Loading...
Ballet Program2019-07-25T21:19:10+00:00

DTI’s Ballet Program questions, class scheduling requests, and training for professional career – minded students are emailed to Info@DTIdance.com.

San Jose Ballet School

BALLET PROGRAM

Welcome to beautiful classic ballet!

DTI’s ballet students are given individualized plans and attention in a supportive environment by professional instructors. We offer full and partial curriculum classes. The Ballet Program is for ages 6 to 18. The program offers eight levels of classical ballet progression. The curriculum includes technique, various levels of pointe training, Character Dance, stretch, strengthening, ballet- French terminology, barre a terre, and Contemporary. Students participate in the June Student Showcase and The Nutcracker. Competition level performances with our award-winning company are also available.

REGISTER

2019-20 BALLET PROGRAM

We recommend full curriculum attendance to help students stay on track with their pointe preparation, technical, artistic, and performance with the importance of class etiquette within their age group.
Partial curriculum is an option. Students who are transitioning into college are welcome.


Level 1: Purple

Classes are 2 hours each and a minimum of one day per week.
This enjoyable introductory class gives beginners from the age of 6, a chance to explore the magical world of ballet. Classes include technique, music awareness, stretch and strengthening, Character Dance, and Ballet-French terminology. Students are encouraged to use their imagination, create dances and build social skills through group dances.


Level 2: Navy

Classes are 2 hours each and a minimum of one day per week.
The ballet technique class begins with conditioning, strengthening and stretching to begin to build muscle awareness and placement. Students use the ballet barre, learn Ballet-French terminology, barre a terre, Character Dance, and class etiquette.


Level 3: Burgundy

Classes are 2.5 hours each and offered two times per week. Full curriculum: 2x per week
Class includes technique, pre-pointe, Character Dance, stretch & strength, Ballet- French terminology, barre a terre, and Contemporary. Focus on body placement, technique, accuracy, and each combination’s musicality becomes a little more intricate. Artistry and performance quality is also introduced. Some pre-pointe exercises will be given to strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare for pointe shoes.


Level 4: Royal

Classes are 2.5 hours each and offered three times per week. Full curriculum: 3x per week
Technique, pre-pointe, Character Dance, stretch & strength, Ballet – French terminology, barre a terre, and Contemporary are part of the curriculum. Pre-pointe exercises strengthen the feet and ankles to prepare the students for pointe shoes and more advanced technique. Barre work becomes more demanding technically, musically, and artistically. Accuracy, proper technique, and strength are reinforced as the upper body movements begin to coordinate with the legs, feet, and music.


Level 5: Black

Classes are 2.5 hours each and offered four times per week. Full curriculum: 4x per week.
Technique, pre & beginning pointe, Character Dance, stretch & strength, Ballet – French terminology, barre a terre, and Contemporary are a part of the curriculum.


Level 6: Red

Classes are 2.5 hours each and offered four times per week. Students must have a minimum of two years on pointe.
Full curriculum: 4x per week.

Technique, beginning & intermediate pointe, Character Dance, stretch & strength, Ballet – French terminology, barre a terre, Contemporary, Variations, and pas de deux by audition may be offered during the Nutcracker.


Level 7: Lilac

Classes are 2.5 hours per week and offered five times per week.
Students must have a minimum of four years on pointe. Full curriculum: 5x per week.
Technique, intermediate & advanced pointe, Character Dance, stretch & strength, Ballet – French terminology, barre a terre, Contemporary, Variations, and pas de deux by audition may be offered during the Nutcracker.

Girls: Hip alignment belt; hair up away from the face in a secure bun (no ponytails);
DTI required brand and leotard colors, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes, black jazz shoes. Levels 4-8 crisscrossed ballet shoe elastics and ribbons. Free dress is held on Saturdays for Level 4-7.

Boys: Black t-shirt, socks, Bloch S0205 shoes, & black shorts.

Classical Ballet is an invaluable dance genre which builds sound technique, freedom of movement, artistic expression and strength. It is best known for pointe dance.

Parent and Ballet Student’s Helpful Guide to Going “On Pointe”

Many young ballerinas dream of dancing en pointe. In most cases, a young beginning pointe dancer age 11 to 13 must have several years of good dance and strength training to ensure that her feet, ankles and legs are strong enough to handle dancing on her toes.

Pointe training is a ballet dancer’s rite of passage to advanced levels. The decision is one that can only be made on the basis of skill and knowledge and should not be subject to student or parent pressure. Teachers must protect their students from the risk of permanently damaging the bone and muscle structure of their bodies and feet. Such risks far outweigh the temporary disappointment a student may experience when told she is not ready or physically designed for pointe work. It is entirely possible that some students may never “be ready” to go on pointe.

It is also important to know that dancing on pointe is not the main key to studying ballet. If a student has been incorrectly placed on pointe at another school, she may be taken off pointe until she is safely ready. “Taking pointe” is not undertaking the study of a new technique. The principles of classical ballet movement are the principles of pointe work as well. Once a student has excellent placement, she can approach pointe work as a series of adjustments in weight distribution, areas of stress, and timing, not a new form of dance.

Nutcracker 2019

DTI students ages 10 and older who are interested in soloist casting are welcome to audition for the SJYB Nutcracker open auditions for soloists. Group parts for ages 6 and older are held during DTI classes. Group casting is determined by the directors based on the ballet class level. The San Jose Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is performed at the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP.

QUESTIONS? CALL (408) 274-7734

DANCE FOR ALL