Ballet and Tap Classes

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Winter/Spring 2020 semester.
New students are welcome!

Please let us know any questions about the schedule of our ballet and tap classes.

CLASS SCHEDULE  —  SORTED BY GRADE LEVEL AND AGE

Grade Level and AgeDay and TimeClass Name and DescriptionTeacher
PreSchool and Kindergarten
Ages 4 and 5
Must be age 4 by September 1, 2019
Wednesday 4:15-5:00 pm“Creative Movement/PreBallet”
Kingsley
with teaching assistant Mrs. Azucena Rodriguez
1st and 2nd grades
Ages 6 and 7
Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm“Ballet 1″
(Beginning Ballet)
Ribble
1st through 4th grades
Ages 6-9
Thursday 4:30-5:15 pm“Tap 1″
(Beginning Tap)
Alvarez
2nd and 3rd grades
Ages 7-9
Thursday 5:15-6:15 pm“Ballet 2”
(Advanced Beginning Ballet)
Alvarez
3rd and 4th grades
Ages 8-10
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm“Ballet 3”
(Intermediate Ballet)
Bragg
3rd, 4th and 5th grades
Ages 8-11
Tuesday 5:00-5:45 pm“Tap 2”
(Mixed Tap – all levels)
Bragg
4th grade and up
Minimum age 9, to age 11
(Must be 11 to do pointe work. Younger students can do preparatory exercises during the last 15 min of class)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

Tuesday 5:45-6:45 pm (and 6:45-7:00 for pointe work)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

“Ballet 4”
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

Pre-Pointe with 15 minutes of beginning pointe work at end of class on a case-by-case basis for 11+ year olds

Bragg

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

6th grade and up
Ages 11 and older
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm“Tap 3”
(Advanced Tap)
Kingsley
6th grade and up
Minimum age 11
Thursday 6:15-7:30 pm“Ballet 5”
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet
With Pointe for Ages 11+)
Alvarez
Ages 18-80+
(Students in Ballet 4 may take this class as an additional class per week)
Thursday
7:30-8:30 pm
“Adult Ballet”
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Alvarez
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Ages 18-80+

(Students in Ballet 4/5 may take this class as an additional class per week)

Thursday
7:30-8:30 pm

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

“Adult Ballet”
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Teacher: Alvarez

CLASS SCHEDULE  —  SORTED BY DAY AND TIME

Day and TimeGrade Level and AgeClass Name and DescriptionTeacher
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm3rd and 4th grades
Ages 8-10
“Ballet 3”
(Intermediate Ballet)
Bragg
Tuesday 5:00-5:45 pm3rd, 4th and 5th grades
Ages 8-11
“Tap 2”
(Mixed Tap – all levels)
Bragg
Tuesday 5:45-6:45 pm (and 6:45-7:00 for pointe work)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

4th grade and up
Minimum age 9, to age 11
(Must be 11 to do pointe work. Younger students can do preparatory exercises during the last 15 min of class)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

“Ballet 4”
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet)

THIS CLASS IS AT CAPACITY. WAIT-LIST ONLY. 8/28/19

Pre-Pointe with 15 minutes of beginning pointe work at end of class on a case-by-case basis for 11+ year olds

Bragg SOLD OUT. PLS CALL.
Wednesday 4:15-5:00 pmPreSchool and Kindergarten
Ages 4 and 5
Must be age 4 by September 1, 2019
“Creative Movement/PreBallet”
Kingsley
with teaching assistant Mrs. Azucena Rodriguez
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm6th grade and up
Ages 11 and older
“Tap 3”
(Advanced Tap)
Kingsley
Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm1st and 2nd grades
Ages 6 and 7
“Ballet 1″
(Beginning Ballet)
Ribble
Thursday 4:30-5:15 pm1st through 4th grades
Ages 6-9
“Tap 1″
(Beginning Tap)
Alvarez
Thursday 5:15-6:15 pm2nd and 3rd grades
Ages 7-9
“Ballet 2”
(Advanced Beginning Ballet)
Alvarez
Thursday 6:15-7:30 pm6th grade and up
Minimum age 11
“Ballet 5”
(Advanced Intermediate Ballet with Pointe for Ages 11+)
Alvarez
Thursday 7:30-8:30 pmAges 18-80+
(Students in Ballet 4 may take this class as an additional class per week)
“Adult Ballet”
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Alvarez
ADULT BALLETADULT BALLETADULT BALLETADULT BALLET
Thursday
7:30-8:30 pm

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

Ages 18-80+

(Students in Ballet 4/5 may take this class as an additional class per week)

“Adult Ballet”
(Mixed Level: Beginning to Intermediate)
Teacher: Alvarez

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 4. By the time a dancer has reached Ballet 4, she or he has learned the fundamentals of Ballet. Dancers in Ballet 4 and 5 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 5 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.

Required Class Attire and Hair Treatment

Registration

To register for ballet and tap classes, please continue to Registration.

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BALLET AND TAP CLASSES IN ALEXANDRIA, VA

430 S. Fairfax St.  Alexandria, VA 22314
703-338-1330 | info@schoolforswans.com

Photos by Louise Krafft