Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts -
Woodlands Dance Academy Curriculum

The Academy teaches Ballet from the world renowned Russian Vaganova method. 


The Vaganova method, acknowledged the world over as the foremost training syllabus, is known for its Artistic clarity, use of the upper body, and for the development of a strong center for adagio and allegro work

The Academy also has staff members who are highly trained in other dance curriculum such as the Royal Academy of Dancing and Cecchetti methods. We feel the strong foundation provided by the Vaganova method plus the influences provided by the other styles ensures a well developed dancer with a competitive edge.
 

Classical Ballet is a highly developed form of dance, and the basis of training for all other dance forms. Ballet develops good posture, muscle tone, and physical and mental discipline. Students are placed in classes according to their experience and age.  Ballet is mandatory for all registering students. For the youngest dancer at the age of 4 years, The Academy offers Ballet 1 which introduces the student to the basic vocabulary of ballet, while focusing on correct placement and proper development of turnout. Ballet 2 continues to introduce the basic vocabulary, adding more advanced concepts and center work. After mastering the basics in Ballet 1 and Ballet 2, students progress to a more intensive level of training in Ballet 3. Pointe work is introduced here for students who have developed the necessary strength.  At the 3 and 4 levels, students are exposed to Classical Variations. Ballet 5 is the pre-professional level placed by audition, and requires advanced study of four to five days each week.

 

Jazz originated from African-American roots. It reflects the spirit and mood of contemporary society as seen in pop, rock, and rhythm and blues. This class develops style, strength, flexibility and coordination.

 

Tap is a form of dance where rhythmic and syncopated sounds are created by the feet. Tap dance teaches a sense of rhythm, timing and precision as well as aerobic activity.

 

Modern Dance developed in the 20th century, primarily in the United States and resembles modern art and music in being experimental and iconoclastic.

 

Musical Theater introduces students to music and voice for stage and theater choreography. Students will have fun while they practice singing and voice projection, work with stage blocking, and performance dance choreography. This is a great class to build confidence and polish skills for theatre auditions, and a wonderful way to share the love of theatre with the younger generation.

 

Pre-Professional program has been specially designed for serious dance students who have developed their technique and have a strong desire to commit themselves to a demanding class schedule. The pre-professional dancers take 5-6 classes per week, including Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, and Pas de Deux in order to develop technical proficiency in these areas. Acceptance into the pre-professional program is by audition. In order to qualify for the pre-professional division, the student must demonstrate commitment, talent, facility, strength, and professional potential


The benefits of dance education are many. Through the disciplined study and practice of dance, students develop poise, confidence and a sense of personal accomplishment. In addition, the opportunity to train and perform publicly is excellent preparation for those planning careers in dance education, theatre arts or other entertainment fields.

 

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