Dance: The Cutting Edge

Traditional Ballet (Ballet Genre Series)

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Ballet - Complete Dance Genre
(140+ Skills, 12+ Hours, 10 Syllabus)

Ballet is the base and building block of all great dancers. Our “Traditional Ballet” curriculum is designed for the beginner to grow into a professional. The series delves into proper technique with emphasis on body alignment and posture, classical ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, and developing the dancer to their fullest potential – not only in ballet, but in all forms of dance! The instructor offers detailed breakdowns of each move, offers corrections for common mistakes, and has students demonstrate exercises and new material. Students will learn over 140 steps throughout this series!

Our “Traditional Ballet Pointe Series” is designed for dancers with previous ballet training through our Level 4, or equivalent, and adequate ankle, calf, and arch strength. It is advised that dancers are currently taking ballet class either through “Dance: The Cutting Edge – Traditional Ballet Series” or through a studio on multiple days each week. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes.

Each level includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor combinations. Dancers must be knowledgeable in all the ballet terminology and techniques through our “Pointe: Intermediate Level” to properly utilize this video. In the “Advanced Level”, dancers will work exclusively en pointe. They are learning professional level movements and intricate footwork patterns.

Traditional Ballet Series: Basic

“Dance: The Cutting Edge – Traditional Ballet: Basic” is the perfect knowledge-packed challenge and starting point for older beginners, ballet novices, or can be a great conditioning course alongside any of our Level 1-4 videos. Our “Basic Ballet” was conceived by Allyn Ginn Ayers, a professional dancer and dance instructor based in Miami, Florida, and member of Dance Now! Previously with Gin Dance Company, located in Washington DC, Allyn started dancing at the age of three and developed a strong background in both classical ballet and modern techniques. In all, dancers will see 47 exceptional steps! She guides her class through a full barre, Pliés to Battements, focusing on learning and perfecting the movements that truly warm the body.

Students begin to learn jumps at the barre, including those with Batu (beats) such as Entrechat Trois, Quatre, and Cinq (wow!). All five feet positions and eight body positions (a dancer’s Epaulement) are reviewed and explained. Both en Dedan (inside) and en Dehor (outside), Pirouettes are done in center, as well as a ballet dancer’s most used jumps: Pas de Chats, Grand Jetes, and Saut de Chats.

Traditional Ballet Series: Levels 1-4

Traditional Ballet Series: Levels 1-4

Ballet is the base and building block of all great dancers. Our “Traditional Ballet” curriculum is designed for the beginner to grow into a professional. The series delves into proper technique with emphasis on body alignment and posture, classical ballet vocabulary and class etiquette, and developing the dancer to their fullest potential – not only in ballet, but in all forms of dance! The instructor offers detailed breakdowns of each move, offers corrections for common mistakes, and has students demonstrate exercises and new material. Students will learn over 140 steps throughout this series!

Our “Traditional Ballet” video series is full of superb learning and teaching tools stemming from the artistic vision of Elizabeth Acuña Nuevo, owner and director of Artistic Dance Center located in Doral, Florida. Dance: The Cutting Edge is honored to work with Elizabeth. She has performed many classical and contemporary works such as Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. She began teaching at age 15, and within three years was promoted to Assistant Director of a prominent ballet school in Miami. Elizabeth teaches Levels 1-4 alongside Nadine Barton.

Nadine is currently in her fourth season with the Alabama Ballet, performing soloist and corps de ballet roles in works such as Don Quixote and Coppelia. She is currently commissioned to set new work with Alabama Ballet. She teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe Variations, and Jazz at studios in both Florida and Alabama. Nadine is a Master Teacher and judge with Florida Dance Masters, and has additionally been granted many choreographic opportunities with the Alabama School of Fine Arts and AROVA Contemporary Ballet.

Traditional Ballet Pointe Series: Beginner-Advanced

Our “Traditional Ballet: Pointe Series” is designed for dancers with previous ballet training through our Level 4, or equivalent, and adequate ankle, calf, and arch strength. It is advised that they are currently taking ballet class either through our “Traditional Ballet Series” or through a studio multiple days per week. To prevent injury, it is necessary that students possess proper posture, utilization of correct muscles in turnout, a well-elevated relevé on demi-pointe, and correct distribution of body weight—both on two legs and on one.

Students will utilize previously-learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each level includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor-combinations. Dancers must be knowledgeable in all the ballet terminology and techniques through our “Pointe: Intermediate” level to properly utilize this video. In the advanced level dancers will work exclusively en pointe. Exercises will be at the barre, in the center, and some across the floor. They are learning professional-level movements and intricate footwork patterns.