Portledge School is proud to announce the opening of the Portledge Ballet School lead by Miss Kathleen Moore, formerly of the Russian Ballet School in Sea Cliff.
Portledge Ballet School
A variety of classes are being offered for all levels starting with Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Kinder-Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III and Pointe.
For complete descriptions and to register please view the forms below or class descriptions to the right, however please disregard the times in the below brochure and refer to the schedule above. Any questions or to register over the phone please call Melissa Worth at (516) 750-3104.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you this year!
Creative movement is a way for children to explore movement through music. This class will promote creativity, stimulate imagination, and develop physical skills. Both locomotor and non-locomotor skills will be introduced during this class. When children explore different aspects of movement all senses are engaged ( auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, and visual), thus enhancing their own control of their bodies.
Pre-Ballet is designed to promote the development of a child's coordination, motor skills, and dance to music. This class will guide children to develop rhythm, cooperation, playful creative dance, and basic beginner ballet skills. Basic ballet terminology will also be introduced in this level.
Kinder-Ballet is created for students entering Kindergarten. This class incorporates creative movement with pre-ballet. Students in this level are introduced to more formal ballet training including barre work. They continue to explore ballet terminology, both audibly and visually.
Ballet I is designed to introduce students to the first steps of formal ballet training. Students entering this class will study basic ballet techniques facing the barre. A substantial amount of ballet terminology will also be introduced. Basic exercises of mastering the placement of the body, the legs, the arms, and the head are acquired. By the end of Ballet I, students start developing elementary skills in the coordination of steps.
Ballet II is the first step in formal ballet training. Students will be executing movements one handed at the barre. Students will be responsible for placement of body, placement of the feet, positions of the arms, port de bras and an understanding of the points of the room. The goal of this year of training is for the student to understand the terminology as well as the execution of all the material covered throughout the year. This class meets twice a week.
Ballet III is designed for students with prior ballet training. Students in this level must have an understanding of all the material covered in the beginning levels. The main goals of this year are: the theory of the supporting and the working leg, the development of coordinating basic combinations at the barre and center, and the fundamentals of music ( time signature, tempo, rhythm, and the introduction of an upbeat). Students must have knowledge and the ability to explain the correct and incorrect ways of executing all movements. They must also be able to explain the relationship between the French terms of movement, the character of the movement, and the time signature of the music. Students must select two days of class.
Pointe class is designed to further student's knowledge of ballet. Certain upper and lower body muscles that are acquired in Ballet I and Ballet II must be developed to enroll in this class. Students taking this class are required to have knowledge of all material covered in Ballet I and Ballet II as well. They must also attend Ballet III classes 3 times per week to be enrolled.