Classes

The best way to get a feel for our school is to come visit. During our regular sessions, studio doors open Monday through Friday by 4pm, and Saturday by 9am. Each of our two studios has its own viewing area, making it accessible to watch an entire class of your choice. We encourage our families to be involved with Ayako School of Ballet, and that involvement begins with your first visit. We hope you come see us soon!

Class Descriptions

PRE_BALLET: Pre-Ballet, Pre-Jazz
Pre-Ballet
All Pre-Ballet classes are 45-minutes long, and a great place for beginners and anyone over the age of four. Pre-Ballet is designed to introduce students to basic ballet fundamentals, including body alignment, vocabulary, and basic positioning of the arms and legs. The class focuses on floor exercises, a short barre and movements across the floor.

Pre-Jazz
Pre-Jazz is great for pre-ballet or beginning ballet students who would like to take another dance class besides ballet. In Pre-Jazz classes, students will learn to move in different ways other than ballet, while learning the basic vocabulary and fundamentals of Jazz Dance. Students must be enrolled in Pre-Ballet to enroll in Pre-Jazz.

 

BEGINNING BALLET
Beginning Ballet 1: (Level 1 & 2 Ballet), Pre-Jazz, Beg Acro, Competition by Audition
Beginning Ballet 2: (Level 2 & 3 Ballet) Jazz 1 and 2, Beg Acro, Competition by Audition
Beginning Ballet classes are 1hour long classes. Students will learn fundamentals of classical ballet, while building strength, poise and understanding musicality. Class focuses on regular barre, center work, and progressions including basic turns and leaps.

 

INTER./ADV. OPEN: Open Ballet classes, Inter. Jazz, Inter. Modern,
Students wishing to take less than the minimum requirement for their level may only take Open Ballet, Intermediate Jazz and Intermediate Modern classes. Other Ballet Classes, Advanced Elective Classes and Competition Teams are not available for open class students.
Open classes can be used for make-up classes, and are open for all Intermediate and Advanced students.

 

INTERMEDIATE BALLET: (Audition required)
Apprentice
Level 4B: 3 hours minimum per week
Intermediate Apprentice Ballet, Open Ballet classes, Jazz 2, Acro, Modern, Competition by Audition
Level 5B:3 hours minimum per week
Intermediate Apprentice Ballet, Open Ballet classes, Intermediate Jazz, Modern, Variation, Pre-Pointe, Competition by Audition
Level 4B/5B students are recommended to take at least 3 hours of dance per week. 2 hours Inter. Apprentice Ballet and one or more elective classes. 5B students with the teacher’s approval will start Pre-Pointe to prepare for Pointe classes.

Pre-Professional
Level 4A: 5 hours minimum per week
Inter. Pre-Professional Ballet tech, Int/Adv Ballet tech Open, Jazz 2, Acro, Modern, Variation, Pre-Pointe, Competition by Audition
Level 5A: 6 hours minimum per week
Inter. Pre-Professional Ballet tech, Int/Adv Ballet tech Open, Jazz 2 or Inter. Jazz, Acro, Modern, Contemporary, Variation, Beg. Pointe, Competition by Audition
Ballet Level 4A/5A students are structured to provide more advanced training as the student is ready. With the teacher’s approval, 5A students will start Beginning Pointe classes and learning variations on pointe.

 

ADVANCED BALLET: (Audition required)
Apprentice
Level 6B, 7B: 3.5 hours minimum per week
Adv. Apprentice Ballet tech, Int/Adv Ballet tech Open, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Acro, Variation, Competition by Audition

Ballet Levels 6 and 7 are structured to provide the most advanced training, as the student proves ready. 6B and 7B students will learn the same technique as students in 6A and 7A. The B level provides students an easy requirement to fit with your busy schedule.

Pre-Professional
Level 6A, 7A: 6.5 hours minimum per week with 2 pointe classes
Adv Pre-Professional Ballet tech, Int/Adv Ballet tech Open, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Partnering, Contemporary, Acro, Variation, Competition by Audition

Ballet Levels 6 and 7 are structured to provide the most advanced training, as the student proves ready. Level 6A and 7A classes are Pre-Professional classes for students that have met the qualifications of maturity, technical skill, artistic merit. With the teacher’s approval, students will continue to work on more advanced Pointe techniques including pas de deux training. This level is best for dancers who have future plans in dance (professional, college, etc).

ELECTIVES:
1 HOUR CLASSES
Jazz (Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced)
Modern (Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced)
Variation (Intermediate/Advanced)
Acro (Beginning, Intermediate/Advanced)
30 MINUTES CLASSES
Pointe

Competition (audition required) – 30 Minutes
MANDATORY DRESS CODE:
Ballet
Leotard and pink or black tights
Ballet shorts or skirts only
No loose or baggy clothing
Soft ballet shoes
All hair must be in a bun
Jazz
Leotard, Jazz pants or tights
Jazz shoes
Hair must be up in a pony tail
Modern
Leotard, Black Leggings
Toe Thongs
Hair must be in a bun
Contemporary
Leotard, Black Leggings or tights
Half Soles
Hair must be in a pony tail
Character
Character skirt (knee length full skirt)
Character shoes (1.5 inch heel)