Dance

If you witness students pirouetting through the hallways, they either aced a test or are enrolled in ASA’s esteemed dance program. This educational offering stretches students’ bodies and minds with a curriculum based on a core study in ballet. We have a splendid partnership with The School of Ballet Arizona. Our students train under current and former professionals, many with advanced degrees and certifications in arts education and somatic movement. Thanks to their gracious support of our programming, our students even have the opportunity to rehearse at Ballet Arizona’s state-of-the-art facility and appear in their professional productions. You may be the one dancing in the hallways now.

ASA’s dance department blends balance, beauty, and brains. Balance: Middle school training provides a comprehensive syllabus of many types and genres of dance. High school students can choose to focus on ballet or contemporary dance and additional program strands include modern dance, Horton technique and flamenco. Beauty:  Students learn proper technique and movements from professionals. Graduates have gone on to pursue professional careers with reputable dance companies. Brains. Mental focus, concentration, and a healthy dose of activity are beneficial to a developing mind.

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Students will concentrate on learning the basic ballet positions, body stance, and introductory steps. To be successful in this level students must learn the essential skills to ballet and apply them consistently in class. Students will be taught the correct way to stand and move with proper posture and turn out at the hip joints. During the school year they will study set barre work, center practice, and choreography. They will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a flamenco class and a modern dance class. All students interested in this class will complete a body structure assessment at ASA to determine success in the ballet program.

Prerequisites: completion of body structure assessment and approval of the ballet department. 5th grade only.

Students will concentrate on increasing their knowledge of ballet steps, vocabulary, build strength, and flexibility. Students will execute longer combinations that require more stamina and memorization in class. Batterie (Beats) in allegro work, turns, and grande allegro will be incorporated in barre and center work. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a flamenco class and a modern dance class.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 5th-6th grades.

IIn this level students will concentrate on preparing for pointe (Ladies) and Men’s (Gentlemen) work. Class will focus on building strength in the corps, lower legs, and feet. Ballet exercises at the barre and in the center will become more complex focusing on releves, balances on one leg, increased speed, and batterie in allegro work. Beginning pointe and Men’s work will be offered during the school year for students with the instructor’s approval. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a flamenco class and a modern class.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 5th-6th grades.

Students have an extended class that covers two arts periods. In this level they will concentrate on preparing for pointe (Ladies) and Men’s (Gentlemen) work. This class will focus on building strength in the corps, lower legs, and feet. Ballet exercises at the barre and in the center will become more complex focusing on releves, balances on one leg, increased speed, and batterie in allegro work. Beginning pointe and Men’s work will be offered during the school year for students with the instructor’s approval. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a flamenco class and a Horton technique class.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-8th grades.

Students have an extended class that covers two arts periods. The class will focus on increasing the difficulty of pointe and men’s work. It is expected that students develop the ability to execute with consistent use of proper posture and turn-out: multiple pirouettes, adagio and allegro work. They will also focus on self-evaluating their technique. Students are expected to apply corrections related to the principles of posture, plie and turn out without redirection from the instructor. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton technique and a flamenco class

Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-12th grades.

Classical Core is for students who are seriously studying ballet. Classes are taught off campus at the School of Ballet Arizona. (A bus is provided to the off-site location. Parents are required to pick-up students at the off-site location at the end of class.) Students expand and explore in greater depth the technical and artistic nature of classical, modern and contemporary ballet. Students are expected to consistently display proper posture and rotation, line and extension of the legs in adagio, and proper speed, ballon, and spatial awareness in all allegro work. They are expected to use ballet technique to form expressive, quality movement in classical and contemporary styles of dance. The students will continue to develop their musicality and strength in the execution of the ballet vocabulary. Ladies will have both barre and center work on pointe 2-3 times a week. Students will study classical ballet three days a week and have an additional day of ‘Classical Composition’ for workshops, repertory, classical variations and colloquia on relevant topics in today’s world of dance. The last day will consist of one semester of Horton Technique class and one semester of modern dance class.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 8th-12th grades.

All classes for the ASA Contemporary Core Program are taught off campus at the School of Ballet Arizona. A bus is provided to the off-site location. Parents are required to pick-up students at the off-site location at the end of class. This level is for the student seriously studying contemporary dance. The program will include five weekly classes with one day of ballet (without pointe or Men’s work) and four days concentrating on modern and Horton techniques and their derivatives: dance composition, body conditioning, repertory, workshops and colloquia on relevant topics in today’s world of dance. This will better enable our students to develop the skills they must master to gain admission into a university level dance program upon graduation from ASA.

Prerequisites: Open to current 9th through 12th grade ASA students by audition only.

Students will receive instruction that meets the highest artistic standards and  helps prepare students for a career in dance, should they choose to pursue this path. Students will expand and explore in greater depth the technical and artistic nature of classical, modern and contemporary ballet.  Students are introduced to a wider variety of classes, including Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Modern, Flamenco, Men’s class and Conditioning. The curriculum will focus on proper posture and rotation, length and extension of the legs in adagio, and proper speed, ballon, and spatial awareness in all allegro work. They are expected to use ballet technique to form expressive, quality movement in classical and contemporary styles of dance. Students in this program may have the opportunity to perform alongside Ballet Arizona’s professional dancers as part of their training. Acceptance in this program is by invitation only. In addition to having opportunities to perform in Ballet Arizona productions, students will perform in the SBAZ Student Showcases, ASA Showcase, Fall Repertoire Recital as well as have other performance opportunities

Prerequisites: Audition or instructor approval and separate registration through School of Ballet Arizona. Additional fee required. 8th-12th grade.

This specialty program is for seniors who will be applying to major colleges, universities, and conservatories to major in music, theatre or dance. Students will work with a mentor teacher on the different aspects of preparing applications and college-level auditions, including repertoire, artist statements, and resumes. Students also participate in jury assessments at the end of each semester, extracurricular arts organizations and performances, and prepare a final senior recital. This is a one (1) credit course, and students are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisites: application and interview required, Grade 12 only.