Featuring the award-winning Music Class curriculum, these classes combine energetic movement and lively music. Children, who attend with their parents, participate in fun-filled sessions of singing, dancing, and instrument play, all designed to stimulate musical learning. Taught by an experienced music teacher and Athens mom, Allegro classes run for ten-week sessions in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Creative Movement

AGES 3 TO 6
45 MIN

 

Girls and boys will be encouraged to move and to tell stories with their bodies in response to a wide variety of musical genres—including but not limited to classical repertoire, spirituals, popular music, lullabies, folk, jazz, and blues—using rhythm, improvisation, and imagination. Children will physically interpret musical themes and variations. Freedom of movement will be fostered, but teachers will provide direction and order, ensuring that each child receives the opportunity to express herself or himself in a comforting and supportive environment. Props will be used occasionally to support the lesson. 

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Open sessions:
Tuesday, 3:00pm–3:45pm (ages 3-5)

Full sessions:
Thursday, 3:00pm–3:45pm (ages 4-6)
Thursday, 3:45pm–4:30pm (ages 3-5)

Please email ccbma.athens@gmail to join the waiting list or to register.


Group Piano Class for
Preschoolers

Ages 3+
45 minutes

 

 

 


Pre-Ballet

AGES 5 TO 7
45 MIN

 

Preschoolers will unlock instinctual musicianship in an exciting exploration of the piano, composers, and the tools of music through dancing, singing, and creative expression in this small-group class (max. 6 students). Boys and girls will learn the musical alphabet, finger dexterity, patterns and sequences, hand-eye coordination, performance etiquette, and musical skills that are applicable to any instrument. Performances will take place in December and May. Studies have shown children who learn music do better academically and are more successful problem-solvers. Don't miss out on this uniquely tailored class, offered exclusively at CCBMA by Dr. Alexandra Dunbar (DMA, MM, The Juilliard School), an award-winning musician and teaching artist. 

Open sessions:
Monday, 11:15am–Noon
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Boys and girls will learn basic ballet vocabulary, beginning with the seven movements of ballet, studio etiquette, and the structure of a typical ballet class (stretching-, barre-, center-, and across-the-floor exercises), which will prepare them both physically and mentally for the next level of training. Children will be introduced to proper body alignment and turnout, but with an understanding that natural, or parallel, alignment is best suited at this age for building stronger joints and muscles for a continual, injury-free ballet practice. Sequences of steps, or combinations, will hone memorization skills and coordination and inspire musicality and artistic expression. Dance and music history facts will foster a more mature understanding of the art of ballet and its origins. 

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Open sessions:
There are currently no open sessions of Pre-Ballet.

Full sessions:
Monday, 3:00pm–3:45pm
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Young dancers will be introduced to rhythmic tap technique and combinations in a fun and supportive environment. It is recommended that children learning tap also take pre-ballet to create a solid foundation of strength and stamina.

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Open sessions:
Monday, 3:45pm–4:30pm
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Beginner Tap

AGES 5 TO 7
45 MIN


Beginner Ballet I

AGES 8 & UP
1 HOUR

 

In this year-long progressive curriculum, new and continuing students will refine ballet basics and learn more complex steps and sequences. Self-analysis will be encouraged and will help build confidence and body awareness. Students will begin to develop correct habits of muscle memory in posture and placement and will continue to build strength and flexibility while improving technique. 

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Open sessions:
Wednesday, 4:00pm–5:00pm
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Beginner Ballet II

AGES 8 & UP
1½ HOURS

 

In Beginner Ballet II, more advanced Beginner students will continue refining the fundamentals established in Beginner Ballet I, with more focus on the theories that support the movement vocabulary appropriate for the age level.

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Open sessions:
Monday, 4:30pm–6:00pm
Please email ccbma.athens@gmail.com to register.

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Intermediate Ballet I*

AGES 10 & Up
1 HOUr & 15 Min

PREREQUISITE: 
BEGINNER BALLEt or permission from instructor

 

At this level, students are expected to be more serious in their study of ballet. The essential overall structure and vocabulary learned in previous levels remain consistent as the student progresses through more advanced steps. Classes will cultivate artistic expression and musicality while refining technique. A more robust practice of jumps, leaps, and turns will help develop a deeper understanding of classical ballet theory. Pre-pointe work in the fall, followed by pointe work in the winter and spring, will further strengthen muscles and bone tissue. Because of the beginning pointe curriculum, Intermediate I students are required to take both sessions of Intermediate I technique classes.

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Open sessions:
Tuesday, 4:15pm–5:30pm
Thursday, 4:45pm–6:00pm

(Intermediate I students must register for BOTH sessions unless dancer receives permission otherwise from director or instructor.)

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Intermediate Ballet II*

AGES 12 & Up
1½ HOURS

PREREQUISITE: 
Intermediate BALLEt I or permission from instructor

 

Students in Intermediate Ballet II will continue to polish their technique and refine artistic expression. A portion of each class will be devoted to work en pointe. Intermediate II students are required to take both sessions of Intermediate II technique classes. We also recommend that they take Classical Variations II and other supplemental classes such as Modern Technique and/or Contemporary. Intermediate Ballet II is also offered as a drop-in for advanced-level adults who would like to maintain and/or expand their technical training. Adults are not required to take both sessions of this class.

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Open sessions:
Tuesday, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Thursday, 6:00pm–7:30pm

(Intermediate II students must register for BOTH sessions unless dancer receives permission otherwise from director or instructor.)

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Classical Variations introduces intermediate students to choreography from famous full-length ballets. These short sections, either solo or corps de ballet variations, allow the dancer to transform technique into artistry. Girls may wear wrap ballet skirts.

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Open sessions:
Monday, 8:00pm–9:00pm
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Classical Variations

INTERMEDIATE dancers
only
1 HOUR

 


Sparking an innate sense of wonder and imagination, this composition class encourages students to play and experiment with their own movement vocabulary to create solo and group dance choreography in the studio. Students will creatively explore the basic elements of dance invention using a variety of source materials as catalysts including improvisation, spoken word, visual art, and music. Fostering a sound movement foundation within individual expression, the essential dance elements of time, space, dynamic, level, momentum, weight, and direction are visited while shaping the dances. All skill levels welcome.

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Open sessions:
Tuesday, 5:30–6:30
Please email ccbma.athens@gmail.com to register.

Choreography Lab

AGES 8 TO 12
1 HOUR


Contemporary

AGES 12 & UP
1 HOUR

 

This expressive form of dance allows students to work outside of the more rigid technical requirements of ballet training. Students should have a basic knowledge of ballet and/or modern technique–an important foundation for learning more unconventional movements from a variety of styles in this choreography-based class. 

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Open sessions:
Thursday, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Please email ccbma.athens@gmail.com to register.

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates self-defense, music, dance, acrobatics, history, culture, and language. When it was first conceived in the sixteenth century, one of Capoeira's main tenets was freedom, which is as true today as it was then. Maculelê is a folkloric dance practiced with heavy afro-Brazilian percussion often incorporated into presentations of the martial art. Capoeira fosters a philosophy that extends beyond the classroom and into daily life. Kids will learn new physical skills that will improve their confidence and increase their knowledge as they learn the history, language, and culture of Brazil, the birth place of Capoeira. It is by far the most expressive of all martial arts.

Open sessions:
Sunday, 5:00pm–6:00pm
Please email ccbma.athens@gmail.com to register.

Maculelê
Capoeira

Ages 6 to 12
1 Hour

 

 

 

 

 *Denotes children's programming available to adults either as drop-in classes or as tuition-based classes.