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 Anthony Jones (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.
Students have an extended class that covers two arts periods. The class will focus on increasing the difficulty of pointe, men's work, modern, and Horton techniques. In Intermediate Dance, it is expected that students develop the ability to execute combinations with consistent use of proper posture. They will also concentrate on self-evaluating their technique in ballet, modern, and Horton. Students are expected to apply corrections related to the principles of ballet, modern and Horton without redirection from the instructors. Students will study classical ballet 3 days a week. The other two days will consist of a Horton technique class and modern technique class. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. 7th-10th grades.
All classes for the ASA Classical Core Program 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, modern and contemporary ballet. Students are expected to consistently display proper posture and rotation, line and extension of the legs in adagio, and proper speed, ballon, and spatial awareness in all allegro work. They are expected to use ballet technique 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 three days a week and have an additional day of “Classical Composition” that will concentrate on workshops, repertory, classical variations and colloquia on relevant topics in today’s world of dance. The last day will consist of one semester of Horton Technique class and one semester of modern dance class.
Prerequisites: Instructor approval or audition. Open to 8th through 12th grades.
All classes for the ASA Contemporary Core Program 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 contemporary dance. The program will include five weekly classes with one day of ballet (without pointe or Men’s work) and four days concentrating on modern and Horton techniques and their derivatives: dance composition, body conditioning, repertory, workshops and colloquia on relevant topics in today’s world of dance. This will better enable our students to develop the skills they must master to gain admission into a university level dance program upon graduation from ASA.
Prerequisites: Open to current 8th through 11th grade ASA students by audition only.