning classes; select Ballet VI ladies will be invited to attend Partnering classes. *Ballet VI students have the option of taking Advanced Character Dance and/or Modern Dance (Level II) classes on Thursdays, instead of a 4th weekly ballet technique class.
Based on the Russian Character Dance Syllabus, students in both levels of character dance will study barre and center work that combines classical ballet technique with national dances from eastern and western Europe. Both levels will also learn excerpts from the Character Dance Repertoire from select 19th and 20th century ballets such as Don Quixote, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Petroushka, etc. Performance opportunities in Willamette Apprentice Ballet concerts may be available. NOTE: you do not have to be enrolled in a ballet class at CAB in order to take either level of Character Dance, although it is strongly recommended. Students who enroll in a character dance class and a ballet class will receive a tuition discount.
This class provides an introduction to traditional Chinese dance, music, and costumes. Props such as ribbons, fans, cups, plates, etc, are frequently utilized in classroom combinations and performance choreography. Performance opportunities in Oregon State University’s China Night and/or other community events may be available. Chinese Dance is recommended for students 10 yrs old and up. NOTE: you do not have to be enrolled in a ballet class at CAB in order to take Chinese Dance, although it is strongly recommended, and students who enroll in Chinese Dance and a ballet class receive a tuition discount.
Modern Dance (Recommended for students in Ballet II & up, or ages 10 & up)
The Modern Dance technique and repertoire classes are intended for intermediate or advanced-level ballet and/or modern dance students. With a class syllabus that includes the teaching and choreographic methods of Paul Taylor and Kim Robards, students in both levels will learn and further develop their technique in fundamental elements of modern dance, including contractions, tilts, floor work, jumps and turns, gender-neutral Partnering, improvisation, and dance composition. Performance opportunities with Willamette Apprentice Ballet may be available for select students in the Level II class.
Men’s Variations Class (Ages 12 & up)
A ballet technique class just for intermediate/advanced-level male dancers. Center exercises are geared towards the particular physical demands and technical requirements of the male classical ballet dancer. Students will also learn men’s variations from the 19th and 20th century classical ballet repertoire; performance opportunities with Willamette Apprentice Ballet may be available.
Partnering Class (Ages 13 & up)
The advanced-level students who are invited to attend this class will learn the fundamentals of classical and contemporary ballet partnering, as well as how to effectively and respectfully communicate with a dance partner, to create a safe and harmonious stage partnership.
Adult Beginner/Intermediate Ballet is open to both teens and adults who have little or no prior experience with ballet classes, as well as teens and adults who have prior experience with ballet, or who were ballet dancers in a past life and are looking to start dancing again.
These are traditionally-structured ballet classes, consisting of barre and center work, with class material mostly taken from the 1st through 4th years of the Vaganova syllabus. The dress code is informal, and the class environment is less-structured and more relaxed than our regular academy classes. Students are encouraged to ask questions, and to take their time learning and mastering new steps and concepts. This class will help teen and adult students develop and improve turnout (outward rotation of the hip joint), flexibility, balance, posture, and brain power. The Adult Ballet Classes operate on the CAB Punch Card System.
Adult Beginner Modern Dance
A technique class for teen and adult students who have little to no experience with Modern Dance. Through seated, standing, and traveling combinations, students will learn the fundamentals of modern dance technique, all the while developing and improving their strength, flexibility, agility, balance, posture, musicality, and brain function. The Adult Beginner Modern Dance classes operate on the CAB Punchcard System.
Adult Pointe (New Class!)
A Beginner/Intermediate Pointe class for teen and adult students who have a minimum of 1-2 years experience dancing on pointe. Barre and center exercises will help students increase their strength, stamina, precision, and finesse in their pointe work. Depending on the overall skill level of the class, Variations from the 19th and 20th century classical ballet repertoire might be taught in the class. The Adult Pointe classes operate on the CAB Punchcard System.
Body Conditioning (Ages 10 & up)
*Body Conditioning will not be offered on a regular basis during the 2019/2020 academic year, but it will be back for Summer Session 2020.
Open to dancers and non-dancers alike, our Body Conditioning classes are a series of strengthening and toning exercises that target just about every muscle group in the body. The class also includes Theraband exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and dexterity in the ankles and toes, and various stretches to improve overall flexibility. Conditioning exercises are an effective form of injury prevention for numerous dance and sports injuries; these conditioning exercises are also a safer, smarter way to regain lost strength, flexibility, and dexterity when recovering from an injury. *Body Conditioning students need to provide their own mat, and if they own a Theraband, they should bring that to class as well.