Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux
Dunamix Dance Project is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough, eight-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Dunamix Ballet Attire Standards:
All ballet students must have hair in a neat, tight bun. French twist and braided styles are allowed. Hair must remain neat throughout class so it does not distract training.
All ballet students must wear pink tights over the foot. Tights that are rolled up around the Achilles tendon or calf cut off circulation to the foot and ankle, and therefore is not ideal for training, healing or muscle development.
All dancers level 2/3 and up are required to wear a black leotard to all ballet classes. On Friday colored leotards will be permitted. Black bootie shorts are allowed but not encouraged.
In pas de deux classes skirts are permitted.
The following is an outline of the traditional program of the study of ballet. This course can be used as a model for any student who wants to advance their technique. It can be applied to other dance forms as well. If this program is pursued aggressively, it can produce an entry level, professional dancer by the time the student becomes 17-19 years old. The progress of the student is a matter of personal choice and commitment. One does not advance a level by getting older, but by mastering more advanced levels of Artistry & Technique. You can begin dance training at any age. To become a professional, it is recommended that training begin between 6-9 yrs of age.
Pre-Professional Course of Study for Ballet
For the purposes of this schedule, it is assumed that each level will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The actual progress of any individual will probably vary from this, based on many factors. If technique regresses for ANY reason, a student may be required to move down a level until they regain the strength to take the more advanced classes.
Level I- Ballet Basics Part 1- 1 or 2 classes per week depending on physical coordination or maturity.
Level II- Ballet Basics Part 2- The student can expect to take 3 – 4 ballet classes per week.
Level III- Ballet Basics Part 3- Including Beginning Pointe- The student can expect to take 4 – 5 ballet classes per week, plus 1 class in another dance style.
Level IV- Intermediate/Pointe- Perfecting technique previously learned and learning advanced steps- The student can expect to take 5- 6 ballet classes per week, plus 1-2 classes in other dance styles.
Level V- Beginning Virtuosity/Artistry- Increasing quality, multiple turns, higher jumps, beats on jumps, etc.- The student can expect to take 8 – 10 ballet classes per week, plus at least 2 classes in other dance styles. Solo classes and private coaching are highly recommended.
Level VI- Intermediate-Advanced Virtuosity/Artistry- Working with the music, subtlety of expression and gesture- The student can expect to take 10- 12 ballet classes per week plus 2-3 classes in other dance styles. Solo classes and private coaching are also recommended.
(Curriculum available upon request)
Our students have been accepted into trainee programs, talent agencies and have been given scholarships for summer intensives including Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, American Ballet Theater in New York, Pittsburg Ballet, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Anaheim Ballet, ODC, Ballet Magnificat!, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Ballet West, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet Academy.