2021-2022

Ballet Afrique Academy

Classes begin the week of August 30, 2021 – May 28, 2022

Nia Division

(ages 2 - 8 years old by the first day of class)

Nia means Purpose. The youngest Ballet Afrique academy students begin their dance journey by exploring purpose. Becoming self-aware plays an essential role in understanding how our uniqueness can help build greatness in ourselves, our community, and the world around us. Nia curriculum also focuses on the purpose and historical relevance behind the movement, technique, style, discipline, and music.

Ujima Division

( ages 8 - 10 years old by the first day of class)

Ujima Means Collective Work And Responsibility. Students in the Ujima program discover how working together is integral to success. Dancers are challenged more physically here, practice leadership roles, and rely on teamwork to accomplish class objectives.

** no fee for this required class for Kuumba and Umoja students. Dates are TBD

Kuumba Division

(ages 11 - 14 yrs old by the first day of class)

Kuumba Means Creativity. The curriculum for middle school-age students at Ballet Afrique employs a unique method for tapping into the creative process. At this level, teachers train students to be technically sound with confidence to build and create their own choreographies and explore their personal artistic style.

Umoja Division

(High Schoolers and Adults)

Umoja Means Unity. Students at this level are encouraged to implement their studio training to strive towards personal excellence and contribute to their communities.  The curriculum also supports professional collaborative opportunities, higher education mentorship, and professional development.

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Class Descriptions

Nia Division (ages 2 – 8 years old by the first day of class)

Nia means Purpose. The youngest Ballet Afrique academy students begin their dance journey by exploring purpose. Becoming self-aware plays an essential role in understanding how our uniqueness can help build greatness in ourselves, our community, and the world around us. Nia curriculum also focuses on the purpose and historical relevance behind the movement, technique, style, discipline, and music.

 

Class Descriptions:

Not 2 young 2 Dance (2 yrs)

Not 2 young 2 Dance teaches toddlers how to be dance students, use their imagination, build friendships, and understand body/spatial awareness.

Just for me, it’s fun being 3 (3 yrs)

A  playful exploration of movement and music that spans the globe. Dancers practice early math, right and left directions, across-the-floor movement, and memory.

Intro to Dance (4-5 yrs)

Intro to Dance  is designed to introduce our youngest students to the discipline and structure of the dance classroom and  to instill a lifelong appreciation of dance. Students will also learn ballet basics, vocabulary, spatial awareness, and across-the-floor movement.

Intro Dance Afrique (4-5 yrs)

Beginner Dance Afrique  uses the music of the African diaspora for warm-ups, across the floor, and choreography. Students learn to identify the sounds and movements of classical ballet and traditional African dance.

Intro Ballet (5-6 yrs)

Intro to Ballet focuses on understanding the fundamentals of ballet. Exercises are aimed at center work, structural alignment, adagio and allegro movement, and proper footwork.

Intro to Caribbean Afrique Dance (5-7 yrs)

Our youngest students will be working on starting their appreciation and understanding of Caribbean dances. They will explore body awareness by learning to imitate the different characteristics of the orishas with the body, this includes chest pattern, arm space awareness, floor work and more. They will also learn the son clave pattern by clapping their hands to salsa music as well as learn to count basic merengue steps to a song. Using all of these elements to work toward a culminating choreography.

Intro Boys Do Ballet (5-8 yrs)

Intro to Ballet for boys is a class structured to focus on performance qualities used for male dancers. Students will study classical ballet movements that strengthen the body and develop leadership skills for the dance field.

Beginner Dance Afrique (6-8 yrs)

Beginner Dance Afrique is an introduction to the Ballet Afrique traditional dance form. Students will explore introductory level improvisation, traditional African dance,  modern and ballet styles.

Jazz I (6-8 yrs)

Jazz I incorporates upbeat music for warming up and conditioning. Students learn body isolation, flexibility, turns, and leaps.

Ballet I (6-8 yrs)

Ballet I takes dancers through the rudimentary structure of a ballet class, including barre, center work, and across-the-floor combinations. Students in this class begin to greatly expand their knowledge of ballet movement, terminology, and technical concepts.

 

Ujima Division ( ages 8 – 10 years old by the first day of class)

Ujima Means Collective Work And Responsibility. Students in the Ujima program discover how working together is integral to success.  Dancers are challenged more physically here,  practice leadership roles, and rely on teamwork to accomplish class objectives.

 

Class Descriptions:

Ballet I (8-10 yrs)

Ballet I focuses on developing solid techniques. Class includes a full barre, center work, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grande allegro. The class also emphasizes ballet history, etiquette, and discipline.

Caribbean Afrique I (8-10 yrs)

Caribbean Afrique I will focus on the foundation and repertoire for Caribbean partner dances such as salsa, merengue, and bachata. Students will learn and sharpen frame techniques, different hold positions, ankle strength, and footwork techniques. They will spend time building footwork and partner work repertoire for all three of these partner dances and will use their knowledge to explore creating short sequence choreography in small teams.

Jazz I (8-10 yrs)

Jazz I focuses on physicality and expression through jazz styles such as classical, theatrical, and Afro-Latin. Warm-ups will focus on flexibility, core strength, and musicality.

Dance Afrique I (8-10 yrs)

Dance Afrique I is a progression of Beginner Dance Afrique that introduces students to center and across the floor progressions unique to the company’s technique and style. Students will study the fundamentals of Afrique, expansion, momentum, and undulation of the body.

Horton Technique I/ Ballet I Combo (8-10 yrs)

Horton Technique I / Ballet I Combo teaches core fundamentals of both classical ballet and modern dance. Students will review ballet barre, center, and floorwork exercises and will transition into a Horton class. The Horton technique uses flatbacks, lateral stretches, tilt lines, and lunges.

 

Kuumba Division ( ages 11 – 14 years old by the first day of class)

Kuumba Means Creativity. The curriculum for middle school-age students at Ballet Afrique employs a unique method for tapping into the creative process. At this level, teachers train students to be technically sound with confidence to build and create their own choreographies and explore their personal artistic style.

 

Class Descriptions:

Ballet II (11-14 yrs)

Ballet II will focus on classical ballet techniques through advanced class progressions. Barre, center, and across-the-floor movements support technique, performance quality, and confidence for classical ballet. Students also prepare to transition to pre-pointe and pointe.

Dance Afrique II (11-14 yrs)

Caribbean Afrique II (11-14 yrs)

This class will focus on body movement and techniques of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Dominican dances; orishas, palo, makuta, and rumba. Students will broaden their understanding of Afro-Caribbean history and its influence on dance, by learning and creating complex solo sequences fusing afro and partner dances.

Contemporary Modern Dance II/III (11-14 yrs)

Contemporary Modern Dance technique was created to help dancers develop a mindful artistry and safety awareness. The class focuses on strength, exploration, momentum, and spatial awareness. This class is geared towards collaboration and includes opportunities for international travel. Kuumba students must be pre-approved to participate.

Graham Technique I (11-14 yrs)

Graham I is an advanced-level class based on the opposition between contraction and release, shifting weight, and spiral movement. Students will also review components of Dance Afrique, Dunham, Horton, and Lemon techniques.

Jazz II (11-14 yrs)

Jazz II is an upbeat and energetic class that focuses on proper turns, leaps, and the aesthetics of jazz dance. Jazz II students will also improve core strength, flexibility, and performance quality.

Choreography (11-14 yrs)

Choreography requires students to be enrolled in Ballet II and at least one other class. This is a 45-minute class designed for students to learn phrases and choreography for performances. Dancers will also learn studio and stage management.

 

Umoja Division (High Schoolers and Adults)

Umoja Means Unity. Students at this level are encouraged to implement their studio training to strive towards personal excellence and contribute to their communities.  The curriculum also supports professional collaborative opportunities, higher education mentorship, and professional development.

 

Class Descriptions:

Ballet III (High School & Adults)

Ballet III follows the structure of a traditional ballet class with an emphasis on historical variations and partnering. Students learn challenging combinations from various instructors and will receive detailed feedback on movement quality.

Contemporary Modern Dance (pre-professional & professional)

Contemporary Modern Dance technique was created with the goal to help dancers develop a mindful artistry and safety awareness that promotes longevity. The class focus is on strength,  exploration, momentum, and spatial awareness. This class is geared towards collaboration and includes opportunities for international travel.

Dance Afrique III (High School & Adults)

Dance Afrique III teaches traditional combinations and variations unique to Ballet Afrique. The class focuses on expansion, contraction, rise/fall, swing/ release, and upper body isolated undulation.

Jazz III (High School & Adults)

Jazz III is an advanced class that trains dancers to be dynamic, powerful, and controlled in their movement and decision-making. Jazz styles include broadway, street, funk, Afro-Caribbean, and lyrical. Advanced combinations, leaps, turns, and leg extensions are the basis of this class.