The Children’s Program

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This program is a perfect introduction to ballet for the young dancer. Instilling a love for the art and providing the tools necessary for success as a student progresses are the focus. Simply stated, this is where a dancer “learns how to learn.” Through creative movement, the dancer continues to work on both small and gross motor skills in a fun and warm environment.

  • Dance with Me (ages 18 months to 3 years): This 45-minute class focuses on group work, following directions, and fostering a love for dance. Learn the fundamentals of movement and musicality with games and props. Builds coordination and basic ballet vocabulary.
  • Pre-Ballet (beginning at age 3 independent from guardian): This 45-minute class teaches students to:
    • improve listening skills and ability to follow direction
    • gain confidence in their ability to move in different ways
    • understand spatial concepts
    • develop motor skills
    • build coordination and basic ballet vocabulary
  • Beginning Ballet (approximate age 4 to 5): This one-hour class teaches students to:
    • love moving to music and understand basic ballet vocabulary
    • improve listening skills, concentration, and ability to follow directions
    • gain confidence in their ability to move different ways
    • introduces barre work while gaining strength, stretch, and agility
  • Ballet A (approximate ages 5 to 6): This one-hour class improves listening skills, concentration, and ability to follow directions. Students will learn to:
    • gain confidence in their ability to move different ways while learning basic ballet vocabulary
    • gain strength, agility, and flexibility
    • understand spatial concepts
    • develop fine motor skills
    • understand basic body placement
    • expand their ballet barre work
  • Ballet B (approximate age 6 to 9): This one-hour class improves listening skills and ability to follow directions. Students will learn to:
    • gain confidence in their ability to move different ways while learning basic ballet vocabulary
    • continue building strength, stretch, agility, and flexibility
    • understand spatial concepts
    • develop fine motor skills
    • understand hip rotation and basic placement
    • instill a strong work ethic and learn basic steps and barre work
  • Beginning Tap Class (ages 5 to 9): This is a one-hour introductory class. The

objectives of the class are to maintain the discipline and focus of BVI’s ballet program, while allowing the young dancer to explore rhythm through movement. Awareness of music and musicality is greatly enhanced, which is key to the dancer’s training.