Dancers will develop their classical ballet skills in a required minimum of two classes per week. Training will include more challenging combinations emphasizing flexibility, precision and attention to detail, musicality, increased artistry, and correct classical technique . As dancers develop finesse in incorporating multiple facets of their training, the difficulty increases. Dancers will be promoted in half steps through the intermediate levels.
Once dancers reach Intermediate 2, they are required to attend 2 technique classes on at least one of their two days each week. This extended period of dancing time will develop stamina necessary to handle the progressively challenging curriculum and performance expectations now available to dancers at this level and above. The two classes must be on the same day, though they may not be consecutive. This requirement continues through the rest of the program’s levels. Pointe classes do NOT count, as they are of a different structure and accomplish different goals.
Dancers may apply each Fall to Ballet Petit’s Junior Company once they have been placed in any Intermediate Level AND are in Pointe 2. To apply, dancers must also commit a minimum of three days per week of consistent attendance. Dancers reapply each year. Junior Company participation will further enhance the technical and performance skills of dancers.
Master Classes with visiting Master Teachers will be offered as those opportunities arise. Workshops in Modern Dance, Contemporary Ballet, and other related dance forms will be offered throughout the year, often on Saturday afternoons in 5 week series. Intermediate dancers should also consider attending the Oakland Ballet Company Boot Camp, hosted annually right here at Ballet Petit for 2 weeks in July.
It is expected that serious students avail themselves of these classes to broaden their training from here on up through future levels. Pointe instruction will begin, usually, at the beginning of the intermediate levels. Dancers will be notified by the school administration with an invitation to join pointe classes. Dancers should not wear pointe shoes before being invited to study pointe, nor should they practice in pointe shoes at home.