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Petite Ballet

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Our Petite Ballet class is a parent/caregiver class. I found with this young age group it is imperative that someone they trust does class with them. It allows them to follow along better. We start class off in a circle and stretch then move on to our pliés, tendus, piqués and tiptoes. All this is done holding hands in a circle. We then move on to across the floor work grand battements, tip toes, bourées etc. then we move back to the circle to repeat beginning exercises. I find children like repetition and find a sense of accomplishment when they know what’s coming next. We also do a fun freeze dance ballet where they are able to freely dance to classical music. We end class with a simple reverence and our arm positions.
I have had great success with this class and have been teaching the 2’s this way for 7 years.  I always tell people it takes a minimum of 6 weeks for a child to adjust and find their rhythm within the class.

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August 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm


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Tendu means to stretch in French. Usually done as an exercise at the barre from first or fifth position, the working leg is extended to either the front (devant), side ( à la seconde) or back (derrière), gradually along the floor until only the tip of the toe remains touching the floor (tendu a terre) or even further stretched so that the tip of the toe comes up off the floor a few inches (en l’air).


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August 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

1st Position Pliés

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First position Demi-Plié and First Position Grand Plié.


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August 29, 2013 at 11:43 am

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Registration Form

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New City Dance Center
Student Registration Form

Student’s Name (First & Last): ____________________________________


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I understand that dance classes may include, without limitation, dancing with props, stretching, barre work, across the floor
combinations, dance routines in the center, and other related activities. I further understand that all of the activities of the
dance class involve some degree of risk of strain or bodily injury. New City Dance Center is not responsible for personal
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August 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

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Fall 2013

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Fall Semester 2013
Our fall term will begin September 16 and run through December 17 at Beehives and Buzzcuts (365 1st Avenue). Tuition for the semester is $350.00.

Our schedule is as follows:

3:00 Combo Ballet&Tap ages 3-5
4:00 Ballet I ages 5-7
5:00 Ballet II ages 7-10

9:30 Petite Ballet I ages 2-3
10:20 Petite Ballet II ages 3-4 1/2

All of our classes concentrate on terminology and technique.

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August 27, 2013 at 11:26 am


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I have been teaching dance for over 10 years. My style and approach has evolved over those years and I have been able to fine tune my skill set. I am often asked how I teach or what my approach is…. For me it is a very simple approach I do not feel the need to dumb down/water down dance to any age group I teach. In my classes I do not use words such as “pizza feet” for first position. First position is simply first position! Children are able to handle so much more than we give them credit for. I simply use the proper terminology for everything we do in class and believe it or not the
children actually are able to learn all the terminology given to them in a short amount of time just from simple repetition. I also will only use classical music in my ballet classes from the youngest to the oldest students. Dance is a whole body experience and children in my classes are given the opportunity to learn to appreciate the music that makes ballerinas able to dance ballet. I am far from a stiff ballet Marm. My students enjoy themselves and have fun as well as myself. With all of this said my teaching style is not for everyone. If you are looking for a class with fairy wings, bubbles, running around and not much ballet you need to find a more suitable class for your child. But for those who are looking for a real ballet experience for their child this might just be the place for you.

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August 23, 2013 at 1:53 am

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Romeo and Juliet Rehearsal

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This is a clip from my production of Romeo and Juliet! here I am working with my 5 and 6 year old tap dancers and two of my teenagers!

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August 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Choreography