It is the intention of the Elan Academy of Classical Ballet to provide professional training to students of all ages in the art of classical ballet. The curriculum is designed to train the body at an appropriate pace for the level of experience and age of the student. Ballet dancers are carefully taught and nurtured into a discipline that will benefit them all their lives. Work ethic, attention to detail, confidence, determination, and perseverance are just some of the many important life skills the dancer develops for him or herself through a classical ballet education.
Élan Academy of Classical Ballet Presents Clara Dreams at Essex High!
Get into the holiday spirit and come see Clara Dreams this weekend, December 6th and 7th, at 3:30pm at Essex High School! Élan Ballet Theatre and Élan Academy of Classical Ballet present the second act of The Nutcracker starring local dancers from the brand new school located at EJRP's Aspire Studio. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children and are available with assigned seating throughwww.tututix.com/elanacademyofclassicalballet until 12am December 3rd, and will also be available at the door. Enjoy the magic of the season and support the fine arts in your community!
2014-15 School Year Tuition Rates & Fees
Registration is $20 per student for the 2014-2015 school year Family rate for registration is $35
Tuition is divided into 10 monthly payments due the 5th of each month. School year begins September 3rd, 2014 and culminates with the year end performances in June 2015, dates TBA.
Monthly Tuition Rates: Conditioning for Dancers = $30 .5 hour long weekly class = $40 .75 hour long weekly class = $45 1.0 hour long weekly class = $55 1.25 hour long weekly class = $65 1.5 hour long weekly class = $75 Elan Ballet Theatre = $50
Dancers taking 2 or more classes per week have the option of auditioning for Elan Ballet Theatre, the school's company. Fee includes instruction as well as costume fees for company performances.
Discounts are given for multiple classes at the following rates, after the first/longer class per week is paid at the regular rate: 2nd class/week = 5% discount, 3rd class/week = 8% discount, 4th class plus/week = 10% discount
Drop in Rates: 1 hour class = $15, 1.25 hour class = $18, 1.5 hour class = $20
Private lessons are available by appointment, at a rate of $55 per hour.
Pre-Ballet 1 (45 min): Ages 3-4. Awareness of self and space, music, and the art of storytelling through dance will be explored. Basic port de bras, positions, French terminology, and gross motor skills set to classical music will be introduced. Creative movement exercises will be interspersed to keep it engaging for little dancers.
Pre-Ballet II (60 min): Ages 4-5. Basic positions, steps, French terminology, classical music, alignment, and structure of a ballet class will be introduced. Time will be spent on basic class courtesies (taking turns, raising hands, respecting personal space and listening). Story ballets and their music to be introduced including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Swan Lake. Students will have the opportunity to make their stage debut at the end of the school year.
Ballet I (60 min): Ages 6-8. This begins the formal classical training of the ballet dancer, introducing more positions, French terminology, music theory, the structure of the classical ballet class, barre work, center work including petite allegro, basic turning, and grand allegro. It is common to spend 2 years at this level, as more steps will be introduced in the second year, as well as a continuance of perfecting steps and technique.
Ballet II (60 min): Ages 9-11. Dancers will be introduced to all 8 formal classical Cecchetti positions in the center, and an increased focus on epaulement, longer combinations, adagio, pirouettes, and grand allegro jumps. Dancers should expect to increase their number of classes per week to 2 by age 11, to develop the strength necessary to continue on.
Ballet III/Pre-Pointe/Pointe (90 min): Ages 11-13. For the dancer who aspires to dance en pointe. Training will advance as combinations will require more strength, speed, and stamina. Time will be devoted to exercises to increase strength and articulation of the foot and ankle. Dancers should have 2+ years previous ballet training, and should have classes at least 2 times per week.
Ballet IV (90 min): This more advanced level class is for the dancer who has already begun pointe work. Dancers should be taking a minimum of 2 classes per week, 3+ is recommended. Dancers are expected to have a solid understanding of advanced steps, terminology, detailed alignment, and focus will continue on developing artistry through expression and musicality.
Tap Option (30 min): Ages 6-9. For those who are taking Ballet I or II, and will include basic tap steps and music theory. Class consists of a warm up, progressions across the floor, and an ending combination.
Conditioning for Dancers (30 min): A blend of stretching and strengthening exercises designed with the dancer's body in mind, incorporating elements of yoga, pilates, floor barre, and Franklin method inspired imagery to help release tension in target areas, improve flexibility, and strengthen core muscles.
Advanced Pointe and Variations (60 min): For the advanced student with 2+ years of experience en pointe. Classical variations from important ballets will be taught with students learning the traditional choreography of Petipa and Fokine.
Adult Beginner Ballet (60 min): For the adult student who is brand new to the art of classical ballet, as well as for those returning after many years. Basic positions, steps, alignment, and terminology will be covered; the first half traditional barre work, the second will be executed in the center.
Adult Intermediate Ballet/Pointe (75 min): For the experienced adult, looking to further their skills.
Please complete the registration form below and bring it in to the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks office, located at 75 Maple Street in Essex Junction, between 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday to register.