Pre-Ballet For 3 and Under
Pre-ballet for 3 and under is a 30-minute dance class for our tiniest ballet dancers. This class includes simple stretches and dance instruction as well as dance games and free dance. It encourages listening and following directions, coordination, and creativity. There is no dress code for this class, but dance attire is encouraged.
Pre-ballet is a play-based introduction to ballet basics for ages 3-5 years old. We teach a combination of ballet steps and dance games to increase body awareness, coordination, musicality, and simple vocabulary. Dance attire and ballet shoes are strongly encouraged. Classes are 50 minutes long with a short water break.
Ballet 2 is beginner ballet class that continues to lay foundation of technique for approximate ages of 7-10. We teach a basic ballet barre, ballet center, and across the floor exercises. Dancers will continue to grow their ballet vocabulary and begin to find proper body alignment, coordination, musicality, and flexibility. Ballet attire and ballet shoes are required. Ballet bun or equivalent is required. Class in 1.25 hours with a short water break. One year of ballet 1 or equivalent is required before taking ballet 2.
(placement class or 2 years of ballet 2 required)
Ballet 3 is intermediate level ballet class for approximate ages of 9-12. There is a strong focus on understanding and completing combinations both at the barre and in the center. Dancers are working on good placement and stability, as well as memorization, musicality, and artistry of movement. There is also an emphasis on building and retaining ballet vocabulary. Dance attire and ballet shoes are required. Ballet bun or equivalent is required. Ballet 3 is 1.5 hours long and 2 classes weekly is required for all dancers in ballet. Dancers are also encouraged to take classes in both jazz and modern in addition to ballet.
(placement class or 2 years of ballet 3 required)
Ballet 4 is an intermediate level ballet class that begins to work stamina and strength on high demi-pointe, and precision in the execution of multiple steps. Dancers begin to incorporate simple port de bras and epaulement at barre and in center. Classes also focus on pirouette preparation and placement for single and double pirouettes, short and quick petit allegro, and coordination of multiple steps across the floor. Dance attire and ballet shoes are required. Ballet bun or equivalent is required. Ballet 4 classes are 1.5 hours long and dancers are required to take 2 classes weekly. 3 classes weekly and taking classes in both jazz and modern in addition to ballet is strongly encouraged.
(placement class or 2 years of ballet 4 required)
Ballet 5 is the first level of advanced ballet. Classes are designed to challenge the dancers with change of body direction, building extension of the leg, fast allegro work, and intricate center combinations. There is also a strong focus on musicality, flow of movements, clean and fast foot work, clean preparations for turns in all positions, quickness in learning and remembering details. Ballet 5 starts preparing dancers to learn corps de ballet work and classical variations. Dancers are encouraged to audition for the Park Hill Dance Youth Company. Dance attire and ballet shoes are required. Ballet bun or equivalent is required. Dancers are required to take 3 classes weekly. Dancer are required to take either modern or jazz in addition to ballet classes.
(placement class or 2 years of ballet 5 required)
Ballet 6 is the second level of advanced ballet. There is a strong push for artistry, and technical execution. Ballet 6 is designed to prepare dancers to go on to dance in a professional training program (like a regional ballet company), dance in a university ballet program, and prepare them to audition for a professional dance company. Dancers should have a strong technical foundation and are working on their flourish. Dancers are encouraged to audition for the Park Hill Dance Youth Company. Dance attire and ballet shoes are required. Ballet bun or equivalent is required. Dancers are required to take 3 classes weekly. Dancer are required to take either modern or jazz in addition to ballet classes.
Introduction to Modern/
Modern 1 (Ages 7-10)
This class explores the elements of space, time, and energy. Classes include floor work, standing center technique, improvisation, and traveling movement. Dancers are encouraged to have fun, create, and use critical thinking skills. No previous experience required.
Modern 2 (Ages 10-18)
In this class, students begin introductory level studies focused primarily on the Lester Horton Technique, they will also explore other modern dance foundational movement practices. Focusing on attention to detail and proper alignment through the Horton Warm-Up and the beginning fortifications and studies. The vocabulary of this class will become more challenging each week, as we begin to use the technique to create longer movement phrases as the year progresses. Along with building a strong technical foundation, we will focus on building confidence, flexibility, movement quality, musicality, and strength. It is suggested that the student pairs Modern 2 with a placed ballet level.
Modern 3 (Ages 10-18)
In this class, students expand on the principles of the Lester Horton Technique and Martha Graham Technique. They will also begin to explore other movement practices in modern and contemporary dance, as well as improvisational studies. Dancers are encouraged to think anatomically and critically about movement. This class is designed to continue in creating a strong technical foundation while enhancing balance, coordination, flexibility, and turn out. This class will begin to develop the young artist’s sense of artistry. Ballet experience is required and mandatory for this level. Students must have been placed in Modern 3, or demonstrate appropriate skills in a Park Hill Dance Academy placement class.
Modern 4 (Ages 12-18)
In this class, students focus on advanced variations of the Lester Horton Technique and Martha Graham Technique. They will also explore other movement practices in modern dance and contemporary movement, as well as focusing on improvisational and choreographic studies. Dancers are expected to think anatomically and critically about movement, and are also expected to present a strong technical foundation. The emphasis is placed on artistry and performance quality, while finding ways to execute movement through different dynamics, qualities, and speed. Ballet experience is required and mandatory for this level. Students must have been placed in Modern 4, or demonstrate appropriate skills in a Park Hill Dance Academy placement class.
Modern Dance Dress Code:
Female: BlackColored leotard or Unitard. Black footless tights. Hair in a ponytail, away from face.
Male: Black Fitted T-Shirt or BlackColored Leotard or Unitard. Black footless tights. Dance Belt.
Adult Ballet and
Adult Ballet Barre
Our adult ballet and adult ballet barre classes are great weekly classes for adults who have some previous ballet training and are looking to brush up on their technique. They are beginner/intermediate level classes dedicated to classical ballet technique. It is classical instructions without the intensity. Class moves at a comfortable pace. Athletic or dance attire and ballet shoes are strongly encouraged.
Jazz Dance – This style of dance will address both classical and contemporary jazz styles. Dancers will dive into use of rhythm, and expression throughout the class. Warm up consists of classical technique, isolations, and getting the heart rate up. They will practice movements traveling across the floor, and learn various combinations in jazz forms. Students will explore improvisation, and choreography to help further develop their passion and style as a dancer. There are 3 levels of Jazz dance classes. Beginner ages 6-9, Intermediate ages 9-14, and advanced ages 15-18. Please wear leotard, leggings and suede bottomed jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or socks.
Aerial Dance Level 1
This class is an introduction to aerial dance. Students will learn beginner, foundational moves, and how to weave them together into sequences. This class will help build strength, flexibility, musicality, and technique. No previous aerial training required. Class age requirement is 9 and up.
Dress Code: Leotard and Leggings
Aerial Dance Level 2
This class builds on the material learned in Level 1, providing students with a wider vocabulary and understanding of aerial dance. Students will build on skills learned in Level 1 and begin to learn movement transitions. Dancers will also learn how to put aerial choreography to music, while continuing to build strength, flexibility, musicality, and technique. Must be able to invert and have taken aerial dance level 1 at least six months. Age group 10 and up.
Dress Code: Leotard and Leggings
Aerial Dance Level 3
Aerial dance level 3 builds on the material learned in Level 2, providing students with a stronger vocabulary and understanding of aerial dance. Dancers will continue to work on putting aerial choreography to music, smooth transitions, and more difficult choreography. Dancers will continue to build strength, flexibility, musicality, and technique. Must be working on inverting in the air and have taken aerial dance level 2 for a year. Age group 12 and up.
Dress Code: Leotard and Leggings