Waterford Dance Academy Performance

Waterford Dance Academy

Waterford Dance Academy

We teach the timeless art of classical ballet that embodies the highest standards of precision, discipline, and beauty at The Waterford Dance Academy. We foster the growth and development of dynamic and creative movers through Modern Dance. Students will learn from highly trained and respected instructors who have studied and mastered these art forms. We strive to maintain a supportive environment that teaches confidence, poise and strength of character.

 

Waterford Dance Academy

 

Classes and Programs

The Waterford Dance Academy offers classes for children of all ages and skill levels during the school year, as well as special summer workshops.

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Dance Discovery (PreK-4 only)

Does your little one love to move and dance? This class will give your little dancer a basic introduction to ballet steps and positions, while enhancing their motor skills and coordination with fun exercises in music qualities and rhythms, story-telling with movement and creative dance.

Mondays 3:30-4:15pm in Lower School Loft

Pre-Ballet (Kindergarten)

Introduce your little dancer to the beautiful art of ballet! This class will enhance your child's coordination, balance and flexibility with the teaching of basic ballet positions, steps, and terminology through simple age appropriate exercises. Your child will also enjoy simple and fun exercises in creative dance and music exploration. 

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm in Lower School Loft

Ballet I (Class I)

This twice per week beginning level class is designed to develop awareness of alignment and basic ballet vocabulary and technique for Class I students. Class will include a warm-up routine, basic barre exercises, as well as center work. Your child will have a fun time learning the secrets behind becoming a great ballerina or danseur!

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm (Ballet) 
Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm (Ballet)

Ballet II (Class II)

This twice per week beginning ballet class teaches basic technique and movements for Class II dancers. This class will focus on ballet vocabulary and technique through barre work, center, and across the floor exercises. Your child will have a clear understanding of good posture, will learn more steps with turn-out, and incorporate beautiful arms positions. Performance quality, counting music and memory skills are honed because students will be unassisted during their performance in the spring. 

Mondays 3:45-4:45pm (Ballet)
Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm (Ballet)

Ballet 3 (Class III) 

This twice per week ballet class for Class III dancers focuses on expanding skills and coordination at the barre. Center work includes balance exercises, simple turns, and jumps. Students will work on being able to complete a thirty-five minute barre warmup without losing focus, and they will be able to count themselves in for exercises going across the floor. They will learn stage and body directions, and will have fun exploring ballet storytelling with pantomime.

Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)

Ballet 4 (Class IV) 

This ballet level for Class IV dancers focuses on developing barre technique, coordination and strength. Upper body (port de bras) and lower body movements are more connected and more steps are introduced. Center work includes balance exercises on one leg, turns (pirouettes), and jumps. They will continue their work with body positions and learn more intermediate steps and patterns. Dancers at this level are expected to be able to do their own hair for class each day. Modern class will involve the elements of composition, art making, improvisation and basic Modern dance technique.

Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm (Modern)
Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)

Ballet 5 (Class V) 

This ballet level is for Class V dancers. The basics of barre technique are developed and more intermediate steps and combinations are introduced. They will expand upon stage, classroom and body directions; and steps in the center consist of balance exercises in bigger positions, more intermediate turns (such as double pirouettes), and the introduction of more jumps. An understanding of body placement, positions and a consistency of coordination of movement is expected. Stretching and strengthening exercises will be part of the Pre-pointe exercises to prepare dancers for the Pointe test. In Modern, students will explore curving core movements of the spine and dynamic energy use in technical combinations. 

Wednesdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Wednesdays 5:00-5:45pm (Modern)
Fridays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Fridays 5:00-5:30pm (Pre-Pointe)

Intermediate Level I 

This Intermediate level is designed for Middle and Upper school dancers with an understanding of placement and alignment, including proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body (epaulement), and coordinated and synchronized upper body movements (port de bras). The focus will be on intermediate ballet technique and will include combinations at the barre using reléve and balances on one leg, more difficult turns (double pirouettes), simple jumps embellished with beats (batterie), and pre-pointe or beginner pointe work. In Modern, students will explore floorwork, curving core movements of the spine, and dynamic energy use in technical combinations and improvisation. 

Monday 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Monday 5:00-5:30pm (PrePointe/Beg Pointe)
Monday 5:30-6:30 (Int 1 Modern)
Thursday 5:15-6:30pm (Ballet)
Friday 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet)
Friday 5:00-5:30pm (PrePointe/Beg Pointe)

Intermediate Level II 

In this Intermediate Level, for MS/US dancers, ballet barre and center combinations move faster, and become more complex and incorporate more center floor combinations using reléve and balances on one leg. Different rhythms are introduced. Turnout based on individual ability and strength continues to be emphasized along with posture and core strength. Center exercises are longer and require more memorization and stamina.  More types of pirouettes, turns across the floor and jumps are learned. Pointe work continues with progression to more sustained and difficult steps. Intermediate Modern is an exciting and challenging technique class that will focus on alignment, rhythm, footwork, and whole body coordination. Built as a layered experience, we will progressively warm up the body in multiple dance exercises, culminating toward full-body physicality. Integrated improvisation will guide dancers to find their inherently unique expression, musicality, and joy. 

Mondays 5:00-6:15pm (Ballet)
Mondays 6:15-7:15 (Int II Modern)
Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) 
Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm (Pointe)
Thursdays 3:45-5:00pm (Ballet) 
Thursdays 5:00-5:45pm (Pointe)
Saturdays 9:30-11:00am (Ballet/Contemporary)​

Advanced Level 

In this Advanced Level for Upper School dancers, ballet barre and center work reflect combinations of advanced steps, such as high-level adagio work, multiple turn combinations, and more intricate jump combinations.  This class continues to focus on body placement and quality of movement, and includes focuses on lyricism, control and artistry. Intermediate/advanced level pointe work is included. Advanced Modern is an exciting and challenging technique class that will focus on alignment, rhythm, footwork, and whole body coordination. Built as a layered experience, we will progressively warm up the body in multiple dance exercises, culminating toward full-body physicality. Integrated improvisation will guide dancers to find their inherently unique expression, musicality, and joy. 

Monday 3:30-4:45pm (Ballet/Pointe)
Tuesday 6:00-7:15pm (Adv Modern)
Wednesday 3:30-4:45pm (Ballet/Pointe)
Wednesday 4:45-5:45pm (Pointe/Conditioning)
Thursday 6:00-7:15pm (Adv Modern)
Saturday 9:30-11:00am (Ballet/Contemporary)

Modern Only Track 

Our Dance Academy has a strong focus on Ballet training, but for those dancers interested only in Modern Dance, we offer a Modern only track. This includes one Modern class per week. Please email Annie Breneman at anniebreneman@waterfordschool.org, for more information on placement and schedule.

Hip Hop Club for Class IV 

This hip hop class is a fast-paced and energetic dance style using the latest street/urban dance moves set to hip hop music. Hip hop encompasses a wide range of street styles including breaking, locking and popping. This class for young beginners specifically focuses on developing rhythm and coordination while encouraging individual style.

Tuesdays 4:45-5:45pm in Lower School Loft

 

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