Creative Movement for children ages 3 and 4
This 30 minute class is fun for all young children. The young dancers learn how to function in a group setting and how to follow directions. This class emphasizes body awareness, rhythm, right and left identification, and interpreting the music with dance. Creative Movement is held once a week.
Kinder Movement for 5 & 6 year olds
This class is divided into Kinder Movement I for 5-6 year olds and Kinder Movement II for 6-7 year olds. The emphasis of this class will be on left/right understanding, body coordination, and basic ballet movements with classical music. Kinder Movement follows a professional children's ballet syllabus through the Cecchetti Council of America. As dancers mature, students enrolled in this class may enroll in the Cecchetti program. Kinder Movement I is a 30 minute class. Kinder Movement II is a 45 minute class. They meet once a week for these classes. There is also a "combo class" option in which the children take a ballet class from the Kinder Movement syllabus, along with a tap or jazz class.
This class curriculum is geared towards 7 – 9 year olds as preparation for a more intense ballet program. Students will begin learning the basics of ballet, terminology, and theory of ballet movement. There is a heavy emphasis on proper posture and body alignment, feet and arm positions, and a basic understanding and love of classical music. Ballet Basics follows a professional children's ballet syllabus through the Cecchetti Council of America. As dancers mature, students enrolled in this class may enroll in the Cecchetti program. Ballet Basics is a 45 minute class held once a week. There is also a "combo class" option in which the children take a ballet class from the Ballet Basics syllabus, along with a tap or jazz class.
Cecchetti Syllabus (10 yrs – advanced)
Cecchetti method offers class levels that progress from Grades I – VII and Diploma levels. Students will be expected to memorize terms, as well as “barre” and “centre” combinations from a syllabus book which will need to be purchased at the start of the year. When the students are prepared, a professional examiner will be brought to South Dakota to administer a nationally certified exam. Dance Gallery requires that students take two years of class work at each level in order to take the professional exams. It is important to note that the instructor will make the decision on when a dancer is prepared to take an exam.
The Dance Gallery is the only school in Sioux Falls that offers this method that encourages students to be nationally examined. For more information on this method of ballet instruction, click here for the Cecchetti Council of America national website.
Non-Syllabus Ballet Class (beginner to advanced)
Non-Syllabus classes are offered to students in beginner levels through advanced levels (Pre-Professional) on a progressive basis. Non-Syllabus classes have a free style format that encompass many different ballet techniques, including Cecchetti and Russian. Our levels are based off of the Cecchetti syllabus levels. *Grade I & II Non Syllabus Ballet, *Grade III, IV, V Non Syllabus Ballet, *Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, *Advanced Ballet on Pointe
Emphasis will be placed on developing:
1) Responsive suppleness and strength of the body
2) A conscious and artistic approach to movement
3) Diversity, adaptability, stamina, and memorization
4) Strictness in form and technique, while allowing artistic expression
5) Application and appreciation of artistry in dance
Sur Le Pointe (by invitation of the ballet instructor only)
Pointe work is available as part of the intermediate and advanced class curriculum. The student must have several years of proper ballet training, and will be notified by the ballet instructor when ready to start pointe. It is required that students be enrolled in a minimum of TWO ballet classes per week to prevent injury. The two classes must be a proper ballet-structured class, Cecchetti or non-syllabus, and not other dance forms or exercise based class. We also asked that students pass the Grade II Cecchetti exam before enrolling in the pointe program. It is important to note that Dance Gallery will not place students on pointe before they are fully prepared.