Arizona School for the Arts

Ballet Course Descriptions

ASA enjoys a unique partnership with Arizona’s premiere professional dance company Ballet Arizona and its school, The School of Ballet Arizona. Under the direction of Carlos Valcárcel (School Director) and world renowned dancer and choreographer, Ib Andersen (Ballet Arizona Artistic Director), The School of Ballet Arizona provides dance training based on the evolving, yet traditional, concepts of classical ballet. The faculty of the School of Ballet Arizona are current and or former professionals with extensive performance and teaching experience.  They hold advanced degrees and certifications in arts education and movement somatics.


ASA students participate in the program either in the ASA campus dance studios or at the new state-of-the-art facilities at Ballet Arizona. The company also provides master classes, reduced price tickets, and open dress rehearsal previews each school year. This partnership has afforded ASA students the opportunity to appear alongside professional dancers in Ballet Arizona productions such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty.


Graduates of ASA have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance with companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Arizona. Currently, several alumni have continued their dance studies at internationally recognized schools such as Paris Opera Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, The Ailey School, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, California Institute for the Arts,and Point Park University.
 
Any questions about the ballet department, classes, or pre-requisites should be directed to Ballet Department Team Leader, Ms. Gia Firicano
 
Dance Faculty
Mr. Jordan Daniels, Modern Dance
Ms. Gia Firicano, Ballet/Department Team Leader
Kleiton Sistelos, Horton Technique

2017-2018 Ballet Classes
 
Intro to Dance
Students will concentrate on learning the basic ballet positions, body stance, and introductory steps. To be successful in this level students must learn the essential skills to ballet and apply them consistently in class. Students will be taught the correct way to stand and move with proper posture and turn out at the hip joints. During the school year they will study set barre work, center practice, and choreography. They will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton Technique dance class and a modern dance class. All students interested in this class will attend a body structure assessment at ASA to determine success in the ballet program. Prerequisites: completion of body structure assessment and approval of the ballet department. 5th grade only.
Classes take place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

Ballet Foundations 1 
Students will concentrate on increasing their knowledge of ballet steps, vocabulary, build strength, and flexibility. Students will execute longer combinations that require more stamina and memorization in class. Batterie (Beats) in allegro work, turns, and grande allegro will be incorporated in barre and center work. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of Horton Technique dance class and a modern dance class. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 5th-6th grades.

Ballet Foundations 2
2 Sections are offered: 5th & 6th grade and 7th & 8th grade
 
Students have an extended class that covers two arts periods. In this level they will concentrate on preparing for pointe (Ladies) and Men's (Gentlemen) work. Class in this level will focus on building strength in the corps, lower legs, and feet. Ballet exercises at the barre and in the center will become more complex focusing on releves, balances on one leg, increased speed, and batterie in allegro work. Beginning pointe and Men's work will be offered during the school year for students with the instructor's approval. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton Technique and modern dance classes. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-8th grades.
The 5th & 6th grade class takes place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

Intermediate Dance
Students have an extended class that covers two arts periods. The class will focus on increasing the difficulty of pointe and men's work. It is expected that students develop the ability to execute with consistent use of proper posture and turn-out multiple pirouettes, adagio and all allegro work. They will also focus on self-evaluating their technique. Students are expected to apply corrections related to the principles of posture and turn out without redirection from the instructor. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton Technique and modern dance classes. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-9th grades.
Classes take place in the studio generously funded by the VanWinkle family.

Ballet Corps
All classes for Corps are taught off campus at the School of Ballet Arizona. A bus is provided to the off-site location. Parents are required to pick-up students at the off-site location at the end of class.  Students are expected to display an advanced level of ballet technique. Ladies will have both barre and center work on pointe twice a week. This level will focus on the refinement of the principles of classical ballet as it relates to how students use ports de bras, epaulement, articulation of the body, spatial awareness, ballon, and choreography. Students will develop artistry in ballet, jazz and modern dance. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton Technique and modern dance classes. Students will be expected to use self evaluation in order to display aesthetic quality in their movement. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-12th grades.

Ballet Corps Intensive
All classes for Corps Intensive are taught off campus at the School of Ballet Arizona. A bus is provided to the off-site location. Parents are required to pick-up students at the off-site location at the end of class. This level is for the student seriously studying ballet. Students will continue to expand and explore in greater depth the technical and artistic nature of classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance forms. Students are expected to consistently display proper posture and rotation, line and extension of the legs in adagio, proper speed, ballon, and spatial awareness in all allegro work. They are expected to have a command of the fundamentals of ballet and to be able to use them to form expressive, quality movement in classical and contemporary styles of dance. The students will continue to develop their musicality and strength in the execution of the ballet vocabulary. Ladies will be have both barre and center work on pointe 2-3 times a week. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton Technique and modern dance classes. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 8th-12th grades.

Pre-Professional Study at School of Ballet Arizona
Students enrolled in the School of Ballet Arizona's Pre-Professional Program Level 1 or 2 will have this program count as their arts credits for ASA.  Students will attend classes after school hours according to the schedule of the School of Ballet Arizona.  Students will be dismissed from ASA at 12:20 pm.  Enrollment in the SBAZ Pre-Professional Program requires an audition with SBAZ.  Prerequisites: Confirmation of enrollment with the School of Ballet Arizona.  9th-12th grades.