Hathaway Academy of Ballet

The Curriculum

Childrens Division is a wonderful introduction to the art of ballet. Students will explore movement concepts though imagery and music. Age appropriate ballet vocabulary, motor skill development and coordination exercises are part of syllabus in these class levels. Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes will lay the foundation for more formal ballet training. Students in the Children’s Division placement is according to age beginning September 1st regardless of prior dance experience

Pre-Professional Division… is an intensive division designed for students who are committed to intensive training and aspire to work at a high vocational level and want to develop the technical skills necessary to excel in the university and professional arena. The primary focus will be to strengthen the technique and enhance the dancer performance quality. The students will take classes in pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern, jazz and rehearsals of repertoire for performances. Dancers in this division may be asked to participate as youth ensemble company members of Collin County Ballet Theatre.

Class and Level Descriptions

Children's Division

The Children’s Division Creative Movement through Pre-Ballet Levels for ages 3-8.  At this stage of development the objective is to instill a joy and love of dance, music and movement. These classes will lay the foundation for formal ballet training.

Creative Ballet I

45 Minutes - class limit 10, 3 years old by September 1st

Creative Movement I will place an emphasis on motor skill development, spacial awareness and moving with music. Rhythm instruments, creative props, improvisation and age appropriate ballet vocabulary. While repeating exercise is essential for development activities frequently change. The children learn to work in a group, listen and follow directions and most importantly discover movement possibilities in their own bodies.

Creative Ballet II

45 Minutes - class limit 12, 4 years old by September 1st

Creative Movement II encourages the continued development of motor skills, coordination exercises and expanding on the basic ballet vocabulary. Additional movement concepts that are introduced include shapes, levels and energy. An emphasis is placed on self discovered movement and musical interpretation in a non-judgmental environment.

Pre-Ballet I

45 Minutes - class limit 14, 5 years old by September 1st

Pre-Ballet I introduces the students to a more structure ballet class by taking them through a variety of movement and musical exercises. While building their ballet vocabulary students are guided through proper worm-ups, ballet barre work, stretching and strengthening exercises. The emphasis is on developing rhythm and coordination of movement while gaining a better understanding of the body.

Pre-Ballet II

1 Hour - class limit 14, 6 years old by September 1st

Pre-Ballet II will continue to expand on the ballet vocabulary and exercises learned in Pre-Ballet I. Greater emphasis is placed on posture, balance, more body shapes and forms through the class barre and center work. Exploration of patterns within the group work is a fun component to this class level. The creative process is still encouraged while building a more formalized approach to the ballet class.

Open Division

The Open Division is divided into 4 levels for students ages 8 and older. This division accommodates the student who began their dance training at a later age, needs more technical foundation work or students that want a more flexible schedule for academic studies and outside interests. The syllabus of the open division works at high level and with the proper fundamentals of the ballet technique. Students can be evaluated for placement advancement and have the opportunity study other dance disciplines.

Beginning Ballet

1 hour, 8 to 11 year olds, 2 classes per week recommended

Beginning ballet is for children that have little or no prior ballet experience. This class will cover all the movement concepts, ballet co-ordination development and musicality through movement. Basic ballet vocabulary and rhythmical exercises are introduced along with posture, physical alignment and strengthening and stretching exercises.

Teen Beginning Ballet

1 hour, 12 years old & up, 2 ballet classes per week required

Beginning ballet is for students that have no prior ballet experience. This class will cover all the movement concepts, ballet co-ordination development and musicality through movement. Basic ballet vocabulary and rhythmical exercises, development of dance movement coordination are introduced along with posture, physical alignment and strengthening and stretching exercises

Intermediate Ballet I & II

1 hour, 9 to 12 year olds, 2 ballet classes per week required

This class will serve as a continuation of technique development from the Beginning Ballet class. Basic ballet vocabulary and rhythmical exercises and enhanced coordination are the class objectives.

Advanced Intermediate Ballet

1 hour 15 minutes, 13 & up, 2 ballet classes per week required, pointe class is additional

Is a ballet class for teenagers that have prior ballet experience that do not want the regimen or are not technically ready to participate in the Pre-Professional Division. This class level will have a serious approach to their technical development and musicality through movement. Strong ballet vocabulary and rhythmical exercises are part of the syllabus along with posture, physical alignment and strengthening and stretching exercises.

Student Division

The Student Division is divided into six levels for students ages 7 and older. The syllabus of the student division is to further the understanding of the proper fundamentals of the ballet technique. An emphasis on correct alignment, ballet terminology, musicality and proper classroom etiquette will progress through the levels. It is not uncommon for students to repeat a particular level to allow the body to grow into the technique. Ability, maturity and consistency are instrumental to a child’s progress through the student division levels and skills are evaluated more seriously for advancement. The students in this will also have the opportunity study other dance disciplines like jazz and modern technique classes.

Ballet I

1 Hour, class limit 16, 7 to 9 years old, 2 ballet classes per week required

Ballet I begins the first year of formal ballet training. The classroom work is more equally divided between barre and center. It is required that the students meet twice weekly to ensure proper physical and technical development. Students are taught the fundamentals of ballet technique and develop self discipline. Through repetition of exercises students will gain strength and greater control of the how the body works within the ballet exercises.

Ballet II

1 Hour, class limit 16, 8 to 10 years old, 2 ballet classes per week required

 

Ballet II students will be required to take two classes per week. They continue to build upon movement concepts introduced in the previous level and will expand on the classical ballet syllabus. As the ballet vocabulary increases so should the student’s ability to process combinations of steps to increase physical strength. A greater emphasis will be placed on proper body placement and alignment. For further advancement the students need to have good memorization, application of exercises and display good physical effort.

Ballet III

1 Hour and 15 Minutes, class limit 16, 2 ballet classes per week required, 9 to 11 year olds

 

Ballet III is the stage of training when students become more aware of how their body works in the ballet technique. More detailed emphasis is placed on skill development, proper execution of the steps, alignment of the body, and coordination of the use of arms, rotation of the legs and strength of torso. Before entering into the next level the students must master certain technical skills.

Ballet IV

1 Hour 30 Minutes, class limit 22, 3 ballet classes per week required, 4 ballet classes a week and modern highly recommended, Ages 10+

 

Ballet IV students required to work with focus and attention to the syllabus and develop technical clarity with accuracy. Students must also display the ability to combine steps together with overall coordination and ease. Proper body placement and alignment are essential for the technical growth. Students in this level may be asked to begin point work mid-year with approval by the directors.

Criteria for pointe placement: Strong ankles and legs to properly support themselves, good physical use of muscles, strength of the rotation in the hips (turn-out) and torso and feet that are appropriate for pointe work.

Ballet V

1 Hour 30 Minutes, class limit 22, ballet classes, (including pointe) per week required 4 classes and modern highly recommended

Ballet V is the second year of point. The students must have developed a proficient ability to execute steps with strength and accuracy. The students need to display the ability to assimilate steps together with an overall coordination and ease. Four ballet classes per week are required which includes pointe study. Students will continue to build on concepts learned at the previous level while increasing their ability to move with musicality. They will begin more grand allegro movement and place greater physical demands on the body.

Ballet VI

1 Hour 30 Minutes, class limit 22, ballet classes, (including pointe) per week required 5 classes and modern highly recommended

This level is the final level of the student division. This level continues to develop more strength and accuracy of the ballet technique. Three ballet classes per week are required classes per week which includes their Pointe study. Students will have performance opportunities with Hathaway & Company the academy performance ensemble.

Students from this level may be asked to enter the pre-professional division

Pre-Professional Division

Pre-professional I & II are two years of placement The Pre-Professional program is divided into three levels, I, II, III. This is an intensive program designed to take students to a higher level. The student must have achieved an excellent understanding of the ballet technique. The primary focus will be to strengthen the technique and enhance the dancer’s artistic performance quality. The students will take classes in pointe, variations, modern, jazz and Youth America Grand Prix rehearsals. Advancing through the pre-professional level is based on each student’s technical ability, proper physical proportions, potential and commitment to a serious training regimen. The students may have the opportunity to be invited to participate in the Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble and productions.

Pre-Professional I

1 Hour 30 Minutes and up, 4 ballet classes (including pointe) & modern required for company dancers, Jazz recommended, Ages 11+

 

This division level is the level of more intensive training. These dancers have committed to a more rigorous training regiment. Intensive technical expectations are placed upon the students to help them develop a higher skill level in a more profound class structure. The dancers will work on technical and academic choreography concepts to enhance their movement ability and to prepare for more performance abilities

Pre-Professional II and III

1 Hour 30 Minutes and up, 5 ballet classes, modern required for company dancers. Jazz Composition highly recommended, ages 14+

These division levels places a responsibility on the student to work at a higher technical level and must have the strength and ability to execute more technically difficult movements. The intensive technical demands increases from the previous level working more proficiently in all areas. The dancer’s focus is preparing for performance and artistic interpretation of movement, choreography concepts and musical phrasing necessary for professional dance.

Other Dance Mediums

Pre-Modern Movement Composition

Ages 6-8

This class is an introduction to young children’s modern movement composition as related to performance art. The class is designed to enhance the child’s imagination, musicality and rhythm, and performance. The emphasis is on exploring/expressing, creativity, and enhancing general kinesthetic awareness of free movement of the body.

Modern

Ages 9 and up

Designed for the dancer to develop an understanding of modern dance technique, which is essential for serious ballet students. There is an emphasis on anatomical alignment and kinetic awareness of contemporary movement. The methods are based upon the Horton & Limon technique. Students must be enrolled in ballet classes and have a good understanding of the ballet vocabulary to participate. This dance medium assists in the student’s expression through movement.

Jazz

Jazz Technique focuses on developing a complex movement vocabulary including turns, jumps, and more complicated combinations. A variety of jazz styles are explored, from lyrical jazz, to Theatre Jazz that focuses on developing basic technical skills and expressiveness. Students must be enrolled in ballet class or previous ballet experience.

Hip-Hop

These classes are designed to introduce the dancer to the Hip-Hop dance culture. The class begins with a basic warm-up to stretch and tone the body, followed by a fun, energetic routine that incorporates popular movement and music. All skill levels are welcome to participate with no previous dance experience required.

“Hathaway & Company” Contemporary Performance Ensemble

Jazz Rep

The Hathaway & Company Jazz Repertoire Ensemble (“Jazz Rep”) is a main stage performance company in the medium of Jazz Repertoire for student division levels Ballet V, VI & Pre-Professional Division. Hathaway & Company will provide performance opportunities for dancers with a desire to perform in a Jazz Repertoire Ensemble. Resident and guest choreographers will provide repertoire training and choreography for all performances.

The Project

The Hathaway & Company Contemporary Dance Ensemble (The Project) is a dance ensemble produced by the Academy that will provide performance and composition experience rooted in contemporary dance technique. Performance opportunities range from informal studio showings, community dance events to main stage concerts. The ensemble is for dancers in the Pre-Professional Division and will consider dancers from other levels either through invitation or audition.