Dear Parents, 

Welcome to the Ballet Program at SCDA. Thank you for joining us in the building of this program. We aim to provide our students ballet classes of the highest quality. I will be sharing with them my knowledge and expertise in the field in a caring environment. This program seeks to build discipline, creativity, technique, and confidence in students. I am looking forward to seeing this program grow with your help. 

Patrice Del Mundo

Ballet Instructor  

NOTE: Level placement is at the discretion of the ballet instructor. Factors that are involved in the placement are age, experience, and ability to perform the given syllabus. Placement exams are given every Saturday from 9-11 AM.

 

CLASSES OFFERED

PRE-BALLET

SATURDAYS 9:30 AM-10:00 AM WEDNESDAYS 5:00-6:00 PM

AGES 5 AND BELOW

This is an introductory class taken before students have a traditional class with full barre and center exercises. It is a perfect course for children who have no experience in dance. The main objectives of this level is to introduce rhythm and musicality. We find that this is an ideal stage to set the foundations of classical ballet. Therefore, students in this class will also be performing exercises that will improve their flexibility. 

PRIMARY

SATURDAYS 10:00 AM-11:00 AM MONDAYS 5:00-6:00 PM

AGES 5-7
This level is when traditional ballet classes are introduced. Students who have taken ballet classes before are usually placed into this level. A regular class starts with pre-barre, parallel to the barre and center exercises. The main objective is to start developing proper alignment which involves having a straight back, relaxed shoulders, turned out legs, and properly-pointed feet. Students at this stage, therefore, are expected to be patient and disciplined. Variations that involve miming are also part of the syllabus. 

LEVEL I

SATURDAYS 10:00 AM-11:00 AM MONDAYS 5:00-6:00 PM

AGES 7-9

Level I is perfect for students who have the proper disposition to learn and memorize a set syllabus. In addition to the p-levels, students are expected to perform exercises perpendicular to the barre. The main objective is to develop graceful profiles and long lines. Students will also start learning variations from a classical repertoire. At the end of the module, students are required to take examinations to advance.

Level I Exam Syllabus includes:

  • Barre: Plié, Slow and Fast Tendu, Dégagé, Rond de Jambe, Frappé, Grand Battement
  • Center: Adagio, Turns, Petit Allegro, Grand Allegro
  • Stage: 1 variation from 4 learned in class

LEVEL II

MONDAYS: 4:00-5:00 PM WEDNESDAYS: 4:00-5:00 PM

AGES 10-12
Level II is for students who find it natural to follow a traditional class format and can perform barre exercises with ease and comfort. The main objective is to improve profiles, engage the core, and develop high extensions. Students will also learn more variations from a classical repertoire. At the end of the module, students are required to take examinations to advance.
Level II Exam Syllabus includes:
  • Barre: Plié, Slow, Fast Tendu, Dégagé, Rond de Jambe, Fondu, Frappé, Petit Battement, Grand Battement
  • Center: Adagio, Turns, Pirouettes, Petit Allegro, Grand Allegro
  • Stage: 2 variations from 5 learned in class