143 Maverick Street, Rockland, Maine 04841 207-542-3556
The Youth Ballet is Rockland School of Ballet's program for dedicated and
committed dancers ages sixteen and up. Students meet for ballet class multiple times
each week, which allows them to excel in their formal ballet training. As students progress,
more frequent trainings and more time commitments are required. The Youth Ballet Program
becomes increasingly more focused for students who are serious dancers and have the
time to dedicate to their training. Regular attendance is mandatory to remain in the program
and to assure safe development and healthy progress.
The core of Youth Ballet Program is devoted to classical ballet with pre-pointe and pointe training deemed as appropriate. Conditioning is included in each level to prepare for more advanced work.
Youth Ballet (Ages 16 and up):
This class is designed for the more advanced and serious student with previous years of ballet training, although currently, beginner students will be admitted to this class as necessary. In this class we will focus on technique, physical strength, flexibility, and alignment. Additionally, an emphasis is put on artistry, musicality and personal growth. At this level the class includes conditioning exercises for flexibility and strength, a complete barre warm up, center adagio, petit allegro, grand allegro, across the floor combinations and jumping combinations.
This class is designed for the serious dancer and the ready dancer must be invited by Miss Emily to add this class to their studies. It should be understood that pointe is not the study of a new technique. Dancing on the toes is a serious undertaking, and many important factors must be taken into consideration before a student is ready to take pointe class. At Rockland School of Ballet students must be at least 12 years of age before being considered to begin pointe work. The director will evaluate length and intensity of study, age and bone development, strength, anatomy of the foot and ankle, correct placement/body alignment and posture, body weight and growth spurts, as well as the dancer's attitude in class, before inviting qualified students to join pointe class. Pointe shoes should only be purchased after a discussion between Miss Emily and the student's parents.
Age 16+, attend at least one class per week for the recreational dancer, two or more is recommended and a minimum of three classes per week is required to train for pointe shoes and for pointe class; follow specific dress code.
Attire for girls is the class assigned leotard in BLACK, HUNTER GREEN, RED, WHITE, EGGPLANT, LIGHT BLUE, BUTTERCUP and NAVY BLUE, with ballet pink convertible ballet tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Attire for boys is a WHITE leotard, black, white or flesh-toned ballet tights, black, white or flesh-toned ballet slippers.
All attire is obtained through Rockland School of Ballet to ensure correct uniform.
Ballet: 75-90 minutes to 120 minutes
Pointe: 15-30 minutes to 75 minutes
Students will learn important dance technique. Music will be appropriate to the style and genre. Students interested in this class will also take Junior Ballet.
CLASS LENGTH + FREQUENCY 45 minutes, once a week
An advanced level class designed to explore contemporary dance, jazz dance, lyrical dance and modern dance with focus on movement and connection with mind, body, music, improvisation, and choreography. Students will concentrate on learning different methods of expression and focusing on developing technical skills. Music will be varied in style and genre with careful attention paid to the more modern music for lyric content. Students interested in this class must also take Youth Ballet.
Age 16+, attend at least one ballet class per week for the recreational dancer, follow specific dress code
Class assigned leotard, black leggings/jazz pants, black jazz shoes or barefoot, depending on genre.
All attire is obtained through Rockland School of Ballet.
CLASS LENGTH + FREQUENCY
45 minutes, once a week
Thank you for your interest
We are currently not taking new students