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Allegro: Lively Music for Children

AGES BIRTH TO 4
45 MIN

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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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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Beginner Ballet*

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. It is recommended, but not required, that beginner students take 2 classes offered at this level as well as Pilates for Young Dancers. 

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Intermediate Ballet I*

AGES 10 & Up
1 HOUR

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 and leaps as well as pre-pointe work will further strengthen muscles and bone tissue. 

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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. This class is also offered as a drop-in for advanced-level adults who would like to maintain and/or expand their technical training.

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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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Classical Variations

INTERMEDIATE dancers
only
1 HOUR


No dance experience is necessary for this class, which invites all forms of movement—from ballet, to hip hop, to yoga, to martial arts—and encourages students to use what they might know already or to improvise. Boys and girls will learn how to choreograph from a modern dance perspective in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Each class will start with a simple warm up, followed by exercises that focus on a certain element of choreography such as music, theme, movement quality, space, timing, or even costume. Students will have time and space to create an 8- to 16-count phrase.

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Making Dances

AGES 8 TO 10
1 HOUR

 

 

 


Modern Technique is offered as an open level class for dancers ages 10 to adult with some previous dance training who are looking to expand their movement vocabulary beyond ballet. This class explores elements of energy, space, and time, while developing range of motion, body articulation, and strong locomotor movement skills.

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Modern Technique*

Ages 10 & Up
1 hour


Pilates for Young Dancers

AGES 8 & UP
1 HOUR

This unique conditioning class is designed to help young dancers access the tone beneath their technique. Students will focus on building long lean muscles, core strength, and body alignment, which will contribute to their technical dance training and help prevent injury while moving both in the studio and beyond.

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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.

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.