Ballet

Modern dance is an ever-changing dance form that focuses on musicality and expression to shape movements and choreography. Structured technical exercises that condition the body for strength, coordination and flexibility are also incorporated. This is an expressive style of dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, contemporary jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Modern/Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

Benefits: discipline, self confidence, strength, flexibility, poise, and grace

Pre Professional Program

Bitty Bear Ballet

Ages 3-4

Ballet for the youngest ballerina! Bitty Bear Ballet focuses on developing coordination, strength, flexibility, musicality, and ballet technique while having fun. The season concludes with a  stage performance in the spring.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 45 minutes

Max Enrollment: 8 students per class

Pre Ballet

Ages 5-6 years

In Pre Ballet we introduce basic ballet steps and vocabulary. Exercises emphasize and develop balance, posture, and spatial awareness to prepare your child for further ballet. We focus on the importance of musicality and self-expression and foster creativity by exploring improvisation along with directed individual and group movement patterns.

Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.


Time Commitment: Once a week, for 50 minutes
Max Enrollment: 10
 students per class

Ballet I

Ages 7-9 years

In Ballet I children understand and can safely execute ballet fundamentals. Through fun and engaging activities, we introduce and develop the foundational ballet building blocks, including proper turnout of legs, pointing feet, and body alignment. These elements prepare your child for the continued study of ballet. 

Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital.


Time Commitment: Once a week, for 60 minutes per class

Recommendation: 2 classes per week
Max Enrollment: 12 students per class

Ballet II

Ages 8-10 years

Students enrolled in Ballet II attend classes two to three times per week with an increasing time commitment. At this level the foundation of the classical ballet vocabulary and movement quality are taught at a pace which facilitates understanding and safety. 

Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital. Dancers are also highly encouraged to audition for The Nutcracker.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 60 minutes per class

Recommendation: 2 classes per week

Max Enrollment: 12 students per class

Ballet III

Ages 9-13 years

Ballet III students meet three to four times a week to continue building their foundation of ballet knowledge. Ballet III is the beginning of pre pointe work. Students are recommended to take a elective course, like modern, jazz, or hip hop along with their ballet studies. Students complete this levels with a thorough knowledge of ballet vocabulary to support progress to higher  levels.

Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital. Dancers are also highly encouraged to audition for The Nutcracker and Spring Production.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 90 minutes per class

Recommendation: 3 classes per week

Max Enrollment: 15 students per class

Ballet IV

ages 10-15 years

Students in Ballet IV develop their ballet technique by meeting multiple times per week. Students complete this level with knowledge of the full ballet vocabulary. In Ballet IV dancers will continue pre pointe work. Students are recommended to take an elective course in addition to ballet.

 

Dancers perform at the Winter and Spring Recital. Dancers are also highly encouraged to audition for The Nutcracker and Spring Production.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 90 minutes per class

Recommendation: 3 classes per week

Max Enrollment: 15 students per class

Pre Professional Program

Age: Approximately 10+

The Pre-Professional Program at the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is an intense training program customized for serious young dancers designed to meet the highest artistic standards. The artistic staff trains dancers to develop a strong foundation in classical ballet with the discipline and confidence cultivated at ACBA. Students go on to pursue careers as professional dancers, or find success in other fields. As part of the Pre-Professional Program, students participate in a full schedule of evening dance classes, and perform in the ACAB's productions.

 

Dancers typically spend two years in each level.

Program Level I, Program Level II, Program Level III, and Program Level IV

Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition and recommendation only. Please contact ACBA to schedule an audition.

Adult/Teen Ballet

Ages 13+

These classes are for individuals age 13 and up with little or no previous ballet experience. Classes move at a moderate pace so that all participants can learn the beginning technique concepts in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. Dancing improves posture and flexibility, and is a fun and different way to exercise. Participants may choose how many classes they attend per week. The adult/teen ballet class is a non-performing class.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 75 minutes per class

Recommendation: 2 classes per week

Max Enrollment: 12 students per class

Adult/Teen Ballet

Ages 13+

These classes are for individuals age 13 and up with little or no previous ballet experience. Classes move at a moderate pace so that all participants can learn the beginning technique concepts in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. Dancing improves posture and flexibility, and is a fun and different way to exercise. Participants may choose how many classes they attend per week. The adult/teen ballet class is a non-performing class.

Time Commitment: Once a week, for 75 minutes per class

Recommendation: 2 classes per week

Max Enrollment: 12 students per class

All Ballet classes incorporates floor work to develop strength and flexibility, the basic ballet concepts of arm and leg positions, and across the floor to develop balance, rhythm, musicality, and coordination. Body placement and quality of movement is emphasized. All Ballet classes stress dance vocabulary and memory of steps, combinations, and performance pieces are also taught. Pointe work begins at Ballet IV if the students are ready. Student typically spend two years in each level. Two classes or more per week are recommended.

 

2019/20 Season

Pre Ballet (Ages 5-6)

Monday 5:00-5:50pm

Tuesday 4:30-5:20pm

Wednesday 6:00-6:50pm

Saturday 10:30-11:20am

Ballet I (Ages 7-9) *two classes per week recommended

Monday 4:30-5:30pm

Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm (Ballet I/II combination)

Ballet II (Ages 9-12) *two classes per week recommended

Monday 6:00-7:00pm

Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm

Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm (Ballet I/II combination)

Ballet III/IV (Ages 11+) *two classes per week recommended

Tuesday 6:00-7:30pm

Thursday 6:00-7:30pm

Teen/Adult (Ages 14+) *two classes per week recommended

Monday 6:30pm-7:45pm

Wednesday 6:30pm-7:45pm

Open Advanced Ballet

Friday 3:30-5:00pm

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