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BALLET PROGRAMS

what we offer

ACADEMY

At Launch Dance Center our teachers implement instruction that is designed to produce dancers with both expressiveness and clear classical technique. Each level is created to be age-appropriate,
building upon prior learning and preparing them for the next advancement. Proper technique, strength, stamina, and natural facility are required to start on pointe, with approval from the faculty.

 

Students are placed into a specific level by their ability & technique. Placement auditions are held in June and September. New students can take a trial placement class arranged through the front office, to determine their level. All Academy students are required to take the minimum number of ballet classes per week in their level. In today's world, dancers should be well rounded in all disciplines of dance. We highly recommend all dancers to explore other styles of dance.

COMPANY

This division was created to enhance the development and training of our dedicated dancers. All company members are selected by our director and will be invited to join the appropriate level. Within this division, our teachers will focus on refining technique, strengthening dancers, and creating well rounded artists. We hold company dancers to a higher standard of professionalism and will teach them the right etiquette, work ethic and expected responsibilities.

 

This division is perfect for dancers who have a passion for dance beyond the studio. With the guidance of their teachers, dancers will get the proper training to transition into the professional world of dance. Company dancers have the opportunity to partake in our two annual performances a year: The Nutcracker and Spring Production.

Three levels comprise the Company Division:

  • Junior Company

  • Apprentice Company

  • Senior Company

Additional fees and rehearsals are applicable.

academy division

The required classes for each level are listed below:

  • Academy Ballet 1A one Ballet class per week 

  • Academy Ballet 1B:  two Ballet classes per week 

  • Academy Ballet 2A & 2B:  two Ballet classes per week 

  • Academy Ballet 3A & 3B:  three Ballet classes + Pre-Pointe or Demi-Pointe class + One Stretch & Strength class per week 

  • Intermediate Ballet Technique:  three Ballet classes + Pointe class + One Stretch & Strength class + One other dance style class per week 

  • Advanced Ballet Technique:  four Ballet classes + Pointe class + One Stretch & Strength class + One other dance style class per week

 

All Academy dancers have the option to be a part of our annual Nutcracker and Spring Production.

company division

This division was created to enhance the development and training of our dedicated dancers. All company members are selected by our director and will be invited to join the appropriate level. Within this division, the teachers will focus on refining technique, strengthening dancers, and creating well rounded artists. We hold company dancers to a higher standard of professionalism and will teach them the right etiquette, work ethic and expected responsibilities. This division is perfect for dancers who have a passion for dance beyond the studio. With the guidance of their teachers, dancers will get the proper training to transition into the professional world of dance. Company dancers have the opportunity to partake in our two annual performances a year: The Nutcracker and Spring Production.

Three levels comprise the Company Division:

  • Junior Company

  • Apprentice Company

  • Senior Company

Additional fees and rehearsals are applicable.

royal academy of dance program (RAD)

LDC BALLET PROGRAM
 

The Royal Academy of Dance program is an internationally recognized program where students are trained in classical ballet dance and examined to reward their efforts. The idea of an exam-based class is to teach students of all ages the importance of working hard to achieve something. With the end goal in mind, students work all year to prepare themselves for the exam, and each student is graded individually.

 

At Launch Dance Center our teachers implement instruction that is designed to produce dancers with both expressiveness and clear classical technique. Each level is created to be age-appropriate, building upon prior learning and preparing them for the next advancement. We have a balance between RAD focused classes, and open technique classes. This combination helps our dancers be more adaptable with their training.

 

For our RAD program, there are 2 tracks of examinations:

 

Graded Exams involve Ballet, Free Movement and Character dancing. These exams start from a Pre-Primary level and continue to Grade 8.

 

Vocational Exams continue on the foundation that was built during the graded syllabus. These exams are for more serious and dedicated students, and start incorporating pointe work into the exams.

 

Exams will be held in the spring of 2024. If your dancer is eligible to participate in our exam program, he/she will be invited when they are ready to start preparing for the upcoming exam. RAD specified classes will be used to prepare for the upcoming exam, and learn the syllabus throughout the year. Even if students are registered for the RAD class, participation in the exam is not mandatory. There will be additional costs associated with exams, and requirements for preparing to pass the exam successfully.

 

If you have any questions about the RAD program, or examinations, please don't hesitate to contact us. The RAD offers an informational video that gives a detailed look at what the experience looks like!

 

us.royalacademyofdance.org/exams/

dress code

ACADEMY & COMPANY

BALLET


*Ballet pink tights, Canvas ballet pink slippers So Danca SD16 (Academy 1A and up)

Academy Ballet 1A/1B -Marine Blue leotard (from the studio)

Academy Ballet 2A/2B – Violet leotard (from the studio)

Academy Ballet 3A/3B – Plum leotard (from the studio) + "Pink Sugar" ballet skirt (from bulletpointe.com)

Intermediate Ballet Technique - Navy leotard + "Cloud" ballet skirt (from bulletpointe.com)

Advanced Ballet Technique – Black leotard of any style + "Haze" ballet skirt (from bulletpointe.com)

CONTEMPORARY/JAZZ/LYRICAL/TAP/MODERN/HIP HOP/ACRO

*Athletic clothes / leotard and shorts - two inch inseam minimum, tights optional*

Contemporary -  Bare feet or socks

Jazz 1 - Tan leather slip-on style jazz shoes

Jazz 2+ - Half-sole shoes

Lyrical - Half-sole shoes

Tap - Black tap shoes

Modern - Bare feet

Hip-Hop - Tennis shoes with support

Acro - Bare feet

**All Ballet 1-3 & Inter. Ballet Tech leotards, tights, ballet shoes, tap shoes, jazz shoes, ballet sweaters, and hair accessories are available for purchase at the office**

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