CLASSICAL PROGRAM

3SB CLASSICAL PROGRAM

We have created the classical program at 3SB to help dancers become more well-rounded, and experience all dance genres.  These styles will include  Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acro

Mini’s (7-10)

Level 1 = Beginner 0-2 yrs exp >  1 Foundation Class and 1 Choreography Class = minimum of 2hrs/wk

This program is Youth ages 7-9 (approx) and is comprised of the following class types and dance  genres:

Includes

Jazz/Lyrical Level 1
Ballet Level 1

Optional Class

Hip Hop Choreography or Foundations
Acro Foundations

JUNIOR (10-13)

Level 2 = Intermediate 2-3 yrs exp > 1 Foundation Class and 2 Choreography Class = minimum of 3hrs/wk

This program is Youth ages 9-13 (approx) and is comprised of the following class types and dance genres:

Includes

Ballet Foundations 2
Jazz level 2
Lyrical Level 2

Optional Class

Hip Hop Choreography or Foundations
Acro Foundations

TEEN PROGRAM

Level 3 = Advanced 4+ yrs exp > 1 Foundation Class and 2 Choreography Class = minimum of 3hrs/wk

This program is Teens ages 13-17 (approx) and is comprised of the following class types and dance genres:

Includes

Ballet Foundations 3
Jazz level 3
Contemporary Level 2

Optional Class

Hip Hop Choreography or Foundations
Acro Foundations

FAQ: 3SB Classical Program

Why do you have certain classes that you recommend?

Students that want to take Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary should study BALLET FOUNDATIONS for that level. Ballet is the base for all other Classical dance in our programming. The Ballet foundations class will have base technique in it and will move a little faster; instructed to more modern music.   We strongly recommend you study aspects of ballet as it is an important foundation and you will experience less injuries if you are doing the technique  correctly.  Also, dancers will experience greater improvement throughout the year as a whole when they are levelling up together in these foundation classes.

Do I have to study ballet?

Any well trained classical dancer has studied ballet at some point in their career and make it a point to keep their base strong.  At, 3SB we also believe that you must study aspects of ballet as it is an important foundation and you will experience less injuries if you are doing the technique correctly.  We understand that not every dancer understands the benefits of taking a ballet class; this is why we created our BALLET FOUNDATIONS program.  This program will have aspects and focus on key techniques of ballet, but will move a little faster and with more modern music to show its relatability to more popular movement.

Should you take both classical and hip hop classes?

Here are 4 great reasons why EVERY hip hop dancer should take a classical dance class.

1. Body Alignment

Body alignment is the optimal placement of the body that ensures our muscles aren’t working unnecessarily hard to achieve everyday movements like walking and lifting as well as dancing. Injuries, headaches and soreness often originate from a misalignment. When we are young and still growing, our bodies are easier to mould and re-train.

2. Strength

Improving strength and fitness levels gradually over time. Thanks to our good friend the plie, legs become stronger and you will be able to jump higher and dance lower into the ground – how many times a class do you hear your hip hop teacher remind you to bend your knees? Your arm strength will improve. You will hit cleaner lines in choreography and have a better understanding of the muscles involved in holding those positions. Core strength will improve which means turning faster, balancing for longer and better control.

3. Focus and Discipline

You will learn how to focus on the mechanics of a movement behind the execution. Understanding each step requires mental and physical effort. Classical dancing points out so many little mechanics: pointed toes, stretch behind the knee, turn out from the hips, etc. It also gives extra practice executing each correction given by the teacher.

4. Choreography and Performance

You will learn to work on aspects of your performance : The round and continuous movement of lyrical and contemporary. To extend, to be soft and gentle, to turn and to jump and to use the floor. Practicing eye line, the jut of the chin, the sly smirk, and the connection with the audience. Basically a whole new way of moving will now be open to you.

Why study Acro-Dance?

As well as being great for body awareness and developing strength, acro is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography. A dance schedule that includes true acro classes will create stronger, safer, and more diverse dancers, which will, in turn, create more impressive, exciting, and artistic dancing.

Dress Code: What to wear at 3SB?

Ballet Foundations:  Bodysuit, tights, pink ballet full sole slippers, hair tied in a neat bun

Jazz/Lyrical: Tight fitting clothing (either yoga pants, leggings, or tights and a tank, tight fitting t-shirt or bodysuit) brown Jazz shoes, bootie style, Hair tied away from the face 

Contemporary: Tight fitting clothing (either yoga pants, leggings, or tights and a tank, tight fitting t-shirt or body suit) brown Jazz shoes or foot undies, bootie style, Hair tied away from the face 

Acro: Tight fitting clothing (either yoga pants, leggings, or tights and a tank, tight fitting t-shirt or bodysuit)…nothing can be loose!!!  Bare feet 

Hip Hop: comfortable clothing and clean indoor running shoes