» Conservatory Classes
The Conservatory of Dance offers dance classes to students age 3 and up. While age is used as a developmental guide for class placement; there will be adjustments made for students with previous training and/or increasing ability. Our main goal is for students to have fun while learning the art of dance. Below is a description of the classes we offer.
PRE BALLET (Ballet 1 & 2)
Basic ballet skills, terminology, rhythm, and coordination are taught, practiced, and developed through creative movement and music in a supportive and supervised environment.
BALLET Beginner (Ballet 3), Intermediate (Ballet 4 & 5) & Advanced (Ballet 6)
Ages 6 thru adult
Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet techniques that have been developed over centuries and is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.
Ages 11 + (Ballet 5 students toward end of the school year)
Beginner Strength & Training Class. Students will only be considered for pre pointe if they are at least 11 years old, are attending at least 2 ballet classes per week and show sufficient strength and control. Each dancer is unique in the way their feet develop. There are several factors that go into whether or not your child is put up on Pointe, so please remember we are looking out for your child’s best interest.
(Only Ballet 6 students will be considered)
Age 12 + Intermediate & Advanced
“Pointe” is the most advanced form of Ballet and can therefore only be taught to and performed by the more advanced dancers. The distinguishing characteristic of this style is that the dancers perform all the steps completely on the tops of their toes. Our “Pointe” class includes intensive, large amounts of barre work, ankle strengthening, center turn preparations, and patterns across the floor, both allegro and adagio combinations, and an extensive knowledge of the terminology they have learned. Students must be assessed by Susan for sufficient strength and control. Students are required to take at least 2 classes each week.
Tap is a percussive style of dance. Special shoes are worn by tap dancers to create various rhythms on the floor. While the rest of the body is still crucial to this art form, and general balance and grace are important, the fundamental characteristic of “Tap” is the sound it creates.
Age 8 thru adult
The “Jazz” dance style covers perhaps the most territory of all. It encompasses a wide variety of other styles. Not to be confused with the musical genre of “Jazz”, this style of dance is not always performed to “Jazz” music, but can often use the popular music of today. Combining the basic techniques of ballet with the more modern steps found in Pop and Broadway, “Jazz” is an upbeat, stylish, and versatile dance form.
A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it’s street, and it’s diverse and forever changing.
Age 8 thru adult
This beautiful, expressive style if often performed to slower, gentler music. It is called “Lyrical” because its movements are meant to tell audiences a kind of story through dance. The form combines Ballet techniques with Jazz styles influencing the movements. An emotionally driven dance form, “Lyrical” depends greatly on the passion and interpretation of the performer, and not just the movements themselves.
Pre-Ballet through Ballet 5 – Dancers must wear pink tights, black leotard, and pink ballet slippers. Advances and Adult classes can wear a solid leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled off the face and secured in a bun. No jewelry or watches are to be worn in class. Men must wear a t-shirt, white or black ballet slippers and a dance belt. No gum chewing!!!
In the event of snow or bad weather, the ballet school will not be open if Va. Beach city schools are closed. It may be impossible to contact you by phone.
The Conservatory of Dance is not responsible for injuries sustained by the applicant during or as a result of any course of instruction to the applicant.
Jete Dancewear is the official supplier for Conservatory of Dance and is happy to offer our students a 15% discount on all purchases.