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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 5
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 while also focusing on fundamental skills, including basic ballet technique. 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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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Sunday, 2:00pm–2:45pm (ages 3 to 5)
Sunday, 3:00pm–3:45 pm (ages 3 to 5)


Pre-Ballet

AGES 5 TO 7
45 MIN

 

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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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Wednesday, 3:00pm–3:45pm

Fall 2019 full sessions:
Monday, 3:30pm–4:15pm
(please email ccbma.athens@gmail.com to join waiting list.)


Young dancers will be introduced to basic rhythmic tap technique, vocabulary, and combinations in a fun and supportive environment. It is recommended that children learning tap also take pre-ballet/ballet to create a solid foundation of strength, stamina, and technique.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Monday, 5:45pm–6:30pm

Tap I

AGES 5 TO 7
45 MIN


Tap II

ages 8 and up

1 hour

Dancers will build on their rhythmic tap technique and vocabulary to create dynamic combinations while exploring the different genres of classical, musical theatre, and street.

Students in Tap II must have completed Tap I (or the equivalent with approval) and must concurrently be enrolled in a ballet technique class at their level.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Wednesday, 5:00pm–6:00pm


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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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Wednesday, 4:00pm–5:00pm


Beginner Ballet II

AGES 8 & UP
1 HOUR 15 min

 

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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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Monday, 4:30pm–5:45pm

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Choreography Lab

Ages 8 to 11

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.

It is strongly recommended that students in Choreography Lab also take a ballet technique class at their level.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Tuesday, 3:30pm–4:30pm


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. Intermediate I students are required to take both sessions of Intermediate I technique classes.

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

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Tuesday, 4:30pm–6:00pm
Thursday, 4:30pm–6:00pm

Intermediate Ballet

Ages 10 & Up

1½ HOURS

PREREQUISITE: 
beginner BALLEt Ii or permission from instructor


Students will work at the barre and in center floor on pointe to strengthen feet, ankles, and toes with special emphasis on weight shifting, articulation of the feet, and rolling down smoothly from pointe.

Students who wish to enroll in Pointe class must be concurrently enrolled in a ballet technique class at their level.

Fall 2019 open sessions:
Tuesday, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Beginner-
Intermediate Pointe*

Ages 12 & Up

1 Hour


Intermediate-
Advanced Ballet*

AGES 14 & 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.

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

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Tuesday, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Thursday, 6:00pm–7:30pm


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.

Students in Classical Variations must be concurrently enrolled in a ballet technique class at their level.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Monday, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Classical Variations

INTERMEDIATE and advanced dancers
only

1 HOUR

 


Students are taught the fundamental elements of modern dance technique in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Concepts of fall and recovery, contraction and release, and spirals are introduced accompanied by an eclectic selection of motivating World music. Class is ordered in an organic progressive way with breath-work, warm-up, center combination work, movement phrases across the floor, and cool-down. Dancers work towards mastering more intricate movement phrases, developing a broader range of movement quality while becoming fluent in modern dance vocabulary.

Fall 2019 open sessions:
Monday, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Modern Technique and
Improvisation*

Ages 12 & Up

1 Hour


Dancers will learn and build on traditional jazz movement and vocabulary based on classical ballet technique. Jazz includes a warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations while exploring a variety jazz dance styles and music genres.

Students in Jazz I must be enrolled concurrently in a ballet technique class at their level.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Wednesday, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Jazz I*

AGES 12 & up

1 HOUR


Contemporary*

AGES 12 & UP
1 HOUR

 

This class is an eclectic blend of styles that explores freedom of expression, musicality, fluidity, and integration of the whole-body thorough breath. Various contemporary and modern techniques are studied, allowing students to develop their individual dance style while gaining technical proficiency in a fun environment. The class consists of a fluid warm-up, dynamic across the floor sequences, and a challenging center combination. No shoes are required for this class.

Students in Contemporary must be enrolled concurrently in a ballet technique class at their level.

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Fall 2019 open sessions:
Thursday, 7:30pm–8:30pm

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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.