Ashley Ballet Arts Academy - Junior Division - Golden Valley, MN
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Junior Division
Ages 6 to 12
 
Ballet | Modern | Contemporary | Boys' Ballet | MInd/Body | Pre-Pointe & Pointe Prep | Tap
 
Here we lay a strong technical foundation and teach our students a wide breadth of ballet terminology. Each level has a comprehensive syllabus which all of our teachers follow to ensure consistent instruction and appropriate material for each developmental stage. We stress the unique discipline and etiquette that ballet requires, in a warm and encouraging way. We believe taking the time to perfect placement is the best way to set our students up for success as they advance. We don't just teach the steps, we educate our dancers on how to execute them correctly, with strength and artistry. Dancers will increase coordination, muscular development, flexibility, and musicality in a structured, yet fun environment.

Ballet and Pointe Classes

Junior Ballet 1
Requirements:
  • Students ages 6-8.
  • Includes students moving out of our Pre-Dance Division, but no previous experience necessary.
  • 2 classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent registration in Junior Modern 1 recommended.
This level introduces a structured ballet class implementing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves focus on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light pink alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair must be neat.
 
Junior Ballet 1A
Requirements:
  • Students ages 6-8 moving up from at least two years’ experience in our Pre-Dance division.
  • 2 classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent registration in Junior Modern 1 strongly recommended.
This level gives a structured ballet class continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way. This class moves through the Junior Ballet 1 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light pink alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 2
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 1 or 1A.
  • Minimum 1 year of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Modern 1 or 2, and Junior Jazz 1 or 2.
This level gives a structured ballet class, continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch lilac alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 2 Accelerated (2A)
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 1 or 1A.
  • Minimum 1 year of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Modern 1 or 2, and Junior Jazz 1 or 2.
This level gives a structured ballet class, continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way. This class moves through the Junior Ballet 2 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch lilac alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 2/3:
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 1 or 1A.
  • Minimum 1 year of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Modern 1 or 2, and Junior Jazz 1 or 2.
This level gives a structured ballet class, continuing the study of classical ballet vocabulary. Instruction involves strong concentration on correct body alignment, along with development of attention span, discipline and the beginning of musical concepts. Although the teachers encourage the students to be focused during class, they do so in a fun and positive way.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light blue alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 3
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 2 or 2A.
  • Minimum of 2 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 1, 2, or 3; Junior Jazz 1, 2, or 3; Pre-Pointe; and conditioning classes.
Students will continue training in the fundamental concepts of ballet technique, vocabulary and studio etiquette. This level builds on the development of technical skills, coordination, discipline and musicality. Students will be introduced to more complex combinations and rhythms of movement, and teachers will encourage their students’ ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light blue alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 3 Accelerated (3A)
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 2 or 2A.
  • Minimum of 2 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 2 or 3; Junior Jazz 2 or 3; Pre-Pointe; and conditioning classes.
Students will continue training in the fundamental concepts of ballet technique, vocabulary and studio etiquette. This level builds on the development of technical skills, coordination, discipline and musicality. Students will be introduced to more complex combinations and rhythms of movement, and teachers will encourage their students’ ability to retain material and corrections from class to class. This class moves through the Junior Ballet 3 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch light blue alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 4
Requirements:
  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 3 or 3A.
  • Minimum of 3 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3.
  • Concurrent registration is strongly recommended in: Pre-Pointe; conditioning classes.
Students in this level will study a more advanced level ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement and the teachers will encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch seafoam green alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 4 Accelerated (4A)
Requirements:
  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 3 or 3A.
  • Minimum of 3 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3.
  • Concurrent registration is strongly recommended in: Pre-Pointe; conditioning classes.
Students in this level will study a more advanced level ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement and the teachers will encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class. This class moves through the Junior Ballet 4 syllabus material at an accelerated pace.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch seafoam green alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 4/5:
Requirements:
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 3 or 3A.
  • Minimum of 2 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3; Pre-Pointe; and conditioning classes.
Students in this level will study a more advanced level ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement and the teachers will encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch yellow alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black ballet shoes, black tights, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Ballet 5
Requirements:
  • By instructor permission only.
  • Students moving up from Junior Ballet 4 or 4A.
  • Minimum of 4 years of study in classical ballet.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required; 3 classes per week strongly recommended.
  • Concurrent registration is recommended in: Junior Modern 3; Junior Jazz 3.
  • Concurrent registration is strongly recommended in: Pre-Pointe; conditioning classes.
Students in this level will complete their understanding of the Junior Division ballet vocabulary, building on the development of the legs and feet with pre-pointe work. They will continue to work on more complex combinations and rhythms of movement in preparation for a Pre-Professional track in the Senior program. The teachers will continue to encourage their ability to retain material and corrections from class to class.
Uniform:
Girls: Pink ballet slippers, pink tights, black leotard, ¾ inch yellow alignment belt. Hair in a neat ballet bun.
Boys: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white t-shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Contemporary Ballet
Requirement: Must be enrolled in a ballet class.
Contemporary ballet is a form of dance which incorporates elements of both classical ballet and modern dance. It takes its technique and use of pointe-work from classical ballet, although it permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines set forth by schools of ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work, balletic movement, and turn-in of the legs.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard with pink or black tights, skirts allowed. Ballet or pointe shoes. Hair away from the face in a bun.
Boys: Solid color T-shirt and black pants/capris, black ballet shoes. Hair away from the face.
 
Pre-Pointe
Requirements:
  • By instructor approval only.
  • Junior Ballet 3 or higher.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required.
This class is for the serious dancer with the goal of going en pointe. Students will be introduced to core, leg and foot strengthening exercises, and will work on overall balance and control. Geared toward female students working toward pointework, but male students are encouraged to enroll in Pre-Pointe as an additional conditioning class.
Uniform: Black leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes. Alignment belt or ballet skirt may be worn. Hair in a neat ballet bun. Theraband, tennis ball, golf ball, yoga mat and dance journal must be brought to every class.
 
Pointe Prep
Requirements:
  • By instructor approval only.
  • Junior Ballet 4 or higher.
  • 2 ballet classes per week required.
This class is for the serious dancer who has been assessed to be ready to go en pointe. Students will continue core and feet strengthening exercises as well as work on overall balance and control. Based on class readiness and maturity, the students will get their first pair of pointe shoes during the year and learn how to sew and care for their pointe shoes and feet. When ready, they will learn beginning pointe exercises at the barre.
Uniform: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and alignment belt or ballet skirts may be worn. Hair in a neat ballet bun. Theraband, yoga mat, tennis ball, and golf ball required.

Young Men’s Ballet
Requirements:
  • Ages 8 and up.
This class is specially designed for the male ballet dancer. To wit, this class will devote special attention to building proper technique and strength in the arms, core, and legs to support movements often asked of male dancers such as leaps, turns, lifts, and jumps.
Uniform: Black tights, black ballet shoes, white shirt tucked in. Hair away from the face.

Modern Classes
Modern is a term used to describe several related styles of dance developed around the turn of the 20th century. Modern dance centers on a dancer's own interpretations instead of rigidly structured steps, as in classical ballet. A modern dancer often diverges from the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, introducing instead falls and rolls to the floor, flexed feet, and turned in legs. Students will be introduced to the different schools of modern dance. Our modern classes consist of an eclectic mix of modern and postmodern dance styles.
 
Junior Modern 1
Requirements:
  • At least 6 years old.
  • Concurrent registration strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Jazz 1; conditioning classes.
Per the description above, basic concepts of modern dance movement will be introduced, including but not limited to: pointing vs. flexing; turn-in vs. turn-out; straight and curved lines; and high and low movement through space. The class format will start with a warm-up that stresses technique, freedom of movement and full expression, then progressing to adagio and movement across the floor.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.
Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.
 
Junior Modern 2
Requirements:
  • At least 7 years old.
  • Students moving up from Junior Modern 1.
  • Concurrent registration strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Jazz 1 or 2; conditioning classes.
A continuation of Junior Modern 1, the class structure will continue as before in order to build on basic concepts previously introduced. Students will develop a better understanding of the different schools of modern dance, and continue to perfect their technique while exploring musicality.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.
Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.
 
Junior Modern 3
Requirements:
  • At least 10 years old.
  • Students moving up from Junior Modern 2.
  • Concurrent registration strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in: Junior Jazz 2 or 3; conditioning classes.
Continuing to build upon the foundation laid in Junior Modern 1 and 2, students will address more intricate technical and musical aspects of modern dance.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black shorts or black leggings optional; no jazz pants. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.
Boys: Solid color shirt and black pants, tights or shorts. Hair away from the face. Bare feet.

Jazz Classes
Jazz dance is a style of dance derived from African movement and popular dances of the beginning half of the 20th Century. Students will be learning jazz technique based on the work of Luigi and Giordano. Emphasis will be placed on correct technique and the unique musicality of jazz dance, and students will be given opportunities to learn repertoire and movement from musical theatre as well as classical and contemporary jazz.
 
Junior Jazz 1
Requirements:
  • At least 6 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
Students will be introduced to jazz movement in a wholesome and nurturing environment, learning jazz technique based on the work of Luigi and Giordano. The class will focus on learning foundational jazz movement, employing correct technique, alignment, and exploring musicality.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.
Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Jazz 2
Requirements:
  • At least 8 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
Students will continue learning jazz technique, building upon the foundation laid in Junior Jazz 1. Emphasis will be placed on correct technique and the unique musicality of jazz dance, and students will be given opportunities to learn repertoire and movement from musical theatre as well as classical and contemporary jazz.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.
Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.
 
Junior Jazz 3
Requirements:
  • At least 9 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment strongly recommended in: Junior division ballet class/es.
  • Concurrent enrollment recommended in: Junior Modern 3; conditioning.
Dancers continue to expand on the fundamentals of jazz dance taught in Junior Jazz 1 and 2. Students will develop a heightened focus on musicality and performing to complement their study of the technique.
Uniform:
Girls: Solid color leotard worn over black or pink tights. Black leggings, shorts, or jazz pants optional. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.
Boys: Solid color shirt with black pants, tights, or shorts. Black jazz shoes. Hair away from the face.

Mind/Body Classes

Yoga
Requirements:
  • Must be at least 11 years old.
Taught by certified yoga instructors, our Yoga classes focus on safe body alignment, flowing movements, mindfulness, and allowing the student to pursue their personal goals for their practice.
Uniform: Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.
 
Pilates
Requirements:
  • Must be at least 12 years old.
  • Concurrent registration recommended in ballet.
Through low impact exercise with emphasis on proper form, each workout provides the information and guidance to master the skills of coordination, strength, endurance, balance, and integration, and the opportunity to try new challenges every time.
Uniform: Yoga, fitness, or dance clothes and bare feet. Hair away from the face. A yoga mat is required.
 
NEW! The Dancing Body 
Requirements:
  • At least 11 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment required in ABAA's Pre-Professional track.
Two classes offered: Ages 11-13, Ages 14+
An informative class for the developing dancer. This class is new for our 2017/18 season, and incorporates techniques from Pilates, yoga, and analysis of body mechanics to create a stronger, healthier, more technically proficient dancer.
Uniform: Yoga/dance clothes, bare feet, hair away from the face. A yoga mat and dance journal are required. You are encouraged to bring a theraband and tennis ball.


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