Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Lynchburg Elite Dance uses classical technique with age appropriate music to set strong foundational skills, while keeping the student engaged in class. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements. Ballet technique classes are offered in the following ages and levels.
Elementary Ballet I
This class is offered for elementary aged students in grades 1-4 in a 40 minute class consisting of Barre, Center, across the floor work and choreography. Elementary Ballet students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the spring recital.
This class is a 1.5 hour class, by invitation for the aged 12 and up where technique can be focused on and applied across genres. Company Ballet students should have the ability to focus for a longer amount of time, have a foundation of strength and expect to do the work to develop a longer line and increase flexibility.
Elementary Ballet II
This class is offered for elementary aged students in grades 3-5 in a 40 minute class consisting of Barr, Center, across the floor work and choreography. Elementary Ballet II students have a working knowledge of basic ballet terms and are ready to focus deeper on the strength development.
This class is is for the dancer in grades 8 and up with the expectation that focus and attention to the minutest of detail is to be expected. Varsity Ballet dancers continue to work on their placement, development of flexibility, extension of line and work as a cohesive quiet class. A variety of traditional ballet music is used along with verbal counts/instructions from the teacher as students learn to engage the smallest of muscles to develop the ballet dancer’s edge. Varsity ballet dancers wear black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and always have their hair in a ballet bun.
This class is an extension of our varsity ballet program and requires the dancer age 12 and older have had at least 2 years of ballet training and be recommended for pointe work to begin. While taking pointe, the dancer is required to be in at least 1.5 hours of ballet a week (not including pointe class). Pointe class requires leotard and pink tights, hair to be in a bun and properly fitted pointe shoes.