©2019 by Ballet Blake

2019-2020 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL

PROGRAMS

Ballet Blake’s Pre-Professional Programs are designed to meet the highest artistic standards. Led by Daniel and Julie Blake, the staff trains dancers to develop a strong foundation in classical ballet. With the discipline and confidence cultivated at Ballet Blake, students can pursue careers as professional dancers, or find success in other fields. As part of the Pre-Professional Programs, students participate in a full schedule of evening dance classes, and voluntarily perform in Ballet Blake’s annual productions. Past productions have included The Nutcracker and our Spring Performances with excerpts of renowned pieces like Coppélia, Paquita and original pieces.

Important Dates

The Programs start on September 5th through May 29th. 

Closed Dates: October 17-19 (MEA), November 8th, 27-30 (Thanksgiving), December 23 to January 4th (Winter Break), January 20th and 24th, February 17th, March 30th to April 4th (Spring Break) and May 23-25. 

Student Conferences on Monday, January 20th and on Friday 24th.

Ballet Blake follows Rochester Public Schools for weather related closings.

Placement Audition (Recommended for new students)

Contact us for an appointment at balletblake14@gmail.com or by phone (507) 206-0745.  

Creative Movement

Saturdays

10:00 - 10:30 am

Ages 3 to 4

This movement based class encourages early socialization and creativity, develops physical strength, coordination and spatial awareness.

Pre-Ballet

Saturdays

10:30 - 11:15 am

Ages 5+

Students are introduced to ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, focusing on the development of coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.

Ballet 1

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Ages 6+

(Beginning Ballet)

This is the first level that begins class at the Barre and introduces a traditional class structure, starting with plies and tendus. Emphasis is placed on dancers developing an understanding of correct body alignment working through simple positions. Discipline of the hands, eyes and brain are a focus, along with musicality and vocabulary.

Ballet 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Approximately ages 7-8

(Beginning Ballet)

At level two, dancers will begin to stand with one hand on the barre, and work more complex combinations using fifth position. About mid-way through the year, coordinated arm movements are added to exercises. With two ballet classes per week, students can focus more on the lessons taught from class to class.

Ballet 3

Tuesdays

6:30 - 7:45 pm

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:15 pm

Thursdays

6:30 - 7:45 pm

Approximately ages 9-10

(Intermediate Ballet)

In level three, the class time is lengthened slightly to accommodate more center work involving jumps and the beginning of pirouettes. Combinations continue to grow in length and complexity over level two, and stretching routines are also taught. With three classes a week, these young dancers are starting to get a sense of "training".

Ballet 4

Tuesdays

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Wednesdays

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Thursdays

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Approximately ages 10-12

(Preparation for pointe)

Level four is the gateway to dancers going en pointe. This is where all the foundational elements involving proper alignment, use of the core, and coordination of the arms must be demonstrated before advancing. Combinations continue to grow in length and complexity over level three.

Ballet 5 

Mondays

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Wednesdays

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Fridays

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Approximately ages 12-14

(Beginning/Intermediate Pointe)

Dedicated pointe classes are added to the curriculum of Ballet five dancers. First and second year pointe students combine for technique class and then separate for their respective pointe classes. During their time in Ballet five, students can expect a significant expansion of their ballet vocabulary. These dancers will also be eligble for the corps de ballet in Ballet Blake's productions.

Ballet 6/7

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

3:30 - 6:00 pm

Approximately ages 14-18+

(Advanced Ballet and Pointe)

Ballet six and seven have been combined since Ballet Blake opened. Typically the exercises are shared however, what is emphasized may be quite different from level six to seven. Advanced pointe work, jumps and turns can be expected. Variations and stretch are added to the curriculum to further the dancers knowledge of classical repertoire and to increase their extensions.