Ages 2–3 with parent or caretaker
Toddlers ages 2 to 3 and parent or caretaker dance together while focusing on rhythm, movement, music and fun! Learn dance moves for home while developing healthy toddler bodies and coordination. Option to take classes once or twice a week (see Summer Schedule and Tuition page for details).
Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet Division
Students may register for more than one session. Week-long sessions are focused around different ballets (Cinderella, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, etc…see Ballet Themes chart below). Sessions culminate with an informal mini-performance featuring choreography relating to that week’s theme and scenery and props created by the students.
Classes provide students with an imaginative introduction to dance, rhythm and music. Beginning ballet vocabulary is introduced while encouraging confidence, creativity, flexibility of movement and self-expression. Class structure and content is age-appropriate and focused on the ballet theme of the week.
Arts, Crafts & Story Workshop
Students create unique and fun projects (magic wands, wings, accessories) relating to the ballet theme of the week, and developing the scenery and props for the mini-performance. The ballet is further explored through story time. End of week observation showcase included in the last 15 minutes of the Friday Workshop. Must be enrolled in the pre-ballet classes in the same session.
Upper and Middle Division Levels 1 – 6
Ages 7 through adult
Students are not placed by age, but by ability and experience.
For more info on level requirements: Level Divisions
Students invited to the Middle and Upper Divisions concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry. Upper Division curriculum includes workshops and resources designed to help students transition from student to professional dancer. Upper Division students have frequent performance opportunities and take on leading roles in our annual Nutcracker and are often invited to join the SVDA company.
Our Summer Course curriculum offers serious ballet students the highest caliber of intensive classical training, augmented by a rich diversity of dance forms necessary to meet the eclectic demands of dance companies today. Summer Course also offers students seminars on a wide variety of topics relevant to the dancer including; Pilates, repertoire, modern, street styles and folk will all be included in the evening workshop classes after ballet technique. Evening Summer Workshops vary by guest teachers and early sign-ups and enrollment. Guest teachers from SFB, PNB, BSJ, SCU and Stanford will be joining us this summer. End of the summer in-studio performance to be announced.
Classes offered based on enrollment
Ballet Themes by Session
|Session 1||Cinderella & Grecian Period||July 8–12|
|Session 2||Nutcracker & Folk Medieval Period||July 15–19|
|Session 3||Sleeping Beauty & Court Ballet Renaissance Period||July 22–26|
|Session 4||Swan Lake & Neoclassical Ballet & Street Styles||July 29–August 2|
|Session 5||Nutcracker & Modern Dance||August 5–9|
Themes: story ballets for younger students and dance history and lineage for older students
*A.I.M. (The Art of Imagination in Movement)
A dance course to enhance Ballet, Folk, Modern, Tap, and Jazz technique. Imagery in a class environment will exercise the mind as a muscle and provide help for individuals at any level in proper alignment, reliable balance, and correct muscle activation. Students will gain confidence, coordination, and consideration in the mind-body connection. Students also receive knowledge of dance history to provide inspiration and interest in dance culture.
See Dress Code for more details. In addition a smock/apron or craft-friendly clothes are needed for the arts and crafts portion of the daily session for boys and girls.
To register: Check class availability or find out more about our Summer Dance Workshops, please contact SVDA School at email@example.com or call (408) 426-6808