The Flint Hill Dance Academy offers Flint Hill students the opportunity to pursue classical ballet training within a convenient on-campus setting. Classes are taught in the Upper School studio, which provides generous space, sprung floors, mirrors and a dedicated dressing area. Students cultivate a love and appreciation for ballet as they develop as dancers.
Offered to students in JK through Grade 4, the Lower School class is a wonderful introduction to classical ballet training. Students are introduced to basic technical fundamentals, studio etiquette, musicality and performance quality. Emphasis is placed on proper alignment and placement as a foundation for classical training. Students will work on the floor, at the barre and in centre to execute basic technical vocabulary. Use of props and imagery are implemented as a fun and exciting way to improve coordination and performance quality. In this class, students gain an understanding of the etiquette and discipline required in ballet study while also developing a love and appreciation for classical dance. Students enrolled in the fall session for this class may participate in Flint Hill’s production of “The Nutcracker.”
Offered during the spring following the conclusion of the Middle School Dance Team seasons, the Middle School class places an emphasis on improving technique through work at the barre and in centre combinations. Students are taught how steps build upon one another, and they are introduced to and execute new vocabulary. Students are given individual attention and correction to help them excel in class. This class works on ballet technique and introduces new steps and concepts. Students have fun as they link the physical, mental and emotional characteristics of ballet.
In the Upper School, students’ work focuses on executing technique with clarity and precision. Students are continuously encouraged to consider how work in class translates to the stage, and performance quality and musicality are given specific attention. Work at the barre focuses on articulate footwork, strength and alignment. In centre, students are challenged to link steps with proper technique, grace and coordination and students are given individualized corrections to help them succeed. The class is fun and challenging for the novice ballet student and experienced dancer alike. Students enrolled in fall session for this class may also participate in Flint Hill’s production of “The Nutcracker.”