ballet: world class, pre-professional training


AIMS OF THE BALLET PROGRAM – LEVELS 1 through 5 

From the Primary level (7 years old) through to Level 2 (approximately 10 years old), our students study the MSA Ballet curriculum which is based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method. Level 3-5 students taking 2 classes per week aare given the opportunity to study the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and are encouraged to participate in annual RAD Examinations.

  • Entry for official RAD assessment is at the discretion of the Director of the Ballet Department in consultation with individual class instructors. Decisions concerning entry are made in January of each year.


AIMS OF THE BALLET PROGRAM – LEVELS 6 through 8 

  • Our advanced levels will broaden the student’s classical knowledge by learning a combination of the Cecchetti (Italian), the Vagonova (Russian) and the American Ballet Theater (ABT) methods.
  • Students will be encouraged to further develop their performance skills through participation in the annual Spring Production and the option of participating in the annual production of The Nutcracker.

By learning the RAD method and through participation in the RAD examination process, we hope to:

  • Promote the study of Ballet as a leisure and /or vocational activity.
  • Provide a technical and artistic framework, age-appropriately devised, taking into consideration their physical, cognitive and emotional development, which challenges students and measures the acquisition of technical, musical and performance skills in the Classical Ballet genre.
  • Provide all students with an opportunity to experience dance accompanied by live and recorded music.
    Students will be encouraged to further develop their performance skills through participation in the annual Spring Production and the option of participating in the annual production of The Nutcracker.

Ballet Levels 3 – 8        Students required to take 2 classes per week

  • Each course of study at these levels may take 1 – 3 years to successfully complete.
  • From level 3 upwards, students are required to take at least 2 Ballet classes per week (e.g. 341 and 342T).
  • Both these classes will utilize an approach to Ballet involving kinetics and anatomical movement principals. In the technique class (e.g. 342T), the focus will be on syllabi of the RAD (Levels 3 – 5) or MSA’s curriculum (Levels 6 – 8).
  • The Performance (e.g. 341) class will further develop the principals of technical development and will enable the students to work towards participation in the annual Spring Production.

 

BALLET PROGRAM


BALLET 1 (1-2x per week)

Ballet 1 (age 8-10)

Course Completion: Generally 1 year each for Level 1a and 1b

Description: Students study the MSA Ballet curriculum, which is based on the RAD method of progression. This course of study enables students to show an understanding of basic Ballet technique, which includes being able to demonstrate secure classical posture and weight placement with appropriate use of ‘turn-out’. They should be able to move with ease across the floor while establishing harmonious lines through the body and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. Students begin to learn basic elements of Character Dance. Students will generally progress from Level 1a to Level 1b. Although the vocabulary of steps is similar in both 1a and 1b, the combinations will be more complex and the technical expectation will be higher in 1b.

Class Length: 1 hour

Ballet 1 (age 11-12)

Course Completion: Generally 1 year

Description: This course of study enables students to show an understanding of basic Ballet technique, which includes being able to demonstrate secure classical posture and weight placement with appropriate use of ‘turn-out’. They should be able to move with ease across the floor while establishing harmonious lines through the body and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. Students begin to learn basic elements of Character Dance. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in the annual Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour


BALLET 2 (1-2x per week)

Ballet 2 (age 9-12)

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: Students continue to study the MSA Ballet curriculum, which is based on the RAD method of progression This course of study enables students to show an increasing understanding of basic Ballet technique, which includes being able to demonstrate secure classical posture and weight placement with a more developed use of ‘turn-out’. They should be able to move with ease across the floor while establishing harmonious lines through the body and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. Students continue to develop the basic elements of Character Dance. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in the annual Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 15 mins


BALLET 3 (2-3x per week)

Ballet 3 Performance          Must take BAL 342T and BAL 341 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study consists of further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in the RAD syllabi, and expands this knowledge by incorporating additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

Ballet 3 Tech          Must take BAL 342T and BAL 341 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study enables students to demonstrate an increasing consolidation of knowledge and understanding of a systematically developed vocabulary of Balletic movements. These include the ability to demonstrate various steps showing confident control of posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. Students also further develop an awareness of their own safe dance practice and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. They begin to study Character Dance technique.   Once these learning outcomes have been achieved, they will be invited to participate in the annual RAD Grade 3 Examination; participation is not compulsory.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins


BALLET 4 (2-3x per week)

Ballet 4 Performance          Must take BAL 442T and BAL 441 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in the RAD syllabi and expands this knowledge by incorporating additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Ballet 4 Tech          Must take BAL 442T and BAL 441 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study enables students to demonstrate an increasing consolidation of knowledge and understanding of a systematically developed vocabulary of Balletic movements. These include: the ability to demonstrate various steps showing confident control of posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. Students also further develop an awareness of their own safe dance practice and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. Character Dance technique is further developed. Once these learning outcomes have been achieved, students will be invited to participate in the annual RAD Grade 4 Examination; participation is not compulsory.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Pre-Pointe

Couse Completion: Generally 1 year

Description: During the course of the year, students study strengthening exercises, which establish sufficient control to support their bodies ‘en pointe’. Once this has been established, students will be invited to begin Pointe work. Participation in ‘pointe-work’ is at the discretion of the Director of the Ballet Department. Once on ‘pointe,’ simple exercises will be undertaken to ensure safe dance practice.

Class Length: 30 mins

 


BALLET 5 (2-3x per week)

Ballet 5 Performance          Must take BAL 542T and BAL 541 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description: This course of study concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in the RAD syllabi and expands this knowledge by incorporating additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Ballet 5 Tech          Must take BAL 542T and BAL 541 concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study enables students to demonstrate an increasing consolidation of knowledge and understanding of a systematically developed vocabulary of technical Balletic movements. These include the ability to demonstrate various steps showing confident control of posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. They also further develop an awareness of their own safe dance practice and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. Character Dance technique is further developed. Once these learning outcomes have been achieved, they will be invited to participate in the annual RAD Grade 5 Examination; participation is not compulsory.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins


Pointe 1 Tech
Course Completion: Generally 1 year

Students attending this class should already have taken a Pre-Pointe class to determine their suitability for pointe-work. Description: In this class, movements are simple in nature, focusing on weight placement through both feet at any one time in order to build strength and understanding of classical Pointe technique.

Class Length: 1 hour

*Students are eligible for placement in an additional ballet class in the Conservatory Ballet Program.


BALLET LEVEL 6 (3-4x per week)

Ballet 6 Performance          Must take Ballet 6 and 6 Tech concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description: This course of study concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in BAL642T and incorporates additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

Ballet 6 Tech         Must take Ballet 6 and 6 Tech concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This course of study enables students to demonstrate a consolidation of knowledge and understanding of a technical vocabulary at a more advanced level using a combination of the Vagonova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian) and American Ballet Theater methods.   Students will be able to demonstrate various steps showing confident control of classical posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. They will now have developed an awareness of their own safe dance practice and will be able to perform with confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

Pointe 2 Performance

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: Students attending this Pointe class further develop their skills and strength. Exercises focus on the transfer of weight from foot to foot while continuing to demonstrate harmonious lines and correct classical posture. These include turning movements on one leg. During this class, students prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour

Conservatory Technique Class

Course Completion: 1 – 3 years
Description: TBD
Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

*Students are eligible for placement in an additional ballet class in the Conservatory Ballet Program.
**Students at this level are eligible to audition for Metropolitan Youth Ballet, our resident ballet company.


BALLET LEVEL 7 (3-4x per week)

Ballet 7 Performance         Must take Ballet 7 Performance and 7 Tech concurrently
Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description: This course of study concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in BAL742T and incorporates additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

 

Ballet 7 Tech          Must take Ballet 7 Performance and 7 Tech concurrently
Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description: This course of study continues to consolidate knowledge and understanding of a technical vocabulary at a more advanced level using a combination of the Vagonova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian) and American Ballet Theater methods.   Students will be able to demonstrate various steps showing confident control of classical posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. They will now have developed an awareness of their own safe dance practice and will be able to perform with confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

Conservatory Tech Class
Course Completion: 1 – 3 years
Description: TBD
Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins


Pointe 3 Performance

Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This is an advanced Pointe class that further develops the skills built in PNT 241. Developed to work alongside PNT341T, this class further develops skills and Pointe technique. During this class, students prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour
*Students are eligible for placement in an additional ballet class in the Conservatory Ballet Program.
**Students at this level are eligible to audition for Metropolitan Youth Ballet, our resident ballet company.


BALLET 8 (4-5x per week)

Ballet 8 Performance          Must take Ballet 8 Performance and 8 Tech concurrently
Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description:  This course of study concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps used in BAL642T and incorporates additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education.  During this class, students will prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length:  1 hour 30 mins


Ballet 8 Tech 
        Must take Ballet 8 Performance and 8 Tech concurrently

Course Completion: 1 – 3 years

Description: Designed to challenge the student who demonstrates particular physical ability and artistic talent for Classical Ballet and who has been studying at an advanced level for at least 2 years, this course of study continues to consolidate knowledge and understanding of a technical vocabulary at a more advanced level using a combination of the Vagonova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian) and American Ballet Theater methods.   Students will be able to demonstrate various steps, showing a high standard of technical expertise incorporating confident control of classical posture, ‘turn-out’ and line while turning and jumping. They will now have a highly developed awareness of their own safe dance practice and be able to perform with confidence and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins

Conservatory Tech Class
Course Completion: 1 – 3 years
Description: TBD
Class Length: 1 hour 30 mins


Pointe 4 Performance
Course Completion: 1 – 2 years

Description: This is an advanced Pointe class that further develops the skills built in Pointe 3. Developed to work alongside Ballet 8 Technique , this class further develops skills and Pointe technique. During this class, students prepare for performance in the annual MSA Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour

*Students are eligible for placement in an additional ballet class in the Conservatory Ballet Program.
**Students at this level are eligible to audition for Metropolitan Youth Ballet, our resident ballet company.


TEEN BALLET CLASSES

 Teen Ballet 1/2 (age 13 – 18)

Course Completion: Generally 1 year

Description: This course is specifically designed for older students who are starting Ballet, and are expected to progress at a faster rate than younger students at this level. Based on the MSA Ballet Curriculum it enables students to show an understanding of basic Ballet technique, which includes being able to demonstrate secure classical posture and weight placement with appropriate use of ‘turn-out’. They should be able to move with ease across the floor while establishing harmonious lines through the body and demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, awareness of the audience and responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. This class is not syllabus-based and students will not participate in examinations. The aim of this class is technical development and students will not perform in the Spring Production.

Class Length : 1 hour

 

Teen Ballet 3/4 (age 13 – 18)

Course Completion: 1-2 years

Description: This course is specifically designed for older students who have studied Ballet for at least two years or completed BAL221. Students are expected to progress at a faster rate than younger students at this level. It concentrates on further developing the technical vocabulary of steps and expands this knowledge by incorporating additional movement and combinations considered necessary to give students an all-around classical education. The technical level aligns with BAL341 and BAL441 in the RAD-based Ballet program. This class is not syllabus-based and students will not participate in examinations. This class is not syllabus-based and students will not participate in examinations. The aim of this class is technical development and students will not perform in the Spring Production.

Class Length: 1 hour 30 minutes