Ballet and Tap Classes

August 7, 2020

We are OPEN with a hybrid approach for our Fall 2020 ballet and tap classes:

1. The first 2-3 weeks of classes will be held in person and outdoors while weather and daylight permit, in order to give students, teachers and classmates time to connect and bond. Social distancing practices will be followed. READ ABOUT OUR SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS HERE.

2. When weather and daylight no longer support a suitable environment for outdoor classes, classes will move to Zoom, as during the Spring 2020 semester. We will remain on Zoom until further notice, likely through the Fall semester.

3. As a supplement to online classes, we are offering private and semi-private classes throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Students enrolled in our regular classes will be eligible for these supplemental classes; private classes will not be offered to children not enrolled in our School. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON PRIVATE CLASSES.

CLASS SCHEDULE  —  BY GRADE LEVEL AND AGE

Grade Level and AgeDay and TimeClass Name and DescriptionTeacher
PreSchool and Kindergarten
Ages 4 and 5
Must be 4 by September 1
ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)Creative Movement/PreBallet
Kingsley with
studio assistant Cena Rodriguez
1st grade
Ages 6 and 7
Tuesday 3:45-4:45 pmBallet 1
(Beginning Ballet)
Bragg
2nd and 3rd grades
Ages 7 and 8
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pmBallet 2
(Advanced Beginning Ballet)
Alvarez
2nd through 4th grades
Ages 7-9
Wednesday 4:30-5:15 pmTap 1
(Beginning Tap)
Alvarez
3rd and 4th grades
Ages 8 and 9
Wednesday 5:15-6:15 pmBallet 3
(Intermediate Ballet)
Alvarez
4th and 5th grades
Ages 9 and 10
Tuesday 4:45-5:45 pmBallet 4
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)
Bragg
4th through 6th grades
Ages 9-11
Tuesday 5:45-6:30 pmTap 2
(Mixed Tap – all levels)
Bragg
5th and 6th grades
Ages 10 and 11
Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pmBallet 5
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)

Pre-pointe with 15 minutes of beginning pointe work on a case-by-case basis for 11- year-olds. Younger students can do preparatory exercises during the last 15 minutes of class.

Bragg
7th grade and up
Ages 12 and older
Wednesday 6:15-7:30 pmBallet 6
(Advanced Ballet with Pointe)
Alvarez
7th grade and up
Ages 12 and older
Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm
ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)
Tap 3
(Advanced Tap)
Kingsley
ADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSES
Ages 18-80+Wednesday
7:30-8:30 pm

*Offered on a drop-in basis at $20/class.

Adult Ballet
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Teacher: Alvarez
Ages 18-80+Thursday
6:15-7:15

*Offered on a drop-in basis at $20/class.

ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)

Adult Tap (Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)Teacher: Kingsley

CLASS SCHEDULE  —  BY DAY AND TIME

Day and TimeGrade Level and AgeClass Name and DescriptionTeacher
Tuesday 3:45-4:45 pm1st grade
Ages 6 and 7
Ballet 1
(Beginning Ballet)
Bragg
Tuesday 4:45-5:45 pm4th and 5th grades
Ages 9 and 10
Ballet 4
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)

Bragg
Tuesday 5:45-6:30 pm4th through 6th grades
Ages 9-11
Tap 2
(Mixed Tap – all levels)
Bragg
Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm5th and 6th grades
Ages 10 and 11
Ballet 5
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)

Pre-pointe with 15 minutes of beginning pointe work on a case-by-case basis for 11-year-olds. Younger students can do preparatory exercises during the last 15 minutes of class.

Bragg
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm2nd and 3rd grades
Ages 7 and 8
Ballet 2
(Advanced Beginning Ballet)
Alvarez
Wednesday 4:30-5:15 pm2nd through 4th grades
Ages 7-9
Tap 1
(Beginning Tap)
Alvarez
Wednesday 5:15-6:15 pm3rd and 4th grades
Ages 8 and 9
Ballet 3
(Intermediate Ballet)
Alvarez
Wednesday 6:15-7:30 pm7th grade and up
Ages 12 and older
Ballet 6
(Advanced Ballet)
Alvarez
Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pmAges 18-80+Adult Ballet
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Alvarez
ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER.(PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)PreSchool and Kindergarten
Ages 4 and 5
Must be 4 by September 1
Creative Movement/PreBallet
Kingsley with
studio assistant Cena Rodriguez
ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER. (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)7th grade and up
Age 12 and older
Tap 3
(Advanced Tap)
Kingsley
ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER. (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)Ages 18-80+

Adult TapKingsley
ADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSESADULT CLASSES
Wednesday
7:30-8:30 pm

*Offered on a drop-in basis at $20 per class.

Ages 18-80+Adult Ballet
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Teacher: Alvarez
Thursday 6:15-7:15

*Offered on a drop-in basis at $20 per class.

ENROLLMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER (PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE.)

Ages 18-80+Adult Tap
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Teacher: Kingsley

Grade Level and Ballet Level Equivalent

School for Swans is a small, welcoming, neighborhood school that emphasizes the joy of dancing and performing. We provide enrichment classes for our students, which allow young dancers to learn alignment and technique and explore artistry in a nurturing environment.

We believe that dance is for everyone and that it’s never too late to start dancing! Our class progression allows for flexibility in age and experience levels. If coming from another school or with no experience at all, it may be necessary to try out one or more classes to find an appropriate placement.

Dancers will typically move up a level each year until they reach Ballet 5. By the time a dancer has reached Ballet 5, she or he has learned the fundamentals of Ballet. Dancers in Ballet 5 and 6 continue to refine their technique. These classes offer different and new challenges for the students each week. The intention is that dancers will remain in these classes for 2 or more years.

Dancers pursuing pointe work in Ballet 6 are highly encouraged to take Ballet class twice a week. Taking Ballet class twice a week will make pointe work both safer and more successful. It is very difficult to build the necessary muscle strength to work on pointe when only training once a week. Building that strength in all areas of the body, but especially the feet, requires work both in and out of pointe shoes. For example, the relevés we do in regular Ballet slippers build muscle in our calves, ankles, and toes, which later supports the dancer when she goes on full pointe. Moreover, that dancer needs to instinctively understand how to hold her upper body so that she can balance. Dancers build that instinct through taking regular Ballet class.

Pointe work is a highly demanding art form. As an enrichment program, we aim to provide our dancers with the opportunity to *safely* explore basic pointe work. Advanced pointe work (turns, hops, etc.) requires a conservatory program with hours of training each week.

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BALLET AND TAP CLASSES IN ALEXANDRIA, VA

430 S. Fairfax St.  Alexandria, VA 22314
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