Intermediate Ballet Class

This class is meant for students that have already acquired 3 or more years of ballet training. The class sessions goes beyond the basics by trying out and exploring exercises that are more complex while the student continues to develop and promote artistry, musicality and strength.

Coupled with its added bonus of live pianist, students are taught proper techniques and moves that increase fitness levels. A must-attend class for students with at-least 3 years of ballet experience, intermediate ballet helps develop coordination, technique and rhythm. However, barre and centre work builds knowledge and stamina.

Specific dance moves to learn in the class

For those starting to learn this dance form, it is important you familiarize yourself with these specific dance moves. There are so many of them but is better you know just a few of them.

Adage, Adagio

This move can be seen in two ways in intermediate ballet

Firstly, it means a series of movements that follows a center practice, and consists of slow and graceful movements that can be complex or simple. This move is performed with fluidity as much as possible. This enables the dancer develop strength and control since the movements are slow.

Secondly, it is the opening part of the classical pas de deux. Here, the ballerina is usually partnered with a male partner and they perform some slow movements. In these movements, the male partner lifts, and carries the lady. Usually the female dancer performs developpes, arabesque, pirouettes and more

Allégro

Allegro is a fast and very lively movements which includes jumps. The dancer must exhibit smooth and simple movements so that it looks right.

Allegro, grand is the combination of widely and expansive traveled jumping moves that includes large and advanced levels of leaps like the jetes and grand.

Arabesque

One of the popular moves of basic ballet is the arabesque. This position is the type that is supported on one leg which is either straight or in demi-pile. The other leg is lifted behind at a right angle position to the supported leg. The arms are then held in different positions.

Assemblé

This move can be performed by joining two legs together in the air. The ballet dancer does this by simply shooting just a leg into the air and then goes up with the second leg so that both legs are joined in the air. Often times the dancer lands in fifth position of plié just after a jump

Attitude

In this move, the dancer stands on one leg and lifts the other leg lifted in front or at the back with the dancer bending the knee to a 90 degree angle. The supporting foot can be a terre, sur la demi-pointe or sur la point. In doing this, the arm of the raised leg is held and placed over the dancer’s head in a position that is curved and meanwhile the other arm is moved to the side

Benefits

  •         It promotes good posture and flexibility
  •         It aids balance and coordination
  •         It boost the confidence of the dancer especially in social gatherings
  •         It builds up muscular strength and tones the body
  •         Experience a level of cardiovascular endurance

What to wear/ bring to class

Women:

Leotards, tights, and soft ballet shoes

Even though pointe shoes are encouraged, they are not always required. So you need to talk to your teacher about your point levels and other need. The hair is usually worn in a clean ballet bun but shorter hair is allowed to be worn off the face entirely.

Men:

T-shirt/tank top that is tight fitting as well as tights, ballet shoes which may be white or black and a dance belt. The men’s tights can be worn with an elastic belt. Students are allowed to choose their own colors but it must reflect a balletic value.

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