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 learn essential ballet form – ballet positions, body stance, and introductory steps –and will apply them consistently in class. We focus on proper stance, posture and movement. Students will also study set barre work, center practice, and choreography. Three days are dedicated to classical ballet 3 and the other two days will consist of a Flamenco Technique dance class and a modern dance class. All students interested in this class will attend 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.
Classes take place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

Ballet Foundations 1

Students increase their knowledge and mastery of ballet form, steps and vocabulary, while building 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 Flamenco Technique dance class and a modern dance class.
Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 5th-6th grades.

Ballet Foundations 2

In this level, students concentrate on preparing for pointe (Ladies) and Men’s (Gentlemen) work, and will focus on building core, lower legs, and feet strength. Ballet exercises at the barre and in the center will become more complex with 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. Three days are dedicated to classical ballet 3 and the other two days will consist of a Flamenco Technique and modern dance classes.
Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-8th grades.
The 5th & 6th grade class takes place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

This extended class covers two arts periods. Immediate Dance focuses on the increasing difficulty of pointe, men’s work, modern, and Horton techniques. Students develop the ability to execute combinations with consistent use of proper posture and will be required to self-evaluate their technique in ballet, modern, and Horton – applying corrections related to the principles of ballet, modern and Horton – without redirection from the instructors. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton technique class and modern technique class.
Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-10th grades.
Classes take place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

Classical Core is for student 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. Open to 8th through 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 8th through 11th grade ASA students by audition only.

Pre-Professional Study at School of Ballet Arizona

Students enrolled in the School of Ballet Arizona’s Pre-Professional Program Level 1 or 2 will have this program count towards arts credits at ASA. Students will attend classes after school hours according to the schedule of the School of Ballet Arizona. Students will be dismissed from ASA at 12:20 pm. Enrollment in the SBAZ Pre-Professional Program requires an audition with SBAZ.
Prerequisites: Confirmation of enrollment with the School of Ballet Arizona. 9th-12th grades.