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Curriculum

Ballet Technique  –  The syllabus for the training of a dancer at The School of Cleveland Ballet is based on Classical and Neo-classical techniques.  Ballet technique is one of the most important disciplines in laying the foundation of lightness and suspension.

Pointe  –  The technique for females executing ballet movements en Pointe make possible a highly effective series of moves in which the tip of the foot is used to create the impression of lightness and suspension in the ballerina.

Variations  –  Variations are the widely known solo dances from Classical and Contemporary ballet.  The study of variations by advanced students helps develop memory and stamina as well as stage  presence.

Body Alignment  –  This system of structured physical exercises controls, molds, strengths, aligns and stretches the body as an instrument for movement.

Spanish Dance  –  Dancers are acquainted with various styles of the art of Spanish dance including Regional, Flamenco, Early Spanish School and  Renaissance Spanish Dance.

Contemporary Dance  –  Includes the elements of classical distortion, counter balance of weight distribution, asymmetrical shapes and design in conjunction with irregular meter and rhythms.

Jazz  –  Designed to acquaint the student with principles of technique and conditioning that develop strength, endurance and coordination necessary to move fully and freely in a number of styles.

Music Theory  –  A dancer’s progress towards professionalism is unquestionably related to his/her understanding of music. The study of music develops an aural concept of musical architecture while promoting the understanding of metrics and tempi. The study of music nomenclature aids in acquiring pitch discernment.

Character  –  Character technique is a stylized adaptation of the European folk dance tradition. This type of dance training provides the ballet student with an understanding of syncopated rhythms.

Seminars and Clinics  –  Staff from University Hospital Health System Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital introduces students to dance and health related topics.  Seminars and Clinics will include subjects on sports nutrition and detecting, nurturing and preventing common injuries related to the physical activity of dance and its related arts.

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Which division fits your child?

The School of Cleveland Ballet Community Division:   

This division of the School is designed with the purpose of introducing ballet fundamentals to the young child.  Basic motor skills, elementary ballet vocabulary, creative movement, as well as musical concepts are skillfully developed while instilling discipline and enhancing attention span.

The School of Cleveland Ballet Professional Division: 

This division of the School is designed to offer its students comprehensive ballet and dance training comprised of vital principles important to the development of today’s dance students. The techniques learned at the professional division are fundamental elements necessary for the development of a multitalented student ready for participation in a professional ballet company.


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