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April 17, 2007 at 9:15 pm (Tips for Dancers)

toeshoes1.jpgSmaller Class Sizes
We limit class sizes in order to provide our teachers with the opportunity to work with sutdents individually. Smaller classes ensure the teacher with the ability to catch problems in technique early, correct them, and encourage students.Our Dance Floor
Our floor is lifted off the original cement floor, providing a cushion for students, and helping to prevent fatigue and injury.

Pre-Dance Through Adult
We start students at three years old, teaching them fun movement and stretching exercises to begin their dance skills. Classes go up through adult dance, with company classes in Ballet and Jazz. Classes are offered September through May. We also offer a summertime intensive workshop, which includes jazz-ballet-modern-stretch-pointe-variations, and much more.

Company Classes
We offer company classes in Ballet and Jazz. These classes develop skill and artistic value in the students. They offer a challenge as well as success. Company classes raise the standard of dance and prepare all students for college and/or professional dance.

Performance Opportunities
We offer three main performances for all dance classes (except Recreational Dance Classes, which do not perform): Swiss Christmas, a Christmas service performance for local rest homes, and our biggest event is the year-end gala-recital in May.

Classes are invited to perform at other community events as well. These include Swiss Days, Choralettes, the Swiss Chorus Christmas, Heber Valley Dance Fest, and Festival of the Trees.

Last year we performed a full ballet, Babes in Toyland, for our year-end show. In the summer we traveled to St. George to the lovely Tuacahn Theater to perform in the pre-shows for Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


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Ballet Is…

January 24, 2007 at 2:37 am (Ballet Facts)

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Ballet is a specific academic dance form and technique which is taught in ballet schools according to specific methods. Works of dance choreographed using this technique are called ballets, and usually include dance, mime, acting, and music (usually orchestral and occasionally sung). Ballet is best known for its unique features and techniques, such as pointe work and high extensions; its graceful, precise movements; and its ethereal qualities.

History of Ballet:

Ballet originated in the Renaissance court as a spectacle in Italy,[2] but was particularly shaped by the French ballet de cour, which consisted of social dances performed by the nobility in tandem with music, speech, verse, song, pageant, decor and costume.[3]

Domenico da Piacenza was one of the first dancing masters. Along with his students, Antonio Cornazano and Guglielmo Ebreo, he was trained in dance and responsible for teaching nobles the art. Da Piacenza left one work: De arte saltandi et choreus ducendi (On the art of dancing and conducting dances), which was put together by his students.[4]

The most important early ballet, if not the first, produced and shown was Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx’s Ballet Comique de la Reine (1581) and was a ballet comique (ballet drama).[5] In the same year, the publication of Fabritio Caroso’s Il Ballarino, a technical manual on court dancing, both performance and social, helped to establish Italy as a center of technical ballet development.[6]

Ballet developed as a separate, performance-focused art form in France during the reign of Louis XIV, who was passionate about dance and determined to reverse a decline in dance standards that began in the 17th century. King Louis XIV established the Académie Royale de la Danse (which is now the Paris Opera Ballet) in 1661.[7]

Jean-Baptist Lully’s form consisted of a play in which the scenes were divided by dances. Lully soon branched out into opéra-ballet, and a school to train professional dancers was attached to the Académie Royale de Musique, where instruction was based on noble deportment and manners.

The 18th century was a period of vast advancement in the technical standards of ballet and the period when ballet became a serious dramatic art form on par with the opera. Central to this advance was the seminal work of Jean-Georges Noverre, Lettres sur la danse et les ballets (1760), which focused on developing the ballet d’action, in which the movements of the dancers are designed to express character and assist in the narrative.

Dancers appear delicate and airy when dancing en pointe, a unique feature of the ballet form of dance.Reforms were made in ballet composition by composers such as Christoph Gluck. Finally, ballet was divided into three formal techniques sérieux, demi-caractère and comique. Ballet also began to be featured in operas as interludes called divertissements.

The 19th century was a period of great social change, which was reflected in ballet by a shift away from the aristocratic sensibilities that had dominated earlier periods through romantic ballet. Ballerinas such as Marie Taglioni and Fanny Elssler pioneered new techniques such as pointework that rocketed the ballerina into prominence as the ideal stage figure, professional librettists began crafting the stories in ballets, and teachers like Carlo Blasis codified ballet technique in the basic form that is still used today.

After 1850, ballet began to decline in most parts of the western world, but remained vital in Denmark and, most notably, Russia thanks to masters such as August Bournonville, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. Russian companies, particularly after World War II engaged in multiple tours all over the world that revitalized ballet in the west and made it a form of entertainment embraced by the general public. Today ballet is one of the most well-preserved dances in the world.

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