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Grades 6 - 8

These courses progress from previous grades considerably in terms of expression, musicality, understanding of movement qualities and dynamics, sense of performance and communication. The basic spirit of communicating through movement is the keynote of grades 6-8. The higher grades take the technical elements of Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character and relate them to the theatre. The inspiration is dance as a theatre art form, and is intended that the young dancer relate her work in the ballet class to what she sees, and is moved by, at the theatre. 

Throughout, the emphasis is on imagination, communication and performance; the elements which take mere physical exercises from classroom to stage. 


A student who has successfully completed a course of study based on Grades 6-8 will be able to:

Ballet

Technique

  • Demonstrate secure posture and correct weight placement in the performance of a wide range of more complex movements
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform a wide range of complex movements with coordination of the whole body, well stretched legs and articulated footwork
  • Demonstrate line through the body and use of épaulement
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform more complex movements with accurate alignment and use of space
  • Demonstrate well co-ordinated turning actions with correct use of supporting leg and placement of working leg
  • Demonstrate elevation with controlled landings in a wide range of more complex steps.

Music

  • Perform with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music.

Performance

  • Perform with expression and communication.


Free Movement

Technique

  • Perform a wide variety of simple and complex steps with free flowing movement, use of space and co-ordination of the whole body, showing a secure understanding of weight transference, use of gravity, suspension at the climax of a movement and controlled endings
  • Demonstrate use of gravity and relaxation of upper back to project more complex movements into and through space
  • Demonstrate an ability to show a variety of lines through the whole body using a wide range of complex movements
  • Demonstrate varying heights of elevation with spring off one leg in more complex movements
  • Demonstrate proficient use of long scarf with flexibility of upper back using a wide range of complex movements

Music

  • Perform with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music.

Performance

  • Perform with expression and communication.


Character

Technique

  • Perform a wide range of complex steps with firm hold of the body, upper back and head, accurate placement of the arms and hands, use of deep fondu, use of space and articulated footwork relevant to the style, use of épaulement
  • Demonstrate an ability to contrast differing qualities of movements and steps
  • Demonstrate a more complex co-ordinated turning action

Music

  • Perform with correct and accurate timing and appropriate response to the music

Performance

  • Perform with expression and communication.


Timeline:

Designed to be taught over three years. 


Class Requirement:

2-3 classes weekly


Dress Code:

  • Camisole or Cap Sleeved Leotard (color: optional) 
  • Soft Romantic Skirt
  • Pink ballet tights
  • Pink ballet shoes


Hair Style Code: 

  • Hair: Students must be well groomed with their hair tidily off their face and neckline.
  • Long Hair: Must be put up in a flat bun in a hair net and U pins.
  • Short Hair: Must be done in hair net and hair band.

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