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CHILDREN'S DIVISION
Ages 18 months-14 years

Children Division ballet classes are appropriate for students' ages 18months - 14 years. Classes meet once per week throughout the year. Students ages 14 and up who are new to ballet are encouraged to begin their dance training in the BRT Academy Adult Open Division.

Classes begin on August 8, 2020.

Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes are based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2020.

Level A, B, and Men's classes are also based upon the student’s age as of September 1, 2020 but previous training is considered and placement is determined by the BRT Academy staff.







Class Descriptions

Mommy and Me (Age 18 months - 3 years):  This class focuses on movement, coordination, balance, rhythm, stretching and basic kinetic skills for little ones new to dance and are not quite ready to enter a classroom setting without their Mother’s (or Father’s) company. Students learn to stretch and dance through the use of exciting props. Parents love this opportunity to be a part of their child's dance education. One adult accompanies each child and this class does not perform in the bi-annual academy performances. 


Creative Movement (Ages 3-5 years): This new class is designed to keep kids active and engaged and discover joy through music and movement while developing fine gross motor skills. Utilizing developmentally appropriate creative movement, children develop coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and spatial awareness. There is no specific uniform for this class. We suggest dancers wear dance/movement clothes.


Pre-Ballet (Ages 4-6 years)
BRT’s Pre-Ballet classes are specially designed to provide children with a strong foundation in dance. It teaches the young dancer the basic elements of movement and dance: space and how to relate to it; locomotive skills; musicality; sequencing, patterns, and spatial relationships; opposites and directions; and elementary ballet positions. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of creative expression, self‑awareness, imagination, and teamwork. Through class participation, students learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners, including how to take turns, following one another or leading the way, waiting patiently, working with others, and having a positive attitude.

Level A (Ages 6-9 years): At age 6, students move into a transitional level between early childhood classes and those for studying classical ballet, introducing classical ballet vocabulary. The Level A classes take the concepts learned in Pre-Ballet and begin to put them into the format used in an actual ballet class

Level B (Ages 8-14 years)At age 8, students are ready, both physically and mentally, to begin studying the disciplined and demanding art form of classical ballet. By committing to more classes per week the student is able to begin to seriously strengthen their commitment and physical strength. The BII level builds the foundation for acceptance into our Junior Division.

Children's Modern (Age 8 - 14 years) Modern dance technique helps dancers find their own quality of movement and core movement initiation with an emphasis on anatomical alignment and kinetic awareness of contemporary movement as well as assisting in the student’s expression through movement. 

Men’s Ballet (Age 8 - 14 years) This class caters to the young danseur and focuses on the basic technique of classical ballet with an emphasis toward developing the specific strengths needed as male dancers.

Fall 2020 Online Class Schedule (class schedule will be re-evaluated each month due to Covid)

Mommy & Me (18months-3yrs) not available online at this time  
     
Creative Movement (3-5 yrs)
not available online at this time  
 
 
 
Pre-Ballet (4-6 yrs) 
Wednesday
5:35-6:11pm 
 
   
Level AI (6-8 yrs)
Saturday 
12:30-1:15pm
 
 
 
Level AII (7-9 yrs) 
Saturday
1:30-2:15pm
 
 
 
Level BI (8-14 yrs) 
Wednesday
4:30-5:30pm
 
 
 
Level BII (8-14 yrs) 
Tuesday & Thursday 
4:30-5:30pm 
     
Men’s Ballet I (8-14 yrs) not available online at this time  
 
 
 
Children's Modern (8-14 yrs)   
Tuesday  
5:45-6:30pm  
     
     
     
     

BRT reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have five or more students.

BRT Home Studio Recommendations

Please make sure your Zoom username is your real name (student or parent) and not a generic name i.e. “iPad 2”. This is for attendance and security purposes.

Attend class in an area that has enough open space to move around in. We recommend at least 6’ x 8’ and make sure there is nothing breakable nearby. 

We recommend you place your device at a proper height for your instructors to see your full body. If your instructor cannot see your full body, they cannot correct you appropriately and you will not be able to progress as quickly in your classes. Before your Zoom class, check the position and angle of your device to insure it is in the best place possible. Your device should be in landscape mode (sideways). 

When possible, we also recommend Screen Sharing your device to a TV, so dancers have a larger image to look at. 

Internet Speed 

Run an internet speed test in the room you plan to use as your at-home studio. You can do this HERE. If speeds are slow, Zoom will freeze, and dancers may have difficulty fully participating in class. Wifi extenders can be purchased to help remedy this issue.  

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