CURRICULUM

FORMAL DIVISION: BALLET - Must be 7 yrs. By September 1 2017

Ballet is a formal division discipline and students must be 7 years old (by September 1st 2017) to enroll in the program. Upon their enrollment students are placed in levels according to their age and ability. Each level is designed to help a student master the technique of Ballet.  Requirements are established to ensure the safety and development of the dancer.  The School offers all new students a free trial class in order for our faculty to correctly level the dancer.

If dancer cannot meet requirements in recommended level, dancer is advised to take a level that better suits personal schedule. If you are very active in outside activities (dance team, musicals, sports, etc.) in addition to dance, it is likely that you will need to make choices. Level 4x-5 is recommended for dancers that desire a more serious dance track.

Please review requirements carefully and follow your level assignment.  For dancers pursuing a “Ballet Track” with aspirations of college and/or professional level dance it is recommended to take more than the required number of classes.  Additionally dancers may take a lower level to accommodate requirements, schedule or increase number of classes taken.

REQUIREMENTS - Requirements must be followed or registration will not be processed.  No exceptions.

PLEASE NOTE: It is common for a dancer to be a split-level between disciplines (ex: Ballet 4 / Jazz 3x) since dancers abilities are not always the same with each discipline.  Levels are assigned based on each individual and their ability with each style of dance.

REQUIREMENTS UPDATED FOR 2017/2018

LEVEL 1X
BEGINNER

LEVEL 2
BEGINNER
(2) Ballet classes per week recommended

LEVEL 2X
ADVANCED BEGINNER
(2) Ballet classes per week recommended.

Note: taking less than 2 classes per week may delay the progression to advance to pointe.

LEVEL 3A
ADVANCED BEGINNER
(2) Ballet technique classes per week strongly recommended
Note: taking less than 2 classes per week may delay the progression to advance to pointe.
(2) Ballet technique classes required for Ballet Company

LEVEL 3B
ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE
Includes Pre Pointe
(2) Ballet technique classes per week strongly recommended
Note: taking less than 2 classes per week may delay the progression to advance to pointe.
(2) Ballet technique classes required for Pointe and/or Ballet Company

LEVEL 3X
INTERMEDIATE
(2) Ballet technique classes per week required
(2) Ballet technique classes required for Pointe and/or Ballet Company

LEVEL 4
 INTERMEDIATE
(2) Ballet technique classes per week required
(3) Ballet technique classes required for Pointe and/or Ballet Company

LEVEL 4X
INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED
(2) Ballet technique classes per week required
(3) Ballet technique classes required for Pointe and/or Ballet Company

LEVEL 5
ADVANCED
(3) Ballet technique classes per week required
(3) Ballet technique classes required for Pointe and/or Ballet Company

TEEN BALLET - Beginner & Continuing for ages 12 & up. This class is also appropriate for level 3-5 students who do not wish to meet requirements (Both Jazz/Ballet).  There is no Pointe work in this class.

POINTE:

Beginner - (2) Pointe classes required in addition to technique classes. 

Intermediate - (2) Pointe classes required in addition to technique classes. 

Advanced - (2) Pointe classes required in addition to technique classes. 

Please note: 

  • You must be approved to take Pointe class and assigned a Pointe level. Do not purchase pointe shoes without approval. Timing for wearing pointe shoes is not the same for everyone. Each individual will develop the strength at a different pace. Age, anatomy, and ability help teacher determine when it is time for adancer to move into pointe shoes.  
  • Dancers that cannot meet Pointe requirements may not perform on Pointe in showcase or Ballet Company Performances. 

DRESS CODE

Rock West dress codes are established for the dancers safety and aid in the instructors ability to correct and educate students.

Policy will be strongly enforced this year. Dancers dressed inappropriately will not be permitted to take class.  Dancers that have back to back classes should only change shoes. Changing hair and attire is unnecessary and causes disruption to classes.  Dancer that are late due to changing in between classes will not be permitted into class.

BALLERINAS:

  • Solid black leotards
  • Pink Bloch Tights (footed/convertible)
  • Pink Ballet Slippers or Pointe Shoes
  • Hair neatly secured in a bun.

    NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • No leg warmers, t-shirts, tank tops, sweatpants, or shorts allowed.
  • All accessories, including jewelry, must be removed before class.

BALLERINOs:

  • Solid, fitted white T-Shirt
  • Black Tights or athletic shorts
  • Black Ballet Slippers

INSTRUCTOR - STUDENT CONTACT

The Rock School offers teaching that is individual and hands-on. It is normal and appropriate for a member of the faculty to manually and physically position a pupil to expound a point of instruction or to identify some needed technique correction. The School neither condones nor tolerates any touching of students by instructors that is harmful, professionally reckless, or that violates generally accepted tenets of propriety. Before enrolling a student, please consider that it is school policy to correct children with physical contact. If the student or parent/guardian is uncomfortable with this policy, you may wish to reconsider enrolling the student.