Performing Arts Technique Classes are not accompanied with a recital dance, choreography or performance. These classes are designed to provide students with consistent weekly classes strictly focused on proper technique.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
Ballet Technique classes are taught traditionally with class beginning at the ballet barre, moving to center floor, across the floor, and ending with a reverence – all to classical music. There are many methods for teaching ballet. We primarily teach from the Vaganova method focusing on very precise movements and clean lines with an underlying softness. We teach students to maximize their abilities in a healthy manner. Turn-out is not forced or strained. Ballet strengthens the body, increases flexibility and creates agility and grace of movement.
Jazz Technique classes are taught to build strength, flexibility, endurance, body awareness, and correct alignment for leaps, turns, and tricks. Class begins with a warm-up, across the floor progressions, and often concludes with circuits or short jazz dance combinations. Please bring tennis shoes to jazz technique class.
What do we wear?
Black leotard (camisole or tank style, long-sleeve is optional in the winter.)
Ballet belt (to be purchased from PSOD in the beginning of the year.)
Pink tights; tights must be worn over the feet and inside the ballet slippers. We recommend convertible tights so dancers can easily access their feet and toes. Tights should be clean and free of holes/runs.
Pink Ballet shoes (split-sole canvas or leather, elastic must be properly sewn – not knotted around or under the foot.) Shoes should be clean and free of holes.
No skirts or shorts.
No visible undergarments or panty lines. Any supportive garments worn under the leotard must be black or flesh-colored!
No jewelry except for post earrings may be worn (i.e., no necklaces, bracelets anklets, rings, dangling earrings, etc.)
Hair must be worn in a neat, well-formed bun. No bangs or whispies.
Black leotard or solid colored, form-fitting tank top that is long enough to cover the midriff.
Black capri pants or dance shorts with tights.
Tan slip-on jazz shoes.
Black tap shoes in the black oxford “boy” style.
No baggy t-shirts, sweatshirts or baggy pants.
No busy prints or writing on tops or pants.
Hair pulled back neatly away from the face.
All dress code items may be purchased at Prairie School of Dance.