School Year Programs
10-months Academic School Year Program
Ayana Dance offers courses which are 10-months in length and follow an academic school year calendar.
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is open to new students through February 1, 2019 as long as space is available in a class. If enrolling during the school year, we will make sure your tuition is prorated accordingly.
Fall classes begin August 20, 2018.
Ayana Dance School pays special attention to children’s health, posture, flexibility, muscle strengthening, musicality, creativity and coordination. We put our best effort to teach discipline and love for ballet in our students.
We promote an individual approach for each student, for that reason our classes are small. This enables us to pay close attention to each child, thus giving us the needed time for corrections. This also helps children in revealing their talents smoothly.
Dance with Me (Ages 18 months - 30 months) - once/week
This 30-minute class is designed as movement exploration for children ages 18-30 months to complete with their moms in a 12-week session. The use of props, mats, and sing-along songs allows each mom to help her child develop motor and coordination skills in a fun, structured environment with Ayana Dance School instructor. This class is a perfect opportunity for babies to get in on the dance fun before they are old enough to join class on their own for more dance instruction. Dancers are required to wear ballet slippers or bare feet; adults are required to come barefoot or ballet slippers (optional).
Creative Ballet (Ages 3–5) - once/week
Creative Ballet is open to children who have turned 3 ½ by September 1, 2018
The Creative Ballet Program is designed for our youngest group of dancers. It is intended to introduce our youngest students to a well-structured and safe classroom environment. In this class, our students will learn once more to stand, walk, and run as a dancer. This is not as easy as it appears at first sight. Students will learn a wide variety of dance steps, as well as running and jumping. They will also learn the basic positions of the arms and feet in classical dance, the correct body alignment during movement, and the development of musicality (rhythm). Through this entertaining method of teaching, young students are taught to clap their hands for a reason, following the right rhythm, tap their feet and do other movements per request.
Young children have a lot of enthusiasm, and we use their energy to teach them to express themselves freely. This helps to develop their imagination, (“Try to jump like a frog, or a bunny. Also, we work on ability to imitate (“Repeat after me”), which is the base of any training. During this 30 min classes, we witness the magic that happens in front of the mirror. We see how at this young age little person learns to realize their inner self.
At the end of the school year, Creative Ballet students participate in in-studio Spring Presentations.
Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-7) twice/week
Pre-Ballet 1 is open to children who have turned 5 ½ by September 1, 2018 – once/week
Pre-Ballet 2 is open to children who have turned 6 ½ by September 1, 20178– twice/week
Pre-Ballet 3 is open to children who have turned 7 ½ by September 1, 20178– twice/week
This program is a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduces children to music and movement through a structured progression that emphasizes creativity and group interaction. The teacher uses Agripina Vaganova’s method, famous Russian Ballet. The Vaganova method’s schools has always been famous for its distinct beautiful hands, and therefore we pay great attention to hands starting at this young age. During first years, we focus a lot on the development of child’s physical abilities.
The lesson begins with a bow – children learn to coordinate the movement of the feet with plie, master the notion of elongated leg and stretched foot, learn to pay attention and work during the lesson. The warm up in a circle, and then we move to the mats. Exercises on the floor begins with setting the body, sitting on the floor. We spend many hours exercising on the floor (floor barre ballet). Exercises for the development of feet, turnout, flexibility, upper body strength and stretching. Center exercises are carried out to develop a sense of rhythm, coordination, balance, as well as jumping in place exercises. Children do not know how to relax; our goal is to teach them to relax. We teach them the difference between a stressed state and a relaxed state.
This program has a vast experience of working with both talented students and children with limited physical abilities: in both cases, we achieve colossal achievements.
At the end of the School Year, Pre-Ballet 1, 2 & 3 students participate in the School Spring Presentation.
Elementary Ballet (Ages 8-12) two-three times/week
Formal ballet training begins in the Elementary School, a rigorous and comprehensive program of the highest caliber.
The Elementary School syllabus progresses at a rate that allows the student to learn the exercises correctly and with full physicality. Repetition and slow careful work is emphasized, with the students learning discipline and control of their bodies. The teacher uses Agripina Vaganova’s method, famous Russian Ballet. While we teach our students to be attentive, we recognize that in the first years of education it is important to instill in children the love of classical dance. Therefore, the teacher pays much attention to how to interest the child, not to let him/her fall asleep at the lesson. Lessons still are very dynamic in the elementary grades, so that child does not stand all the time facing the barre and descends from the bustle of boredom. Therefore, we include a variety of elements and movements to make this class fun and challenging at the same time.
The program begins with preparatory exercises, which prepare young dancers’ body, hands and feet to study classical dance. Next is the study of the positions of the hands and feet. The Vaganova method’s schools has always been famous for its distinct beautiful hands, and therefore we pay great attention to hands. All movements are taught according to the degree of complication. For example, all moves are broken down into pieces. Young dancers learn all moves first on the floor (floor barre ballet exercises), then we learn them at the barre, facing the barre and holding the barre with both hands, then we perform same exercise holding barre with one hand, and so on.
Elementary School students are required to attend all scheduled classes for their level and progress to the next level when they have mastered the material and physical understanding of the syllabus in their current level. Students receive a written progress report at the end of each school year.
Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8+
Students age 8+, with previous ballet experience, who are new to Ayana Dance School, are required to attend a trial/placement class to determine their acceptance and level.
No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8–10
Students age 8, as of 9/1/2018, to age 10, with no previous dance experience, are automatically placed in Level 1.
No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 11+
Students age 11+, with no previous dance experience, are required to attend a trial/placement class to determine their acceptance and level.
At the end of the School Year, Elementary School students participate in the School Spring Presentation.
This class is an intermediate/advanced class exploring only classical ballet. This classis part of the Performing Group and will be part of this year's production.