SYLLABUS
Baby Ballet:  One 45 minute class per week for toddlers ages 2 1/2-3.  The focus is on encouraging following instructions, taking
turns, expressing movements alone and in groups while developing coordination, joy of movement and creativity.  An informal
program is held at the end of the year at the studio for parents and friends.

Creative Movement:  One 45 minute class per week for preschool children ages 4 to 5. The focus is on encouraging creativity and
developing coordination, rhythm and a joy in movement, the class introduces children to elementary dance, stretching, gymnastics
and acting in a structured environment. An informal program is held at the end of the year at the studio for parents and friends.

Pre-Ballet:  One 1 hour ballet class per week for ages 5 to 6. Class expands upon the concepts introduced in creative movement
and adds elementary ballet positions and steps. Students wear ballet attire and increased attention is focused on posture, balance
and class decorum. Students perform a short, 1 to 2 minute piece as a group in the Spring Performance.

Ballet 1:  One to two 1 hour ballet classes per week for approx. ages 6 to 8. Class is structured into elementary barre work, floor
stretches, center work, en diagonale and reverence. Increased attention is given to correctness, discipline and ballet terminology.  
Students perform a short, 1 to 2 minute group piece in the Spring Performance.

Ballet 2:  Two 1 hour classes per week for approx. ages 8 to 10. Class is structured into elementary barre work, floor stretches,
center work, en diagonale and reverence and builds on concepts introduced in Ballet 1. Growing attention is given to combining
steps and learning and remembering combinations.  Students perform a short group piece in the Spring Performance.

Ballet 3:  Three 1 hour classes per week for approx. ages 10 +. Class is structured into basic barre work, floor stretches, center
work, en diagonale and reverence and further builds on concepts originally introduced in Ballet 1. Focus is given to port de bra,
correctness of execution, and learning and remembering lengthened combinations. Class is structured into more advanced barre
work, floor stretches, center work, en diagonale and reverence. Students begin study of croisé and effacé, devant and derrierre,
basic petit allegro and pirouettes. Placement, turnout are emphasized and feet are strengthened in preparation for pointe work.   
Students perform a segment in the Spring Performance.  Students at this level may consier auditioning for a place in the Junior
Company.  Company members must attend class a minimum of 3 ballet classes per week.

Ballet 4 Four 1 ½  hour classes per week.  Age becomes less important than ability and maturity of the dancer. All of the studies
from Ballet 3 become more rigorous. Students learn to work in all the positions of the body. Focus is on building strong technique,
epaulement, and combining steps. Pointe work is done at the end of class and students begin studies with guest teachers. Students
perform as a group in the Spring Performance. Students at this level may consider auditioning for a place in the Sr. Company.
Company members must attend class a minimum of 4 times per week.

Ballet 5:  Five 1 ½ hour classes per week. Age continues to become less important. The maturing dancer concentrates on building
strong, clean technique with the added challenge of quickly learning combinations and reversing them. Increased physical effort and
mental focus is expected. Students must adapt to different teaching styles as they are given numerous opportunities to work with
guest teachers. In addition to the pieces in the Spring Performance, dancers may audition for roles in Company performances.  

Ballet 6:  Six 1 ½ hour classes per week. This class is structured for the serious student who dances a minimum of 4 days per week.
Students are challenged with advanced combinations of adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro and turns across the floor. The
desire to work correctly, intensely and with a pleasant class demeanor is expected. Connecting steps, energy and musicality become
more instinctual to the dancer. Proficiency in pointe work for girls and men's steps for boys is required.  Most of these students
perform with Alabama Youth Ballet Company Ballet as well as in the Spring Performance.

Variations:  Students learn short variations from well known ballet repertoire. For the self motivated student, this class is fun, builds
stamina, encourages artistry and knowledge of the art of ballet.

Partnering:  Students learn the fundamentals of partnering using pas de deux from well-known ballet repertoire.  Students progress
from simple partnering in balance and turns to more complex lifts.

Conditioning/Yoga:  Stretching, strengthening and flexibility are combined and tips of how to take care of the dancer’s body.

Boys Class:  One 1 hour class per week. Class begins with elementary barre work, floor stretches, center work, en diagonale and
reverence. Focus is on masculine stance, strength, coordination and attack. Basic Gymnastics.

Jazz:  Classes begin with center isolations, stretch and warm up which prepare students for across the floor progressions and center
combinations. These classes offer a broad range of jazz styles from Broadway to funk and focus on energetic movement, upbeat
music, and ability to outwardly portray various, yet specific attitudes to an audience. All jazz classes participate in a jazz suite in the
spring performance.

Lyrical:  Classes are similar to jazz, yet more balletic.  Choreography is often taught with popular or original music.  A fun class for
the students who wants to express themselves through the love of dancing.

Modern:  Classes focus on the combination of free and controlled movement, beginning with floor work and center warm-up,
building toward across the floor patterns and finishing with center combinations. Modern classes lead students on an exploration of
various movement dynamics and also touch on improvisation and choreography, giving students and opportunity to express personal
creativity. Modern classes participate in a modern suite in the spring performance.