Students ages 4 to 6 years old, already enrolled at the Christine Rich Studio in a Fairy Tale Ballet class, who have demonstrated exceptional concentration necessary for this introductory level ballet class, are selected by staff for placement into this specialized 45 minute ballet class that meets once a week.
Our Pre-Ballet students will explore the beautiful beginning foundations of classical ballet in a fun class focusing on:
- counting the beats to gain musicality,
- moving to the music to develop rhythm,
- curtsy and bows at the end of class for ballet etiquette,
- control of the body to do certain moves for coordination,
- waiting for their turn for teamwork,
- various movements for an introduction to ballet,
- standing and sitting tall for posture,
- creativity in movement for their imagination,
- and so many more wonderful ballet class benefits!
Students finish the year of classes and show such an increase of self-confidence, poise and a can-do ability that it is remarkable.
It is also an option to participate in the annual May Recital. With remarkable stage lighting, costuming, choreography and production elements, you and your child will celebrate the joy of performing onstage in front of family, neighbors and friends.
For the regular, weekly Pre-Ballet Class, the students will need certain “dance uniform” items listed here in our Dress Code.
The ballet dancewear uniform for the girls will include dance leotards (which covers the torso and hips) and the dance shoes will be pink ballet slippers.
In the winter the girls may opt to wear pale pink ballet tights (they cover the legs). These are a specific style of tights vs. a pair of pink tights from say Target.
Dancewear and ballet class clothing can be purchased from Austin’s Sportswear in Downtown Champaign, IL for all your dance clothing for toddlers.
In the summer, we recommend Pre-Ballet students may wear ankle socks.
Girls will wear their hair in a high bun as seen in the picture above. Here are directions on how to make hair into a ballet bun.
The boy students in ballet wear a fitted white t-shirt and black bike shorts or black fitted knit shorts. They usually wear white ankle socks and black or white ballet slippers which you can find at Austin’s Sportswear as well.
Let us know if you have any questions. We sure appreciate you considering the Christine Rich Studio for your older toddler/young child’s dance instruction.
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