White Marsh Ballet Academy

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 410.931.3844

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Intermediate Program (Ages 7-12)

 

At this level, students will concentrate on more complex movements, expression, and musicality. They will build strength, stamina and technique through lengthier combinations and being introduced to more advanced movements. To advance to the next level, students must demonstrate their awareness of vocabulary and proper technique. This is also an age in which dancers can choose to audition in our dance company, which develops their performance skills and gives them the opportunity to perform throughout the year.

 

Russian Technique

At the start of the intermediate levels, students will begin to use one hand on the barre with an emphasis on continuing to work on placement and alignment. Dancers will be encouraged to count the music and name the steps.  They will begin learning about turnout and correct body placement.  They will expand their repertoire of jumps in simple form at the barre.  Center work will consist of combining three or more steps and dancers will work to improve their turns through spotting and proper use of the arms.  Corner work will combine two or more steps which travel across the floor.  Students at this level are taking 2 ballet classes weekly and may add Pointe Preparation class.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Classical Bun

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Tuesday

Thursday

6:30-7:30

5:00-6:00

8-11

Ballet II

Dancers at this level will begin coordinating head and arm positions with legs. A full barre will be increasingly complex. Correct posture and body placement as well as connecting movement will be the theme. Center work will consist of simple adagio, body positions, jumps – including petite allegro and pirouette and traveling turns.  Corner work will include various traveling combinations kept in time to the music. Students at this level are taking 2 ballet classes weekly and may add Pointe Preparation Class.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Off Face/Pony tail

Veiw Here

Monday

Wednesday

6:15-7:15

6:00-7:00

8-11

Ballet IIA

Dancers at this level will start class at the Ballet barre to work on classical technique, executing combinations at different musical tempos and on different musical counts.  They will also build strength and learn how to put several steps together while smoothly transferring their weight and holding correct posture and body placement.  Dancers will add several new steps to their repertoire.  Center work will consist of an adagio, a tendu combination, jumps,including petit allegro and pirouette preparations and turns.  Corner work will consist of jump, waltz, and various traveling combinations kept in time to the music. Students at this level are taking 2 Ballet classes weekly and may add Beginning/Pre- Pointe class.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Classical Bun

Veiw Here

Monday

Thursday

5:00-6:00

6:00-7:00

9-11

Jazz II/IIA

One of the most popular and well known forms of dance. Jazz dance includes strength, flexibility and conditioning technique and progressions including turns and leaps. In a Jazz class the dancers also learn many fun and trendy dance steps that are used for all forms of dance. It is a wonderful class to get a well rounded variety of all dance steps. Dancers will learn choreography to popular and age-appropriate music  along with vintage styles of Jazz from the previous decades. This is a perfect class to start your dance training.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

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Thursday

7:30-8:30

8-11

Modern II/IIA

This Modern Dance class focuses on both modern dance technique and dance improvisation for any style. The modern aspect of the class focuses on full-body movement, fluidity, floor work, and beginning partnering and lifts. Dancers will also become familiar with improvisation: creating movement on the spot without prior planning or choreography. The class will use fun, game-like improv exercises to increase dancers’ confidence and creativity in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. 

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Off Face/Pony tail

Veiw Here

Wednesday

7:30-8:15

8-11

Intermediate Hip-Hop

Expand on a love of Dance and foster expression in movement with this exciting blend of traditional Tap technique and the creative movements of Hip-Hop.This one-hour class combines the cool exciting moves of Hip-Hop with the fun percussive sounds of Tap. Learning the basic techniques of these two fun dance styles is great for students with a lot of energy. They’ll channel all that energy into learning the latest Hip- Hop dance moves then they change their shoes and start tapping to more great music.

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Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

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Wednesday

5:00-6:00

9-13

Pointe Preparation

Students have the option to add Pointe Prep in Russian Tech or Ballet II. Pointe Prep is a preparatory class for beginning Pointe and is always done in soft ballet slippers as opposed to Pointe shoes. Students will focus on proper spine alignment, ankle strength, rolling through the foot, ability to hold turn-out from the hips, a well-elevated releve on demi pointe with straight knees, and correct distribution of body weight. A dancer may progress to Pre-Pointe work in Pre-Pointe shoes upon instructors approval. This class will include exercises designed to strengthen calf muscles, ankles, and arches of the feet. 

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Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Classical Bun

Same as Ballet

Wednesday

7:00-7:30

7-11

Beg/Pre-Pointe

Students have the option to add Pre-Pointe in Ballet II and must attend at least two Ballet classes per week. Pre- Pointe shoes are worn as opposed to Pointe shoes. Students will focus on proper spine alignment, ankle strength, rolling through the foot, ability to hold turn-out from the hips, a well-elevated releve on demi pointe with straight knees, and correct distribution of body weight, A dancer may progress to beginning Pointe work in pointe shoes upon instructors approval. Pointe dancers must be able to maintain turn-out while performing center combinations, hold a proper Ballet position with straight back and good turnout, pull up properly in the legs, and balance securely on releve. Students must have the emotional maturity necessary for the hard work and commitment that Pointe entails. Exercises will begin at the barre for safety and stability. Students will progress to exercises in the centre to practice their balance and increase their strength.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Classical Bun

Same as Ballet

Thursday

7:00-7:30

9-13

Musical Theatre/Lyrical II

Perfect for dancers who like to portray emotion. Lyrical is the fusion of Ballet and Modern Dance, often set to music that tells a story. Lyrical dancers interpret the lyrics of a song through movement. Lyrical students should have a foundation in Ballet and Jazz as these classes assume that technique is already present and primarily focus on emotion. Students will learn to feel the music through emotion as they are dancing.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

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Monday

7:15-8:15

8-12

Stretch & Conditioning

This class allows dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies to compliment their technical training and  prevent injuries. A typical class will include some or all elements of the following:

  • Cardiovascular Exercises

  • Flexibility Exercises

  • Strength Exercises

  • Core/Abdominal Work

  • Arm/ Back/Leg Work

When you incorporate conditioning into your curriculum, you are bound to see vast improvements in performance, stamina, and technique.

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Off Face/Pony tail

Any dance wear

CLASS CLOSED

6:00-7:00

7-11

Turns & Leaps

This class is designed for dancers who want to take their dance training to a higher level.  We learn how to advance our basic technique in turning and leaping while also working on flexibility and strength. Dancers must have some dance experience before taking this class. 

Day

Time

Age

Dress Code

Hair

Off Face/Pony tail

Any dance wear

CLASS CLOSED

6:00-7:00

7-11