Classes

 

The Ballet Program at Dance Arts Los Alamos offers high quality classical training to students of all ages in a positive and nurturing environment. The classes are designed to develop the physical and technical strength and flexibility of the student in a safe and correct manner appropriate to each child’s individual development, while instilling and inspiring the joy of dance in all students and encouraging artistic expression.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

Progress in dance is a very individual matter and cannot be rushed. It takes many years to fully master the ballet technique and requires discipline as well as patience and enthusiasm. Therefore, a student may be assigned to the same level for more than one year, as it is essential for a dancer to have a strong technical foundation in order to excel properly later on in their advanced training. 

Pointe classes will be offered to students who are technically ready for it as assessed by their teachers. It is not recommended by dance and health professionals that students start pointe before age 11 as it could cause potential injuries. DALA honors this recommendation and feels that the safety and wellbeing of DALA’s young dancers is of utmost importance.

Performance opportunities are available to all students at DALA and will further enhance their training by building confidence and stage presence.

Note: DALA Instructors will place students in levels according to their age, technical ability, and demonstration of classroom etiquette. The suggested ages per level are guidelines only.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

 

Creative Movement

  • (1-2 years to complete)
  • Creative Movement Technique Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

 

Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)

This class explores movement-designed exercises that introduce creative dance. Children will learn the constructs of a dance class with concentration on proper etiquette, taking turns, following directions, basic coordination, consistent creativity, and the joy of moving to music.

Available Classes for Creative Movement

Mondays 2:00PM at TOTH (N. Smith)
4:00PM at TOTH (N. Smith)
4:45PM at TOTH (N. Ceren)

Wednesdays 2:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
3:00PM at WR-B (N. Smith)

Saturdays 10:00AM at WR-A (N. Ceren) 

POP Dance (Ages 3-4)

This class serves as an introduction to Hip Hop dance for the younger student. Using games and music, the class focuses on rhythm, musicality, and basic footwork. It is a great way to get kids moving!

Available Class for POP Dance

Wednesdays 2:30PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)

Ballet 6

  • (1-2 years to complete)
  • Ballet 6 Technique Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

Ballet 6 (Ages 4-7)

This is the first level of classical ballet. Students will learn ballet form and positions, train at the barre, and do movements across the floor. Emphasis is on staying focused, strengthening technique, while introducing proper posture and body awareness techniques. This class is designed to introduce a stricter setting as it pertains to technically correct positions.

Upon completion of Ballet 6 students should be proficient at:

  • Basic Vocabulary: Plie, Tendu, Releve, Degage, En Croix, Port de bras, Rond de jambe, chase, grande jete, and pique.
  • Arm Positions: En bas, 1st, 2nd, high 5th
  • Port de bras: 1st, 3rd
  • Positions of the feet: 1st, 2nd

 

Available Classes for Ballet 6

Mondays 5:15PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Wednesdays 3:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)
3:30PM at WR-B (N. Smith)

Boys Ballet – Wednesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Thursdays 5:15PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Ballet 6 with Jazz Combo (Ages 4-7)

This is a combination class offering the young student a feel for Classical Ballet and Jazz dance techniques. The class is designed to instruct students on the disciplines of ballet with proper form, focus, strengthening, and body awareness along with the style, leaps, turns, and energy of Jazz dance. This is a great way to move!

NON-Ballet Classes Available for Ballet 6 Level Dancers

Please see class descriptions to the right for more information.

Beginning Hip Hop
Tuesdays 4:15PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Beginning/Int Jazz
Tuesdays 5:15PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)

Street Jazz
Wednesdays 3:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Tap 1
Saturdays 11:30AM at TOTH (C. Leibmann)

 

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

 

Ballet 5

  • (1-2 years to complete)
  • Ballet 5 Technique Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]
  • Preliminary Pointe [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]
  • Beginning Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, or Jazz [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

BALLET 5 (Ages 8-12)

This is the third level of classical ballet. Students will focus and strengthen technique and knowledge in a more structured class environment with the integration of Preliminary Pointe. Class will begin with a barre and culminate with a grande allegro. Students will need to know basic vocabulary as well as the ability to demonstrate.

Upon completion of Ballet 5 students should be proficient at:

  • Vocabulary: Adagio, En L’Air, Arabesque, Assemble, Attitude, Balance, Chaines, Changement, Chassé, Coupé, Croiser, Degage, Devant, Derriere, En Avante, En Arriere, En Dedans, En Dehors, En Tournant, Demi, Développe, Echappe, Ferme, Fondu, Frappe, Glissade, Grande, Ouverte, Pas de bouree, Pas de chat, Passé, Pirouette, Retire, Reverance, Saute, Scissone, Sou-Sou, Sour la cou de pied, Soutenu, Temps lei, and Tombe.
  • Arm Positions: 5th Front, Demi-2nd, 1st Arabesque, 3rd Arabesque, 4th En Haut
  • Port de bras: 1st, 3rd, 4th
  • Positions of the feet: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
  • Positions of the Body: a la quatrieme, croise devant, croise derriere

 

Available Classes for Ballet 5

Mondays 6:00PM at TOTH (A.Beaux)

Boys Ballet – Wednesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Wednesdays 6:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Thursdays 6:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Fridays 4:30PM at WR-A (J. Guise)

Available Classes for Preliminary Pointe

Mondays 7:15PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Thursdays 7:15PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

NON-Ballet Classes Available for Ballet 5 Level Dancers

Please see class descriptions to the right for more information.

Beginning Modern
Wednesdays 2:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)
 
Intermediate Hip Hop
Wednesdays 5:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Intermediate/Teen Jazz
Tuesdays 7:15PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Street Jazz
Wednesdays 3:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Tap 1
Saturdays 11:30AM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Highland Dancing
Fridays 4:30PM at TOTH (L. Puckett)

 

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

  

Ballet 4

  • (2-3 years to complete)
  • Ballet 4 Technique Class [ Recommended: 2 Classes per week ]
  • Beginning Pointe Technique Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]
  • Intermediate Jazz or Intermediate Modern [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

*Due to the amount of students currently at the Ballet 4 Level, students wishing to enroll in more than two Ballet 4 Technique classes and/or Beginning Pointe Technique Classes will need to acquire permission from the Director.

BALLET 4 (Ages 10-14)

This level is the continued education of classical ballet. Students will concentrate on the strengthening of their technique while being introduced to new vocabulary and technical concepts.

Upon completion of Ballet 4 students should be proficient at:

  • Vocabulary: Adagio, En L’Air, Arabesque, Assemble, Attitude, Balance, Chaines, Changement, Chassé, Coupé, Croiser, Degage, Devant, Derriere, En Avante, En Arriere, En Dedans, En Dehors, En Tournant, Demi, Développe, Echappe, Ferme, Fondu, Frappe, Glissade, Grande, Ouverte, Pas de bouree, Pas de chat, Passé, Pirouette, Retire, Reverance, Saute, Scissone, Sou-Sou, Sour la cou de pied, Soutenu, Temps lei, Tombe, Elance, Etandre, Pas de Poisson, Pas de Papillion, and Pas d’action
  • Arm Positions: 5th Front, Demi-2nd, 1st Arabesque, 3rd Arabesque, 4th En Haut
  • Port de bras: 4th
  • Positions of the feet: 3rd, 4th, and 5th
  • Positions of the Body: a la quatrieme, croise devant, croise derriere

 

Available Classes for Ballet 4

Mondays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Tuesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Boys Ballet – Wednesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Wednesdays 5:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Thursdays 5:30PM at WR-A (L. Belian)

Fridays 5:30PM at TOTH (R. Guise)

Saturdays 11:00AM at WR-A (J. Guise)

Available Classes for Beginning Pointe

Tuesdays 5:30PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Wednesdays 6:45PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Fridays 7:00PM at TOTH (R. Guise)

NON-Ballet Classes Available for Ballet 4 Level Dancers

Please see class descriptions to the right for more information.

Choreography
Wednesdays 4:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Conditioning
Thursdays 4:30PM at WR-B (L. Belian)
 
Beg./Intermediate Jazz
Tuesdays 5:15PM at WR-A
 
Intr./Teen Jazz
Tuesdays 7:15PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Inter. Jazz
Wednesdays 3:45PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)
 
Bollywood Fusion
Tuesdays 4:30PM at TOTH (N. Ceren)
 
Intermediate Modern
Tuesdays 6:30PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Wednesdays 7:30PM at WR-B (J. Guise)
 
Intermediate Hip Hop
Tuesdays 6:15PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Street Jazz
Wednesdays 3:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Intermediate Musical Theatre
Mondays 6:00PM at WR-A (P. MacDonald)
 
Tap1
Saturdays 11:30AM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Tap 2
Saturdays 12:30PM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Highland Dancing
Fridays 4:30PM at TOTH (L. Puckett)

 

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

 

Ballet 3

  • (2-3 years to complete)
  • Ballet 3 Technique Class [ Recommended: 3 Classes per week ]
  • Advanced Pointe Technique Class [ Recommended: 2 Classes per week ]
  • Advanced Jazz or Advanced Modern [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

*To promote a safe dancing environment 1st year Ballet 3 students are encouraged to take only the Ballet 3 classes, not the combined Ballet 2/3 classes as it will be taught at a more advanced level.

BALLET 3 (Ages 11-17)

This level is the Intermediate level of classical ballet technique. Dancers will continue to focus on technical strengthening through the core with the addition of extension strengthening, pointe technique, and a 1.5 hour class time.

Upon completion of Ballet 3 students should be proficient at ( In addition to all previous pre-requisites ):

  • Vocabulary: Adagio, En L’Air, Arabesque, Assemble, Attitude, Balance, Chaines, Changement, Chassé, Coupé, Croiser, Degage, Devant, Derriere, En Avante, En Arriere, En Dedans, En Dehors, En Tournant, Demi, Développe, Echappe, Ferme, Fondu, Frappe, Glissade, Grande, Ouverte, Pas de bouree, Pas de chat, Passé, Pirouette, Retire, Reverance, Saute, Scissone, Sou-Sou, Sour la cou de pied, Soutenu, Temps lei, Tombe, Elance, Etandre, Pas de Poisson, Pas de Papillion, and Pas d’action
  • Arm Positions: 3rd, 4th En Avante
  • Port de bras: 2nd
  • Positions of the feet: 6th
  • Positions of the body: Ecarte

 

Available Classes for Ballet 3

Mondays 7:00PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Tuesdays 6:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Boys Ballet – Wednesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Thursdays 5:30PM at WR-A (L. Jaegers)

Fridays 5:45PM at WR-A (J. Guise)

Available Classes for Advanced Pointe

Class En Pointe

Mondays 7:00PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Tuesdays 6:30PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Beginning Pas de Deux

Fridays 7:15PM at WR-A (J. Guise)

Advanced Variations

Saturdays 2:00PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

NON-Ballet Classes Available for Ballet 3 Level Dancers

Please see class descriptions to the right for more information.

Choreography
Wednesdays 4:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Bollywood Fusion
Tuesdays 4:30PM at TOTH (N. Ceren)
 
Intermediate Musical Theatre
Mondays 6:00PM at WR-A (P. MacDonald)
 
Advanced Jazz
Wednesdays 4:45PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Wednesdays 6:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Advanced Hip Hop
Wednesdays 7:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Advanced Modern
Thursdays 4:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Saturdays 2:45PM at WR-B (J. Guise)
 
Tap 2
Saturdays 12:30PM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Tap 3
Saturdays 1:30PM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Advanced Tap
Fridays 6:15PM at WR-A (P. MacDonald)
 
Yoga
Thursdays 7:00PM at WR-A (T. Wilson)
 
Advanced Pilates
Saturdays 11:30AM at WR-B (T. Wilson)
 
Highland Dancing
Fridays 4:30PM at TOTH (L. Puckett)

 

Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet

 

Ballet 2

  • (2-3 years to complete)
  • Ballet 2 Technique Class [ Recommended: 4 Classes per week ]
  • Advanced Pointe Technique Class [ Recommended: 2 Classes per week ]
  • Advanced Modern Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]
  • Advanced Jazz Class [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]
  • Advanced Musical Theatre [ Recommended: 1 Class per week ]

Ballet 2 (Ages 14-18)

This is the Advanced Level. Students in this level will be further strengthening the core thus enhancing technical prowess. Through careful instruction, this level is more technically demanding.

Upon completion of Ballet 2 students should be capable and at a Pre-professional knowledge level and University 101 Level.

 

Available Classes for Ballet 2

Mondays 5:30PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Tuesdays 6:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Boys Ballet – Wednesdays 4:15PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Thursdays 7:00PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Available Classes for Advanced Pointe

Class En Pointe

Tuesdays 6:30PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

Thursdays 7:00PM at WR-B (L. Jaegers)

Advanced Variations

Saturdays 2:00PM at WR-B (J. Guise)

NON-Ballet Classes Available for Ballet 2 Level Dancers

Please see class descriptions to the right for more information.

Advanced Jazz

Wednesdays 4:45PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Wednesdays 6:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Advanced Hip Hop

Wednesdays 7:00PM at WR-A (T. Anderson)
 
Advanced Modern

Thursdays 4:00PM at TOTH (A. Beaux)

Saturdays 2:45PM at WR-B (J. Guise)
 
Advanced Musical Theatre

Mondays 7:00PM at WR-A (P. MacDonald)
 
Tap 2

Saturdays 12:30PM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Tap 3

Saturdays 1:30PM at TOTH (C. Liebmann)
 
Advanced Tap

Fridays 6:15PM at WR-A (P. MacDonald)
 
Advanced Pilates

Saturdays 11:30AM at WR-B (T. Wilson)
 
Highland Dancing

Fridays 4:30PM at TOTH (L. Puckett)

Performance & studio photos by: Paulo T. Photography