Curriculum: Dance Theatre of Lynchburg's classes are offered in a progressive curriculum - supporting the development of skills, technique, and personal discipline.
Dance Theatre of Lynchburg is the only dance school in Central Virginia that has Instructors that are certified to teach American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum for the development and training of young dance students. National Training Curriculum was designed and written in collaboration with ABT's Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. ABT's National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.
Dance Foundations: An introduction to dance which provides a creative and technically sound foundation. Students gain a sense of confidence while learning musicality, technique, composition and classroom etiquette.
Primary Level: A structured class that focuses on developing ballet technique and reinforces physical strength and dance vocabulary. There will be continued emphasis on the creative response to music. Students will develop body awareness within the discipline of a ballet class.
Ballet: American ballet technique borrows from the best of Russian, Italian, and French styles to create a unique form emphasizing placement, strength and flexibility in classical forms.
Pointe: American ballet technique for female dancers. Must be a minimum of 12 years old and be pre-approved by the Artistic Director.
Modern: A variety of dance styles that formed in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. Modern dance contrasts with ballet, embracing fall and recovery, contraction and release as basic principles.
Tap: A percussive dance technique which emphasizes rhythms and syncopations and uses the body as a musical instrument.
Contemporary Dance: A genre of concert dance that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography, to guide un-choreographed movement. It uses dance techniques and methods fond in ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance, and it also draws from other philosophies of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique.
Choreography: The art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified.
Hip Hop: A popular dance form of street-style movement set to hip hop music.
Afro-Caribbean: has African roots fused with the multicultural influences of Caribbean dance
Conditioning: a new class designed to meet the ever-increasing athletic needs of today's dancer. Research shows that understanding basic principles of conditioning to improve strength, endurance and flexibility as well as increase the mind-body awareness necessary to apply those principles to movement are vital to the formation of a strong and healthy dancer with excellent technique.
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