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Intermediate Students


Intermediate Student Classes

Level D Technique & Pre-Pointe/Pointe

Level D builds strength, flexibility, body placement and coordination.  Conditioning floor exercises work the core, back, legs and feet while improving flexibility. Exercises transition to one hand on the barre and prepare dancers for pointe by strengthening feet and legs. Center work repeats steps from the barre and adds jumps and traveling steps across the floor.  When Level D transitions to pointe shoes, simple exercises stressing proper alinement are studied at the barre

Level E Technique & Pointe

Level E builds strength, flexibility, body placement and coordination. Classwork includes conditioning floor exercises, barre work, center practice and traveling steps across the floor. Pointe work is practiced twice a week and transitions from the barre to the center.

Level F Technique & Pointe

Technique of classical dance, based on the Vaganova syllabus and taught by Tatiana Ulitina. Ms. Ulitina holds a Pedagogy Degree of Classical Dance, Character Dance and Historical Dance from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia. From 2002-2012, she was a teacher of classical dance at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and from 2016-17, taught classical dance at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Levels G & H Technique & Pointe

Technique of classical dance, based on the Vaganova syllabus and taught by Tatiana Ulitina. Ms. Ulitina holds a Pedagogy Degree of Classical Dance, Character Dance and Historical Dance from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia. From 2002-2012, she was a teacher of classical dance at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and from 2016-17, taught classical dance at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jazz (Levels D & E)

Students start training in other styles of dance, starting with Jazz. Identifying elements of jazz dance include isolations, grounded movement, syncopation, and contractions.

Character (Levels D & E)

Character dance is an integral part of the classical ballet repertoire. One of the expressive means of ballet theater, it teaches students how to convey the character, style and manner of performing folk dances, develops dance technique, expressiveness and musicality. This class is taught by Vera Zhukova. Ms. Zhukova holds a degree of pedagogy of ballet and character dance from the State Academy of Art and Culture in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Ms. Zhukova was the artistic director of the Municipal Children’s Dance Theater in Ekaterinburg, Russia, for thirteen years. She is a recipient of the Russian Federation’s honorable dance teacher award.

Modern (Levels F – G)

This Modern class covers movement based in Horton, Arve and Grahm techniques. Focus on the spine, contraction to arch. Groundedness in the legs, use of deep plie’. The sharing of weight with other dancers and improvisation are just some of the major concepts covered. The importance of relating the techniques to the dancer’s ballet technique is stressed. Modern is a wonderful way to bring more power and groundedness to our dancers, an attribute helpful in today’s dance world.

Contemporary (Levels F – H)

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of classical ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. This class is taught by Eddy Ocampo, recipient of the National Recognition for Outstanding Choreography Award, the Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreographer of the Year Award, and the Gold Shoe Award for International Choreography Competition.

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