Ballet for Children
Every year in the month of May, our students take a ballet exam in order to obtain a Certificate of Achievement. In June, the students of the Recreational Program participate in the school’s Gala Concert. Performing on stage greatly contributes to the children’s artistic education and willingness to learn more. We encourage them to use their vivid imagination and dream of someday becoming ballet dancers or ballerinas. Victoria International Ballet Academy also offers summer, winter and spring vacation camps for 4 to 8 year old children.
As part of the Intermediate, Pre-professional and Professional Programs, students may perform in December in The Nutcracker staged by Victoria Ballet Company at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Our Summer Intensive Program for children aged 9 and older is offered during July and August of each year.
Dance Programs for the 2012 – 2013 Academic Year
The Recreational ballet program is designed for 3 to 4-year-old children, and for 5 to 6-year-olds. Students attend ballet class once a week and no levels are assigned to these groups. THE CURRICULUM focuses on the physical development of the child’s body through stretching exercises, jumping skills, balance, and also on following group forms, listening to the music and learning some of the basic ballet positions and movements.
CLASS SCHEDULE : 3-4 year-olds: Sat. 10 am, 4-5 year-olds Wed. 5 pm, 5-6 year-olds Sat. at 12 pm
The Beginner Ballet program is more intensive than the Recreational program, and requires at least two hours of training per week. It is designed for 4 to 8-year-old children who are not yet ready to participate in more advanced programs, such as the Intermediate and Pre-Professional programs.
THE CURRICULUM focuses on the physical development of the child’s body through stretching and physical exercises, and learning more advanced ballet positions and movements. The lesson consists of exercises at the barre and in the centre of the studio. Students learn manners, basic etiquette and simple dances.
CLASS SCHEDULE: 4-5 year-olds: Wed. 5 pm and Sat. 12 pm, 5-7 year-olds: Tue. and Fri. 5 pm, 6-8 year-olds: Wed. 6 pm and Sat. 12 pm, 6-8 year-olds: Tue. and Fri. 6 pm
The Intermediate ballet program is designed for children from 6 to 10 years of age, however in some cases older beginners can join too. Students attend class twice a week, for two different lessons each day, for example, a lesson of ballet and a lesson of stretching or ballet and character dance. Intermediate ballet program requires previous ballet training.
THE CURRICULUM focuses on the physical development of the child’s body, physical and mental endurance, ballet technique, basic theory, character and contemporary dances and stretching. Students take a ballet exam every year in June in order to be promoted to a higher level or to a more advanced program and to receive a Certificate of Achievement. Intermediate ballet training counts towards the Pre-Professional Ballet Level. Students progress as they meet the expectations of the program and at least 120 hours of training per level.
CLASS SCHEDULE: 6-8 year-olds: Wed. 6 to 8 pm and Sat. 10 – 12 pm (each day classes of ballet and stretching or character dance), 6-8 year olds: Mon. and Thu. 5 to 7 pm, 9-11 year olds: Mon. and Thu. 5 to 7 pm, 11-17 year olds: Tue. and Fri. 6 to 8 pm
Our Pre-professional Ballet program is designed for children aged 8 and older. Students are required to attend classes 3 days per week for at least 6 hours of classes. The program requires two years of previous Intermediate training and at least 180 hours of ballet training a year. This program is a prerequisite to register to our Professional Program.
THE CURRICULUM focuses on learning advanced ballet technique and ballet theory, character and contemporary dances and stretching. Students take a ballet exam each June in order to be promoted to a higher level and to receive a Certificate of Achievement. Students can advance to the Professional Program after completing one year of the Pre-Professional program.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Each day of class consists of one hour of ballet and one hour of stretching, or one hour of character or one hour of contemporary dance. 8-11 year olds: Tue. and Fri. 6 to 8 pm and Sun. 11 am to 1 pm. 9-12 year olds: Mon. and Thu. 6 to 8 pm and Sun. 11 am to 1 pm. 10-13 year olds: Mon. and Thu. 6 to 8 pm and Sun. 11 am to 1 pm. 11-17 year olds: Tue. and Fri. 6 to 8 pm and Sun. 12 to 2 pm.
Hip-Hop and Contemporary Dance for Boys only:
Schedule: Sundays at 10 am.
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